A birthday party is exciting to plan because it can be anything you want it to be. While weddings and other big celebrations are laden with tradition, expectations and the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime event, birthday parties are nothing more than an opportunity to have a good time. The day is all about you, which means you don’t have to compromise as much as you do when planning another big event, and if it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped there’s always the chance for a rerun next year!
Your birthday party invitations are where this versatility and range of choice can really shine, with so many different styles to choose from. There’s no hard and fast rules about birthday invites, so it’s the perfect chance to experiment or go for something off the beaten path.
Overwhelmed with choice and not sure where to begin? Here are five trends in birthday invitations that we’re absolutely loving right now.
Bold geometric borders are a great way of framing an invitation. They are eye-catching and make it possible to bring all the attention to the text at the centre of the page, while still having something beautiful or interesting around the edge. This style isn’t stand-alone and can work perfectly with patterns, playful illustrations, floral designs or anything else you might want to include. By making bold statement pieces into a border a balance is struck that stops them distracting guests from the actual details they need to read, and helps avoid a cluttered or overly busy appearance.
You can’t go wrong with floral and nature-inspired designs, and either will work perfectly for any sort of birthday invitation. If you’re stuck, go for something seasonal or on-theme: blossoms for a Spring garden party, roses for something more formal, native wildflowers for rustic appeal or tropical palm fronds for a Summer beach shindig. Pick your colour scheme, feel out your vibe and pick the perfect birthday invitation to match.
There’s nothing more important than the actual words on your birthday invitation, so why not make them the main attraction? A good typographic design uses contrasting typefaces, sizes or colours to add interest and to communicate the type of party you are having. If you’re looking for simple, effective and classy, a classic font will suit you perfectly. If you’re after something more fun, a playful typeface and some bright colours will make a typographic invite perfect for you.
There is no better opportunity to express your personality in all its playful glory than a birthday party! Your friends are presumably there because they love you, you love them, and you all want to have a great time together. Birthdays are a perfect chance to choose a playful invitation design, since the day is all about you. Opt for bright colours, fun wording, puns, jokes or cute illustrations that make you smile. These might be completely random or based on in-jokes with your friends, but if they make you laugh you’re onto something!
Bright Black and White
Done right, a monochrome colour palette can be a shortcut to a classy and timeless design. It’s a perfect choice for any event, and birthday party invitations are no exception. Whether it’s a more formal event or something casual and fun, black and white invitations are sure to make a statement. Keep things monochrome, or to really stand out try pairing a black and white invitation with a pop of colour: a bright envelope, patterned envelope liner or a colourful sticker to seal it all shut.
So there we have it! Five of our favourite birthday invitation trends. Whichever you choose and however you mark the occasion, you’ll be in for a great time. Happy birthday, and happy celebrating!