New Year’s Eve Invitations

I love seeing how different people interpret and commemorate an occasion celebrated all around the world, like New Year's Eve.  So I asked a few designers to share some recent New Year's projects, and here's what they sent over!

Czar Press designed this festive New Year's Eve party invitation with bright pops of red — and complete with a cheat sheet for the symbols on the main invitation:

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This next couple decided to also celebrate their engagement on New Year's Eve, and asked Peculiar Pair Press to design a modern invitation inspired by the work of contemporary artist Margaret Kilgallen:

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{peculiar pair press}


This couple was married on New Year's Eve last year, and worked with Brown Sugar Design Studio to design a playful invitation suite (folding out to a total size of 20 x 5"!) that both reflected the festive time of year as well as their Scottsdale, Arizona destination wedding location:

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This New Year's Eve party invitation by Wiley Valentine incorporates festive flourishes and ornamental details, but with a softer color palette inspired by wintery hues:

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How are you celebrating on New Year's Eve?

{images from their respective sources}

Bella Figura 2010 Collection

I was absolutely thrilled when Bella Figura asked me to curate a sample package of five of my favorite wedding invitation designs from their collection.  I chose my favorites from the new 2010 collection, which features beautiful designs from Ellie Snow, Erin Jang, Jessica Hische, Ben Whitla, and many others.  Here are my selections:

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6a00e554ee8a2288330128767543b0970c 500wi Bella Figura 2010 Collection {hendrix by jessica hische}


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6a00e554ee8a2288330128767547e2970c 500wi Bella Figura 2010 Collection{herald by ben whitla}

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6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7724f45970b 500wi Bella Figura 2010 Collection {canopy by Ellie Snow}


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6a00e554ee8a2288330128767555cc970c 500wi Bella Figura 2010 Collection {ribbon by Erin Jang}

As you can tell, I went for designs with lots of texture and both modern and unusual design elements, like the cross-hatch background on the "ribbon" design and the soft gray (almost blind letterpress) of the "birch" design, as well as nature-inspired details, like the "canopy" and "hendrix" designs.  I also really love the "Tara" design by Ben Whitla – if only I had been allowed six favorites!

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If you're interested in any of my picks, you can purchase a sample pack from Bella Figura for $20 – and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Conservation Fund.  You can check out my favorites, along with those of other bloggers like Vané from Brooklyn Bride, Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs, Anne-Marie from Perfect Bound, Kathryn from Snippet & Ink, and a few others on the Bella Figura Trendsetters page!

{image credits: Bella Figura}

*Bella Figura is one of my fabulous sponsors, but provided no financial compensation or incentives for this post. I feature their work solely because I think it's awesome. For information on my editorial policy, click here.

Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations + Announcements

Sweet Harvey makes these incredibly adorable letterpress baby shower invitations and birth announcements — just fill in the necessary details and send them out to your family and friends!

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If you prefer to go the custom route or don't trust your handwriting, Brandi from Sweet Harvey can also create custom versions just for you:

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Such sweet designs!  Anyone out there planning baby shower invitations or birth announcements?  I'd love to hear what you've been doing!

{image credits: sweet harvey}

Angie + Mark’s Illustrated Wedding Invitations

Today’s real invitations come to us from Angie and Mark, who are getting married next month in sunny California!  Angie and Mark knew that they didn’t want a traditional invitation design, so they worked with a couple of designer friends to create a quirky and totally customized DIY design perfect for them!

From Angie:  My fiancé and I didn’t want to go with traditional invitations.  As beautiful as they can be, we wanted something that reflected our creative and quirky personalities.  Our good friend Jayne Furniss is an incredibly talented artist/designer and when we were staying with her and her boyfriend in London, we came across these adorable sketches that she created and would leave for him.

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Jayne drew the drawings based on how we met and the important places/things in our lives.  We gave her a list of few important events and from that, she hand-drew a beautifully charming scene for us.  The actual invite shows us first meeting through my previous job and he was my DJ that night in Malibu.

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With the help of my graphic designer friend Jamie Walker, we incorporated Jayne’s intricate drawings within the invite for a unique and personalized feel that was then carried over to the RSVP postcards.  My fiance is a musician and DJ and we felt the “flyer” format was fitting for the text on the invite.

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The front of the RSVP card depicts where he proposed (Bamburgh Castle in England), a memorable date we had camping in Joshua Tree with friends, our love of sports (me and the SF Giants, him and Newcastle United), our dog and our upcoming move to London.  We wanted something non traditional and personal that really portrayed our personalities. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!

So adorable — I love the way these wedding invitations tell such a sweet story, not to mention they have personality just radiating off each page!  If any of you are interested in working with Jayne for your own invitations, please just e-mail me for her contact information and I’ll be happy to pass it along.  Congratulations Mark and Angie — and best of luck with your move to London!

{all photos by Angie}

Snow Day

Remember that big snowstorm that I was talking about on Friday?  Well, the storm did not disappoint — delivering the DC area its largest snowfall since 2003 and the biggest in December in something like 70 years.  Here's what our day looked like on Saturday:

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We ventured outside for about an hour on Saturday morning to run an errand.  When we left, there was between 6-9" of snow already on the ground — by the time we got home there was another 3"!  I think we ended up getting around 15-18" in the end, most of which was still on the ground on Sunday:

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That's a pretty respectable amount of snow, don't you think?  It's always so beautiful to see this city blanketed in snow, which doesn't happen too often.

Oh, and since we've been mostly house-bound the last couple of days, I updated my tag sale!  Check it out for a bunch of new items, including two pairs of men's cords and a couple of jackets.

{all photos by oh so beautiful paper}