| Personalized Princess Box Invitations

As we have previously discussed, Ivy is dead-set on a princess birthday party this year. Though I mourn the loss of the skeleton/robot days, I have made peace with her decision, but we are keeping Disney out of it. Ariel, Snow White, Rapunzel—you are not invited.

Ivy is really into secret messages, I am constantly finding folded up bits of paper tucked into
my shoes and pockets. So when we found these miniature gingerbread man boxes at PaperSource (sadly not on the website) for a quarter a piece, it was clear we had to make personalized princess boxes with a secret message stowed inside.

Like any project she undertakes, Ivy took the construction of each princess very seriously. We divided the labor to maximize our time while Oliver napped.

Phase 1: Princess-ize the boxes. I cut the dresses and crowns out of glittery cardstock and was in charge of hair; Ivy bedazzled and did most of the gluing. Her favorite task was giving each princess a haircut to correspond to the invited guest’s actual length.

Phase 2: I printed the details on an 11×17 sheet of paper and cut them into long strips; Ivy filled in the blank spot with each guest’s name and rolled the papers up, “so they would be secrety.”

Then, remembering Jordan’s brilliant lemonheads invitation, we filled the boxes with candy-coated sunflower seeds and nestled the secret messages into the box.

Then we popped all the tops and hand delivered to ten princess friends (and one very dashing little prince!)  Note: Oliver is trying kidnap himself a princess on the left; Ivy is doing some emergency hair fluffing from the right.

These guys made one very happy birthday girl (who insisted she needed her own invitation too.) They might seem kind of fussy, but really didn’t take too long at all. Plus, when you’ve got a gal like Ivy around, a) simplicity will never do and b) we are constantly working on “projects” anyway. If the party goes half as smoothly as the invitation project, I will be a perfectly pleased mama.

  • Nicole_boldgoods

    March 27, 2012 10:57 am

    This is a fun project. I love how cheap the little boxes at paper source are – since nothing else there is so cheap! I was pretty excited at first because I thought you included beads to make a princess bracelet, but chocolate candy is also fun!

  • Linsey Laidlaw

    March 27, 2012 1:07 pm

    Nicole, I know, I couldn’t believe how cheap they were! I bought them all in case it was a fluke, haha. And what a *great* idea with the beads—I am going to file that idea away—I wouldn’t be surprised if by next year we are still doing princesses and dress ups at the pace we are going. How fun to include an accessory to wear to the party!

  • Jeff

    March 27, 2012 1:31 pm

    I am glad that olivers little chubby hand is trying to grab one. I thought they were M&M’s in the box–but knowing you I should have realized otherwise.

  • Papa Laidlaw

    March 27, 2012 10:16 pm

    What a fun idea!!! Wish I could be there!

  • JILL

    March 28, 2012 11:53 pm

    I love seeing Ivy crafting, the invites turned out so darling with the glitter & googly eyes. Happy Birthday to Ivy!

  • Mara @ {A Blog About Love}

    April 26, 2012 11:54 pm

    SO so so adorable. Love this.

  • Alysa

    May 13, 2012 6:53 pm

    Oh my goodness! That is the cutest, bestest thing! The boxes could be dressed as anything, really! Filing this one away for future use. I just hopped over here from a blog about love and feel like I totally scored, finding this!

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