Oliver’s Colorful First Birthday Party Invitations

Melissa from Atheneum Creative recently celebrated a huge milestone – her baby boy, Oliver, turned a year old! And while first birthday parties are definitely for the parents, anyone who has been through that first year knows that it’s definitely a milestone worth celebrating with family and friends. Melissa created some adorable invitations to mark the occasion, along with some cute day-of party goodies!

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From MelissaThe invitation included a letterpress card and accordion fold enclosure filled with photos from Oliver’s first year. We wanted to fill the party itself with lots of color and energy. We played up the number one through all the party materials.

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Plastic plates, water bottle labels, and stir sticks were all custom printed with the graphic while the napkins listed a few of Oliver’s favorite foods and activities. For the guest goodie bags we created a stamp to press large muslin bags filled with bubbles and snacks. Each bag included a custom button with the guest name.

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Thanks Melissa – and congrats on making it through the first year!

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! And what a week! Sophie has been experiencing some separation anxiety at night, making bedtime a wee bit difficult in our house these days. Sigh. This too shall pass, I hope. Yesterday I took a quick up-and-down trip to New York City for a meeting – I love traveling by train and I’m so glad we live close enough to make these kinds of trips feasible! This weekend we’re hoping to take Sophie to the National Zoo to say goodbye to the Invertebrate Exhibit. We’re so sad that it’s closing! But in the meantime…

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The beautiful Union Station // Photo by me via Instagram

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Reid’s Pac-Man Arcade Game Birthday Party Invitations

First it was superheroes, now arcade games! Designer Lauren Chism created these arcade game invitations for a 4th birthday party, drawing from the familiar playful elements of Pac-Man to appeal to both adult and kid guests. So fun!

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From Lauren: My husband’s cousin, Courtney, asked me to design the invitations for her son Reid’s 4th birthday party earlier this year. She wanted to do an arcade theme and was open to a few arcade games, but I knew it would be tricky getting what there without using specific characters. We went with a Pac-Man inspired concept, which was cute and something adults and children would find fun.

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While I wish I could take credit for her clever copywriting, Courtney came ready with such a cute play on words, especially with ‘Reid Level 4′. Sometimes the wording can just make an invitation! Courtney is also a talented photographer and had the cutest photo ever to incorporate on the back of the invitation.

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Children’s birthday invitations are always a little challenging for me. Trying to marry my minimalist, typography-inspired design style with a children’s theme can be tricky, but I would call this one a success. I love how they turned out!

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Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism

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Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Happy Weekend!

Happy National Doughnut Day Everyone! After 14 recaps from this year’s National Stationery Show, I’m ready for a doughnut and a nice long nap – or at least to go vacuum my house or attend to one of the many other chores I’ve been neglecting the last couple of weeks! I hope you enjoyed the coverage from this year’s show! Next week I’ll be back to my normal editorial schedule with some fun new posts, but in the meantime…

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One of the many gorgeous floral arrangements from Soirée Floral for Paper Party 2014 // Photo by Charlie Juliet Photography

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Lucas’s Superhero 4th Birthday Party Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! Before we jump back into recaps from the National Stationery Show, I couldn’t resist sharing the wonderful invitations that Lisa from Good on Paper created for her son’s 4th birthday! Lisa creates the most beautiful birthday party invitations (and announcements) for her two boys, and it’s always an inspiration to see the creative themes she comes up with year after year. For her elder son, Lucas, this year is all about superheroes – but in a really fun way!

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From LisaWhile Lucas loves all kinds of super heroes – Captain America, Flash, Spider-Man, etc. – I really wanted the party to be more about the super powers of Lucas and his friends and to be a little less commercialized. The invitations were printed in black and green on heavy white cotton paper with a clean, minimal design highlighting Super Lucas.

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Each invitation set included custom tattoos and instructions packaged in a small glassine envelope for each guest. The tattoos had the guest’s name (i.e. Super Connor) as well as super hero speech bubbles with expressions like “WOW”, “OK”, “YES”, and “COOL” instead of the usual “POW” and “BANG” expressions. The envelopes were lined with a pattern of the same super hero expressions. 

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Such a great idea! Thank you so much Lisa!

Photo Credits: Good on Paper