Because I’m not busy or anything.
Now I see why people have these obnoxious, over the top birthday parties. The urge to go overboard is strong. Really effing strong.
But I’m trying to curb it as well as I can and remind myself that this is a child’s birthday party. A birthday party he won’t remember. And in total candor, folks, my budget for this party is about $8. But hey, I’m used to making $8 enough. So for the invitations, I DIY’d that shit. I have a metric fuckton of leftover wedding crap, so I dug up some leftover black cardstock, and purchased this card kit from AC Moore:
Except in a brown paper bag color that they don’t have listed on their website. I believe it was actually closer to $10, it might have been on sale.
So without further ado, here’s what I rustled up for about $10.
I asked (begged, and bugged and pleaded) one of my coworkers to doodle up some pirate shit on the envelopes. She was kind enough to indulge me. And only two came back like this:
I used my super fly calligraphy skills to address them, but I’m not gonna show you that because I’d either have to waste one with a fake name and address, or put someone’s address out on the interwebz. Not gonna. Trust me though.
Trust me. It’s awesome.
I got lucky at the post office and found these US Merchant Marine stamps:
Thank god I found something that goes. Because be damned if I would be sticking some lame ass liberty bell on those envelopes. And I really didn’t want to go the custom route because it’s expensive..and as I mentioned, I have $8. So thank you, USPS.
Inside these lovely envelopes:
Yep. we actually took the time to burn those edges. They smell like fiyah. Glued them onto leftover wedding cardstock using my handy little Xyron glue runner thing. We figured out when making our wedding invitations that this was the best glue for cardstock, btw: http://www.amazon.com/Xyron-3-8-inch-Adhesive-Runner/dp/B000S168L6
So there’s one side. And on the other side is this:
Again, can’t show you the whole thing because we gotta keep the stalkers at bay. But I just made it up in Word after googling for wording and an appropriate watermark.
I would show you more stuff that I’m pinning and planning, but a certain chunky bald fellow is demanding my attention right now. Something about needing food or whatever.