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Creative and unusual ways to ask guests to attend your party 

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There's nothing wrong with choosing preprinted invitations and writing in information about a party, and there are numerous innovative and lovely designs available for all types of events. If you want to make it more personal (or if your guest list is large, local stationers and some party supply shops offer custom-design and printing services, including 3-D cards, photo-insert cards, invitations with special folds and more.

  Some hosts are taking it a step further and putting together very personalized invitations both for mailing and some that must be hand-delivered. For these, hosts must be willing to put in some extra time to hunt down and assemble items. Good sources are local stationers, craft stores, carnival supply stores, thrift shops and discount stores.   

Here are some ideas for make-your-own custom invitations:

Beach ball with party information printed on it for a beach-themed party

Flip-flops with an invitation attached for a pool party

Packs of flower seeds tied with a pretty ribbon for a garden party

Plastic toy microphone for karaoke party

Tea bags in a pretty bag for tea party

A little bag of white glitter for a Tinkerbell or fairy party

Tiny plastic pumpkin with a light stick for a spooky Halloween party

Miniature toy magnifying glass (or old paperback novel from a thrift store) for detective/mystery party

Luggage tag for a going-away party

Key with an invitation attached for housewarming party

Chinese takeout carton with fortune cookie and invitation inside for a China-themed party

Folded newborn diaper with invitation on the inside for baby shower

Box of conversation hearts for Valentine's Day party

Old 45 record with party information written on it for a sock hop/1950s party

Salt shaker with invitation inside for margarita party

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