My soon-to-be eight year old is straight up obsessed with mermaids. It started with the Emily Windsnap book series (which are really well written, by the way), expanded into watching Mako Mermaids and H2O and exploded from there.
When it came time to talk about a birthday party for her this year, I was anything but surprised when she said she wanted a mermaid party. Since she thought the boys might not be as into mermaids as the girls, she decided to make it a mermaid and shark party.
This Pinterest loving momma immediately went nuts pinning anything and everything that could possibly fit under a mermaid or shark party umbrella. Since late June is always a busy time of year, I decided to focus on invitations first. I’m usually a totally last minute girl, so I’d like to take a second to pat myself on the back right here. GO ME. (Truth be told, Samantha climbed so far up my ass about getting these invitations done, I had no other choice. I feared she’d get lost up there).
I found a bunch of cute invitations on Etsy, but there was always something missing from them in Samantha’s mind. She sort of wanted a combination of all of her favorites. That’s when I turned to Google, deciding I’d design what she was looking for myself with the help of some free clip art.
I was spending way too much time sifting through mermaid and shark Google image results when Sam had an idea. “Mom? Why don’t I design them?”
My initial reaction was pretty much uhhhhh, no. A combination of the image obsessed world we live in and my control freak tendencies told me that this was the Worst Idea Ever. But as she sat at the foot of my bed sketching ideas and getting more and more excited, I softened.
It’s her party! Why on earth does it matter what her invitations look like as long as she’s thrilled? That’s the whole point, isn’t it? That your kid is happy? Not that you kill yourself throwing together a wedding-like event that makes all of the parents drool. Who cares what anyone else thinks as long as your kid is happy?
Once my little booger had a general idea of what she wanted to draw, I cut a regular 8.5 x 11 inch piece of printer paper down the center (long ways), blocked off a small area at the top to put in the party info and let her have at it.
She got really into it, adding some coral to the sea bottom and matching her mermaid’s hair to the color of the sun. Once she was done, I just scanned it into the computer, added our info in and set it so that two invitations printed per page.
I used Photoshop Elements, but you could easily do this by making a collage on PicMonkey. You just upload your scanned image, select “create your own” in the layouts section and drop and drag your image so there are two side by side. Then just click the edit option and add your info as needed. So stinking easy.
So the girl’s invitations are done, I spent way less time on them than I would have and she is absolutely thrilled. I don’t think you can win any more than that.
Note: If you need your invitations to fit into envelopes, don’t set them up like I did! A7 envelopes will fit a 5×7 invitation, which can still be printed two to a page—you just have to mess with the layout a little more than I was willing to on this particular project (especially considering I was trying to work with my girl’s vision and she is very opinionated 😉 ).