I just finished designing the invitations for Jason’s upcoming fourth birthday party. It’s a guitar/music themed party, so I’m using records for the invitations. Since I’m pretty certain my son has never seen a record or a record player, I also bought a 1970s Fisher-Price record player to provide some context. Still working on finding records that aren’t scratched and play music we’re willing to listen to.
I got the idea for the invites from this post on Momtastic, which provides some great ideas for hosting a music-themed children’s party.
Here’s how I made the invitations:
- Purchased a batch of Styx 45s on eBay (later found a few extras at Half Price Books).
- Created a record sleeve by gluing two pieces of 7 3/8 inch square paper together along 3 edges.
- In Illustrator, designed the front and back record label using a 3 1/2 diameter circle template. Also created a circle-shaped label to add to the record sleeve.
- Printed all three of the circle labels (front record, back record, sleeve) and cut them out using a 3 1/2 inch circle paper punch (turned upside down so I could see the line of the circle).
- Placed the label upside down on the record and turned over to draw the center circle onto the label. Used an exacto knife to cut out the center circle (Note: this was the hard part. For the remaining invites, I’m going to look for a small circle punch with a long extension). Repeated with the second record label.
- Glued the labels to each side of the record and also glued the sleeve label.
- Purchased 7 1/2 inch square vellum envelopes.
DIY: Record Label Template (based on the size of a 45 record)