When I do throw a party, however, I like to take a little time and make special invitations that usually include a recent photo. Since I'm a photographer, it's been a tradition with each of my children that we do a special photo session with them close to their birthday. If this happens before the party, we can use a nice shot for the invites. I open the photo in my editing software and add some simple text in a coordinating color and have it printed at my local photo store. It only takes some time, creative thinking, and a few dollars to come up with something beautiful.
This is what I did last year for my daughter's birthday...
...and here are a couple more examples of what can be done for invites.
I hope these inspire you to make your own invitations using photographs! Instead of your guests throwing them away, they become a nice keepsake to remember your child at that age.