Sunday, 5 July 2009

back to the drawing board...

I rarely do any drawing, but I have been inspired enough to design my son's 6th birthday party invitations. He wants to have a fancy dress party, so I have designed a 'cut out Alfie' with four outfits to choose from to cut out and dress. As a child I used to read 'Twinkle' comic and it always had a cut out 'Twinkle' on the back with a different outfit each week and I have attempted to create a boy version. I will scan the drawings in and add colour and details in Indesign and maybe keep a line drawing version to print out on card to add to the party bags. He has chosen 17 friends, both boys and girls, so quite a big party {aaaaah!} so please feel free to share any ideas you have for simple party games and cheap and simple ideas for party bags.

10 comments:

  1. i love the cut out you're making! such a great idea for an invitation!

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  2. Great invitations. I have just done Lady A's party and we had 21 altogether! We did a coconut shy which went down well and a fishing game (with the fishes at the bottom of a washing up bowl) Prizes were in a bran tub. The kids loved the game where you pile up the flour and put a chocolate on the top and they have to each scrape a bit of flour off of the pile until it collapses and the one that made it collapses has to get the chocolate with their teeth. Apple bobbing? Sleeping lions at the end is a good game to quieten them down, get them to lie on the floor still and someone has to go around and make them laugh and we then gave them their party bags. I made juggling balls and toffee apples(the toffee apples went down very well!)
    You could make them the headdresses that you made for camping as an addition to their dressing up boxes or something else for dressing up, perhaps a sparkly wand for girls or a mask for a masked ball with a feather attached to the side. Or a pirates spotty headscarf and some gold coins. Or those false moustaches like your son got for Christmas and funny glasses. You could give the girls the edible necklaces. Good luck, can't wait to see what you do

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  3. Oh! This is so cute, that's really brilliant. Can't wait to see how the party turns out :)

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  4. Gosh, I remember Twinkle with the cut-outs - I think they were on the back page. Was it Nurse Nancy who 'worked' in the dolls hospital?

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  5. I like the invites!!
    We have a March/April/May succession of b'day parties ever year, which I dread, but which went really well this year: we sent all of them out onto the field at the back, had footballs, badminton rackets, jeu de boules, paints+paper+scissors+glue, modelling clay, etc etc.; lots of drinks; husband playing guitar and all of us singing/dancing along; and a festive picnic with cake to finish off. Same age group (5 and 7). Happy birthday to your son!!

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  6. oooh, I remember Twinkle and the cut out outfits as well, I used to love that!

    I've found the old fashioned party games still go down a treat at that age - musical bumps/statues, pass the parcel etc. So many parties are at the playbarn type places that the old style is a novelty. That said, a pinata is also very popular, if you have space/able to go outdoors.

    For gift bags - how about a mini magnifying glass and tiny notebook/pencil ? Could be sourced online pretty cheap I would think. Or design and laminate a page of insects/wildlife for them to spot on a nature walk.

    Looking forward to hearing all about the party. Good Luck!

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  7. Aaah Twinkle! Yes, I think Nurse Nancy did actually inspire me to be a nurse!
    I used a sweet idea for party bags from a book last year, we made play dough and put it in an empty jam jar with a little plastic cutter tied round the top, they were very popular. Homemade bubble mixture was well received one year as well x

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  8. All the advice I can offer is don't play hunt the thimble with boys. Your house will be destroyed. (But maybe that was just my sons friends!)

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  9. These are sooooo amazing! I always loved paper dolls and have been trying to get my sons interested in them (any chance you'll post a PDF of your finished product?) As far as party games...I usually let them run wild, rather than try to organize anything (they get so much of that at school already). How about buying a bunch of fun dress-up stuff at a thrift store and let each kid take home their outfit?

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  10. Thank you all for great comments and ideas ~ the hunt the thimble advice is priceless! I definately think we will go down the old fashioned route and I will post a PDF of the cut out on the blog as requested!

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