It’s that time of year everyone… almost cinco de mayo. While I know that Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the U.S. have taken a form that barely resembles anything having to do with Mexican history, the Mexican fiesta color palette absolutely fascinates me, and I love that I can find all kinds of beautiful Mexican-themed decorations in stores during this time of year. After years of buying these types of decorations for my classroom, I was really excited when baby sister was born in May of last year because it means that I can have bicultural and bilingual “Mexican fiesta” themed birthday parties for her! I love love love to have a huge 1st birthday bash for the girls, because I think it’s important to celebrate not just the baby’s first year of life, but myself – for breastfeeding, table food training, and teaching sleep. For a whole year. If that’s not a reason to celebrate, I really don’t know what is.
So this year, I’ll be chronicling our fiesta first birthday preparations here with you all on the blog. Nothing better than do-it-yourself birthday parties, and I’ll start with the invitations. I’ll even include a FREE PRINTABLE so that you can make your own invitations as well!
I love handwritten, formal, mailed invites for important occasions. I searched lots of websites and found fiesta invites that were pretty, but were a lot more expensive than what I wanted to spend on invites. So I got creative, used all materials we had in our house (except the printed photos, of course!), and came up with adorable invites that went out in the mail today.
Materials: colored card stock or paper, white printer paper, printer, glue stick, rubber cement, envelopes, and photo of the guest of honor (optional)
Here’s how I did it:
- I chose a recent photo of Little Sister in all of her Costa Rican glory, (do you recognize the painting in the chair? Yep! It’s my Pura Vida Moms logo!) and had it printed in wallet size. I did this because I had some beautiful card stock in a junk drawer, but it was only 3.87 inches square… this meant tiny invitations for a tiny girl! I used a paper cutter to cut them apart.
- I created a cute printable with all of the important information for the party. I made it square, and just a bit smaller than the card stock I was using for the invitations, (in my case it was 3”x3”). After I printed, I cut them out with my paper cutter, which has a blade for wavy cuts, just to add a little whimsy to the invites. (This is the paper cutter that I use!) (Affiliate link)
- I glued the paper invite on front with a glue stick, and the photo on the back with rubber cement (on my card stock, the glue stick didn’t bond to the photo so that’s why I used rubber cement).
- I used envelopes I found in a junk drawer (they were left over from my college graduation! Mildly embarrassing.), hand wrote the address labels, and sent them off with a beautiful flower postal stamp! Done!
You can create your own printed invitation, or you can use one that I created just for you! Just choose your language, click the link, download and print! It would even be super cute to do English on one side and Spanish on another for a bilingual invite. ¡Qué disfruten de la fiesta!
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