My Halloweenie Roast 2016 theme is Tim Burton!
(For those not in the know, Halloweenie Roast is the name of my annual Halloween party.)
A few years ago, we were all sitting around the bonfire at Halloweenie Roast when someone asked what the following year’s theme would be. (I typically have the next year’s theme figured out before this year’s party even begins.) I shared, but I also asked, “What theme would you guys want to do?”
A few ideas were thrown out before Tim Burton was suggested. At the mention of his name, everyone started talking excitedly about costume ideas and decor suggestions.
I loved seeing my friends get as excited about Halloweenie Roast as I do, so Tim Burton was an easy theme choice for 2016!
If you’re one of my email subscribers, you’ve already gotten a behind-the-scenes look at my party plans – including my costume! (Just one of the perks of getting the Spooky Little Newsletter!)
Today for the blog bash, I’m sharing my Tim Burton-inspired Halloween party invitations and a little peek at the creation process.
My Tim Burton Halloween party invites. >>>
I’m a BIG fan of DIY invitations, and it’s been a few years since I’ve sent a physical invite to my party so I decided it was time to do it again.
But where to start?
I decided off the bat that my party colors would be black and white with hints of purple thrown in, so it was easy to limit my invitations to the same color palette.
The Final Invitation
Here’s what I came up with:
These might be my favorite invitations EVER.
The Creation Process
I started by looking for ideas on Pinterest, which is my favorite party idea resource. (See how I plan my Halloween parties using Pinterest.) I was AMAZED at how many Tim Burton wedding invitation ideas I came across! It also seems to be a popular theme for bridal showers, and I even dug up a Tim Burton-themed baby shower.
But the one I kept coming back to was this:
Before I started planning Halloweenie Roast 2016, I made a promise to myself not to focus too heavily on “The Nightmare Before Christmas” because it would be so easy to pull inspiration from such an iconic movie.
But when I saw these invitations, I just fell in love – not because they were Jack Skellington.
Because they were shaped like a coffin.
It’s those subtle, little details that I like to pay attention to with my Halloween party. I hope a few of my guests noticed it too.
(And before I get too far into this too, let me say these two things:
- These invites were available on Etsy, but the seller no longer has them in stock.
- I have zero intention to ever sell these.)
With the above image as my inspiration, I moved forward with making my own invitations in InDesign.
I started by outlining the coffin shape and made sure to size my page to the size of the envelopes I intended to use.
Then I added the black background, drew a bunch of uneven lines and dropped in a white oval to mimic Jack’s clothing.
And finally, I added my party details and Jack’s bowtie!
Of course, I needed to provide my friends who might not be Burton Buffs, like us, with a list of films. I went through IMDB and pulled a list of every movie Tim Burton has either directed or produced. Then I laid out the back of my invitation:
That might be a little hard to read, so here’s the final list:
Making Invitations, Making Invitations, La La La
That hot pink outline was incredibly helpful when it came time to cut out my invitations, which I printed out at home. (It was the first time getting some serious use out of the new Canon printer I receive for Christmas last year.)
I find cutting out things pretty therapeutic, so I spent an evening on that portion of the project. There’s lots to cut out when you guest list is close to 60 people.
They don’t look exactly like my inspiration, but I’m not a designer so I never expected them to have THAT much detail. I’m really happy with how they turned out and hope my guests enjoy the nod to Jack Skellington. (It may also be a hint at bigger things to come at the party…)
I also have to admit, I’m pretty proud of referencing a “Nightmare Before Christmas” song AND successfully rhyming in my party name and theme.
Ooooh, the envelopes. I stressed about these things SO. MUCH.
See – I try to be resourceful where I can and use what I already have when it comes to Halloweenie Roast. For the last two years, I’ve had a box of 9 x 6-inch envelopes sitting in my filing cabinet. I thought I could use them up this year.
But they’re solid white, and I was determined to have black and white striped envelopes.
First I tried a total DIY approach of drawing lines across the envelopes with marker and then an extra-wide Sharpie. And it looked like CRAP.
Option #2 was to print the lines, but it didn’t turn out the way I wanted either.
Then one day in early September I decided to venture to Hobby Lobby to scope out Halloween goodies for you guys, and it dawned on me: scrapbook paper.
I ended up bring home this book, ripped apart one of my 9 x 6 envelopes and traced it on the paper to make the envelopes I had envisioned in my head.
I was super happy with how these turned out as well and loved the variety in prints. I’ll have a DIY coming your way soon of how I made these so you guys can make your own too!
Because my envelopes weren’t actually envelopes, I had to come up with a good hack to seal them. A purple wax seal was my dream idea, but Houston is hot and figuring out how to go about creating wax seals was going to take too much time (and likely too much money), so I decided to create a sticker.
I started by searching for artwork from Tim Burton himself, but nothing really caught my eye.
Then I came across this:
Four iconic Tim Burton characters in one image? Enjoying drinks?? Yes, please!
I saved and downsized the image and printed them off on Avery labels to create my own stickers:
(I promise they looked cleaner than this picture would lead you to believe.)
(And let me say again, I have zero intention of ever selling these for use.)
I also realize not all my friends are Halloween-obsessed like me, so I try to make things super simple by providing resources for my contests. I have a password-protected page on the site where I house guest-only information, like links to those costume and potluck ideas!
The envelopes were more time-consuming than I originally anticipated, so I sent my invites out in two batches. Dropping off batch no. 1 gave me a little anxiety because I was worried about the crazy envelope prints, larger size or font on the address labels being too much, resulting it everything being returned to my spooky little mailbox. I was also a touch nervous about my handmade envelopes ripping or falling apart as they were processed at the post office.
As far as I know, they’ve all made it to their destinations!
Be free, Halloweenie Roast invitations!
Tim Burton Blog Bash
If you love Tim Burton, please be sure to follow Spooky Little Halloween on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or subscribe to my posts via email, RSS or Bloglovin’. With Tim Burton as my 2016 party theme, there’s lots more to come in the next month!
Please also take time to check out all the other amazing bloggers and Tim Burton fans participating in today’s blog bash:
Holly’s Horrorland | Little Gothic Horrors
Daydream Believer | Not This Time, Naylard Smith
Puddleduck Grange | Magaly Guerrero
Writer on Wheels | Artwork by Living Dead Girl Nicole
Melancholy & Menace | Strange Girl in a Little House
Maynard’s Horror Movie Diary | Luurankoja Kaapissa
Witchery Grove | Etsy Massacre Team
Before you go…
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