Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Squiggles' Birthday Party Invites

I have this need to avoid commercial mass produced stuff. It doesn't mean that everything I buy is one of a kind. Let me try and explain. I don't buy Squiggles books that are produced by Disney etc. Mainly because I feel that the raison d'etre for these books is not to provide a good story or great illustrations which fire the child's imagination but they are there as part of an over reaching marketing strategy to create cartoon / brand loyalty in the child's mind. Now I know that a year down the line when Squiggles thinks the world of whichever character I will be eating my words but the control is still with me at the moment.

Now you're wondering what this has to do with Squiggles' birthday party invites. Well, in a misguided attempt to avoid all the Disney invites, I actually created all the birthday invites for Squiggles's 1st birthday from scratch. Now, this was a by-product of me having too much time. But more that I wanted to do something really special to mark her birthday. Create something. This was particularly a challenge because I am not creatively inclined. Really. Not. Plus, DD was particularly discouraging! So, that meant that I had to prove him wrong :).

So I asked around and found out about a couple of art and craft stores that I could source my materials from. When I got there, I was gobsmacked. There were rows and rows of stuff. That really is the best way to describe it. I had no idea where to start from. Finally, a staff member seeing me looking more than a bit lost, came to help me. After a super fast 10 min introduction to the world of craft, she left me to figure it out myself. Let's just say that by the time I left, I was out of pocket by a sum which one shouldn't really spend on birthday invites. I tried to justify it to myself by saying that I could re-use some of the materials, but I had to return 2 more times because I ran out of 'stuff'!

I think they came out quite well. Each card was different. Some had the child's name on there. Some had 'It's a Party'. Each was unique. And I took pictures to show Squiggles for when she grows up!

Here's a sample of a few of them.


Rohini said...

Thats a lot of effort, kudos mommy. It reminds me of my mom who made cards for both my brother and my birthday every year until we were 10. I think we then told her to stop embarrassing us. (Sigh! how mean i was) I still remember the cards of one particular year and how excited all my classmates were and how proud I was of my mom.

WaitingforSunshine said...

Cool... Squiggle would be so proud when you show her all these later :)

Squiggles Mom said...

Ro - we're all mean to our moms till we become moms and realise the depth of the love that is behind their every action. So sweet that your mom made your birthday cards. Do you still have them saved?

waitingforsunshine - I hope so! Somehow, she's going to be like 'whatever'.

deepa said...

Now, I'm gobsmacked with these and wish one of them had MY name on it:-)

Here's wishing a rollicking first party to Squiggles.

And...totally with you on the Disney thing. You will esp. be in a tizzy if you ever enrol S in a montessori where they forbid( sort of) any accessories/clothing etc with Disney cartoons. I challenge you to go forth and find a backpack/bottle/sleeping mat made for 3 year olds not emblazoned with Disney characters:-)( it took me so much time that I was afraid V would be in next grade by the time I did)

DotThoughts said...

with you on disney. the invites look amazing! you are one talented mama!

Squiggles Mom said...

Deepa - That sounds tough. Everything I see has one of the disney characters on it!

Dottie - Am relieved you agree :). I felt a bit silly writing that!

Asha said...

Loved the invited.. so innovative