Red + Aqua Carnival Birthday Party Invitations for Grace!

As much as I love wedding invitations, there’s just nothing like the youthful exuberance of a kids party invitation.  Jennifer from The Paper Peony sent over these adorable carnival-inspired letterpress invitations that she designed and printed for her daughter Grace’s second birthday, along with some images of the party itself!

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From Jennifer:  We planned a vintage red and aqua carnival theme for a small gathering in our home.  The invitations set the tone with fun fonts, stripes, and a red balloon in each envelope.  I designed the thank you notes with sweet little flags to compliment the party décor.

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We decorated with lots of balloons and wonderful hand-made fabric banners that were hung all over the house (thanks to my mother-in-law).  We served lots of popcorn, gourmet hotdogs and salads as well as “popcorn” cupcakes that I made for the kids. They were a huge hit!

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We had toss games for activities and my husband Shaun even learned how to make balloon animals and flowers the night before.  He got really good at it too!  The kids favors were so fun to put together!  We included rubber ducks, animal crackers, clown noses, pin wheels, candy dots and whoopee cushions!  I also made little paper flags with each child’s name.

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Such a fun party, and it looks like Grace had a total blast!  Thank you so much Jennifer!

{image credits: jennifer larkin | the paper peony}

Yan + Graham’s Nature-Inspired Destination Wedding Invitations

We’re all about destination weddings today!  These invitations were created for a celebratory reception following an intimate destination wedding ceremony in Hawaii.  The bride, Yan, is a web designer based in San Francisco and chose to design her own reception invitations.  The natural surroundings of the wedding ceremony location served as the primary design inspiration, and Yan also incorporated some fun details to keep things light and playful.

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From Yan:  When my husband and I decided to have a destination wedding in Hawaii it was only fitting that our theme would include elements of nature.  Our decision to use birds stems from what they generally represent: freedom, hope, and in the case of weddings, unity and happiness.  We wanted our invitations to the reception (held a week after our trip with close friends and family) to be whimsical and cheerful.

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The invitation suite included the invitation, direction card, RSVP card, and corresponding enclosures.  Letterpress printing by San Francisco-based Dependable Letterpress on #110 Crane Lettra pearl white paper.  Green origami paper was used for lining the envelopes and was combined with silk ribbon assembling at the end.

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Thanks Yan!  Gorgeous work!

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Sara + Ian’s Greek Isles Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone!  And thank you so much for your kind comments last week – you all truly helped cheer me up.  Also putting me in a good mood?  These stunning invitations from Bespoke Letterpress for a wedding on the Greek Islands later this spring.  That gorgeous shade of blue practically jumps right off the paper – I love it!

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Sigh… so pretty!  Check out more details over on the Bespoke Letterpress blog!

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{happy weekend!}

You know how some weeks are just harder than others?  This has been a tough week for me, with a to-do list that feels like it’s getting longer by the minute and a rapidly dwindling energy level.  I’ve been feeling overwhelmed, drained, and a little burned out – and on top of all of that, over the last few days I also managed to come down with a bit of a cold.  Not a good combination!  I’m hoping to recharge a bit this weekend and start fresh next week.  But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend:

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

{image credit: mrmikej via design crush}

Rob Ryan Greeting Cards

I may have just purchased two of each of these Rob Ryan laser cut cards – one to send to my sweetie overseas, and one to keep just for myself…

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All four designs available via catbird!

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