Kids Party Invitations, Part 2

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been so impressed with all the kids party invitations that you’ve been sending my way!  For this week, I’ve selected three of my favorites so far – each with a different style, from vintage, to totally girly, to modern.   So first up, these fantastic letterpress dance picnic party invitations from Jen at Starshaped Press, incorporating Jen’s signature antique type:

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From Jen: We did a Chicago theme as the party was in Buffalo (where our extended family is located), and we wanted to share what we love about the city with all of the folks.  The invitation was actually a broadside that folded down and was mailed in a 7″ record sleeve, to go along with our ‘dance’ theme.  The ‘picnic’ part involved Vienna beef hot dogs and ethnic staples like sauerkraut pierogis and German potato salad, as enjoyable in January as June!

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Next up, Dora the Explorer themed invitations from Karly at SweetBeaker!  Although she decided to go with the full Dora theme, Karly created her own look using downloadable figures from the Dora website throughout the invitation and party accessories:

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From Karly:  Seeing that Dora is ‘all the rage’ and my daughter is ‘addicted’ – I just went with the theme.  Part one of the party can be seen here and part two can be seen here.

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We played ‘pin the tail on boots’ and served a menu of quesadillas, bananas (because that’s what Boots eats), salsa + chips.  Everyone had a blast!

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And finally, at least for today’s installment, a beautiful pink and brown letterpress invitation from Tova at Brighten My Day Studio for her daughter’s second birthday party:

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From Tova: The invitation was letterpress printed by Press Charming in soft pink and cocoa; paired with a labeled, latte envelope.  You’ll notice the silly, fun uses of “2″ throughout the invite and label.  I then decided to build the party around pinks, greens, oranges and brown – sweet, and girly…and a nice complement to the park venue.

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I used a bunch of Amy Butler fabrics and created several bunting banners to hang around the picnic site.  For the favors, I screen printed “2″ t-shirts in chocolate and pink – useable and keeping in the two-flavored theme.  Each was rolled and presented to each guest with favor tag a la the invitation.

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I’ve got more kids party invitations to share over the next few days, so stay tuned!  In addition to party invitations, I’m also looking for child adoption announcements to feature – if you have any that you’d like to share, please e-mail me!

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90th Birthday Party Invitation

Richele from Richie Design sent over this invitation she designed for her grandmother’s 90th birthday party – which I just couldn’t wait to share.  Richele tells me that her grandmother is quite the spunky lady and the entire family is coming out to help celebrate the milestone of her 90th birthday:

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I also couldn’t resist sharing this new card that Richele created with the phrase “An end is nothing but a beginning” – so perfect for so many occasions:

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Thanks Richele!

{image credits: richie design}

Vintage-Inspired San Francisco Wedding Invitations

Happy Tuesday everyone!  For my U.S. readers, I hope you all had a wonderful July 4 weekend!  I’m slowly easing back into my weekly routine, and thought I’d start off with these beautiful letterpress wedding invitations that Kathleen recently created for a couple getting married in San Francisco, California.  I’m loving the summery combination of aqua and gold ink – not to mention the vintage woodcut flourishes used throughout the invitation suite!

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From Kathleen: Courtney & Blair are getting married at The Presidio of San Francisco and have an antique Latin American theme going for their wedding.  The architecture of the chapel where they plan to marry was my inspiration for the overall shape around the invitation text.

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Once the shape had been established, Courtney and Blair loved the idea of old school tattoo symbols like hearts, swords and doves.  I found some vintage woodcut illustrations of these flourishy birds and pulled in a neat old crown to top off the design.

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The entire design of this invitation suite is a balance of feminine and masculine graphic elements, colors and typography.  I used aqua and metallic gold ink on an uncalendered Lettra stock in ecru.

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I also pulled in some of the elements from the invitations onto the envelopes.  The added texture from the letterpress printing compliments the design.  I couldn’t be happier with how these invitations turned out.

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Thanks Kathleen!

{image credits: kathleen shannon | & kathleen design}


{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  Between plans to go blackberry picking and hanging out with good friends over the long 4th of July weekend, I haven’t been this excited for a weekend to kick off in a long time.  I really can’t believe it’s July already – the summer is flying by so quickly!  I’m heading off to enjoy the weekend, but in the meantime…

peaceful summer afternoon {happy weekend!}

…a few links for your weekend!

And in case you missed it, a few favorite posts from this week:

That’s it for me this week!  Oh, and you all are totally awesome with the kids party invitations!  I’ve received so many submissions that I’ll be doing a few more round-ups over the next couple of weeks.  So keep them coming!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you all back here on Tuesday!

{image credits: snaphappyraa}

Perfect Half Wedding Invitations

These two wedding invitations couldn’t be more different in design and layout, but I love the way the invitation elements work together like pieces in a puzzle.  The first design features a fold-out poster style wedding invitation, which when folded shows the name of the bride on one side and the groom on the other.  When the invitation is opened, the two names come together to form the same heart pattern printed on the clear vellum envelope:

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{monique kneepkens via fpo}

The two halves of this letterpress wedding invitation by Norman’s Printery literally fit together like two puzzle pieces – but the modern geometric shapes in the heart keep the overall design from being overly sweet or feminine.  Plus, you know I’m always a sucker for a crisp blind impression like this one:

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So beautiful!

{image credits: monique kneepkens via FPO; norman’s printery}