If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that Mini-Minties love to party! Kids’ birthdays should be over-the-top special. So we asked our design community to design children’s birthday party invitations for everything from first birthdays to Sweet Sixteens. Just like their parents, these budding design-aficionados want invites that are fun, fresh, and unique. The special prize winners below really took that to heart! Congratulations, winners!
Snapshot Award for the best design incorporating a photo of the birthday boy or girl
“Big One” by Hailey Myziuk
Hailey’s design shouts “one” in a big way! We love the big, bold lettering with the delicate type and color palette. What really strikes us is the very clever, unique way that Hailey incorporates a photo of your little one.
Runner Ups (clockwise from left): “Look” by ERAY | “Oh What Fun” by The Social Type | “Rosie the Raccoon” by nocciola design | “Confection” by Kristie Kern | “Happy Elleventh!” by Wendy Fessler
Variation on a Theme Award for the best design for a themed party
“Spa Party” by Cecile Paper Lounge
Now this is one theme we can all get behind! We immediately fell in love with Cecile’s adorable illustrations and with how she fully embraces her theme. From the masks and cucumbers to the sweet flowers and delicate scalloped edge, every detail seems fit for a day of pampering.
Runner Ups: “The Dude Junior” by kelli hall | “Yo Ho Ho!” by Susan Asbill | “Howdy Party” by Heather Francisco | “Circus Seal” by Wendy Van Ryn
Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts
“Talk about a Sweet Sixteen!” by hannahcloud DESIGN
Doesn’t this design make you wish you could do your sweet sixteen all over again? We love Hannah’s bright, cheerful colors straddling the white background and the photo. Her overlapping, organic speech bubbles give the design so much life and energy.
Runner Ups: “Over the Rainbow” by kelli hall | “Secret Garden” by Ana Gonzalez | “Whimsical Ribbon” by Abby McElfresh
Birthday Baby Award for the best design for a first birthday party
“A Year of Firsts” by Ana Gonzalez
We love how Ana’s “Year of Firsts” isn’t just a party invitation; it’s a tribute to your little one’s whole first year of life! What a clever way to share so many firsts with family and friends. Not to mention how well she fits all that information in with a clean, structured layout.
Runner Ups: “Endless Fun” by Momo | “Paper Circus” by Wondercloud Design | “Cloudy with a Chance of Fun” by kelli hall | “One Happy Day” by The Occasional Hello
Pre-K Play Award for the best design for a boy or girl ages 3-5
“Flying High” by Susie Allen
This is one refined little monster! We absolutely love Susie’s adorable illustration. Her subtle textures, quirky shapes, and loveably preppy accents make this one very adorable invitation. Perfect for any little monster who’s sure to let loose at the next birthday party.
Runner Ups (clockwise from bottom left): “Roaring Good Time” by Serenity Avenue | “What a Doll!” by Heather Francisco | “Pretty Little Five” by Kayla Grunder | “Cakeasaurus” by Pistols | “We’ve Got Our Hands Full” by Waui Design
It’s Elementary Award for the best design for a boy or girl ages 6-9
“Pinata Surprise” by The Factorie
There’s always something so exciting about a piñata and we love Carla’s spin on it. Her colorful piñata balances perfectly with her minimal background and refined type. The little pieces of candy and the vague promise for an afternoon of surprises build the anticipation in such a fun way!
Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “space-bot” by nocciola design | “Cecilia” by Paper and Parcel | “Out of this World” by Amber Barkley | “Big Splash!” by jenincmyk | “groaaar” by cecile paper lounge | “The All-Star” by Jennifer Wick
Tweeny Bopper Award for the best design for a tween girl or boy ages 10-12
“Super Party” by snickerdoodles
It’s easy to imagine your tween being incredibly excited about this invite! Lori’s bold type, sharp skyline, determined superhero, and rough texture combine to form such a lively design. We love the block text against the off-kilter layout.
Runner Ups: “Gone Camping” by Kathleen Niderhauser | “Fiesta!” by Susie Allen | “Secret Agent” by Kayla King
Teen Dream Award for the best design for a teenage girl or boy ages 13-16
“Sun Sand + Surf” by Laura Hankins
What teen doesn’t dream of a beach party? Laura always strikes that perfect balance between lots of beautifully bold design elements and a very clean, structured design. Her fun type fits perfectly into her illustrated sun, sand, and surf.
Runner Ups: (top row) “Watercolor Strokes” by Shari Margolin | “Sweet Sixteen” by Paper Dahlia | (bottom row) “Sweet Type” by Hooray Creative | “One Night Only” by Inky Livie | “Beachy Style” by trbdesign
Seeing Double Award for the best design for twins of all ages
“Twin Voice” by VOSS
Sara certainly has a knack for using photos in fun, clever ways. We love how she lets each twin have his or her own voice within this invitation. The minimal design elements and clean text also let the kids’ photos really stand out – just as it should be!
Runner Ups: “Vintage Stripes” by Simone Klein | “Double Cupcake Fun” by Serenity Avenue | “Pandamonium” by 2BSquared Designs | “Numbered Block” by Amber Barkley
Castles to Caves Award for the best design for either a princess or a superhero party
“Super Birthday Girl” by Tara Lilly Studio
We love a super girl and Tara Lilly’s is one of the coolest we’ve seen. Her comic book details like the dotted background, bright colors, and flashy shapes give a lot of personality to her design.
Runner Ups: “Fairy Stars” by Kimberly FitzSimons | “Up Up and Away!” by Jennifer Wick | “Party Princess” by VOSS | “Our Little Princess” by Tereza Sasinkova Lukasova
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