For our pirate party it was a no-brainer - a message in a bottle. I sourced the perfect bottle and found them to be over a dollar a piece. So we improvised with plastic water bottles. Thrifty and green!
We started out by printing the invitation with a parchment style background. The wording is as follows:
Ahoy me hearties we're having a party
Ye be invited to celebrate the 3rd birthday of Captain K
Chart yer course for our house
X marks the spot
Ye landlubbers (big & small) are encouraged to come dressed in yer pirate best
Yo Ho Let's Go! Pillage an' plunder await.
Arrrrr....you coming to the party? Let us know by ________
Once we printed the invitations we crumpled up the paper repeatedly and burned the edges to give it an old, weathered look.
We painted the tops of the water bottles gold, put sand in the bottom and added small sea shells. The invitations were rolled up tightly and tied with red raffia ribbon before being placed inside the bottled.
Simple, inexpensive and very fitting for the theme.