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We can all agree that The Little Prince is one of our all-time favorite children’s books, yes? I love that artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs used this beloved book as the inspiration for her son’s first birthday party invitation! If you’re familiar with Kristy’s work, then you know that she always goes the extra mile to create the most special and thoughtful invitations. You’ll just have to read below to see all the details she incoporated into this “The Little Prince” first birthday party invitation â€“ it’s absolutely dreamy!
From Kristy: Izzyâ€™s beautiful and unique first birthday invitations were a high art twist on Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry’s beloved childrenâ€™s story â€œThe Little Prince.â€ All of the artwork for the stationery was developed in a more detailed and realistic style compared to the original bookâ€™s illustrations.
Perhaps the most special piece for the whole event was a calligraphy backdrop written by Sarah of Flourish Grace. We wrote a letter to Izzy and gave her the text, so all guests could share in our sentiments to him. Here is what we wrote:
â€œDear Isaac our Izzy Wizzy baby guy,
You’ve shown us what it is to live, really live…to love bigger, to trust more, to make time for what matters, to pay attention, to put our phones down, to listen to God more, to love mornings, to marvel… to blow raspberries and let it be the best part of the day.
Love, Mama and Papaâ€
For the invitation itself, we created a custom game board-style box inspired by the Little Prince. At 17 inches by 10 inches, it was even the size of a board game! A spinner asked guests â€œWhat will the Little Prince teach today?â€ and allowed them to indulge in a bit of play as the explored the invitation. Each box had specially sized compartments to hold a copy of the book, a sheet of custom watercolor stickers, and small trinkets inspired by Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry’s beloved words.
And we could not send our guests home without special favors! We curated a case full of fun stuff, with the title â€œA Visual Map and How-to Guide to Seeing with Your Little Kid Eyes.” Each mini suitcase was stuffed with time-honored goodies guaranteed to turn back the hands of time, even just for one afternoon; candy cigarettes, garbage pail kids, balsa wood airplane, bazooka bubble gum, Lip Smackers lip balm, Pop Rocks and a Slinky!
In the lid a watercolor map was custom fitted, calling out the “steps” to revisiting your childhood fun! To name a few: “Pop some rocks and swig some soda if you’re brave”, and “Read The Little Prince, it’s weird and wonderful and witty, just read it…k?” We really wanted our guests not only to read the book, but to experience the lessons of this classic story in a fun and interactive way, and to take a child-like perspective on life, even just for a few minutes.
Thanks so much Kristy! BTW â€“ you can see Kristy’s whimsical adoption baby shower invitations right here!
Design: Momental Designs
Calligraphy: Flourish Grace
Photo Credits: Dolci Momenti Photography