Easy Invitations with Basic Invite

kids birthday invitations

Layla’s birthday is around the corner so Chris keeps giving me the side-eye. He’s wondering if I’m gonna get crazy with the coordinating and DIY like we did for both Ellie’s first two birthdays. He thinks I’m nuts, like who would really WANT to spend so much time and energy (and money) on a kid’s birthday party? And one they won’t even remember. I get it. It’s not everyone’s idea of fun. But it is mine.

Fun and Easy

That being said, my style is somewhere between themed and simple. I like their little parties to be causal, not over-coordinated and comfortable. I like to build off decor I already have, making sure to make it festive and fun but not overdone.

I’ve been in corporate events for almost 14 years and we don’t often get to do the little detailed diy touches. Like printed invites. So I take advantage of the opportunity. And yes, call me crazy, but this is my idea of fun.

Blame it on second child syndrome – which is totally a real thing – but we’ll probably keep it EXTRA simple for Layla’s second birthday. A beach day or a pool party, something easy. Of course there will be cake and decorations. So these invites will coordinate, and set the tone.

Custom and Quick

On Basic Invite, it’s super easy to create an invite (or announcement or thank you note or whatever), either by uploading a design or using one of their templates. Thanks to a mix of denial and procrastination, I don’t know what the exact theme and vibe Layla’s party will be. So I designed and ordered proofs of a couple options.

I loved these simple photo invitations. You could really pair them with any style of event.

photo birthday invitation

Another fun option is this fiesta theme, since I have somehow collected a good stash of Mexican props over the years:

mexican theme birthday invitation


To create this one, I found a Cinco de Mayo Template (below) and within 5 minutes I switched the text and colors and ordered my proof – super easy! With each design you have the option to choose from different fonts, 180 different colors, and move elements around. It’s catered to us small-detail-lovers that want to create something “custom” but also quick.

basic invite custom proof

I appreciate the option to order a printed proof of what the product will look and feel like. And once you’re ready to order, the site offers an address capturing service where you simply share a link on any form of social media to request your friends and family’s addresses. Once captured, the addresses will be stored in your account and can be selected during the design process. And plan ahead – Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders. Serious value in that!

Since its graduation time, Basic Invite is promoting their graduation invitation cards and invitations for graduation party.

They’re also offering 15% off any order with code 15FF51

basic invite sample template

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to get a jump start on Layla’s birthday next month. Denial is powerful and I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that she will be turning two! I feel like we were just celebrating her first birthday – see those photos here.

Happy creating! XO


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