Buffalo Plaid Third Birthday Party Invitations

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!

Buffalo Plaid Birthday Party Invitations by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From LaurenI 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!

Buffalo Plaid Birthday Party Invitations by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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.

Buffalo Plaid Birthday Party Invitations by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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! 

Buffalo Plaid Birthday Party Invitations by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Buffalo Plaid Birthday Party Invitations by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Lauren!

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

Best of 2015: Babies + Kids

Oh So Beautiful Paper: The Best of 2015 / Calligraphy by Cast Calligraphy

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!

The Best Birthday Party Invitations of 2015: Watercolor Calligraphy Popsicle Birthday Party Invitations by Maison Everett / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Watercolor Calligraphy Popsicle Birthday Party Invitations by Maison Everett

The Best Baby Announcements of 2015: Hand Lettered Letterpress Birth Announcements by The Good Twin and Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Hand Lettered Letterpress Baby Announcements by The Good Twin and Power and Light Press

The Best Birthday Party Invitations of 2015: Wild Kratts Birthday Party Invitations by Good on Paper / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Wild Kratts Animal-Inspired Birthday Party Invitations by Good on Paper

The Best Baby Announcements of 2015: Gold Foil Polka Dot Birth Announcements by Lauren Chism / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism

The Best Birthday Party Invitations of 2015: Woodland Fall Harvest Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs, Photo by Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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!

Hazel’s Fall Harvest First Birthday Party Invitations

For her daughter Hazel’s first birthday, my friend Maggie worked with Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs to create the most fun and whimsical Fall Harvest-inspired invitations. And I’m so excited to share them here on OSBP today, along with photos of some of the party details from the talented ladies at Sweet Root Village! The invitations feature watercolor illustrations by Courtney paired with plaid patterns, a cute insert featuring Hazel’s monthly baby photos, and the most adorable (and completely perfect) vintage stamps. The whole thing came together so beautifully!

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From CourtneyHazel’s invitations were inspired by colors found during autumn and that cozy feeling you get during this time of year. We wanted the invitations to be fun and cute but nothing that was too overtly baby. I created a watercolor border made up of different autumnal elements and complemented that with a fun little fox friend (complete with party hat!) We contrasted the hand illustrations with the bold envelope and graphic plaid liner.

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love those beautiful plaid patterns!

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Maggie: We loved how the invitations perfectly embodied the party’s look and feel with the gorgeous plaids and whimsical animals.

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

And here are some of the amazing party details by Maggie!

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fall Harvest First Birthday Party / Photo Credit: Sweet Root Village / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Maggie and Courtney!

Invitation Design: Swiss Cottage Designs

Swiss Cottage Designs is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Courtney’s amazing work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Sweet Root Village

Halloween First Birthday Costume Party Invitations

Okay, this might be the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen: a first birthday COSTUME party on Halloween! Such a fun way to celebrate a first birthday this time of year! Designer Lauren Chism designed the fun invitations to appeal to both kids and adults – mission accomplished!

Halloween First Birthday Costume Party Invitations by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From LaurenI love designing for my friends. From their weddings to baby showers, to birth announcements and birthday parties, it’s such an honor to get to design for such special celebrations. So when my friend Kristen, whose colorful baby shower invitations I designed last year, asked me to design her daughter Drew’s first birthday invitations, I was so excited. However, when she said it was a birthday COSTUME party on Halloween, I was downright giddy.

Halloween First Birthday Costume Party Invitations by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I haven’t done many Halloween designs, so I started to brainstorm ideas with Kristen’s requests in mind: a design for kids AND adults, not scary, and FUN. I started with classic Halloween motifs and costumes and just started playing with things. I didn’t start with a concept in mind and I love when it comes together in such an organic way. At the end I snuck in a pirate hat (because Kristen wore one to my Derby party) as the finishing touch. I love how they turned out and most importantly, Kristen did too!

Halloween First Birthday Costume Party Invitations by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Lauren!

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

Lucas + Judah’s Wild Kratts Birthday Party Invitations

I really don’t know how Lisa from Good on Paper does it. Every year she comes up with the best themes for her two boys’ birthday parties and then completely knocks it out of the park with the invitations! For her older son’s 5th birthday (BTW – how is Lucas FIVE already??? You can also check out birthday invitations 1, 2, 3, and 4), Lucas requested a Wild Kratt’s theme for a shared party with his friend Judah. The resulting invitations and party paper are all so much fun!

Wild Kratts Birthday Party Invitations / Good on Paper Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From LisaFor Lucas’ 5th birthday party he asked for a “Wild Kratts” party. If you haven’t seen this show, it’s an educational animated series on PBS, created by and starring brothers Chris and Martin Kratt. The show is full of fun facts about animals, ranging from polar bears to geckos, and each episode features a particular critter’s unique “creature power.” Lucas gets really excited learning about animal powers and defenses, and I love when he enlightens me with new animal facts! This year we decided to throw a modern animal-themed birthday party together with Judah, Lucas’ good friend from school, who turned five the day before.

Wild Kratts Birthday Party Invitations / Good on Paper Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Starting with the invitation design, I painted abstract animal patterns using simple black watercolor paint, and hand wrote “Go Wild” which would later become a logo for the party. I took a cute photo of Lucas and Judah and used it as a custom envelope liner. The envelopes were finished with matching wrap-around address labels.

Wild Kratts Birthday Party Invitations / Good on Paper Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We originally scheduled the party for Saturday, and had all the invitations printed up. We later changed it to Sunday due to Little League conflicts. I didn’t want to waste the old invitations, so I cut off the old RSVP information, and used the top half to make “creature power” trading cards that accompanied each t-shirt. Each trading card had fun facts about different animals. Cute AND educational! The bottom of the invitations were used to create name tags and were handwritten with each kid’s name.

Wild Kratts Birthday Party Invitations / Good on Paper Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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If you’ve seen our other birthday parties, you know that donut holes are a Jackson family tradition. This year’s donut cones were made with the animal printed recycled paper.

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One of my favorite ideas for the party was to make “polar bear ice,” aka popsicles. There’s a Wild Kratts episode called “Polar Bears Don’t Dance,” and I wanted the “polar bear ice” to tie into that. The team at Whole Foods Market Gilman made custom paletas in three fruity flavors (blueberry cream, apple/pineapple and fresh strawberry). All were a huge hit on the warm day.

Wild Kratts Birthday Party Invitations / Good on Paper Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I designed some packaging for the pops using wax food bags, snipped at the bottom and  sealed on top with a hand lettered label. The package kept the pops from sticking together in the cooler, and also doubled as a place for the melty drips to fall. They were devoured in seconds!

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Yay! Thanks Lisa! And happy 5th birthday to Lucas!

Photo Credits: Good on Paper