June 27, 2011

Picnic Theme Birthday Party Invitation

Hey Friends!  
Have I got a fun little party invite to share!  As you all know by now...the girls have birthdays coming up and they share a party.  So this year I decided I wanted to do a PICNIC THEME.  I have been tossing this idea around for months now and I still don't have a clear picture of what the party will look like.  But what comes to mind are old fashioned games I can make myself (ring toss, kick the can, hopscotch, sack races, etc), ready made picnic meals, and pretty sheets as picnic blankets outside. I am aiming for something simple and sweet.

So the first thing on the to-do list?
INVITATIONS!
 I thought it would be fun to send an invitation that looked like a picnic lunch.  The envelope would be the paper bag and using food images printed and cut out on white card stock, I made each item in the lunch...a sandwich, apple, milk carton, and napkin...contain the information for the party.
Anatomy of the Picnic Theme Invitation
Napkin (cocktail size) with Handwritten Message of Party Theme
Milk Carton RSVP
Apple Date and Time Card
Sandwich Birthday Announcement
 I made a little funny. Tee hee.

 I decided to fold the bag without taping it.  I originally planned on making the paper bags into envelopes and mailing them but I decided to save a bunch of stamps and hand deliver them.

But you still can do that if you need to mail your invites...
1. Place everything inside a flat and VERTICAL bag with the bottom still folded and facing up.
2. Fold the bottom up once.
3. Take the top half and fold into a triangle or point.
4. Fold it down and secure it with double sided tape or a glue stick.

To fold it like I did...
Lay flat with the bottom of the bag facing up.
Slide your picnic food tags/cards into the bag, all the way to the bottom while the bag is still flat.
 With the bag lying horizontal...fold  about 2 inches of the top of the bag down.
Fold the left side over to the right.
Label bag and tie twine around to keep the bag folded closed.  I did it this way so that when they untie and open it...it will be an actual paper bag instead of torn by tape.
This is the back secured with the jute twine. Baker's twine would be adorable too.
I actually tried doing this where the folded part was tucked under the flap but it would not lay flat so this way worked best.
How fun would it be to open up this invitation?

If you would like to make your own, I have a download of the clip art for you. This is a great idea for any kind of party and even great lunch notes too for back to school!



 
Click here to download (4 per sheet)


 Click here to download (9 per sheet)
Click here to download (4 per sheet)



What do you think of my fun invites?
You will probably see a  lot more of my projects for this party over the next month...hope you don't mind!
Happy Monday and Hugs to Each of YOU!

40 comments:

  1. What a fun idea! I love the sandwich, and of course, the milk carton. LOL.

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  2. What a clever idea! Love the paper bag with all the picnic ingredients for the invitation, and also your ideas for the 'old-fashioned' games!
    Jane-Jacksonville

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  3. This is too cute! You've outdone yourself again!
    ♥Jaime

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  4. I love making invites...an old boyfriend had parties and invites were my play time! Thanks for the bag folding and downloads, they will come in handy!

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  5. This is so sweet! Seeing invite and party ideas always makes me wish my kids were still young and I could still create this kind of fun for them!

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  6. Love the picnic theme idea! So fun and so many things you can do with it! I'm going to have to keep this in my box of ideas for the future.

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  7. These are the cutest!! You are so stinkin' creative!! Love them!!

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  8. I think your ideas are brilliant as usual! Love the theme so clever and the paper bag envelope? Over the moon cuteness!

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  9. Dear Jessica, I just fell in love with you wonderful blog, it's so cute and colorful and you have really great ideas. looking forward to reading your new posts:-))

    Hugs and wow's from Syl:-)

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  10. This is so creative and cute! I love the milk carton rsvp! The tutorial is really good too. Thanks for the inspiration, I am just hoping my daughter wants a picnic birthday party now! :D

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  11. Such a cute and creative idea! I love it! Would be great for a family reunion too!

    ps. stopping in from the running with glitter link up!
    http://mommamadeit.blogspot.com

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  12. What a perfect invite! You are so creative and you constantly inspire me!

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  13. That's absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Eva xx

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  14. OMGOSH!!! "DONT LET THIS BE YOU"!!!! You Crack me up!!!!!haha!

    I cant get enough of this!

    ps
    I still owe you an email!! :)

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  15. Now that's adorable! So clever... Okay, you are way too kind to me over on my blog! I'm just barely getting to know you and I dare say you're one of the sweetest people I've ever met!! Hugs right back at you!!!!

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  16. Love it! It's soooo cute!!! I'll be pinning this for sure.

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  17. Adorable :) hey I guess I could just copy you for my kids' joint party - tee hee - no really. It's so cute and you're so party savvy can't wait to see what else you come up with. I'm tossing around nautical and dr Seuss.

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  18. PLease show MORE for this party! I love it!

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  19. This is an adorable idea. Totally creative and cute. You did a great job!

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  20. This is so cute. For some reason I can't download the invitation template. Can someone help?

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    1. You're not by yourself! I could only get the apple to print out. BOO. But such a GREAT idea!

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    2. I'm so excited. I am doing a picnic theme for my son's 1st birthday and this is great!!!

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    3. How did you get the template for the milk carton and sandwich? if you have it, can you please email it to me? My address is: marg.organ@gmail.com

      Thank you so much!

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  21. I´m so excited!!! I´m doing a picnic next month and this is a great idea, but can someone send me the template. (nuriaprimo@gmail.com) I can´t download the invitation template. I could only get the apple to print out
    :-(

    Thank u in advanced!

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    1. Did you get the template? if so can you please send it to me? Thanks!
      Marg.Organ@gmail.com

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  22. Hi, Does someone have the templates? I can't seem to download the milk carton and sandwich. Thanks. ginashing18@gmail.com

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  23. Did anyone get the templates? Please email me, starzzz79@hotmail.com

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  24. I can't get the templates to download either. Any suggestions? Please email me at kbcoyle4@comcast.net

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  25. Hi everyone...I am so sorry many of you have had trouble with the templates. I'm going to see what I can do to fix this. Unfortunately, I have a new computer and did these on my old computer where my files are. But I will do my best to fix this. Currently, I am on vacation so I can't do anything until I get back. So, so, so sorry for the inconvenience, friends!
    Jessica

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  26. I would love the templates too!! styman19@hotmail.com

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  27. My daughter is having a picnic themed first birthday. Someone, PLEASE email me the templates ASAP. Her party is July 29, 2012. I really need to get the invites delivered.
    itsamomthingx@gmail.com.
    Thank you in advance!

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    1. Hello sweet Hannah! I will be emailing these to you shortly!

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  28. GOOD NEWS! I have found my sneaky templates! If you are interested in getting them please email me at twoshadesofpink {at} gmail dot com and I will personally email them to you! I will not be reposting them as a printable. Thanks!

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  29. This is very unique and creative. Using papers to do the craft is more eco-friendly than any other supplies. If you can't find the template you can think outside the box and come up with a new design for this birthday party theme.

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  30. HI Jessica, i sent you an email to receive this wonderful invitation!!!

    Thank you

    Thaty

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  31. adorable! what a cute idea.

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  32. UPDATE*** These printables are now available to print from my flickr account. Just click the links and it should take you straight to the original version to print.

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