a post-Opera dessert reception, it is a good idea to send out some
enticing, thematic invitations. Here are some ideas for beautiful
invitations that derive their inspiration from various Operas.
from the left, our first invitation is the official one for our
Night at the Opera.
paper (available at any paper store)
- magic markers
- black lace
- hole punch
- red ribbon
- paper rose
On a piece of parchment paper, detail all of the important
information for the party, such as date, time, and what you'd
like people to wear (i.e. costumes). Detail a red rose in homage
to Carmen (who throws a rose at Don Jose, her intended).
Crunch the paper into a ball and unwrap it again carefully.
Using scissors, cut around the edges to give it a rough look.
Light a candle, and slowly bring the edges of the invitation to
the flame. As soon as the corner of the invitation starts to burn,
blow it out right away. Hold your invitation above the flame and
allow it to turn a bit brown, being careful not to let it catch
Lay black lace over top of the paper and cut it to the form of
Add two holes at the top and thread ribbon through the invitation
and lace overlay.
Run a paper rose in and out of the lace.
The result is an unusual and unique invitation.
clockwise from the left, the next inspiration comes from an all-time
"The Marriage of Figaro"
- blank certificate
- black marker
- blue ribbon
- seal (the
letter "M", for "Marriage")
- two plastic
gold wedding bands
Detail the title of the opera on top of the certificate. Add
the rest of the party details (i.e. "Susannah and Figaro
are getting married
"). Forge their signatures at the
bottom of the page.
Fold ribbon at bottom of certificate. Dip sealing wax in candle,
and hold it over the ribbon, allowing it to drip onto it. Press
into wax with your seal.
Add wedding bands and a dusting of confetti to the envelope.
The last invitation for a night of music is inspired from the
"The Barber of Seville"
On score paper, detail different notes on staffs.
List all of the party details under the notes, so your musically-inclined
friends can sing along to "I'm having a dessert reception,
and you're invited
Use the same musical theme on the envelopes.
With all of
these options for invitations going out to your friends you're
guaranteed to have a full house!