# Child's birthday invitation template

I am trying to do a birthday invitation for my daughter for her 4th birthday. Are there ready-made Latex templates available? So far I was just downloading some bitmap templates and using GIMP to fill it in, but the printed results are mediocre.

Well, if you want an invitation card, what about gcard? You can combine this with Andrew Stacey's fantastic birthday cake code in How can I draw a cake using TikZ? (Here, I removed two candles to suit your case). And you get

\documentclass[10pt]{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{gcard}
\begin{document}
\begin{frontcover}
\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{scope}
\foreach \k in {0,...,60} {
\pgfmathparse{Mod(\k,2) ? "pink" : "purple!50"}
\let\linecol=\pgfmathresult
\draw[line width=1mm,\linecol] (\k mm,2) -- ++(0,-3);
}
\end{scope}
\fill[pink] (-.25,2) .. controls +(0,-.5) and +(-2,0) .. ++(3.25,-1.25) .. controls +(2,0) and +(0,-.5) .. ++(3.25,1.25) -- ++(0,1) .. controls +(0,.5) and +(2,0) .. ++(-3.25,1.25) .. controls +(-2,0) and +(0,.5) .. ++(-3.25,-1.25);
\draw[pink!80!black] (-.25,3) .. controls +(0,-.5) and +(-2,0) .. ++(3.25,-1.25) .. controls +(2,0) and +(0,-.5) .. ++(3.25,1.25)  .. controls +(0,.5) and +(2,0) .. ++(-3.25,1.25) .. controls +(-2,0) and +(0,.5) .. ++(-3.25,-1.25);
\fill[pink!80!black] (.75,3) .. controls +(0,-.25) and +(-2,0) .. ++(2.25,-.75) .. controls +(2,0) and +(0,-.25) .. ++(2.25,.75)  .. controls +(0,.25) and +(2,0) .. ++(-2.25,.75) .. controls +(-2,0) and +(0,.25) .. ++(-2.25,-.75);
% Show four candles instead of six
\foreach \i in {1,...,4} {
\pgfmathsetmacro{\yshift}{-\i * (5 - \i) * .07cm}
\begin{scope}[xshift=\i * .5cm,yshift = \yshift]
\fill[yellow] (1.5,7.5) ++(5pt,0) .. controls +(0,-1) and +(.5,0) .. ++(0,-2.5) .. controls +(-.5,0) and +(0,-1) .. ++(0,2.5);
\end{scope}
}
\end{tikzpicture}

\vspace{1cm}

Happy Birthday!
\end{center}
\end{frontcover}

\begin{insideright}
\begin{center}
More happy birthday greetings!
\end{center}
\end{insideright}

\end{document}


You can also use Alain Matthes' pgfornament package for some fancy Vectorian borders. And, oh, Daniel is right, we should not forget Paulo Cereda's duck. (There are a lot of versions here. Just take your pick.)