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

Piper’s Neon Pink + Gold 2nd Birthday Party Invitations

From fun flourishes to the neon and gold color palette, these girly birthday party invitations from Wiley Valentine are seriously adorable!  Rachelle, half of the talented duo behind Wiley Valentine, created these sweet invitations for her daughter Piper’s second birthday party, with each invitation letterpress printed on cotton paper by Rachelle’s husband Michael of Czar Press.  Michael even edge painted the invitations with an amazing gold-to-pink ombre effect!

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From RachelleThe inspiration behind the invitations was the theme of her birthday party “A Fancy Afternoon.”  Piper really loves her Fancy Nancy books so the “Fancy” element was an obvious choice.  I went over the top with fancy flourishes and designs to set the tone for her party.

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The neon pink lent a playful tone as did the ombre gold-to-pink edge painting.  The Dr. Seuss quote we printed on the neon gift tags is such a fabulous quote and it incorporated the reading aspect of the theme.

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Thanks Rachelle!

Design: Wiley Valentine

Letterpress Printing and Edge Painting: Czar Press

Wiley Valentine is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or check out Piper’s birthday party invitation designs in the Wiley Valentine etsy shop!

Photo Credits: Andrea Patricia Photography, except for the edge painting photo by Wiley Valentine

*Wiley Valentine and Czar Press are sponsors of Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gavin’s Camping-Inspired Birthday Party Invitations

It feels like just yesterday that Ashley of Lemon and Lavender sent over the bicycle-inspired first birthday party invitations for her son Gavin – and today I have the pleasure of featuring Gavin’s third birthday party invitations!  Ashley decided to have a camp-inspired party in the family’s enclosed yard, then hand delivered the invitations packaged in fun kraft paper boxes.  So cute!

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From Ashley: Our family just made a big move to West Africa – I knew I wanted to hold Gavin’s birthday party outdoors as we have a huge lush enclosed yard.  We thought the idea of an African camping safari would be perfect! 

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I loved the idea of a camp sign up sheet as the inspiration for the main invitation.  Knowing I had to hand deliver the invitations, as there is no local mail delivery service here, I wanted the invitations to be special.

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I found the kraft treat boxes at Shop Sweet Lulu along with the favor bags.  In addition to a checklist for camp I also included a little package of s’mores for each child to get them excited about “camping” in our yard.  I finished them off with a monogram sticker and hand delivered them at the next play date.

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Thanks so much Ashley!

Photo Credits: Lemon and Lavender