Oh my, how time flies! It seems like just yesterday Lisa from Good on Paper sent over the circus-inspired first birthday party invitations that she created for her son Lucas. Today, nearly a year later, we’re sharing the invitations that Lisa created for his second birthday party! For this year’s invitation design, Lisa was inspired by some adorable photos of Lucas playing hide-and-seek – such a cute idea!
From Lisa: I used a photo that I just love of Lucas playing hide and seek. He was being super quiet and still but then I saw his feet poking out from under the shades and it was the cutest thing. I designed a little half moon enclosure envelope and put the other photo of him popping out from behind the shade on the actual invitation.
We are doing a “round” theme (balloons, round food items like meatballs, donut holes, mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, and renting a cute snow cone truck). The entire invitation was delivered in translucent envelopes sealed with Japanese washi tape and a custom wraparound address label.
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
I love a kid’s party invitation that is just all about fun and celebration, and these birthday party invitations from Nichole of Coral Pheasant definitely fit the bill! Nichole was inspired by the uber-girly inspiration board created by the birthday girl’s mama, with lots of pink, playful fonts, and a scallop border – not to mention beautiful calligraphed addresses. So cute!
From Nichole: When an old college friend reached out to me to design a first birthday invitation for her daughter Paloma, I knew we were in for some fun. As an artist herself, Audra had been busy developing a pink piggy-themed inspiration board on Pinterest filled with graphic patterns and loads of tulle and ruffles. With so much eye candy I quickly developed a super-sweet invitation for the most adorable little girl.
The design is a mix of a playful script and a chunky modern font with varying shades of pink and the scalloped edge adds a playful touch to the piece. A small photo card documenting each month of Paloma’s first year was tucked into a glassine envelope and mailed with the invitation. Hands down, my favorite part of the suite is the piggy snout and curly tail label that wraps around the shimmer pink mailing box sealing it shut. Audra completed the suite by penning the beautiful calligraphy on all of the boxes. She is one talented mama!
Thanks so much Nichole!
Photo Credits: Coral Pheasant
Happy Leap Day everyone! Julie from Duet Letterpress sent over the most adorable letterpress invitations that she designed and printed for a first birthday party last summer. These invitations were inspired in part by the invitations that Julie created for her daughter Emily’s first birthday, featuring both an invitation to the birthday celebration along with a certificate marking important milestones during Lawson’s first year.
From Julie: To celebrate Lawson’s first birthday, his parents threw him a party inspired by Curious George. They wanted something similar to Em’s invitations, but in the style of his party. In addition to Curious George, the party was a vintage take on classic stories. Rustic red, pale blue, navy, and a cheerful yellow made up the party’s color palette.
Lawson’s foot and hand prints were letterpress printed true to size. Lawson was tiny at birth, and his feet were only 1 3/4″ long! We made the “year of firsts” card a different size from the actual invitation and bound them together with yellow twine. Finally, a two color, letterpress printed, wraparound mailing label was affixed to each pale blue envelope.
Thanks so much Julie!
Photo Credits: Duet Letterpress
Happy Monday everyone! We’re starting the week off with some adorable invitations for a first birthday party! Designer Emily Ley sent over the fun images of the invitations for her baby boy Brady’s birthday party, created by Amber of Pitbulls and Posies along with the help of a few other friends. The silhouette and bow tie concept is just too cute – read below for the full details!
From Emily: Brady’s first birthday party was so much fun. We decided we wanted it to be sweet and young and classic… so we chose a “Southern Picnic” theme and used bow ties to tie the entire affair together. I knew I wanted the invitations to be tactile and to be Southern and sweet and with the personality of a playful little boy. I emailed my dear friend Amber Moon, of Pitbulls and Posies, and she went right to work and together we conceptualized the most adorable invitations I’ve honestly ever seen.
I took a photo of Brady and sent it to Amber, she traced his sweet little head and created these little wooden silhouettes which she then screen printed with the party information we designed together. She also designed and created box liners to hold the sweet little silhouette.
Meanwhile, my friend McKay of Oatmeal Lace Designs designed and created bows and bow ties for all of Brady’s little friends. The invitation read “On your neck or in your hair, kindly wear this bow and we’ll see you there!”
Thanks so much Emily!
Invitation Design: Pitbulls and Posies
Bow Ties: Oatmeal Lace Designs
Vintage Stamps: Brightly Designed
Calligraphy: MJ Paperie
Photo Credits: Emily Ley
I’ve already documented my love for gold foil, so I was thrilled when Joni from Chocolate Butterbean sent over the gold foil invitations that she created for her daughter Vivi’s upcoming first birthday party. Joni wasn’t able to send out announcements following Vivi’s birth and she knew that she wanted to do something special for Vivi’s first birthday. Joni was inspired by the gold foil on a vintage copy of Emily Post’s book on etiquette, incorporating gold foil silhouettes on pale pink paper and paired with dark indigo envelopes.
From Joni: I was inspired by the vintage copy of Emily Post’s Etiquette I purchased a few years ago. The cover is a rich indigo with beautiful gold text, and it has such a lovely, ladylike feel which is perfect because I wanted her invitations to be sweet, but not baby. The inspiration for the party is Vivi herself, and we will have her favorite foods and other fun things on hand at the party.
The invitations include Vivi’s silhouette, with the distinctive bow she always wears to keep her crazy hair out of her eyes, and her name is handwritten for a custom touch. Originally, I wanted to use a very bright coral paper swatch that I had been keeping on file, but unfortunately it was discontinued, so I went with the light pink for the invitation and rsvp card along with the indigo envelope.
I also designed a small postcard for the guests to write a hope or prayer for Vivi’s future, which I plan to put into an album alongside a picture of her with each special person to keep. I hope it will be a treasure for her when she grows up!
Design: Chocolate Butterbean
Printing: Crayton-Heritage Letterpress
Photo Credits: Chocolate Butterbean