“CAN” you come to my party? Creative Party Invitations

creative party invitations

For Leah’s birthday party this year, she wanted to make some creative party invitations. We created this idea in 2009 for her 3rd birthday and they are not only adorable, but they are super SIMPLE to make- which is just the way I like it!

Leah chose to have a mermaid theme, so I searched etsy for some mermaid clipart and I made the following invite:

mermaid invites

Please feel free to use this image for personal use only:

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But the creativity didn’t stop there! Using the same basic steps found on THIS post, we rolled up these invites, stuffed them inside empty fruit cans and filled them with candy.

(Read THIS post for the full tutorial, but basically you are going to open the cans from the bottom, empty the contents, clean & dry them, then glue them back up keeping the metal “pull tab” intact so your guests can use it to open the can. Super simple!)

To decorate the outside of the cans, I cut some purple and blue tissue paper into scallop strips and glued them in layers, starting at the bottom and working my way up.

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Lastly, I made this tag to go on the outside of the can, telling invitees to pull the tab to get the invitation. I attached it to the can with a loop of ribbon through the pull tab.

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So, what do you think?

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This post originally published in August 2009 but was updated in August 2013

About Stephanie

Stephanie is the creator of Somewhat Simple. She is married to her her best friend and together they are raising 4 sweet kids who keep them busy, but make life fun! They are Orange County transplants who are now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, and creating simple projects in her "spare time."


  1. 4Castellanos6 says:

    Ooh that is super cute and looks easy. I need to start looking at stuff for Selah's 2nd party

  2. naomi carmen* says:

    what a cute idea! thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today. i like yours, too! ;)

  3. Beverly says:

    Cute idea. Found you through my daughter Lauren–uswheelers.blogspot.com. In doing the can invitation, could you use one of those can openers that takes off the whole lid? Then you wouldn't have to worry about sharp edges, plus the lid pops back on pretty easily.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Beverly, I haven't tried the "fancy" can opener, but I would think that would work just fine! Try it out and let me know!

  5. I have made many of these cans. However I used the Safety Can Opener. Make sure you look for cans that have the Ridge at the bottom, not the ridge that blends in the can. Once I take the BOTTOM off….after washing and drying overnight .I then decorate my can, I glue the bottom back on with E6000… You will never know. No hot glue. no ridges. The can openers can be found anywhere. Love your blog

  6. what a stinkin cute idea!! thanks for sharing.

  7. Wynn Harle says:

    This has got to be the cutest birthday invite I have ever seen.

  8. Such an adorable idea! Just shared on my FB page – http://www.facebook.com/planmeaparty

    All the best,

    Plan Me A Party & Prettimini Party Goods

  9. What a cute creative idea!

  10. The invitation itself is adorable, and I absolutely love how you packaged the invites! Great idea to use for Valentine’s day or for a card/gift that could be sent through the mail. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Adorable, absolutely adorable. This is such a creative idea!! How did you think of it the first time?
    I linked over from the Whipperberry Link Party where I am participating too with Sympathy Card and Free Sympathy Cut File and would love it if you’d stop by.
    Hugs, Antonella :-)

  12. CHarlotte P. says:

    Could these be customized? I would love one with a blonde mermaid for the card that goes on the can. My daughter was just saying she wanted a purple mermaid party and I thought where will I ever find that! Adorable!!!

    • I bought this clipart on Etsy- I wish I was talented enough to create my own and customize it for you. But you should look on etsy- they have a TON of mermaid clipart!


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