Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Pocahontas Birthday Party Part 1: The Invitations

Hayley was SO excited during our 2011 trip when we just
happened to be in Epcot and crossed paths wth Pocahontas!
We are getting ready to celebrate Hayley's eighth birthday this month (can't believe it!!!).  She has chosen to have a Pocahontas theme and has been busy creating all kinds of fun games and crafts for her party.  She and I worked together to create her Pocahontas invitation, which she chose the colors and embellishments and lucky me, I was left to only being her "puppet" to work those things into a Photoshop project.  Of course, I don't mind that at all because she is my artsy child and can create just about anything and has an eye for coordinating colors ... a skill I lack!

I quickly realized that there is very little Pocahontas items out there.  Since I could not find a clip art image that she liked, I went through my scrapbooking supplies and found a Pocahontas embellishment from a Disney Princess kit that I scanned in and cleaned up in Photoshop.  Since some of the activities Hayley has created will take place in our woods, she wanted to keep the color scheme with browns and greens.  As I looked through my digital scrapbooking kits, I came across Autumn Charms by 3 Lil Monsters Designs.**  The colors are perfect and even better, it includes a coordinating purple paper, and of course, Hayley wouldn't create anything without her favorite color .... purple.

Once we created our invitation, I was all ready to order it as a 4x6 photo and be done.  But, Hayley asked if we could "put them" on green paper.  So we went through my ridiculously excessive supply of cardstock and found just the right green.  Instead of ordering the invitations as photos, we printed them here at home, cut them out and mounted them on cardstock we cut to 4.5" x 6.5".  It was an extra step, but they do look really great on the green!  Another great idea on Hayley's part.

Here's the final invitation we sent out to all of Hayley's friends
For every party theme, we always create and print our own return address labels.  I went to Avery Design and Print Online and designed a label using a free clipart image I found at of Pocahontas.  I printed a full sheet so we have plenty of return address labels for our invitations and then, after the party, our thank you cards.

Here are the return address labels we created for our invitations and thank you cards
Not sure why the coloring came out so odd on these, but they are the regular white address labels by Avery

With the invitations mailed out, we are ready to get to work on our decorations and planning our cake, which is one of my favorite parts of my children's birthdays.  Once we celebrate Hayley's birthday, I will continue my series of posts on our Pocahontas birthday celebration!

**3 Lil Monsters Designs no longer exists (or at least I cannot find a link to their site).  Here is a link to their Facebook page, though it hasn't been updated since November of 2013.  If anyone has a direct link to this kit, please let me know and I will gladly update the link above.


DisneyDonnaKay said...

I LOVE IT!!! I cannot wait to see all of the pictures from the party!!

Beth D. said...

I truly am having so much fun working on this party with Hayley. She is so creative and her excitement is definitely inspirational!

Hannnia said...

Awesome blog my friend! I like your cake theme is mind blowing. If I talk about cake's decoration then Decoration colour scheme that you selected is awesome and marvelous. I have no word to explain your work. Simply I am just saying nice sharing and great effort keep sharing. Disney themes is the best for the entire family and a complete source of enjoyment. I have bee visited DWD before my new york washington tours and had a great fun there.