When I decided to throw my friend’s baby shower I immediately started searching Pinterest and Google for inspiration. I quickly fell in love with all the details of “Little Man” aka “Mustache” baby shower / birthday parties I found.
With the theme chosen the search for an invitation began. Although initially the plan was to purchase pre-made invitations, I soon decided to try my hand at designing my own invitation. I figured if the design wasn’t nailed down in time I could always order one of the many available options.
The invite was created PhotoShop and the mustache graphics purchased from ShutterStock. It took a number of iterations, but the end result was exactly what I had envisioned! Although I had successfully DIY’ed our wedding invitations, I wasn’t sure I would have success with baby shower invites. Before revealing the final product to my husband, parents and sister I made them promise to give me their brutally honest opinions. With their stamp of approval I moved forward with ordering the baby shower invites from Overnight Prints.
Font of the Invitation (JPEG Version):
Back of the Invitation (JPEG Version):
When they arrived in the mail I was ecstatic and hopeful the printed version would meet my expectations. I was very pleased with the quality of the paper, printing and turnaround time of my order! I kind of wish they looked a little shiny and/or glossy, but the matted is probably for the best.
In an effort to save myself time, as well as spare everyone my horrible handwriting, I reused my DIY wedding calligraphy directions to print the address and return address on all the envelopes. The font for the addresses is Lucida Calligraphy, which is a free font.
The invitations/envelopes are completed and in the mail. Now it’s time to focus on finalizing the decorations, menu and shower games for the shower!!
So I mustache you … what do you think of the DIY baby shower invitations?
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We had received a few wedding and other party invitations with super pretty writing on the envelopes. Specifically gorgeous calligraphy! Despite loving calligraphy I couldn’t justify the cost of paying for hand done calligraphy on something 99.9% of people just throw away after opening the invitation.
So we went the route of DIY calligraphy. By DIY I mean using the computer and printer, because my handwriting is less than ideal even for meeting notes. :)
First the husband and I went online and viewed a ton of different free calligraphy fonts. After much deliberation we downloaded a free calligraphy font …
We had a little over 100 invitation to address. The envelopes we chose came in packs of 50, 250 and 500. Clearly the 500 was over doing it, but we couldn’t decide if we should order 150 (3 packs of 50) or just go for the 250 pack of envelopes. In the end we decided we could find other uses for the extra envelopes and went ahead and purchased 250 envelopes.
How to Create Envelopes in MS Word:
- Open MS Word
- Click Page Layout > Size > More Paper Sizes
- From the Paper Size drop down choose Custom Size
- For me I had A7 envelopes (5-1/4” x 7-1/4”)
- So within the width I entered 7.25 and height 5.25
- Click OK
For the return address I decided to use a standard “block” font called “Adobe Caslon Pro”. I have only received one invitation where the return address was calligraphy font, but I think this is all a matter of preference. And since it’s DIY you can make it fit your style and font preference.
- Type in a test address > select font, size and line spacing
Ours looked like this …
- Save the file someplace on your computer and clearly mark it as the return address portion of the envelope.
- Once you are happy with how it looks print a TEST version. I suggest plain white paper.
- Once you are happy with how it looks go ahead and print a test version on an envelope.
- Confirm everything looks perfect and make tweaks as necessary. Ensure you’ve spell checked as well.
At this point you can go ahead and print return addresses on all your envelopes. If you have 130 invitations to send make an extra 10-15 envelopes with return addresses. This will save you time if you have to reprint an address. As you print them make sure the envelopes don’t fall on top of each other in the tray … it can cause smudging. We lined our bookshelves with the envelopes and allowed them to dry over night before putting them in a pile. Our apartment looked like a little printing press! :)
With the return address completed you are ready to start on the front of the envelope. The steps are the same as above.
- Type in a test address > select font, size and line spacing
- Print tests on plain paper and then an envelope.
- I think it took us at least 5-7 printed drafts to be happy.
- Once you are happy go ahead and add all the addresses into the word file (click save periodically to ensure you don’t loose your work people!!).
Here’s what ours looked like in Word:
A Couple Tips:
- Print High resolution. I printed the 1st few on standard. They looked nice, but when the husband suggested printing on High resolution it looked better. This does use a little more in than standard, but in the grand scheme of things I don’t think it really cost us any additional money.
- Buy extra envelopes. As I already mentioned print tests on regular white paper for a while until you think it is right. You will need envelopes for testing, but you will also find that people move or you have an address incorrect and have to reprint. Extra envelopes purchased up front save you heartburn later, promise!
- Start early. Everyone laughed when I started printing envelopes 3 months before we sent them. Giving myself a lot of time to complete the project reduced my stress level and made it more fun. Plus it ensured I gave the envelopes plenty of time to dry before additional printing or sending. Nothing was smudged because we were rushing.
Here they are ready to be sent! Oh how I still love those custom stamps.
Good luck with your printing press! If you have any questions about the process, please leave a comment … I’m happy to provide additional details!!
Happy Planning and DIY!!