Rebecca from Crafty Pie Press sent over these modern invitations designed for her nephews’ joint birthday party – the blue and green color palette is so perfect for teenage boys! Rebecca’s challenge was to create something cheerful without being overly childish. The resulting invitation features a poster-inspired layout and fun chevron stripe pattern. Super cute!
From Rebecca: My sister asked me to design the invitations for my nephews’ 14th and 16th birthday party and Raymond’s 8th grade graduation. This was the first time I’ve designed invitations for teenage boys – it was a little bit challenging since I’m the complete opposite of a teenage boy!
They’re not kids anymore (even though I still think of them as kids!) so I couldn’t put together something childish. I decided on a modern poster style invitation in their favorite colors, green and blue. It’s still fun without feeling childish. I also designed a green chevron stripe pattern that was printed on the back of the invitation. I paired the invitation with a kraft envelope and an envelope liner with the green chevron pattern.
Photo Credits: Crafty Pie Press
Lisa from Good on Paper always makes the most creative birthday party invitations for her son Lucas! First it was a circus-inspired invitation, then a hide-and-seek inspired invitation, and for his 3rd birthday she drew inspiration from Lucas’s current favorite: letters and numbers! Lisa created the invitations using some inventive food styling and a few favorite photos of Lucas from this past year. Too cute!
From Lisa: I had so much fun making these. Lucas has really been into reading letters and numbers on everything from books to license plates so this year we threw him a letters and numbers inspired birthday party. For the invitation I basically set up a mini photo shoot with words out of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (another one of his favorites). It was super easy, fun and tasty.
The gray envelope was custom lined using a recent favorite photo of Lucas “reading” a newspaper. I also designed custom wraparound address labels and a directions card with another photo of Lucas lining up his cars and counting them.
Thanks so much Lisa! And happy birthday Lucas!
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Photo Credits: Good on Paper
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!
From Elisa: Like 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.
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.
Photo Credits: Little Inks
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!
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.
Photo Credits: Print In Cursive
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!
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’.
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.
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.
Thanks so much Amy, and congratulations!
Design and Letterpress Printing: Saint Gertrude Design + Letterpress
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Photo Credits: Luke Lornie Photography