Planning our children’s birthday parties can be stressful and time consuming. There is so much to do—we need to choose a venue, a theme that our child loves, and a date that works for all the relatives; order food; pick out party favors; and send adorable invitations.
Every year you probably spend hours online and in stores trying to pick out the perfect birthday invitation for your child’s party. The sad reality is that guests look at it for one minute and quickly toss it into the trash. Why are you wasting all that time, money, and paper on those invitations?
More people are beginning to realize that going paperless for birthday invitations makes the most sense, for so many reasons.
Paperless invitations end up saving you so much time in the long run. You don’t need to run around looking at stores or in invitation books. You don’t need to wait for the invitation order to be delivered. And you don’t need to address envelopes or attach stamps. Instead, you literally send out as many invitations as you want with a few clicks of a button. You also have the opportunity to receive responses from guests right away (if they are good about responding, of course).
You can save money by going paperless because you do not need to buy stamps for snail mail. And you never have to worry about spending more than necessary on the number of invitations you order like with paper invitations. Often with printed invitations, you are required to order a minimum amount and then are stuck with all that extra paper.
Have you ever sent out an invitation and then realized there was a typo or you needed to change a detail like the date, time, or venue? This has happened to me more than once. The first time was with paper invitations and the other time was with an online invitation. I had to change the venue for my son’s birthday a couple weeks after I sent out the invitations in the mail. It was such a hassle to email or call everyone on our list to let them know about the change. And now the invitation was basically moot anyway.
The second time it happened I needed to change the location for my husband’s birthday party. Fortunately, it took two seconds to edit the online invitation, and everyone was emailed an update instantly. Voila! Going paperless allows you to have so much more flexibility when changes or emergencies come up. It is definitely the low stress way to go!
You also don’t have to worry about invitations getting lost in the mail. If a guest says they didn’t receive the email, you can just resend it right away without any delay.
Have Plenty Of Creative Options
Creating an online birthday invitation is simple and so much fun. Paperless Post makes it so easy to send attractive invites online. Their goal is to give you a way to innovate tradition and redefine the how you connect with people. This is why they offer beautiful designs and user-friendly technology to customize special invitations for every occasion.
They have hundreds of designs for every kind of event, including many adorable children’s themes like superheroes, fairytales, sports, transportation, animals, robots, and many more. They also have a large collection of invitations with popular Disney characters on them. You can add your own flair to the invitation by adding a photo and altering the font type, size, and color.
Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Think about this…Americans throw away enough paper annually to build a 12 foot high wall from Seattle to New York every year. When those birthday invitations get tossed in the garbage, they end up harming the environment in a number of ways. We can make a big difference by cutting back on our paper use, including switching from paper to online invitations.
What are you saving when you go paperless?
- Fuel consumption. It takes fuel for the invitation delivery truck to get the invitations to either the store or to your house, and then the postal service needs to distribute them to your guests.
- Trees. An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost each year, equaling a loss of 20 football fields every minute. If the current rate of deforestation continues, it will take less than 100 years to destroy all the rainforests on the earth. Trees produce oxygen, protecting the planet from further global warming. When you save a tree, you ensure that enough oxygen is produced for 3 people to breathe.
- Clean air. Unfortunately, the papermaking process is not a clean one. According to the U.S. Toxic Release Inventory report published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pulp and paper mills are among the worst polluters to air, water, and land of any industry in the country. Each year millions of pounds of highly toxic chemicals such as toluene, methanol, chlorine dioxide, hydrochloric acid, and formaldehyde are released into the air and water from papermaking plants around the world.
- Greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. The pulp and paper industry is the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases among U.S. manufacturing industries. It contributes 9 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing. Additionally, the paper decomposing in landfills produces methane, a greenhouse gas with 23 times the heat trapping capacity of carbon dioxide.
I am so excited to start creating my son’s next birthday invitation in a few weeks. He will probably choose one of these gaming or robotics themed invitations because he is having a technology party.
Keep in mind that you can also easily email out thank you cards after the party. Finally, you can go paperless throughout the year with Paperless Post. I am a huge proponent of electronic holiday cards to avoid all the wasted paper.
*This post was sponsored by Paperless Post.