Designer Lisa Bardot from The Goodness and her husband Geoff welcomed their first child – a baby boy! – in January. For their baby shower, Lisa and Geoff decided to forgo a traditional shower in favor of a co-ed baby party (a concept that I’m personally very fond of). To keep things happy and gender-neutral, Lisa went with a bright rainbow color palette with lots of geometric shapes. So fun!
From Lisa: When we got to thinking about our baby shower, my husband and I knew we did not want a traditional shower. More of a big celebration with all of our friends and family, and so we decided to have a “Baby Party” instead! It was for women, men, and kids with lots of fun, food, and drinks. We had a photo booth, taco cart, dessert bar, gender raffle, and a just a couple of fun games.
The theme for the baby’s room is hip, modern, fun, geometric, and COLORFUL. So we decided that would also be the theme of the party. Plus we hadn’t yet announced the gender of our baby and we were really big on being gender neutral. The invitations used a very colorful triangle background with bold white text on top.
Simple kraft paper envelopes complemented the colorful invitations. One of my favorite details is the envelope liner with “baby” song lyrics on the inside. I also designed matching thank you cards.
I designed a few other items for the party including signage, guestbook pages for our photo booth guestbook, gender raffle tickets, and “new parent coupons” (a fabulous idea by my sister!). Décor included lots of rainbow triangle and circle garland, along with a rainbow of floral arrangements on the tables outside. The party was absolutely perfect and tons of fun!
Thanks Lisa – and congrats! You can also see more from Lisa and Geoff’s baby shower right here.
Photo Credits: The Goodness
Designer Kaydi from Maison Yellow and her husband welcomed their first child last October: an adorable baby boy named Becher! Kaydi wanted Beck’s birth announcements to be bold and fun, so she chose a bright chartreuse and steel blue color palette and a cute illustrated envelope liner. Letterpress printing from Czar Press and a sweet baby photo were the perfect finishing touches!
From Kaydi: In October of last year my husband and I were blessed with our first child. No one can ever accurately explain to you just how crazy those first few weeks and months are. To add to the chaos, my husband is in the Air Force and had to leave for an assignment when our son was just 4 weeks old. Needless to say all my big plans of sending out fantastic custom birth announcements the month after he was born went out the window. As a designer myself, the last thing I wanted to skip out on was my own child’s birth announcement. So, even though they are a few months late, I finally decided on a design direction and ran with it.
When deciding on a name for our son we both wanted something strong and bold but still a bit fun and different. I used those keywords as inspiration for the birth announcements: strong, bold, fun, and different. I feel those concepts came to life through the color palette, illustrations, envelope liner pattern, and layered component of the additional envelope with picture card. Being a multi-piece announcement suite, it also allowed for opportunities to use letterpress and flat printing, creating a depth of texture as well as opportunities to expand upon the main design concepts but in different formats.
Since our son’s first name is a little different and special in that it means first born son in Hebrew, I wanted this to be the main focus of the letterpress card and come across strong and bold without a real “babyish” feel. The separate photo card tucked in an envelope labeled “our little love” sealed with washi tape was also a great way to introduce a nickname leaving the letterpress card with the complete formal name.
The envelope liner, featuring onesies with ties labeled “Becher,” bottles, footprints, and rattles, was a must for me and added the extra playful patterning in the same chartreuse and steel blue palette as the rest of the suite. All in all, this birth announcement design turned out to be a perfect representation of our little guy and his wonderful personality… and not to mention a great excuse for more letterpress in my life!
Thanks Kaydi – and congrats!
Design: Maison Yellow
Letterpress and Photo Card printing: Czar Press
Baby Photo: Joseph Mark Photography
Photo Credits: Maison Yellow
Ooooh, surprise baby shower invitations! So fun. Anastasia Marie Cards & Stationery created these colorful baby shower invitations using inspiration from the soon-to-be nursery. Too cute, and I’m loving the gold heart stickers on the kraft envelopes!
From Anastasia: These baby shower invitations featured an array of hot air balloons with peach, yellow, blue, and touches of pink as the color theme. Printed on smooth white paper, they were then paired with kraft envelopes and gold heart stickers. The idea was created by the papa-to-be from his wife’s nursery inspiration. How adorable is that!?
Photo Credits: Anastasia Marie Cards & Stationery
Seattle-based designer and photographer Ariel Nay is expecting her first child – a baby girl! – this spring. The proud parents have already decided to name their daughter Lucy, so an “I Love Lucy” themed baby shower seemed like the perfect fit. Ariel DIY’d the invitations using some sparkly cardstock, a couple of rubber stamps, and a whole lot of love.
From Ariel: My fiancé and I are expecting our first child this March and recently had her baby shower. We’ve already named her Lucy Mae Lewis and felt an ‘I Love Lucy’ Baby Shower was more than appropriate.
While I would have loved to have it all professionally printed, I took my small budget and made most of it by hand. After reflecting on the original ‘I Love Lucy’ logo, I wanted to give it a more delicate typographic update. Using the typeface Nelly Script, I designed the ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘Lucy Mae Lewis’ and had them made into stamps using Simon Stamps. I purchased shimmering red and gold cardstock at Michaels and had the invitation text printed on white cardstock at Staples.
Then, I used a spray mount to adhere the black and white printed text to the shimmering red paper, cut the hearts by hand and stamped the script type on the front and back. For the smaller gold hearts, I used a heart die-cutter and gold paper clips to attach the heart and Diaper Raffle note to the invitation.
In total, I kept right with my $100 budget that made me 35 invitations and the entire project took about 12-15 hours. I would still say hiring a professional printer is an excellent option as they can produce results you just can’t mimic, but it also felt good to make most of this special project with my own two hands.
The envelopes we ordered from Envelope Mall, the addresses were handwritten, Johnny Cash forever mailing stamps were used as they seemed to fit the era, and lastly, each letter sealed with a self-made, lipstick kiss.
Thanks so much Ariel – and congrats!
Photo Credits: Ariel Nay
Ah – tiny footprints! Designer Kate Holgate created these darling baby announcements for the first child of her dear friend. Inspired by bright jewel tones and fabric, Kate created modern announcements that are full of pattern and personality. And of course we can’t forget the beautiful photo of the sweet newborn!
From Kate: My dear friend, Heather, asked if I might be willing to design her first baby’s announcements. Heather and her husband, Mike, are a fun, hip, wonderful couple. Heather and I chose bright jewel tones. Inspired by some fabric, I created a modern pattern for the announcement and utilized modern type to display the birth information.
To create an element of surprise, I asked Heather to give me a scan of her daughter’s newborn footprint for the front of the z-folded card. Crissie McDowell took Gemma’s photos. We tied the piece together with a “G is for Gemma” monogram and mailed the announcements in bright fuchsia envelopes. Gemma made her debut to family and friends in style.
Thanks so much Kate!
Photo Credits: Kate Holgate