By Jen Casebeer and Hope Tammany, Minted Community Team
Start the party! In our Come Join the Fun Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge and the Icing on the Cake Kid’s Birthday Party Décor Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to design fresh party invitations and décor that would make children’s birthday parties exciting and fun. We sought lots of diversity in design for all age ranges. We were so excited by the results – there’s something here for every little reveler (and we think you’ll find yourself joining in the fun). We’re very pleased to announce the winners of our special prizes below. Congratulations everyone!
Come Join the Fun! Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge
Snapshot Award for the best photo party invite featuring the birthday boy or girl
“Mod Shout Out” by Oma N. Ramkhelawan
We love that Oma’s design is at once both simple and playful. Her organic speech bubbles give the birthday kid a real voice, complete with asking for regrets “to my mom.” This design doesn’t just complement the photo, but adds depth and humor to it.
Runners Up: “The Big One” by design market | “Sparklers” by Melanie Severin | “Comic Book Superhero” by Monica Tuazon
Out of the Box Award for the most original, fresh take on a birthday party invite
“Art Party” by Amber Barkley
Amber definitely went out of the box with this fun, bold art party invitation. Her unique color palette and her mix of circles, lines, and sweeping paint swatches would have any kid (or adult) aching to get painting!
Runners Up (clockwise from top left): “The Movie” by Tanya | “Hot Dog!” by Danielle Hartgers | “Petit Monsieur” by guess what? | “Mod Party Birds” by Cindy Tomcyzk
Shape Award for the invitation that best uses one of Minted’s die-cut shapes
“Vintage Rail” by Smudge Design
Reneé’s “Vintage Rail” takes the cake for the best use of a die-cut shape. We love that she chose an unusual, straight-on angle for her train. What makes this truly special is the way the steam mimics the shape of the scalloped die-cut.
Runners Up: “Wagon Wheels” by Squareview Studios | “Flower Wreath Birthday” by Very Special Devices | “Costume Party” by Jill Means
Girl’s Dream Party Award
“Princess Crown Doodle” by Lehan Veenker
This invitation would absolutely set the tone for a prefect dream party! We love that Lehan’s very sweet, doodled crown can be moved around to fit any photo. Plus, what little princess doesn’t love a little faux glitter?
Runners Up (from left): “Crown Swirls” by Alethea and Ruth | “Princess and Pirate Ball” by Rebecca Bowen | “Woodland Ballerina” by Laura Bolter Design | “Royal Ball” by Giselle Zimmerman
Boy’s Dream Party Award
“Monstrous Fun Monster Bash” by Lala Watkins
Lala’s “Monstrous Fun Monster Bash” is just that – monstrously fun! Every detail adds to the energy in this card: from the falling triangles and dancing music notes to the adorable, unique monsters wearing ever-so-sweet party hats.
Runners Up (from left): “Treasure Hunt Party” by Four Wet Feet Design | “Hey Party Animals” by Snow and Ivy | “Blast Off to Space” by Alethea and Ruth | “Party Trucks” by Pistols
Can’t Grow Up Fast Enough Award for the best invitation for older kids
“Whole Lotta Fun” by Inkwell Design Studio
What kid wouldn’t love this design? It’s fun and festive in every way. Jessica’s bright colors, alternating blocks, and mixed type all give this invitation a certain excitement. This is one party that is sure to thrill for a variety of ages!
Runners Up: “Move Night” by Oma N. Ramkhelawan | “Polka Dot Swim” by Olive and Jude | “Retro Skate” by Lehan Veenker | “Game On” by design market
Number Award for the best design that celebrates a specific age
“Garland Celebration” by Alethea and Ruth
This design is all about celebrating your age (and doing it in style)! Rachel’s adorable patterned buntings and chains frame the age perfectly. We love the layered white type over it too.
Runners Up: “Little Caterpillar” by Betta | “My Age” by Kim Dietrich Elam | “Monster Bash” by Petite Papier | “Stacked Balloon” by guess what?
Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best multi-photo party invitation
“What a Year” by Lauren Chism
Lauren excels at clean, simple, and chic. “What a Year” is no exception! Her neatly placed photos allow you to show off plenty of photos of the little one, while the perfectly-placed type along the bottom provides all the details. We love the soft, gentle feel of this design.
Runners Up: “First Moments” by Melanie Severin | “Block Party” by Carol Fazio | “Photo Big One” by Katherine Moynagh
Icing on the Cake Kid’s Birthday Party Decor Challenge
The 1.0 Award for the best party decor with themes appropriate for a 1 year old girl or boy (which ideally works well for either gender)
“Vintage Pull Toys” by Lori Wemple
Lori’s pull toys are sweetly nostalgic and utterly adorable! Each panel receives loving attention, from subtle wood textures right down to the smartly outfitted animals. The chevron pattern works wonderfully with this vintage look.
Out of the Box Award for an original, fresh take on birthday party decor
“Modern Color Dipped” by Keen Peachy
Amanda made a splash on the scene this year with her colorful, geometric designs, and this fun banner is one of our favorites so far. With its faux wood texture and bold painterly swatches, you’re bound to love this design as much as your young one. Perfect for a tiny sophisticate!
Versatility Award for a versatile suite that has unique style, but can also coordinate well with store-bought ‘character’ party supplies
“Balloon Party” by Petite Papier
“Balloon Party” gets back to basics with crisp chevrons and festive balloons, making it perfect for our Versatility Award. We can imagine Erin’s banner complementing any theme your little one dreams up – and, of course, showcasing the birthday boy or girl with the fun custom photo panels.
Mix & Match Award for the design that pulls off great design without being matchy-matchy – it displays a diversity of patterns and color that work well together
“Off to Join the Circus” by Amber Barkley
In a riot of color and pattern, each panel of Amber’s banner gorgeously complements the next. Between diamonds and circles and stripes (oh my!), we’re dazzled. The nod to an old-fashioned circus sign is a charming touch.
Number Award for the best design that celebrates a specific age
“Happy Dragon” by Two Pooch Paperie
Kellie’s stylized dragon is an adorable way to celebrate your child’s age, and we confess to loving the homage to a certain wizard academy with the argyle-esque pattern and laurels. The golden swirls are the perfect touch of whimsy – no wands required.
Trains, Planes, and Automobiles Award for the best boy’s party decor suite for a little man 3-5 years old – think trains, fire trucks, garbage trucks, airplanes, and anything else that moves fast
“Five Alarm” by Jessie Steury
How did Jessie give a simple theme such flair? There’s so much dynamism in her strong diagonals and bold type, and the dashing truck will delight any little hero. We love her spunky helmet-and-axe emblem.
Athlete in Training Award for the best sports-themed suite that wouldn’t be too ‘baby-ish’ for a boy 6-9 years old
“Game Day” by Jessie Steury
Batter up! Whatever your sports fan’s game of choice, he’s sure to find it in “Game Day.” Jessie gives such fun attention to details: we love the stitching around one panel, and the uniform-style stripes of another. The slightly weathered texture, worn like a beloved mitt, is just right for your rough-and-tumble guy.