Kristen’s Confetti Baby Shower Invitations

If there’s any celebration that calls for confetti, it’s a baby shower! Designer Lauren Chism sent over these bright and colorful baby shower invitations for her friend’s recent shower. Lauren filled vellum envelopes with a rainbow of handmade confetti – so fun!

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From LaurenAs a stationery designer, it’s been so fun to transition from weddings to babies with my friends. I have been lucky enough to design lots of special paper goods for my friend, Kristen, and I had the wonderful honor of designing the invitations for her baby shower this past fall. If I could use any word to describe Kristen, it’s ‘FUN’, so I knew that they needed to have a level of playfulness to them…  and lots and LOTS of color. We ended up going with a confetti themed shower and her sister thought it would be awesome if we could use actual confetti for the invitations… and so we did!

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After playing around with a few ideas, I decided to tuck each invitation inside a vellum envelope attached to bright yellow card stock. Each envelope was full of handmade confetti and sealed with a sticker. I tried to use enough confetti that you pretty much couldn’t avoid a little mess of confetti when opening. The back of the invitation featured all the details in a fun, unique layout. Everything was digitally printed, so even with the different pieces, it was still economical. I loved how every part fit with the bright cheerful (and COLORFUL) theme.

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Kristen always challenges me to go outside of my neutral color palette with her love for bright colors. Designing with lots of color pretty much goes against all of my natural instincts, but I have to say, the result sure is fun! I should do it more often!

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Thanks Lauren!

Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Best of 2014: Baby Announcements + Shower Invitations

Baby announcements and baby shower invitations have come a looooong way over the years. I love that I now see everything from modern design to hand lettering to vintage-inspired – and everything in between! Here are a few of my favorite baby announcements and baby shower invitations from 2014!

Jackson’s Black + White Birth Announcements by Lauren Chism

Jen’s Nautical Baby Shower Invitations by Bright Room Studio

Caroline’s Strawberry Storybook Baby Announcements by Cynthia Warren

Penelope’s Floral Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism

Eva’s Hand Lettered Baby Shower Invitations by Goodheart Design

Cooper’s Modern Whimsical Baby Announcements by Paper & Parcel

Harley’s Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

Designer Blake Eagle worked with the talented folks at Mama’s Sauce to create these letterpress and gold foil birth announcements for her son Harley. Blake incorporated design elements inspired by the traditional birth certificate and standardized forms along with astrological symbols – all wrapped up with thin gold wire. So cool!

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From Blake: My husband and I decided to go all out and design a multi-piece announcement suite for our soon-to-arrive little guy. We were very much inspired by the birth certificate, astrological symbols, and standardized charts like the periodic table. We wanted to design something that was sophisticated, but also whimsical. The idea was to redesign elements of the birth certificate, but focus on personalizing all of the small details.

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In the beginning we wanted to keep everything black and white and very minimalistic, but we became obsessed with the idea of adding a foiled element to the suite. After finishing the larger card with the birth details, which was letterpress printed on 220# Crane Lettra, we decided to add a smaller gold foil piece.

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Keeping with the theme, we included things like Harley’s astrological sign and element into the design, as well as the weather and moon phase as a sort of homage to the day he was born. To wrap it up (literally…) we used a very thin wire to hold everything together and tie in the gold from the smaller card to the rest of the suite. It was then all placed in a black envelope complete with a letterpress printed address wrap and personalized stamp.

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Design: Blake Eagle

Letterpress and Foil Printing: Mama’s Sauce

Photo Credits: Blake Eagle

Amelia’s Storybook Baby Shower Invitations

A storybook theme is such a sweet idea for a baby shower, don’t you think? Designer Kate Tessera created these storybook invitations featuring vintage illustrations for her best friend’s recent baby shower. I love the way the storybook pattern used in the invitation backers and envelope liners resembles a traditional toile pattern!

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From Kate: I recently had the privilege of working on one of my best friend’s baby shower invitations. The event was a storybook theme so I thought a page right out of a book would be the perfect way to invite guests to celebrate this exciting new chapter.

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The baby’s gender will be a surprise and the mama-to-be wanted to stray away from the ever-popular yellow, so we went with a periwinkle blue for the invitation suite and shower décor. I handcrafted a pattern of classic storybook illustrations to be used as envelope liners and printed on the reverse side of the invitations.

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Vintage rubber stamps on the kraft paper envelopes added a bit of character, making each invitation unique and one-of-a-kind. I also created a little quiz covering everyone’s favorite books growing up!

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Photo Credits: Kate Tessera Creative

Autumn’s Hermès-Inspired Baby Announcements

When Melissa from Atheneum Creative was asked to create a birth announcement inspired by the luxury brand Hermès, she was up for the challenge! Melissa drew her inspiration from the brand’s iconic boxes, creating a layered baby announcement tied together with custom ribbon and mailed in kraft paper envelopes to evoke shipping boxes. So cute!

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From Melissa: When Autumn’s parents called and asked for Hermès-inspired baby announcements for their daughter we were super excited… I love a new challenge! We based the whole announcement design around the signature Hermès boxes.

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The announcement features three separate pieces. First things first, the logo. We re-imagined the classic Hermès logo to be a baby carriage. This first card in the set represents the top of the signature Hermès box. The second card contains Autumn’s birth details and represents the inside bottom of the signature boxes. Of course we had to squeeze a photo “in the box” (between the two cards) as this little angel is a gift her her parents.

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The wrap it all up we created a custom ribbon with the baby’s name. The entire suite was mailed in a kraft paper envelope addressed with a whimsical calligraphy style by Jenna Blazevich.

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Thanks Melissa!

Design: Atheneum Creative

Calligraphy: Jenna Blazevich

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography