My sons birthday party is also sneaking up on me. Because it's in July it requires a little advanced planning to get invitations out to the kids at school before the end of the year. After struggling to come up with a theme for his water slide party I settled on a beach theme. I have printed invitations up from some free online printables sites, but this year I happened upon the most awesome site for printing invitations. It's called Invitationland, and you simply MUST go there and check it out!!!! They have a free sampling of invitations to choose from, and you can save your file as a pfd once your done so you can print more a later date without having to worry about typing it all in again. I am so very pleased with this site I decided to use it again a few days later to make up invitations to a neighbourhood potluck. They have a uber cute little bird and bird house up in a tree that is so cute. The coolest thing, besides their image quality and design (two thumbs up for those), is the fact that the colours used are customizable by you immediately as you are creating the invite. If you decide to purchase the annual subscription to their service, you then get access to the full range of designs, and the ability to make thank you notes and gift tags as well. The price tag is quite reasonable I thought at only $10 for the year. As I mentioned, I have now used it twice as the free samples seemed to fit with my invitation needs. Very pleased with the product so far. For the invitations pictured above, I mounted the cut images (which were sized 4 to an 81/2X11 page) onto some red card stock to thicken them up a bit. For the neighbourhood potluck, I am leaving them on plain paper and printing them up 2 per sheet to leave in the neighbourhood mail boxes.
As a bonus, I believe they also had some printable shower games, which would be super duper handy if your wanting to plan a shower.