I’m in the midst of planning a donut birthday party, and wanted invites that were whimsical and easy to put together.
I sketched out a design and came up with an invite you can make in 7 easy steps. You don’t need card stock to make these, but you will need paper that’s a bit thicker than your average printer paper. They’re cheap – and fun – to make.
Pour yourself a cup of tea, and say – as only someone who worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts can – “It’s time to make the doughnuts…”
In answer to your question, yes, repeating that ad every time you hit the counter at Dunkin’ Donuts and spy an empty case only gets funnier with time. (Not.)
(Makes 12 invites)
- 5 pages tan paper (about 8 1/2 x 11 size) for the doughnuts
- 3 pages light pink paper (about 8 1/2 x 11 size) for the frosting
- 2 pages white paper (about 8 1/2 x 11 size) for the invite details
- Brads to attach the pieces together
- Eyeball your envelopes: First grab your envelope and find something round in your house to trace the doughnut shape. Line up whatever you’re tracing against the envelope to make sure the doughnut – your largest circle – is going to fit inside. Convince your Mom to help you cut out 12 tan circles.
- Give yourself room to write: Find a smaller circle that is about half the size of the tan circle. This small, white circle will be where you can write all the party details. Keep in mind that your frosting will need to cover this small, white circle, but still leave enough space to have the tan doughnut show around the edges. Once you’ve settled on your size, cut 12 small, white circles.
- Draw out your frosting: Take one of the small, white circles from step 2 and place it on a pink sheet. Draw a drippy frosting blob around the white circle. You want it large enough to cover the white circle (which will have the invite details), but not so large that it’s overwhelming the tan doughnut. This one took me a few tries, so I recommend tracing this part with a pencil and having a good eraser handy.
- Write out your invite: Write out your message on the pink frosting, leaving plenty of space to apply sprinkles later. You’ll want to do this writing first to figure out a way to attach the brad without obscuring the message.
- Fasten all three with a brad: Grab a tan circle, a white circle and a frosting blob. You’re going to attach these sandwich style, so think of the tan circle as your bread, your white circle as the cheese and the pink blob of frosting as the other slice of bread. Find a spot within or around your text where the brad can be inserted without obscuring the message. It might help to have a sharp pair of scissors handy to poke the hole through the thicker paper. Repeat until you have all your doughnuts made.
- Add the party details: Slide the pink frosting blob aside so you can see the white circle. Figure out the who, what, when and where and trace lines to make sure your text fits. (I know, I hate tracing too. But it will make the finished product look so much neater.)
- Sprinkle away: Slide the pink frosting blob back into place and add glue marks where you want the sprinkles to go. I bought beads with my supplies, thinking that they’d do the trick, but good ole’ sprinkles looked much better. Compare the two below.
Once you make your doughnut invites, share a picture in the comments section below. I’d love to see how yours came out. Check back for the doughnut party menu to plan your own party!
And since we’re talking doughnuts, here’s a recipe for baked-fresh-from-the-oven Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts that you won’t be able to stop eating. Enjoy!