Hello!Lucky: Alex + James’ Rockstar Birthday Party

Hi Everyone! Our new baby has arrived – so I’m off to spend some time getting to know this tiny new person! I’ve asked some of my favorite creative mamas to help out while I’m away on maternity leave. This week, the ridiculously talented and creative mamas behind Hello!Lucky – Eunice and Sabrina – will be sharing a few posts, from birthday parties to their favorite spots in San Francisco. Welcome Eunice and Sabrina! –Nole

We are so thrilled to guest post on Oh So Beautiful Paper this week! Starting off with kids party themes in honor of Nole’s new arrival. Congrats Nole & thanks so much for having us! Eunice and Sabrina of Hello!Lucky

Alex and James rocked out for their rockstar 4th birthday party at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The museum staff hosted lots of great activities for the kids, including karaoke and making neon gak. We also whipped up a few simple DIY projects that really took the party to the next level. The kids had a blast!

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The gloss white birthday banner was decorated with neon gaffer’s tape and the white party favor bags were decorated with neon gaffer’s tape, neon dots, and neon tissue paper.

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DIY elements included personalized glittery puff-paint t-shirts in goth rock fonts, leopard print oilcloth silhouettes for wall decor in the shape of tigers, guitars, and lightning bolts, and neon faux fur table runners from Mendel’s. Metallic gold fringe curtains were the perfect backdrop for photos.

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Dinosaur and volcano birthday cakes – complete with dry ice eruption! – were created by Noe Valley Bakery. Leopard print food signs highlighted a menu that included mini burger sliders and chocolate zucchini muffins in animal print cupcake liners.

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Photos by Modern Kids Co

Jamie’s Modern Hand Lettered Bat Mitzvah Invitations

I’m completely in love with these bat mitzvah invitations from J at Grey Snail Press! With a fuchsia and gray color palette, the letterpress printed invitations feature J’s signature hand lettering, modern design details, and non-traditional RSVP card. So fun and so modern – everything a bat mitzvah invitation should be!

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From J: I worked with Jamie’s mom to create a bright and bold invitation for her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah ceremony and reception. Jamie requested a gray and fuchsia color palette, so we chose envelopes, papers, and ink colors accordingly.

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The invitations were letterpress printed by Hounddog Press in fuchsia and light gray ink on bright white Lettra, then mounted on fuchsia backers. Fuchsia envelopes were lined with a gray and white chevron pattern.

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RSVP cards were printed on fuchsia card stock in white ink with a simple J logo. They wanted a large blank area for guests to write messages rather than traditional RSVP options.

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Thanks J!

Design: Grey Snail Press

Letterpress Printing: Hounddog Press

Grey Snail Press is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Grey Snail Press

Waverley’s Ombre First Birthday Party Invitations

I’m a big fan of the whimsical illustration of Catherine from Printerette Press – particularly when it comes to birthday party invitations (Catherine created Sophie’s first birthday party invitations last year)! And today Catherine is back with another first birthday party invitation project! Waverley’s adorable invitations feature an ombre effect in tones of peach and pink along with a floral envelope liner. Love!

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From Catherine: This is a custom project we recently worked up for an adorable little girl’s first birthday party. The inspiration given to us by her mom – Lesleigh from pearls on a string – was “peachy tones ombre” for the invitation and “soft grandma florals” for the envelope liner. We chose to stay in a peachy/pinkish color palette throughout, but added a touch of brown in the floral envelope liner to give it that “grandma” feel the client was looking for. The final touch was ordering magnets of Waverley herself to add an extra fun element to the overall invitation.

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Thanks Catherine!

Printerette Press is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Catherine’s gorgeous work right here!

Photo Credits: Printerette Press

Oliver’s Colorful First Birthday Party Invitations

Melissa from Atheneum Creative recently celebrated a huge milestone – her baby boy, Oliver, turned a year old! And while first birthday parties are definitely for the parents, anyone who has been through that first year knows that it’s definitely a milestone worth celebrating with family and friends. Melissa created some adorable invitations to mark the occasion, along with some cute day-of party goodies!

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From MelissaThe invitation included a letterpress card and accordion fold enclosure filled with photos from Oliver’s first year. We wanted to fill the party itself with lots of color and energy. We played up the number one through all the party materials.

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Plastic plates, water bottle labels, and stir sticks were all custom printed with the graphic while the napkins listed a few of Oliver’s favorite foods and activities. For the guest goodie bags we created a stamp to press large muslin bags filled with bubbles and snacks. Each bag included a custom button with the guest name.

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Thanks Melissa – and congrats on making it through the first year!

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Reid’s Pac-Man Arcade Game Birthday Party Invitations

First it was superheroes, now arcade games! Designer Lauren Chism created these arcade game invitations for a 4th birthday party, drawing from the familiar playful elements of Pac-Man to appeal to both adult and kid guests. So fun!

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From Lauren: My husband’s cousin, Courtney, asked me to design the invitations for her son Reid’s 4th birthday party earlier this year. She wanted to do an arcade theme and was open to a few arcade games, but I knew it would be tricky getting what there without using specific characters. We went with a Pac-Man inspired concept, which was cute and something adults and children would find fun.

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While I wish I could take credit for her clever copywriting, Courtney came ready with such a cute play on words, especially with ‘Reid Level 4’. Sometimes the wording can just make an invitation! Courtney is also a talented photographer and had the cutest photo ever to incorporate on the back of the invitation.

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Children’s birthday invitations are always a little challenging for me. Trying to marry my minimalist, typography-inspired design style with a children’s theme can be tricky, but I would call this one a success. I love how they turned out!

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Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism

Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers