I’m not a huge fan of the traditional chocolate and roses approach to Valentine’s Day (a pretty card is more than enough for me, please and thank you) – but a Valentine’s Day dinner party with friends? I can totally get behind that idea! Luckily for us, Lana from Lana’s Shop sent over some beautiful hand lettered and illustrated paper goods that she created to help inspire a Valentine’s Day soirée!
From Lana: Valentine’s Day is typically a holiday reserved for two. But who says that it has to be? Instead of celebrating just with your special someone, why not invite invite other couples and make it a party?
To set the whimsical and intimate tone of the celebration, I hand-lettered each invitation. The wording formed the shape of a heart and was painted directly onto luxe 130lb arches watercolor paper. I paired the invitations with a playful illustrated arrow envelope liner. Each envelope was then sealed with coordinating custom address labels.
Each guest was given a mini ‘I Love you card’ to share with someone special. Other paper items included hand lettered and illustrated menus, straw flags and a love quote chalk board sign. We loved this one of a kind, personal soirée!
Paper goods and hand lettering: Lana’s Shop
Florals: Violet Floral Design
Styling: A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals
Lana’s Shop is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of her beautiful work right here!
Photo Credits: Laura Murray Photography
I love the idea of a laid-back baby shower – aka pre-baby party celebration! Laura from Duncan Park Papers drew inspiration from the venue (a brewery!) when designing these baby shower invitations, incorporating casual lettering in a silhouetted pilsner glass. So fun!
From Laura: My brother-in-law and his wife, Jackie, came to me looking for an out of the ordinary baby shower invitation for Jackie’s sister Casey and her husband Blain. The event was a couples shower, hosted at a local brewery for a fun and laid-back vibe.
For the design, we went with a ‘baby is brewing’ theme. I chose a vertical layout inspired by a drink menu, and completed the look with a pilsner glass silhouette filled with hand drawn elements, subtle texture, and modern type. The mint green and yellow we used are the colors of the baby’s nursery: neutral, because the couple is waiting until the baby’s birth to learn the gender. Registry information and additional details were included on the back of the digitally printed invitation, and the package was completed with a top opening kraft envelope.
This was one of my favorite custom projects to date, the location provided such an immediate inspiration and I love where it ended up!
Photo Credits: Duncan Park Papers
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!
From Lauren: As 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!
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.
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!
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
When I turn 40 I hope I’m lucky enough to have a designer friend like Kate Holgate create beautiful invitations to help celebrate that milestone! Kate created these elegant black, white, and silver invitations for a dinner party celebrating her friend Maurine’s 40th birthday earlier this month. I’m loving all the playful details that Kate included in the design!
From Kate: My good friend, Maurine, is having a formal dinner party at a well-known Boise restaurant for her 40th birthday. Maurine is sophisticated and classy with impeccable taste. She also has a great sense of humor and I wanted to design an invitation that portrayed her personality. The invitation suite featured three cards that were enclosed in a sliver envelopment and wrapped with sparkly ribbon. I incorporated the evening’s black, white, and silver theme, while having some fun with the year in which Maurine was born. I am looking forward to celebrating her big day!
Thanks so much Kate!
Photo Credits: Kate Holgate
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!
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.
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.
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!
Photo Credits: Kate Tessera Creative