A couple of weekends ago, my friend Sara and I co-hosted a baby shower for our friends Maggie and Trevor. Maggie co-hosted my own baby shower last year, so it was an absolute honor to be able to return the favor! Maggie and Trevor wanted a fun night with friends before their baby girl arrived, so we planned the evening as more of a cocktail party (aka “unshower”) than a traditional baby shower. Naturally, I was responsible for the paper details – and today I’m so excited to share the invitations and day-of stationery with you! We’ll start with the amazing invitations by Sarah of August Blume, with the rest of the details to follow a bit later today!
Maggie and Trevor had the most beautiful campaign-inspired wedding four years ago, so Sara and I decided to run with that as our inspiration for the party. Inspired by Maggie’s plans for the nursery, we chose a color palette of red, white, and aqua. Maggie also loves graphic prints and patterns, which we also wanted to incorporate into the invitations and party stationery.
I’ve been a fan of Sarah from August Blume since featuring Beth and Michael’s save the dates in early 2012, and I thought her aesthetic would be a good match for Maggie and our overall party style. I sent Sarah links to Maggie’s blog, wedding invitations, and a Pinterest board that Sara put together with inspiration for the party. The invitation suite that she created could not have been more perfect!
From Sarah: I was thrilled to design for such a special project! The campaign-themed “unshower” had my creative wheels turning right from the start. Creating a mini campaign pin to include with the invitation seemed like the perfect, interactive touch. I wanted to incorporate something that had a hint of “baby” to it – and the elephant and donkey push toys have ended up being one of my favorite aspects of the whole design. Michele’s beautiful lettering kept the tone soft and her calligraphy on the wrap labels tied everything together. What an honor to be a part of Baby H’s unshower!
Sarah designed the invitations to be mailed in pool blue box mailers. The invitations feature calligraphy by Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy. A red and white twill ribbon – and a custom campaign button! – tied the invitation and registry card together. Sarah honored our request for pattern with two fun graphic patterns: one lining the inside of the box mailers and another to back the invitation.
Check back soon for the fun day-of stationery from Maggie and Trevor’s shower!
Invitation Design: August Blume
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper