When you’re looking to print birthday invitations at home for a birthday party, there’s a lot of questions that come up. In fact, after I wrote about the best printer to print party decorations, I got a ton of messages with the next obvious question. What is the best paper for birthday invitations? So, let’s talk paper!
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Maybe you’re planning a birthday party for your little one and purchased a digital invitation from a shop like mine on Etsy. Or maybe you just love party planning like me and are planning another event! Either way, the question of the best invitation paper is an important one.
In a past blog, The Best Paper to Print Invitations, I discussed the number one myth about printing birthday invitations at home. The big secret is that it isn’t dependent on your printer! It’s your paper! That’s right! If you’re looking to create beautiful birthday invitations at home, you’re in luck. You don’t need a fancy smanshy printer. Although, I do have a recommendation for the best printer to print party decorations. But I digress.
So, with that said, if you’re looking to print vibrant and beautiful birthday invitations for a birthday party, here is the Best Paper for Birthday Invitations!
Reviews of The Best Paper for Birthday Invitations
Below are my reviews for the best Paper for Birthday Invitations. All of them are great choices and just depend on your printer abilities, which I go into a little further down. WARNING: Do NOT purchase any of the invitation paper until you have read about your printer capabilities at the bottom! (I would hate for you to buy paper you can’t use!) All the options are your standard 5 x 7 paper and can fit in a standard 5 x 7 envelope (these are the ones I always order.)
I’ll start with the lightest and work my way to the heaviest paper.
The Best Paper for Birthday Invitations: Lightest
The light cardstock paper I recommend for your birthday invitations prints vibrant colors and is what I typically use to print my birthday invitations on. It prints really beautifully and it’s very light and can be fed through almost any home printer.
Print Birthday Invitations on Medium Cardstock
I was really impressed with this paper! It actually prints the most vibrant colors of the three different papers, which surprised me, given the texture! Since it has the textured linen look and feel, I think it could be used for a more formal occasion. For example, I think it would be perfect for a wedding invitation, as opposed to a birthday or shower invitation. However, even though it weighs in at 80lbs, it doesn’t have that “heavy” feel I would expect from a wedding invitation.
3. Ultra Thick 5″ x 7″ Cardstock
This next one is my favorite and the paper I think I will recommend the most for any cardstock invitation. Firstly, it has very vibrant colors – the most important factor, in my opinion. Secondly, it is a bit heavier than the previous linen cardstock. And because it doesn’t have a texture to the paper, I think it works for any occasion. These are an excellent option to print birthday invitations!
4. Sustainable Greetings Index Cards
These were by far the heaviest of the three invitation papers at 110lbs, giving it that “heavy invitation paper” feeling. At first I thought that the colors weren’t as bright as the two other cards I mentioned above. But I am not sold on that. I think it’s a toss up! It’s a great option if your number one priority is the weight of the paper. This is probably the heaviest it gets!
What’s the Best Paper for Birthday Invitations for MY Printer?
When thinking about printing birthday invitations at home for a birthday party, you might be interested in the heavier cardstock birthday invitations. For example, the kind you get from some of those invitation sites. I get that! However, there’s a big problem with that.
Most printers don’t print on paper that’s generally over 72LBS. If you want to find out more about paper weight, and what your printer can print, I would check out my blog called, The Best Printer for Cardstock Invitations. If you don’t have time to read that, and don’t want to buy a new printer, here’s my advice! Just go with the lightest paper! That’s the InkPress Media 5 x 7 paper. That way, you know it will work for your printer, and you don’t have to think about it.
Time to Celebrate Your Life!
Lastly, thank you so much for taking the time to read about Best Paper for Birthday Invitations! I hope this gives you some ideas about printing invitations at home for birthday parties! Tell me below what you thought! I love to help you celebrate life through party decorations and beyond. Above all, I’d love to connect with you. Reach out to me on Instagram and let’s chat, or continue celebrating your life with The Celebration Effect.