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Anticipating Birthday Invitations

Jun 28, 2008
Marking human birthdays is a lengthy tradition. Of course, the tradition does not date back to the dawn of human history-comprehension of lunar cycles and a calendar is required, naturally-but there have been festivities surrounding birthdays for thousands of years. Many rulers loved to throw parties for themselves. These were showy fetes. Birthdays were not necessarily restricted to the aristocracy, however. In some pagan societies, evil spirits were feared to stalk the birthday boy or girl. To ward them off, well-wishers surrounded the honoree for protection and made a ruckus. Ironically, this sounds an awful lot like some 21st century birthday bashes!

When planning for a successful birthday party, especially a milestone birthday, it is nice to establish the right tone. This means finding the perfect invitation. For such an occasion as a coming-of-age birthday or those birthdays that are so hard in later years-the ones that end in zero-invitations can create an air of elegance and sophistication that sets your event apart as something significant.

The finest birthday invitations are created through a relief printing method that is over five hundred years old. It is a labor intensive process, so very few modern printers practice it. Letterpress printing is still done by hobbyists and small presses, though. Art books, special editions, broadsides, and exquisite announcements and invitations are their specialties.

These printers often offer valuable personal attention, helping customers choose amongst a variety of rich papers, embellishment options, type face, and artwork to come up with the perfect invitation card. (Though the printing method is half a millennium old, the designs range from old fashioned to sleek and modern and everything in between!)

Planning a birthday party for a loved one can be a joy. The invitation gives party guests their first impression. To increase the anticipation for party goers, a gorgeous letterpress invitation is a wonderful start.
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