A dear friend of mine is having her golden birthday next week. If you don’t know what a golden birthday is, let me tell you cause it’s kind of a big deal. It’s a once in a lifetime event where you turn the same age as your birth date! Megan is turning 28 on the 28th of this month. Get it? Cool.

I’m in charge of designing the invitations for this unique event, and having absolutely no graphic design training whatsoever, the BeFunky Graphic Designer came to my rescue. There are tons of beautiful templates to help kick off the design process, so whether you need an invitation for a golden birthday or just a regular old birthday, let me show you how to make DIY invitations that are sure to impress.

Step 1: Choose A Template

Once you’re in the Designer, click on the ‘Templates’ tab and select ‘Event Graphics’, then ‘Invitations’. Here’s what I started with:

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Step 2: Change Up The Background Image

Since these are for a golden birthday, I chose a goldleaf background using one of Pixabay’s stock images. From the Image Manager tab, you can either upload one of your own photos or choose to search Pixabay’s extensive library of over 420,000 free stock photos.

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I simply drag-and-dropped this beautiful photo of goldleaf into the template to replace the previous photo of the kid named Nolan. So long, Nolan.

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Step 3: Change Up The Text

In addition to updating the party information, I dragged some text to the top of the invite and and played around with the layout. Colors and fonts can also be tweaked by clicking on the text boxes and exploring dropdowns such as ‘font family’, ‘font size’, ‘blend mode,’ etc.

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Step 4: Add Some Graphics

Clicking on the ‘Design Elements’ tab opens up a wide array of graphics you can add to your invite. I added some lines and a birthday cake to break up the text:

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The duplicate button is my best friend when I want to add multiples of the same thing, like a line I’ve already resized.

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You can also use the color picker to match specific colors. I used it to make the color of the cake graphic the same color as the gold text:

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Step 5: Final Touches

To finish up, I decided to add some text to the body of the invitation. People have to know how special this day is!

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And last but not least, I decided to add a drop shadow effect to the text at the top of the invite. In order to accomplish this, I duplicated the text I wanted to drop shadow, then changed the color to match the gold text in the body of the invite using the color picker.

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I moved the darker text backwards using this lovely button:

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Then I moved the darker text slightly to the right to accomplish a shadowing effect.

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And now, the finished product!

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I literally cannot wait to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime birthday for my stellar friend! Great events like this deserve beautiful invitations and lucky for you, the BeFunky Designer has all the tools you need to design like a champion.

Start designing the invites for your next grand event right here:

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