My kids were at an age (5 and 7 years old) when they wanted a hand in everything. And I have always thought (still do) that children’s art efforts can be very appealing. So I thought to put them to work on the invitations. At the same time, I wanted our guests to know just how far the “birthday boy” had come, so I needed to show “then” and “now” images. The combination of needs resulted in a triptych card (cream-colored cardstock, (6 1/2 ” x 12 3/4″), with before and after photos and artwork by my kids to set the island theme:
The initial opening of the card revealed the “now” picture; both photos were “matted” on tropical flowered paper:
The next unfolding showed the artwork and the party details:
In signature primitive style, with their Crayola watercolor paint set, my kids painted the ocean, a wave on the sand, and a palm tree on the beach. They did this 40 times (for 40 invitations)! They added a few assorted stickers (a sun and a Hawaiian image) and I added a vellum sheet with all the pertinent details, affixed with tropical flower stickers.
The invitation said this (Microsoft Windows 2010 Ravie font, boldface in orange):
Chris, our big kahuna,
a special birthday:
Hukilau down to the
Sandalwood Beach Bungalow
for a luau!
Saturday, October 5th
Rsvp to the natives –
Sandy, Vince, or Tina
by September 22nd
No gifts, please –
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