Turning 25 and the Most Fun Online Invitations
I’ve been living two and a half thousand kilometres away from my family and childhood friends going on six years now. Over the years, I’ve found a rhythm between my life in London and regular visits back home but at times I still find myself regretful about missing key events like birthdays and high-school reunions. I haven’t yet found a way to make it to these key moments in person but I want to make a conscious effort to be there and bring others closer to me.
I think this was triggered by the fact that I’m turning 25 this year. I hadn’t even thought about this until about six months ago when I realised this was more of a milestone for me than I expected. Quarter of a century, closer to 30 than 20, call it whatever you want but I think this milestone is a symbol of… growing up. I’m no longer a student or graduate, I’m starting to think about all sorts of grown up things like savings, investments and career moves.
My birthday is in just over two weeks and I want to start by bringing my close friends together to celebrate. And I think I might do that with an *elevated* old-school birthday invitation. A little while ago, I got an email from Paperless Post inviting me to discover their customisable online stationery and I thought they were the perfect place to design my birthday invite. One, their designs are super stylish and they've got loads of them, including Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta and Anthropologie ones. Two, they automatically create an event page for you to track RSVPs and for attendees to post comments so you won't need to track that anywhere else. And three, they are an online service which makes them more sustainable than posting 30 invites.
As I was scrolling through their website, I also found a hidden gem, which I might like more than the regular cards - their flyer functionality. Flyers are completely free (what?!) and also come in loads of playful designs, a lot of which incorporate gifs and moving elements. You can see more in the photographs but I completely fell in love with this functionality and will definitely use it for a lot of invites moving forward. See some of my favourites below.
My invite hasn't been finalised yet as I'm still (typically) mulling over the location so let me know what you think of it and if I should make any changes!