Lauren’s Ikat Baby Shower Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I’d shake things up a bit and start the week with these adorable baby shower invitations from Alaina at Cheer Up Press. Created for a good friend, the invitations feature a sophisticated ikat pattern and a color palette inspired by the nursery. The invitations were letterpress printed in mint and navy blue, then paired with blush pink envelopes. So cute!

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From AlainaI was commissioned by a good friend to design and print her baby shower invitation. I was inspired by the color palette she chose for her nursery: mint and blush with navy blue accents. Overall we didn’t want the style of the invitation to scream “baby” like so many baby shower invitations do, but rather put off a more sophisticated vibe that definitely reflects my Lauren’s tastes.

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We landed on a pretty simple design with an ikat background and added a trendy bow at the top. I pulled in the blush color on the envelope and digitally printed the words “It’s a girl”on the front in navy blue.

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Thanks Alaina!

Photo Credits: Cheer Up Press

Mother’s Day Brunch Inspiration

Nikki from Akula Kreative sent over this lovely brunch that she and her family put together to celebrate her mother’s 60th birthday. Nikki and her co-conspirators drew inspiration from her mom’s favorite activities – cooking and reading – to create this library-inspired brunch. And not only is it a beautiful birthday party, but with Mother’s Day coming up it also provides some fabulous Mother’s Day brunch inspiration!

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From NikkiAs far as hobbies go, my mom loves two things: cooking and reading. We (her kids) always joke about how “fancy” her book club is because the ladies spend WEEKS preparing to host. Each meeting is centered around a multi-course dinner in which the food, décor, and even music corresponds to that month’s book. So, when it came time to think of a surprise for her, I decided on a “brunch party” set on the library patio of a local inn. Over the fireplace, we hung tassel garland in gold and pink (the colors of the party). Under it, we placed a framed sign that read, “Welcome to the Li-brary :: food and drink required.” (Our family name is Li.) Flanking the frame we placed my mom’s initials: giant wood letters covered with pages of a vintage dictionary.

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For the invitation, I made a mini book titled “The Book of Momisms.” On the inside cover, I defined “momism” as “a mother’s spoken phrase or word (real or invented) that provides endless entertainment to her children.” In other words…if my mom isn’t making up a new word, she’s making up a new definition for an existing word or saying something ridiculous. It’s endearing, frustrating, and funny all at the same time, and my brother and I record them on a regular basis.

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On subsequent pages of the invitation, I included brunch details, a map, and a few prime examples of momisms. One of my favorite details is the custom wax seal of a fork and spoon. We glued these to ribbons that guests could use as bookmarks for cookbooks.

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On the tables, we used a kraft paper runner printed with giant silverware. On top, we placed small groupings of vintage books (borrowed from the library) next to the existing vases of flowers at the inn. Inside each vase was a stick-mounted sign that read “Shhh” on one side and “Less talking, more eating” on the other.

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Sprinkled throughout were votives (also mod-podged in vintage dictionary pages) and the fork-and-spoon motif cut from gold paper.
Table tent cards were designed to mimic library cards, each highlighting a classic momism. For favors, my aunts baked homemade biscotti. Attached to each bag was a mini tear-off bookmark that read “Eat, read, and be merry.” Last but not least, we splurged on tray-passed Mom-osas.

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Thanks Nikki!

Photo Credits: Caroline Tran

Cinderella-Inspired Theatre Gala Invitations

It’s not too often that I have the opportunity to share invitations for a theatre gala! Meenal and the team at Minneapolis-based agency KNOCK created the invitations for two parties held by the Children’s Theatre Company: a formal ball and a more relaxed “afterparty” a bit later in the evening. Both invitations were inspired by the theatre’s production of Cinderella. So fun!

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From MeenalThe nationally renowned Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota holds an annual fundraising gala with two phases: The formal Curtain Call Ball, and the unplugged Backstage Bash a little later in the evening. The challenge with designing for these events: developing distinct yet complementary themes, and designing event invitations that convince a very hard-to-impress audience to join the fun.

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Both events were planned around the theatre’s production of Cinderella, so two themes needed to come to life. For the formal Curtain Call Ball, a Head Over Glass Heels theme incorporated ornate pouf hairstyles from 18th-century royalty; a modern twist came from unexpected surprises poking out of the exaggerated profiles.

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The grittier, wilder nature of the Backstage Bash came through in artwork for a Happily Every Afterparty invitation, tucking a glass of bubbly where a glass slipper heel would go. Typography and cute little mouse ensured consistency between the two invitations, while pumped-up color distinguished the bolder, younger Bash from the formal Ball.

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Digital printing was the best solution for the budget and quantity, so we used an uncoated, textured stock (Mohawk Via Felt, Pure White, 110#C) to elevate the look and create a customized sensibility. The paper was reminiscent of watercolor paper to give a tactile quality, plus it ensured the ink looked like it was sinking into the paper (as opposed to the shiny effect that digital printing can sometimes create).

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Thanks Meenal!

Photo Credits: KNOCK

Gracie’s Colorful Bridal Luncheon Invitations

These adorable bridal luncheon invitations from Rafftruck Designs had me at the envelope liners: a swatch of vibrant Liberty of London fabric that the bride planned to use in her backyard wedding. Starting with the fabric as inspiration, Dara from Rafftruck Designs chose a bright summer color palette and sweet script font for the invitation design. Lovely!

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From DaraRather than a traditional bridal shower, Gracie held a bridal luncheon the morning of her vintage chic backyard wedding. A beautiful floral Liberty of London fabric set the tone for the day’s festivities so I knew I should incorporate the vibrant pattern into the invitations.

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I started with bright, bold summer colors and selected a script font with lots of personality. The invitations were letterpress printed on 100% ecru cotton paper, which added the perfect amount of rustic romanticism to this bridal luncheon invitation. A kraft paper envelope lined with the amazing Liberty of London fabric completed the look.

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Thanks Dara!

Design + Letterpress Printing: Rafftruck Designs

Photo Credits: Rafftruck Designs

Joy’s DIY Tea Bag Bridal Shower Invitations

These DIY bridal shower invitations are so creative – and I love the sentiment behind them! As a bridesmaid in her cousin’s wedding, Joy Ang wanted to create a memorable invitation experience for guests at her cousin’s bridal shower. After a bit of thought and experimentation, Joy came up with these tea bag invitations that fit perfectly with the shower theme!

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From JoyLast year I was a bridesmaid for my cousin’s wedding and I got the chance to design her bridal shower invitations. The theme was an Alice in Wonderland tea party, and that’s what led me to thinking about tea bag-shaped invitations. However, I wanted them to have a little more impact on the guests, so I thought it would be really fun to make the invitations hold tea leaves that you could brew and drink.

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After a couple of prototypes, I created these invitations by printing on vellum paper, which allowed the tea leaves to show through. I then assembled the invitations similarly to how you would with an actual tea bag, using the tag at the end of the string as instructions for brewing the leaves. This was such an enjoyable project to work on and I’m so glad I was able to make it for my cousin and her shower!

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Thanks Joy!

Photo Credits: Joy Ang