Christmas Party Invitations
It is that time of year again! The decorations are out, presents are being bought and the Christmas party planning begins. It is such a fun and festive time all around and to be able to help a client out with her perfect cookie exchange party was so fun! She came to me and told me that she was throwing a Christmas cookie exchange party and all she knew what that she liked the idea of a red truck being somewhere on the invite. She also wanted to send out recipe cards with the invite so people could not only share their yummy cookies, but the recipe to make them as well. I loved both of these ideas and was eager to hit the ground running, or to go off in the direction that was perfect for her!
I started by googling cookie exchange invitations and what a plethora of stuff was out there. One stood out to me that had stripes and some baby blue detailing and I thought “how cute to go along with a red truck would be red stripes and a baby blue background?”. I started to create and came up with some fun ideas but eventually she settled on one that was just right and requested that I make gift tags to match as well.
Behold, the red truck Christmas cookie exchange invite!
I feel like I haven’t posted in a while. My parents were out here on vacation and it was so fun. I keep thinking forward to the holidays though and love when sparkly things make their way onto the shelves at my favorite stores. I love mint green and gold so being the graphic artist I am and being in need on some inspiration, I googled “Mint & Gold” and what a plethora of stuff came up. It was like inspiration heaven! I found some patterns I liked and ran with some ideas. The combination of the mint and gold was so fun, I am going to be creating more patterns and digital papers for people and sell them in my Easy shop. I created these digital prints and love how they turned out! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have making them!
Two years ago when my nephew turned one, my sister asked me to do his birthday invites. First birthdays are so special so I felt honored to be able to create a one of a kind invite for the party. He loves Yo Gabba Gabba and so my sister knew what would be the perfect theme. There is so much out there on the Internet for fun ideas and creative ways to celebrate Gabba style. Betsy knew what she wanted but was so overwhelmed by all the options, so I jumped in and saved the day!
Fast forward to today and he turned three a week ago. I am posting about this now because we were watching Yo Gabba Gabbaa week before his birthday and it got me thinking about how fun the designs were and I wanted to revisit them for my etsy shop. I had created an invite and thank you cards for my sister to send out but for my shop I knew I had to do some other special things. This is what I came up with!
The Yo Gabba Gabba invites.
The Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Banner.
The Cupcake Toppers.
The thank you notes.
Baby Shower Invites
In 7 Days it will have been 3 years since my best friend got married. It is hard to believe how fast 3 years flies by, but before you know it, they have been married three years and these invites I made for them are 3 years old. These are still some of my favorite invites and I will tell you why.
First come “save the dates” and her destination wedding was less than a year away! So we hit the ground running. Katie knew they were going to get married in Park City, UT, so right away we collaborated and thought about what her wedding would be like: the mountains, the scenery, the rustic feelings, oh and the amazing location. Then we knew, the perfect design would be earthy tones with a modern mountain feel! We created the Save The Date cards with the idea that the wedding invites would follow the same look and feel.
Then come the wedding invites. These were unique because Katie and Erik wanted their guests to feel at home in Park City and to be able to enjoy the wedding day without being confused as to where to go and what to do. So, we created a map of the surrounding area, an accommodations card, and a timeline of events for the actual wedding day.
In addition, in every hotel room for the guests that came to the wedding, Katie put a welcome bag with a thank you note attached. It was such a fun and personal touch and I know her gusts appreciated the sentiment.
These wedding invitations turned out to be so fun and energetic but also had a certain calming element, just like Katie and Erik and just like their wedding day too! As I reminisce about how much I loved making these, I hope you love looking at them.
2016 seems to be all about woodland themed things and there is nothing cuter (in my opinion). There is so many funs things you can do from using real wood slices to hold hors d’oeuvres/food or making cup cakes look like little mushrooms. I think the possibilities are endless, and I secretly hope to have another kid so I can throw myself a shower and use this theme (shhh, don’t tell my husband and is it ok to throw yourself a baby shower? haha). The best thing about this theme is it could be adapted for boy, girl and even if you don’t know the gender. Also, minus the little woodland animals, this could be adapted or a bridal shower too.
So, I had a friend’s sister-in-law come to me in need of some baby shower invites; baby showers are my fav! Well, she knew I had just done my friend’s baby shower invites with a cute woodland theme but wanted to change some of the design elements. Of course, I was happy to oblige. She loved the way they looked but wanted more grey tones, different woodland animals (to match the cake), a banner, and food/place cards. I had a lot of fun reconfiguring the design and creating a new spin on the one I had done previous. Of course, invites and thank you notes go hand in hand. So, in addition to all wonderful things she will be receiving in a few weeks, I gifted her some thank you cards to match all the cuteness. Boy oh Boy, what fun these were to make!