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!
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.
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.
Thanks so much Megan!
Photo Credits: Megan McKean
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!
From Rachelle: The 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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
Thanks so much Ashley!
Photo Credits: Lemon and Lavender
These birthday party invitations from Tara at Cracked Designs are so fun and creative! Created for her son Beckett’s 2nd birthday party, Tara created a complete invitation field manual booklet inspired by old school camping manuals and Boy Scout merit badges. Such a great idea for a birthday party theme!
From Tara: My husband and I often refer to our son Beckett as “Sass-quatch,” mostly because he’s had a case of the terrible twos ever since he turned one. When brainstorming for Beckett’s 2nd birthday party, I knew that a play on the name of the mythical “Sasquatch” turned “Sass-quatch” theme would be perfect for our little monster.
I’ve always loved vintage camping & Boy Scout images, and thought it would be really unique to plan a party with the idea of having an “Exploration of the Sass-Quatch” as the concept for the party invitations. I wanted the invitation suite to feel very old school and earthy, with an overall camping vibe. I turned the invitation into a booklet, complete with an “Official Sass-quatch Explorer Society” logo that drew inspiration from vintage girl and boy scout merit badges.
I had fun coming up with all the text for the invites, and wanted to make it feel like the guests were reading their very own Sass-quatch guidebook. I printed out the cover of the invitation on heavyweight kraft paper. Each invitation booklet was assembled and placed in a drawstring cotton muslin pouch with hand-drawn arrows, then placed in a kraft paper envelope and sealed with a round sticker.
For the actual party, we turned our house into a full on forest, complete with cardboard trees and a giant sass-quatch cut out hiding amongst the trees. Guests created their own little terrariums in vintage glass jars. I kept the theme from the invitations running strong in all of the elements of the party, so everyone got the full sass-quatch exploration experience!
Photo Credits: Cracked Designs
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