I’ve had the pleasure of featuring every single birthday party invitation for Lisa from Good on Paper‘s eldest son, Lucas – and today Lisa is sharing Lucas’s SIXTH birthday party invitation. (Side note: whaaaaaat????) You can also see the invitations from previous birthdays: 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1. I love the way Lisa makes each invitation feel fresh and special without being overly cutesy. One year Lisa went with a hide and seek theme, and last year was a wild animal theme! This year, Lucas chose a magic theme for his birthday party, and for his magic theme birthday party invitations Lisa created a vintage-inspired design with an old school magic feel. Lisa incorporated custom photo envelope liners, which have become a bit of a tradition for her boys’ birthday party invitations, and a custom rubber stamp that was used on the invitations and day-of party stationery!
From Lisa: Lucas decided on a magic theme for his 6th birthday party this year. I designed the invitations with a clean but slightly vintage feel, complete with custom photo envelope liners and a custom rubber stamp that was used on favor bags, dessert packaging for mochi ice cream, thank you cards, and our traditional donut hole cones. I stuck to a color scheme of black/white/red which reminded me of old school magic.The double thick invitations were mailed in kraft envelopes and sealed with wrap-around address labels.
Thanks so much Lisa! And happy birthday Lucas!
Good on Paper is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Lisa’s amazing work right here!
Photo Credits: Good on Paper
Oooh, these vibrant pink hand lettered birthday party invitations from Meg at Pour L’Amour Creative are so fun! Inspired by colorful Otomi textiles, the bright fuchsia pink and playful hand lettering are the perfect ingredients for a third birthday party invitation. Meg even added a watercolor splash in a lighter rose pink to add some texture to the invitation. So cute!
From Meg: The concept behind this invitation was simple, yet fun and vibrant: mixing hand lettering with type. The production process started with the colors that we wanted to incorporate – fuchsia and orange (the birthday girl’s favorite). Though the birthday party did not have a specific theme, we were playing off the Mexican Otomi linens and colors that were going to be present throughout the party décor. Otomi linens are known for their vibrant and rich colors and we wanted the invitation colors to incorporate that vibrancy.
Secondly, I wanted to highlight the hand lettering on the invitation. The art of the design is the lettering itself. I started with the a few different styles, and then narrowed down the lettering style to have an irregular feel to it. Since these invitations were for a third birthday party, the lettering style I choose to use was a non-formal style with a lot of “bounce” to it – playful and youthful.
The invitations were printed on 110lb cotton Lettra paper. Post printing, I added a watercolor splash in a rose pink to add to the overall design. Since it was hand done after printing, no two invitations were alike and that uniqueness made for a beautiful collection of pieces going out in the mail. Lastly, I hand lettered the envelope addresses using a bright pink pen to match the lettering style of the invitation. I wanted the excitement of the party to begin once the guest received the envelope in the mail.
Design and Hand Lettering: Pour L’Amour Creative
Photo Credits: Bonnie Bakhtiari
Any leap day babies out there? Or anyone WITH leap day babies of their own? Well, this one is for you! Lauren at Darling + Pearl just happens to have a leap day baby, and they’re super excited to celebrate this year! Lauren put together these really cute monster-themed leap day birthday party invitations, and because she’s a letterpress printer she just had to give herself a little extra challenge in the printing department. So cute!
From Lauren: Here’s a project that is SO close to my heart. Not too many people care about, much less celebrate, leap day, BUT it’s my son’s birthday! And we’ve waited so impatiently for FOUR YEARS to see it on the calendar!
These invitations were mixed media- one color letterpress printed in black and flat printed full color details on 110lb fluorescent white cotton stock. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was signing on for with registration this tight, but the best times to push the envelope is on personal projects and I can’t stop staring at them!
Declan is kind of obsessed with his stuffed animal entourage at the moment – some of them being dinosaurs (his 3rd birthday theme) and monsters – so when it came time to decide on a birthday theme, like 2 weeks ago, (hah! things are more and more lax at the years go on, and children multiply – am I right?) monsters for a monstrous leap day celebration seemed to fit the ticket.
I used kraft envelopes, since I generally like to keep it neutral, and ribbed metallic green fine paper envelope liners. AND vintage stamps! In the meantime I also created a little art print that we can hang in his room, one to share with his leap day buddy, Charlotte, and obviously one to hang in my print studio.
Darling + Pearl is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Lauren’s beautiful work right here!
Photo Credits: Darling + Pearl
There are so many wonderful plaid and tartan patterns in the world, and Buffalo plaid is definitely one of my favorites! I just love the strong graphic impact of the large red and black checks, especially for anything happening during the cold fall and winter months. These Buffalo plaid third birthday party invitations from Lauren Chism Fine Papers are such a fantastic centerpiece for a Buffalo plaid-themed party, especially when paired with rustic kraft envelopes and fun antler details. Can’t you just imagine everyone seated on plaid blankets drinking warm hot chocolate? Too cute!
From Lauren: I love wearing Buffalo plaid and decorating with antlers, so it didn’t surprise me that I enjoyed designing with them too! My bestie, Carrie, came to me with these ideas for her son Parker’s 3rd birthday, and all I could think of is how cute and fun this little theme was. Certainly in terms of the invitations!
Obviously the Buffalo plaid was the centerpiece of the design, but I loved incorporating the antlers and kraft envelopes with it. They were digitally printed in the most vibrant red. I was beyond happy with how everything came together.
In addition to the invitations, she used Buffalo plaid blankets for tablecloths, dressed Parker in a plaid shirt, and used red and black balloons. I thought it was such a cute theme for a fall or winter birthday, without going overboard. She had planned for an outdoor party, but they had to move things indoors because of rain. The Buffalo plaid was incredibly versatile, because it was just as cute set up inside as out!
Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s beautiful work right here!
Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Image by Cast Calligraphy
Nothing makes me happier than a beautiful baby announcement or colorful birthday party invitation. It’s hard to resist anything that involves an adorable photo of a newborn baby, and birthday party invitations can be so much fun – especially in those first few years when you can really do whatever you want! Ha! Baby announcements and birthday party invitations are a fabulous opportunity to create beautiful stationery (but without the added pressure that can come with creating a wedding invitation). My favorite baby announcements and birthday party invitations are those that manage to be whimsical, sophisticated, and kid-appropriate all at the same time while somehow not being overly cutesy. Some favorites from the year include a simple and modern hand lettered birth announcement, woodland critter birthday party invitations, gold foil polka dot baby announcements, watercolor popsicle birthday party invitations, and some SUPER fun invitations for a 5th birthday party!
Watercolor Calligraphy Popsicle Birthday Party Invitations by Maison Everett
Modern Hand Lettered Letterpress Baby Announcements by The Good Twin and Power and Light Press
Wild Kratts Animal-Inspired Birthday Party Invitations by Good on Paper
Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism
Woodland Critter Fall Harvest Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs / Photo by Sweet Root Village
More baby announcements and birthday party invitation ideas right here!