60th Birthday Party Invitations

My friends over at M + E recently designed an invitation for a 60th birthday celebration.  The main invitation is full of exclamation points and dancing shoes to make sure guests arrive ready to boogie, and a perforated rsvp postcard at the bottom:

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Seriously, how much fun are these?  Cocktail attire and dancing shoes? I bet this was one stylin’ party!  You can check out more from M + E here and here.  Thanks Mike!

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Floral Party Invitations

Such pretty floral fill-in party invitations from lauramacchia:

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These would be lovely for a bridal shower or informal summer picnic, don’t you think? 

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Illustrated Recipe Cards

Lisa from The Lunch Box Project creates some seriously cute recipe cards and illustrated prints:

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Lisa says that her illustrations evolved from her inability to cook – if she can’t make it, she might as well draw it!  You can check out more of Lisa’s recipe cards and illustrated prints in her shop and her daily illustrations on her blog!

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Aleksandra + Scott’s Antique Wood Type Poster Wedding Invitations

Today’s real invitations come to us from Jen and Starshaped Press, one of my fantastic sponsors, and were printed using antique wood and metal type and ornaments – each of which are 50-100 years old!  In order to preserve these delicate materials Jen creates a gentle impression (known as a “kiss”) on each invitation, with a result that feels timeless and elegant.  For these invitations, Jen used antique type and ornaments for a poster-style invitation that evokes old-school Chicago.  Oh, and since today is Jen’s birthday (Happy Birthday Jen!), make sure you read all the way through for a special promotion that Jen is offering to Oh So Beautiful Paper readers!

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From Jen: The bride, Aleks, really wanted an invite that felt old-school Chicago, but from more of a working class, insider’s perspective.

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They definitely wanted to use the quote from architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham on the front panel, as it felt appropriate to their marriage (make no small plans!).  The front panel was the visible element when the invitations were folded and inserted into the envelope.

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Since this was a Black Tie affair, we wanted to keep some formality to the invitation.  The colors were a more muted navy and gold with corresponding navy envelopes, while the antique typography kept the invitations grounded.

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What I love about these invitations is that they really showcase a great mix of wood and metal type, and make the invitation more of a poster than a traditional invitation, even though we are still able to fold and mail it at the first class rate.  This particular style (from our Wanted! collection) can be customized through different colors and formats to resemble anything from a wild west poster to a carnival broadside. And much of the type we use probably printed both of those items 100 years ago!

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You can check out additional wedding invitation styles from Starshaped Press right here, as well as on their flickr page.  And as I mentioned above, to help celebrate her birthday, Jen is offering 10% off the Starshaped Press Wanted! wedding invitation collection to OSBP readers!  Just be sure to mention the code “Beautiful Paper” when you contact Jen to receive the discount.  Thanks Jen!

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Pink + Green Moving Announcements

Julie from Cartoules Letterpress sent over some moving announcements that she designed for some recent clients – and I’m loving the bright pops of pink and chartreuse!

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The color combination is totally perfect for summer – I can totally see these announcements accompanied by an invitation to a summer housewarming barbeque.  Thanks so much Julie!

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