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4 Easy Steps to Creating Custom Birthday Party Invitations

Custom birthday party invitations next to a plant and cup of coffee | Motif

You’ve created a sumptuous menu, compiled a great playlist, dreamed up fun activities, and set a time and location.

The next thing on your planning to-do list: Creating a custom birthday party invitation that makes your gathering memorable from the start.

With Motif, it’s easy to personalize your party invitation, and all from the comforts of your home, kicked back at your computer in your jammies. Here’s how, in four easy steps.

1. Decide the theme for the birthday party

Your custom birthday party invitation sets the tone for the whole day—formal, informal, traditional, quirky. From the second they open the envelope, guests will begin to get an idea of what you’re aiming for.

If you’re inviting kids over for an active afternoon of high-energy or creative fun—bouncing on a trampoline, finger painting, cookie baking—an action shot on the front of the custom invitation instantly relays that message.

Conversely, if you’re planning traditional party games, a classic shot of the birthday child blowing out candles will point guests in that direction.

An evening of dancing and drinks calls for a party invitation in brilliant colors, with fun fonts. For a dinner party with a fine meal and scintillating conversation, design your custom invitation in subtle tones and elegant script.

A custom birthday card with a group of people at a barbeque | Motif

2. Find a great photo for your custom birthday party invitation

The key to a great party invitation is a gorgeous picture on the front.

A portrait of the guest of honor works always works. For quinceaneras, Sweet 16s, or milestone birthdays, consider using a few photos spanning the years.

For theme parties, scroll through your Albums for photos taken on location. A vivid image of friends splashing in the waves is perfect for a beach party. Find a picture from a family barbecue among your Memories—kids’ faces sticky with homemade ice cream or sweet, juicy watermelon—for an invitation to a birthday cookout.

People running into the ocean with the sun in front of them | Motif

For a children’s theme party focusing on a favorite character, an image of the guest of honor happily playing with a beloved toy or dressed up in a costume gives your custom invitation a vivid start. Planning a tea party? Have the dollies and Teddy bears don their finest frocks and position them around place settings for a whimsical picture.

A little girl dressed as a princess playing in the woods | Motif

In order to make sure your card features vivid colors and crisp details, choose a photo with a large file size. You’ll want at least 300 dpi for best quality, though many pictures print well at lower resolutions thanks to Motif’s state-of-the-art printing presses. Anything below 150 dpi is dicey, and you’ll get a warning about low picture quality when you check out.

3. Begin creating your custom invitation in Motif

Beginning a project in Motif is as simple as selecting the Album where your photo is stored on your Mac. Right click it, select “create” then scroll down to “Motif” to launch the app. When it opens inside Photos, select “card” to create your project.

Motif does the hard work. Select a theme—and the app autoflows your photo onto the card. You can use multiple images. You can customize the theme to make it truly your own. Change the background color to the guest of honor’s favorite shade. Tweak the font to something a little more fun or a touch more elegant. You can change the color of the text, too.

4. Proof and order your party invitation

Before you hit “Checkout,” take some time to review your party invitations. Make sure you’ve included all the vital details, such as date, time, location, and a phone number or email address for RSVPs or questions. Be sure to mention any special instructions—bring your own beach towel for a pool party or your own bottle for an adult gathering.

It’s good to include a little about refreshments, so guests will bring their appetites if you’re planning heavy hors d’oeuvres or a meal. Conversely, you don’t want folks to leave hungry if you’re serving ice cream and cake and they’d anticipated lunch.

For semi-formal or formal parties, include dress expectations—business casual, cocktail attire, black tie, etc.

Your very last step before you order: Have someone else take a look at your custom party invitation. Fresh eyes are always better at spotting typos or transposed digits.

Next, sit back and wait for your beautiful custom cards to arrive. Delivery takes as little as five to 10 business days, depending on which shipping option you choose, so unless you’re an extreme last-minute planner, Motif’s speedy service will get your custom invitations to you in plenty of time. In the meantime, you can start creating your custom thank-you cards. Just add a picture from the party after the event. It will serve as a lovely keepsake from a wonderful celebration.

In the meantime, you can start creating your custom thank-you cards. Just add a picture from the party after the event. It will serve as a lovely keepsake from a wonderful celebration.

Making a custom “Thank You” card with Motif | Motif

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