Posts tagged birthday
Glitter and Cupcakes

I am unsure why designing birthday invitations for little girls makes me so happy. Maybe it's the oversized bows in their hair or the ruffles on every piece of their clothing. Or maybe it's the fact that I was never that kind of little girl and I am having regrets in my late twenties for wasting the opportunity. Either way, there is something about pulling together a birthday invite for an adorable little girl that is so much fun.

For each design I make a list of "needs" that must be incorporated - usually the 4W's (who/what/when/where). I'll also make a list of the clients "wants" - which are things like colors, images or size.

I got this idea while watching an episode of "Love it or List it" on HGTV. Well, it was technically a marathon of "Love it or List it"... but who's keeping track? They basically sit down and ask each client their needs and wants, and then try to compromise the list so they end up with something fabulous in the end. This typically means the couple wont be getting a new bathroom so they can instead buy some ridiculously over-priced sink, or the time just doesn't allow it because the wife is 8 1/2 months pregnant and they need the renovation done in 2 weeks. All of these steps can be applied to my creative process, and honestly I like having some boundaries. In the end you feel even more creative/wonderful because you figured out how to make something gorgeous with a small budget, or you were able to get everything done in an unrealistic time frame.

This invitation was different. The needs were simple, just the 4W's. She had one "want" and that was to follow a cupcake theme. I wrote everything down and just sat and wondered what to do. For once I have no direction or boundaries. The sky is the limit! But this can backfire, because even with all the freedom in the world you can hold yourself back. So for the first time I wrote down my "wants".

A big Cupcake (with a cherry of course)
Sprinkles
Pink everywhere
White space
Interesting typography
A cute phrase
Pink envelopes
And sparkle!

The end result turned out fabulously adorable! Bold and fresh typography mixed with a few small details works every time. Each cupcake had pink glitter frosting and the matching pink envelopes will make them stand out in the mailbox.

After seeing all the "pinning" on Lucy's moms Pinterest board I have a feeling this was quite the bash! Everything from Pizza to Mac-n-Cheese will be done cupcake style. Plus all the little ones will get the chance to decorate their own cupcakes. Such a cute birthday party theme for an even cuter little cupcake!

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Anchors away! It's Brady's First Birthday

It's hard to believe this little cutie, Brady, is already one. Not long ago I was making his baby shower invitations and now he's almost walking on his own. He's a little bundle of love, and his mother, Tara, is probably the queen of party throwing.. she thinks of every detail! The theme included sailboats and anchors, and it could be seen everywhere you looked. Buckets of goldfish, beach shovels as spoons, "ponds" of blue jello, and pails of sand. She even had a cardboard boat to play in with toilet paper roll binoculars.

I was lucky enough to attend captain Brady's first birthday, and I also got to make the invitations. The invitation incorporated nautical blue and red. I also added in graphic details that pushed the sailor theme and wrapped a small ribbon through the middle. They turned out adorable! I couldn't have been more excited to help and be a part of this big day! He's definitely my favorite captain... Happy first birthday Brady!

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Quinceañera

I had never heard of a Quinceañera before this request. So I did a little research on the trusty Internet and this is what I found... Wikipedia saves the day again.

It's sometimes called fiesta de quince años, fiesta de quinceañera, quince años or simply quince and is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America or in Latin American communities. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, because it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. Similar to a sweet sixteen birthday party. These celebrations are different between countries, some focusing on religious beliefs and others less formal.

This celebration was treated a little less traditional. It had a Las Vegas theme and was held in a large banquet hall that could accommodate her family and closest friends from school. She was raised by a single mom, so many of the rituals were modified to work for the adorable mother-daughter duo.

The invite was a ton of fun to design! I'm my opinion, hot pink should always be used when appropriate.

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Tickle Your Whiskers!

This is one of the first birthday invitations I printed. The theme is absolutely adorable, so I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I love using typography and simple design elements on invites. Sometimes you don't need all the extra nonsense cluttering up an invite... you can't really go wrong when the main focus is the message. Plus, who doesn't love a cute mustache?

 

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