Maia’s Neon Pink Balloon 3rd Birthday Party Invitations

I’m definitely looking forward to all the fun birthday party invitations in Sophie’s future, and these adorable invitations (all the way from Holland!) are making me even more excited! Elisa from Little Inks created these invitations for her daughter Maia’s 3rd birthday party, incorporating an adorable illustration of Maia as a princess and a giant neon pink balloon. Too cute!

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From ElisaLike many little girls, Maia was turning 3 years old and wanted to have a Princess-themed birthday party. As much as I knew she would love it, I just couldn’t bring myself to use one of the Disney Princess invitations! I tried to incorporate some of the things that I knew she would love into the design, but also something that I would be happy to keep as a nice memento. Her little friends seemed quite happy to receive their invitations (one even slept with hers), so I was hoping that maybe other people might enjoy seeing them too.

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The design includes hand lettering by me and the little drawing is my doodle of Maia holding her birthday balloon and her favorite toy/stuffy. The invitations are letterpress printed on Original Crown Mill 280 grams cream stock using neon pink and black ink using an Asbern ADR-1 Proof Press.

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Thanks Elisa!

Photo Credits: Little Inks

Kristen’s Fly Fishing Inspired Baby Shower Invitations

Baby showers often revolve around traditionally feminine themes and color palettes, so these shower invitations from Elpitha of Print In Cursive are a nice and refreshing change of pace! With a fly fishing theme, Elpitha letterpress printed the invitations in a navy and gray color palette with kraft paper backing. Love!

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From Elpitha: I did these invitations for a shower for a couple who loves fly fishing. It’s letterpress printed in two colors (navy + gray) on Reich Paper SAVOY backed with kraft paper.

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Thanks Elpitha!

Photo Credits: Print In Cursive

Amy + John’s 3D Decoder Surprise Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! We’re starting the week with these unique 3D invitations from Amy of Saint Gertrude Design + Letterpress. After several years together, Amy and her now-husband decided to finally tie the knot. With their friends and family already gathered together to celebrate their daughter’s 2nd birthday, they handed out decoder glasses and surprised everyone with a wedding! How fun!

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From Amy: Despite being a wedding invitation designer, I’m not your typical ‘get married’ kinda gal. I love a wedding… but as a guest. The idea of ever being a bride was such a daunting prospect that my partner and I just kinda skipped over it, made a home together, had our daughter and were living in happily unmarried bliss. But 2012 dealt us a few blows and what came out of a really rough year was the realisation of the strong and unconditional love we had for each other. The only thing that stood in the way of us ‘being married’ was ‘getting married’.

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On the 29th of December, our daughter Hazel’s 2nd birthday, we hijacked her party and got married. I wanted to create invitations that held a hidden message and also had a very subtle theme of ‘written in the stars’. Our guests received these invitations in the mail and on a beautiful summer day, a small crowd gathered in our back yard for what they thought a kid’s birthday party.

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At 2:30, we handed out some envelopes, inside which were the invitations but this time they came with 3D decoder glasses that revealed this birthday was also a wedding. My friend and photographer captured some beautiful moments of our families realising what was going on. Our unsuspecting sisters were our witnesses and we danced our first dance (to John Lennon’s ‘Across The Universe’), not on a dance floor in front of 100 people, but in our garage with just the last few guests standing.

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Thanks so much Amy, and congratulations!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Saint Gertrude Design + Letterpress

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Photo Credits: Luke Lornie Photography

Best of 2012: Silhouette + Bow Tie Birthday Party Invitations

I’m already looking forward to Sophie’s first birthday party, if for no other reason than the opportunity for seriously cute party invitations! When designer Emily Ley celebrated her son’s first birthday she turned to her friend Amber from Pitbulls and Posies to create these incredibly adorable silhouette and bow tie invitations. Isn’t that just the best combination for a little boy?

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Baby Boy First Birthday Party Invitations by Emily Ley and Pitbulls and Posies via Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Photo Credits: Emily Ley

Baseball-Inspired Bar Mitzvah Invitations

It’s been a while since I had the pleasure of featuring a Bar Mitzvah invitation, so I was thrilled when Jill from PS Paper sent over this baseball-inspired invitation that she designed for Ashton’s Bar Mitzvah in San Francisco. Jill incorporated Ashton’s love for the San Francisco Giants throughout the invitation suite, using a real baseball as the actual invitation. So fun!

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From JillEarlier this year Ashton (a huge San Francisco Giants fan) had the most amazing Bar Mitzvah celebration at AT&T park planned by Laurie Arons Special Events.  It was a once in a lifetime experience for the lucky attendees.  Guests were able to swing in the actual batting cages, which was then followed by dinner and dancing in the club level of the park.

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First we designed the save the date. We wanted to do something that would be fun and also get people excited. We decided to do an old fashioned event poster with a photo of Ashton. The poster kept the exact location of the celebration a secret, but gave the theme of the party and got people guessing about where the location might be.

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For the invitation, I was able to modify the SF Giants logo to use Ashton’s initials of AF.  The AF logo was printed on a real baseball, which invited people to the party at AT&T park.  We had an separate card on top of the box inviting guests to the Bar Mitzvah service.  At the reception, each table was named for a beloved Giants player – guests were given baseball trading cards for the player that corresponded with their table.

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Thanks Jill!

Photo Credits: PS Paper