I am in the process of planning a large Sweet 16 party for my daughter. When I first began shopping for supplies I was surprised by the lack of choices there were in party ware and decorations to match the theme. We finally did decided on a pattern but I had a little problem with the invitations that are part of the set. That problem was their cost. For a pack of 10 invitations and thank you cards, they wanted between 7 to 10 dollars depending on which store you purchased them from. Since I needed 4 packs of them, I just could not bring myself to spend that much so I shopped around to see what I could find to keep with the theme but save myself some money.
To my surprise I found just what I was looking for at Dollar Tree. They had a wide selection of both invitations and thank you cards that were for specific themes like birthdays, baby showers and weddings and also many that could be used for any type of occasion. The cards I found were from a company called Tender Thoughts Greetings. They are for a generic party and just say your invited on the front. They came with 8 invitations and 8 envelopes in the pack. They are made of a heavy card-stock and measure roughly 5x4 inches with a black and white floral pattern on the front and preprinted text inside with blank lines to fill in all the party details. The pack comes with a checklist that you use to write down the names of the guests you sent the invitations to and to log if they are attending the party or not to help keep you organized.
The colors for the party we are having are black, white, silver and hot pink. To dress them up a little to match the theme, I added some silver glitter lines to the top of the card over the existing white stripes and printed the number 16 on my computer which I glittered in hot pink. I then used my scrapbook supplies and popped the number off the card with foam pop dots for a 3D effect. The result I got was a unique invitation that matched the theme and cost me a lot less money for just a little investment of my time.
The invitations go out today and I can't wait to hear what my daughters friends think of them.