Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations

Love all things tropical? Obsessed with Art Deco vibes? Great! Why not combine the two? These tropical Art Deco engagement party invitations from Becca of Suite Paperie feel like The Great Gatsby took an exotic vacation to Miami! The invitations feature a gorgeous palm frond design and pretty pink flamingos, along with 1920s-inspired type selections. Such a fun way to kick off an engagement party!

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

From Becca: Kate and Tug threw an epic bash in Miami to celebrate their engagement. We’re so thrilled they enlisted us to help set the tone through their invitations. Kate fell in love with The Raleigh hotel in South Beach, Miami for it’s art deco feel, amazing color palette of stark black, bright white, flamingo pink and palm tree green and of course, their pool! Seriously, you have to check it out!

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

There were a few things that were super important to the bride. First and foremost, the invitations needed to be fun, well-designed and get her guests excited for a weekend getaway in Florida.

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

Using the hotel color palette, we created a punchy yet minimalistic invitation design featuring an oversized palm frond with an art deco style topography and border. Now, the back is where things really start to get awesome! We layered a variety of palm illustrations to create an oversized leaf pattern for the background, and used one of the most epic song lyrics of all time (yes, we love you Will Smith) to get guests pumped up for an all-night party in Miami. The invitation was digitally printed in full color on both sides on double-thick cover stock to create a super luxe feel that packs a huge punch with a full bleed of black ink in the background to let the pink and pool blue lettering pop.

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

We used vintage postcard artwork of flamingos wading in the waters of a bird farm outside of Miami; the colors matched perfectly to the invitations, and we modernized the front a bit by adding a little seal on the top left corner that read “snail mail is for lovers.” Kate reached out to us right before the party to let us know that there were multiple guests that sent back RSVPs on their own stationery because they loved the postcard too much to part with it… I LOVE guests with great taste!

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

Thanks Becca!

Design: Suite Paperie

Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations

Black paper and gold foil were just MEANT for gorgeous 1920s-inspired designs! Alison of One + Only Paper created these black and gold foil Art Deco birthday party invitations for a surprise (!!!) 50th birthday party. Alison channeled Baz Luhrmann’s edition of The Great Gatsby with Art Deco-inspired monograms, wax seals, and festive watercolor illustrations. So fun!

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

From Alison: I was so excited to be contacted for the most fabulous surprise birthday party, taking place over the course of a weekend at a mansion in North Carolina. The theme was the Great Gatsby, the Baz Luhrmann edition, and no corner was to be cut in creating a weekend of surprise and delight. Guests were to be transported back in time with this fun weekend, and we knew that the invitation would have to be the first indication that this was going to be the party of the century.

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

The standout piece of the suite was the invitation, we went with a thick black card stock, and gold foil printing, to ensure that guests knew that this was going to be a party unlike any other. For the design, I wanted it to feel like a jazz era invitation, without going too cliche, so I created a feminine and Art Deco inspired line drawing, and kept the typography simpler, in order to not feel too cartoonish.

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

The secondary pieces were flat printed on cream paper, and we kept everything small, reminiscent of smaller ‘calling cards’ that people who lived in the 1920s may have used. I created watercolor illustrations to help guests know what the dress code may be, and used pieces from the invitation drawing to carry the intricate design throughout the suite.

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

We finished the suite by wrapping it in a smooth vellum belly band, and sealing it with an oversize wax seal. It added the perfect touch of red, and was another old school accent.

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

Overall, this suite was fun and gave a vintage feel, while keeping one foot in the 21st century. I loved creating an over the top invitation for such a fun surprise party; it was different from my usual wedding fare, and gave me a chance to flex some creative muscles!

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

Thanks Alison!

Design: One and Only Paper

Planning: Kelley Ann Ward

Calligraphy: Quietude Co.

One and Only Paper is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their work right here!

Photo Credits: Mikkel Paige

Copper and Burgundy Star-Inspired Baby Shower Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! Before we jump into today’s post, just a quick announcement for those of you looking forward to the upcoming Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 – there’s a FREE video series from some of the instructors going on now through February 8! You’ll meet all seven instructors, including Katherine of Script Merchant, Lauren of A Fabulous Fete, Jenna of Mon Voir, and Karla of Written Word Calligraphy. They’ll share their preferred tools for traditional calligraphy, modern calligraphy, and brush lettering, along with their inspiring stories about how they got started, and changed their lives, with calligraphy. Find all the details here – you won’t want to miss it!

Okay, onto today’s gorgeous baby shower invitations! Fresh, delicate, and adorable; these refined copper star inspired baby shower invitations are nothing short of darling! Alana of Bourne Paper Co. is expecting a baby girl later this year and had the amazing joy of designing her own baby shower invitations. The twinkly star motif that she wove through the invitation design and elegant copper and burgundy color palette are perfect for a mid-winter baby shower.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

From Alana: As a designer, personal celebrations are special not only because they’re milestones but because they’re the perfect excuse to create pretty paper! I’m expecting my first child (a baby girl) this spring. When my family offered to host a baby shower, I was immediately given full reign over the invitations. I knew I wanted something that was seasonal and modern, but not overly feminine. Since my shower took place during the winter, I decided on a color palette of copper and burgundy.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

My invitation design was centered around a delicate star motif paired with modern typography. The invitations were printed using copper foil on a pure white card stock. I opted for a 200lb. card stock to give the invitation a more substantial feel. Having used a lot of matte gold, silver and rose gold in my recent greeting card collection it was fun to create a project that used bright copper – it has such a vibrant shine to it.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

I paired the invitations with a rich burgundy envelope which also featured the copper foil star motif. I distributed the stars throughout both the envelope front and flap, something I hoped would make them stand out when they arrived in my guests’ mailboxes. Elegant copper calligraphy from Nancy Hopkins Lettering  completed the invitations. I thought her beautifully flourished calligraphy was the perfect compliment to the simple, clean type used on the invitation. Not to mention, she was able to create a perfect color match with the copper foil.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

In addition to the invitations, I created matching thank you cards. I opted for flat notecards which used the same copper star motif and burgundy envelopes as the invitations. Overall, I was pleased with how beautifully the delicate stars seemed to shine in copper foil and hope to turn this motif into a new greeting card collection in the future.

Refined Copper and Burgundy Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Thanks Alana!

Design: Bourne Paper Co.

Calligraphy: Nancy Hopkins Lettering

Bourne Paper Co. is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Bourne Paper Co.

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations

When your sister is expecting – and happens to love sharks – ocean inspired baby shower invitations are a perfect way to welcome the little bundle of joy! Jessica from Jamber Creative drew inspiration from under the sea to design these bold and whimsical blue and green invitations, complete with adorable seaweed graphics. This combination of whimsical graphics and bold patterns is so festive!

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

From Jessica: I created this ocean inspired baby shower invitation suite for my sister, Rachel. She has always been fascinated with sharks, so when she found out she was having a little boy, she knew she wanted his nursery to have touches of sea life, especially her favorite toothy fish. She also wanted to incorporate bold colors and graphic patterns in shades of blue and green so that the nursery didn’t necessarily have a “theme” but instead just felt like a fun and vibrant collection of cozy, kid-friendly elements.

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

When creating her invitations, I went straight to her nursery for inspiration. We all agreed it was our favorite room in her home, and I wanted to bring this feeling to her invitations. I wanted to give a nod to the marine life of the nursery without being too overt or literal. Instead of using actual sharks, I created an underwater graphic with coral and seaweed, along with some fish and whimsical bubbles. I used this same element on her enclosure card and created a pattern with the fish and bubbles for the envelope liners. For an accent, I printed the back of each piece with various patterns that were actually present in the nursery. Crib sheets, rug and curtains provided inspiration for fun, unexpected pops of pattern when guests flipped over each card.

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

The entire suite was tied together with hemp cord and a bright green tag to announce the baby’s gender. For guest favors, I created and printed coasters using the “Oh Boy” text and a few fish, tying them together with striped jute cord. Guests loved the little reminder for when Baby Clow (August) would make his debut!

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

The invitations were digitally printed on 120lb smooth white paper, and the coasters were printed on this same paper, duplexed.

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

Thanks Jessica!

Design & Printing: Jamber Creative

Photo Credits: Jessica Williams

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations

Kids often have all the fun when it comes to celebrating birthdays. I’m always so happy to see adults celebrate some of their own milestone birthdays, especially when the invitations are this pretty! Clara of Goldie Design Co. created these traditional black and gold screen printed invitations for a 40th birthday party at an historic hotel full of southern flair. Clara brought the elegant feel of the venue into the invitation design with the moody black and gold color palette and a crest inspired by the hotel logo, along with custom watercolor envelope liners inspired by the hotel’s tile floors. Beautiful!

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

From Clara: This design was for the invitations for Courtney’s 40th birthday celebration to be held at the Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas. This hotel is Courtney’s all time favorite, and she wanted the simplicity and elegance of this hotel to shine through in the paper pieces. The Hotel Emma is a historical building that used to be a brewhouse, but now houses the 146 rooms of this riverfront hotel. The elegant and traditional, yet modern and warm southern feel was exactly the look we were going for with the birthday party invitation suite.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

Courtney wanted to incorporate her initials into a crest similar to the hotel’s logo, which she planned to use throughout her stationery for the event. This crest sits centered at the top of the invitation card, with a simple double lined border around the text to give it a traditional feel.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The invitation card was screen printed in metallic gold ink on a smooth black paper. The typefaces used in the invitation were kept fairly simple, except for her name done in a flowing modern calligraphy, that would tie together with the hand addressed calligraphy envelopes.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The black and gold color palette brought in that moody southern feel of the hotel, but we wanted to incorporate a pop of color. Courtney mentioned that she loves the beautiful tile floors seen throughout the hotel. After researching these gorgeous floors, I decided that a soft watercolor painting of the tile pattern would provide the perfect pop of color for the invitation suite. So each envelope was adorned with a custom envelope liner featuring a hand-painted watercolor of the floor pattern. It really tied the suite together and gave it that last bit of southern flair.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The outer envelopes were addressed with calligraphy in metallic gold ink and dressed up with some hand picked vintage stamps to go along with both the theme and color scheme. My favorite stamp used is the Texas statehood one that not only is perfect for the venue of the the party, but also brings out the blues of the watercolor envelope liner. The back flap of the envelope is blind embossed with a simple return address. The invitation was wrapped in a very thin white twine.

Traditional Black and Gold Screen Printed Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

Thanks Clara!

Design, Calligraphy, and Styling:Goldie Design Co.

Screenprinting: Atmosphere Printing Company

Envelopes: Cards & Pockets

Photo Credits: Clara Odgen