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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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

Oliver’s Pirate Theme Birthday Party Invitations

I was completely obsessed with the idea of pirate treasure as a young child, so naturally I love the idea of a pirate-theme birthday party.  Designer Megan McKean created these fun pirate map-inspired invitations for a sixth birthday party – complete with an illustrated treasure map and burned edges sure to inspire a child’s imagination to run wild.  So fun!

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From Megan: The client wanted an invitation for her son’s pirate themed 6th birthday. Incorporating ships, banners, and frames inspired by old maps, the illustration was digitally printed onto card. Each invitation was hand torn, stained, and the edges burned, to create a sense of excitement and adventure for the attendees. Dark gold envelopes and a nautical star seal were the finishing elements.

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Also created with the invitations were two custom illustrations, one for the birthday boy Oliver as a keepsake of his special day, and a Treasure Map for younger brother Isiah, so he wouldn’t feel left out amidst all of the birthday celebrations.

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Thanks so much Megan!

Photo Credits: Megan McKean