Monday, January 18, 2010

The Dreamiest Slumber Party Invitation Ever!


I have been anticipating Mary Ashley's birthday party for months, so excited to host our first girls slumber party! Our theme inspired this sweet little bed invitation, which I made using scraps of fabric leftover from sewing projects for the girls. The little green pillow folds down to reveal party details, including drop-off and pick-up times.


Mary Ashley Is Having a Slumber Party
And We're Dreaming That You'll Come!


This is one of my favorite invitations ever, and I think it would make a great birthday card, as well -- especially when you see the fun surprise I tucked inside! Find the card-making directions below, or keep scrolling to see the surprise.


Directions. To make this 5"-x-7" invitation, start with a blank folded card. Adhere a rectangle of fabric to the front of the card with a fusible web like Heat'n'Bond. This will be the fitted sheet. Next, sew a scalloped edge along a strip of fabric to make the bed's top sheet. Cut fabric away from the scalloped edge. Iron this strip of fabric, pressing the edge under to make a crease. Glue the unfinished edge of the top sheet to the back of a scrap of chenille fabric, folding the scalloped edge over the front to give the look of a top sheet folded over a coverlet. Pull the coverlet and top sheet around to the back of the card, and hot glue the edges around the sides and bottom of the invitation. To make the pillow, secure a monogrammed scrap of fabric to the front of a small rectangular card with fusible web, and use a glue stick to fit a little paper inside the card with party details. Hot glue the pillow card to the top of the invitation. Cut a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper, and glue it to the back of the card to cover the raw edges of fabric. The invitation is complete!


My original plan was to tuck a little card into the pocket made from the invitation's coverlet, or maybe a photo of Mary Ashley. But then I discovered the perfect idea ... .



A Custom Paper Doll!




I was so tickled to find someone on Etsy who makes custom paper dolls! Upon ordering, simply e-mail a photo of your little girl to SandyFordDesigns, and Sandy will e-mail back digital images of a personalized paper doll and five sets of clothes. You can re-size the images as needed and print as many as you like. Sandy was prompt and easy to work with. She even added the top and shorts to the paper doll at no extra charge. I really hope she will get lots of business because she charges very little for a truly special keepsake. (Wouldn't this be a great surprise to e-mail to a special little girl?)




And, look! Those pink pajamas are a perfect fit for our slumber party theme!

I cut out a Mary Ashley paper doll for each invitation and printed the clothes on extra cards. Across the bottom of one of the cards, I added "Help Mary Ashley get dressed for the party!" The paper doll slips easily into bed, and extra clothing can be stored in the pocket that resulted when I wrapped the coverlet around to the back of the card.


Shown here together, paper doll, clothes and card make a perfect invitation and play set all in one!


Wake up to more dreamy slumber party ideas all week!


I'm linking up with Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog

And DIY Day at Soft Place to Land


27 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh.My. Does your creative juices ever run dry?! This is too cute! You truly should write a book on theme parties!! and include these gorgeous pics!!

Suzanne said...

Brilliant idea... just brilliant!
Blessings,
Suzanne :)

Jeanette said...

Is that the cutest thing you have ever seen in your life? Oh my stars!

Heads up about our $50 give away. Nothing to do but comment.

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Debbie said...

This is absolutely adorable. To say that it's creative is woefully inadequate! What a blessed little girl she is.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

you are brilliant! I have to go and look at that etsy seller. I am 47 years old and I think I need a paper doll of my own!

julie said...

very, very cute! and i think i am going to have to order one of those sweet paper dolls! thanks for sharing!

kykathy said...

Well, that just may be the cutest thing I've ever seen! I think my 7 yr old granddaughter will be getting one of these!

Vonda said...

SOOOO CUTE!! I wish Hannah wasn't too big for paper dolls. I may have to get her one anyway! I can't wait to see the party pics!

Rach said...

Oh wow! This is going to be a good one, I can tell. So excited for the week to come!!

Auntie Cake said...

I just knew this one would be good! Wow! Don't you just love it when things come together so beautifully??? Thanks for the link, I will definitely have to pop over there. I love to support women like that. Thanks for sharing your lovely idea! Can't tell you how much I love it!
Kate

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That invitation is too, too cute! What a creative mom you are! And those paper dolls are adorable, thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Stacey

Michelle said...

Adorable! I want to come! I will have to save this idea for future b-day partites. Thanks for sharing!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Just brilliant! Love the paper dolls! I was a paper doll fanatic growing up an dmy friend and I would make our own.

I can't wait for more pictures from the party!

Jennifer Driver said...

Very cute! I can't wait to see more pictures from the party. I checked the etsy site and she has a lot of cute stuff. The price has increased a little - to $13. Neat idea!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

This is SOOO Pretty!! Awesome job! Love it :)
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Keren
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Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

Oh Melissa. Do your wonders never cease!

Many Huge Hugs to you on your first sleepover. (of MANY, MANY!)

Blessings,
k

Brenda said...

Absolutely darling! I can't wait to have some paper dolls made for my daughter!

Cristin@ Serendipity said...

You wouldn't want to miss a party that started off with such a darling invite!

What fun memories will be made!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

you are such a show off! :)

Anonymous said...

This is soooooooooooooooo cute!
Wondering if they would happen to have African-American dolls too?
What a neat idea!

Lianna Knight said...

Such an adorable invite!!!

You can see my DIY project here...
http://bethouaknight.blogspot.com/2010/01/liannas-labels-debut-and-giveaway.html

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I have been noticing your beautiful monograms for a while now and wishing my aging Elna did such a nice job. Would you mind sharing what kind of machine you use? Thanks. Here's my email and then please delete from your blog! Thanks!

Gigi, grandmother of Hannah, Jack, and Sarah, and mother of ASpiritedMind.com

jhaas3@cox.net

Anonymous said...

You are one of the few moms I know that is looking forward to a slumber party!!! I just placed my order with the Esty seller for the dolls - SO cute!!!

Lily said...

I want to learn to do these beautiful cards, I suppose that if I make one for my boyfriend,it will be easier to say "please buy the cheap viagra"

Chris said...

Slumber parties are little girls favorite. Little girls want to have some girl bonding time with their friends. They also love to bring their dolls with them. My daughter and her friends just recently had a slumber party at our home. They bring their dolls with them and they trade 18 in doll clothes and even their own pajamas!

dancilhoney said...

I personalized a card for my girl for their sleepover party and it was cheaper than going to a store to get one! Sleepover Party Supplies

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