Birthday bonanza! Every year we go to what seems like an endless stream of children’s birthday parties, and nine times out of ten, that birthday party has a theme. It may be a unique theme, like our dear friend Charlotte’s Pippi Longstocking fifth birthday party, or a more common theme like a friend’s “fireman” theme. “Theme” might be too strong – it could better be put as a child’s affinity, latest Disney promo, or obsession-of-the-week.
Recently, my oldest son Caden had a “pirate” party, and so I put together a pirate party package. My plan was to create custom labels to give the party a pop of originality without the cost. I used the labels for the paper cups and plates, party hats, gift bags and favors, the invitations and envelopes.
First, I used a bookplate label for the smaller items. The ships and stylized font were the perfect size for a simple name call-out. I put a handful of personalized M&Ms into a sandwich bag, cut off the top plastic zip, and tied it with a gold ribbon.
Next, I created a larger label that had a pirate’s map font. This one worked great on the larger favor bag. I also used this label with folded construction paper to make invitations.
Another super fun label I created was a photo label using a snapshot I took of Caden dressed up as a pirate. I selected the label by the shape I was looking for, combined with a simple font and a large selection of colors. This label worked great on just about everything I tried, from the plates and cups to the invites.