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It’s Not Too Late to Order Your Invitations for Graduation!

This is an advertisement for Basic Invite but all opinions are mine.

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the school year already. Graduation season has arrived! I can’t wait to see all of my loved ones get promoted or graduate this 2018 year!

What is even more exciting is creating the perfect graduation announcement invitation. I love to design my own thing and Basic Invite makes it even easier.

What makes Basic Invite different?

Graduation Invitations | AprilNoelle.comAlmost Unlimited Colors

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service

Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.


Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

Don’t Forget the Thank You Card!

I am pretty good at remembering to send out timely thank you cards and graduations are no exception. Get your thank you graduation card from Basic Invite too so that it can be just as beautiful as the invitation!


Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51



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The #Minions Have Invaded! (Minion Inspired Birthday Party on the Cheap)

Two months in the making, I dreamed of the perfect little birthday party for my little Butterfly. Her first birthday was perfect for me, but fell short for extended family. Determined not to repeat the same mistake, I had to mesh my desire to keep things fairly low key (and frugal) while inviting a host of family and friends.

My little Minion Butterfly has been talking Minion, asking Minion and loving Minion since seeing the movie The Minions this summer. So I decided that we’d have a Minion Inspired Birthday Party. The great thing about the Minions is that they are based on two colors: blue and yellow.

Minion Inspired Birthday Party on The Cheap
Minion Wallpaper © Copyright Richard Croft and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

As always, every time I headed to Wal-Mart and Target, I checked out the clearance section. I’m not one to question, but I found napkins and plates on sale for just a dollar a pack. I figured I could stop by the Dollar Tree and fill in the gaps. Blue and yellow items are easy to find. I picked up napkins, plates, bowls, spoons, and cups.

From left to right in the graphic above:


Yellow cup
Electrical tape
Googly eyes
Minion stickers
Black marker to write their name
Elmer’s Glue

I’m not big on goodie bags, but I big on crafts for the kids. So, I came up with customizing their own cup. The black electrical tape was the simplest way to make a solid black line around the cup without drawing or using tape. I pretaped all of the cups. At the party, the children had the options of getting one large googly eye or two small ones and up to three stickers. They also wrote their name on their cup.

I started to use a glue stick, but the eyes didn’t stick very well. Using the Elmer’s glue worked much better when there was liquid in the cup.


Yellow spray paint
Black marker

The pumpkin brought a nice touch melding the birthday party with nearing Halloween. Initially, I tried to paint it with Tempura paint, giving it a matte finish, but the Tempura paint was lumpy and it was hard to make it look a uniform color. The spray paint was much quicker and easier. Tip: Let the spray paint a full 24 hours before trying to write on it. The marker worked much better when completely dry.


Large yellow napkin
Blue fork and knife
Black streamers
Glue stick

I took the large yellow napkin wrapped around the fork and knife (the smaller yellow napkin with the spoon for dessert). I cut the streamer in half which made the black line about 3/4 inch thick. The streamer was about 4 inches in length, just enough to tie it around the silverware. I used the glue stick to glue on the eyes on the black streamer alone.

Princess Minion Goggles:

Printable tiara (I got mine here)
Minion goggle
Modge Podge
Paint brush

I printed and cut out the tiara, then painted the rim of the goggles and the entirety of the tiara with Modge Podge. Then I liberally applied the glitter. After drying over night, I applied a second coat of Modge Podge so the glitter wouldn’t come off.  Then I glued the two pieces together with the Modge Podge. After it dried, then taped it. I have toddlers, so I need back up on top of back up to make sure things stick.



Color Printer

I wanted to giver her a personalized banner. I was going to send these to print at the store, but the estimated cost was about $12. I opted to print them at home from this site.

My Outfit:

Yellow shirt
Jean dress
Minion googles
Blue Makeup (including extra eye shadow)

I figured since my girls were going to be Minions, I should be too! I had a yellow shirt and a jean dress. I added a piece of tulle as a belt to create an empire waist. I used blue eye shadow to create a blue lip. I applied the eye shadow, then coated with a light colored nude gloss.

After all of the planning and set up, cries for early costume wearing and anger that I wouldn’t cave, I was expecting elation when the day of the party came. Instead, it was met with anger, tears and sheer defiance and refusal to put on the entire outfit. Therefore, in their place, Lalaloopsy and Circo® Color Pop Doll will showcase their outfits.

Minion Inspired Birthday Party on the Cheap - Girls
After some cookie bribery, and a couple days later, I was able to get the girls in their costumes.

Minion Butterfly’s outfit:

Yellow shirt
Goggles (from above)
No-Sew Tutu

I got the shirt from H&M. The skirt is a basic elastic headband and glittery navy blue tulle that I got from Walmart. I cut the tulle in half to create a thickness of 3″, slide it through one of the holes in the headband and tie. You can opt not to cut it, and it will create a much fuller skirt. Minion Bee’s outfit was the same, except I used basic blue tulle and only went around the headband once. For a full tutorial, click here.


Of course, I mentioned that this was “on the cheap”, so check out this frugality:


4 Tablecloths* – $4
Birthday banner printables – exact price unknown, estimated price $6
32 Minion plates – $4 (on sale regular price – $9)
24 yellow cups* – $2
2 rolls of electrical tape* – $1
2 rolls of black streamers* – $1
16 Minion napkins – $2 (on sale regular price $4)
24 yellow napkins* – $2
48 utensils (pack of spoons, knives and forks)* – $1
6 small pumpkins – $6
2 Minion balloons – $6
6 regular balloons – $7.74
1 roll of yellow ribbon* – $1
Pack of Minion stickers* – $1
Pack of assorted googly eyes – $1.29
2 packs of Minion goggles – $2.58
Yellow spray paint – $3.49

Grand total = $41.10 for all decorations
* = found at the Dollar Tree


Minion Bunny – needed overalls – on sale at Old Navy: $15
Minion Bee – shirt ($4) and tutu ($3): $7
Minion Butterfly – shirt ($4) and tutu ($3): $7

Costume total: $29

Bounce house – $120

Food – $30

Party for 30 people: approximately $230. If I skipped the bounce house, obviously, this would be a lot less. 

What did you think of my decorating on the cheap? What is your last themed party? Do you have a post describing it? Let me know in the comments.

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