Custom wedding invitation, stationery, and accessories

custom wedding invitation and stationery design

One of the most customized projects I did in the last year was a special set of wedding invitations, stationery, and accessories for a local couple. Meagan Crain, their wedding planner, contacted me and we met with the couple early on to get a feel for their style and vision for their ceremony and reception.

They wanted a unique and completely custom design that captured them and their relationship with a nod to our location here in Tucson and the setting of their wedding, Hacienda del Sol, a beautiful historic local inn. 

We ended up deciding to commission a custom watercolor painting of the iconic entry gate at Hacienda del Sol. The artist was able to capture the casual, whimsical style they were going for, and an added perk to this approach is that the couple got to keep the original painting as a beautiful keepsake. 

They chose a kraft paper gatefold backing for the invite, and finished each one off with twine and a charm. 

We also had the artist create a separate little watercolor of a succulent that matched the invite. We used this as part of their wedding logo and it helped to tie all of the pieces together – the program, response cards, escort cards, etc.

In lieu of traditional table numbers, we found hand-drawn images of local flowers, animals, and images to identify each table, all indicated on a big poster I designed and with individual cards for each table. 

I learned so much from this project – there were many elements to coordinate and a lot of communication to make sure that we captured their complete vision, but the end result was a truly customized and unique package for this couple. Check out more details from this fabulous wedding at Meagan's blog here

photography courtesy of Kelly+Sergio Photography

 

First Communion Invitations - New in the Shop!

One of the most popular categories in my Etsy shop at this time of year is First Communion invitations. I love designing items for these pretty spring celebrations, and I really enjoyed creating custom designs for my own son's First Communion a few years ago. 

I've had some pretty, simple silhouette invitations in the shop for a few years, so this year I decided to update them with a few different options of watercolor backgrounds and a modern calligraphy script. I love the way they came out, and the background is super simple to modify for customers who want different colors. You can check them out here, and I can create cupcake toppers, thank-you notes, and other printables to coordinate with these themes as well.

Fairy birthday party

One of my favorite birthday party themes that we've done for my daughter is her fairy party. I designed a cute fairy invitation, with a pink watercolor background and silhouettes: 

For the cake, I bought the delicious chocolate round cake from Costco and just spruced it up with a bunch of sprinkles and a topper I designed to coordinate with the theme. We placed it on a dessert table decorated with a banner and tissue paper pom-poms. I purchased fairy wings, tutus, and wands for the girls to wear at the party and take home as favors (comment below if you want the source - great prices!). It was fun, cute, and a great memory for my daughter!

fairy themed little girl's birthday party

First Communion Invitation and Party

It's a busy time of year for my Etsy shop - I always do a lot of invitations and party printables for people celebrating their children's First Communion. Check out the invitation and party I did for my own son's First Communion last year. I went with a simple, clean gray design for the invitation:

And for the party, a table setup including wheat and grapes (a little Catholic symbolism there) and a fabulous cake by Lucy at Pretty Sweet Desserts (chocolate and salted caramel buttercream!) that she designed to coordinate with the theme:

We had a barbecue lunch catered and invited close family and friends - a perfect way to celebrate Luke's special day!

tiffany blue invitation designs {new in the etsy shop}

My most popular color request right now is this pretty shade of Tiffany blue - here are two new invitations I'm adding to the Etsy shop today. These designs were created as I was working on a theme for a baby shower to prepare for my new niece, Penelope, due in March - so excited! These are perfect for a baby shower, bridal shower, or party invitation, and can be customized with or without the bows.

I love the preppy stripes and coral accents on this one

and the simplicity of this one:

There are tons of fabulous party decor ideas on Pinterest that would be perfect with this theme.

busy busy {custom invitations • etsy shop}

Hello there, dusty old blog! I have had great intentions of posting some new stuff, but it has been a CRAZY few months. I have been so excited that my little Etsy shop has become really busy this spring. I have worked with some wonderful, fun, kind people, and I'm looking forward to featuring some of them here. Recently, a new customer contacted me. She hosts an annual girls' night party and wanted help with a custom invitation.

She decided to go with a "movie night" theme, and wanted something with a slightly retro look to it to go along with these popcorn buckets she found. Here's what we ended up with:

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I wish I could go! Sounds like a fun night. :)

Around that time, a soon-to-be high school graduate and her mom contacted me about the retro circles invitation I have in the shop. They liked the bright, fun colors and wanted to know if I could adapt it into a graduation party invitation, with a second side to include more photos and a bible verse. I was more than happy to put something together!

Custom graduation invitation bright colors

Such a pretty girl, and I love how the colors in the photos worked with the background!

So how has the spring been for you, blog world?

princess party: the wrap-up

The princess party I mentioned a few weeks ago was a success! We did a small family party on Maggie's actual birthday, and she had so much fun that she was confused when I told her we had another party with her friends coming up on the weekend. For her family party, I made the cake (with a little help from the birthday girl herself). I'm not much of a baker, so I used a butter cake mix and added a cup of sour cream — it makes it a little richer, and it was so good! I iced it with a white chocolate icing, using one of the Cake Mix Doctor's icing recipes.

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If you're like me and don't bake much, her books are such a huge help! The recipes are simple and come out great. Having said that, I have found it virtually impossible to produce a cake that actually looks good (I just have no luck!), but at least it tasted good. And Maggie was thrilled with the "princess sparkle sprinkles."

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The family party was low-key and fun, and then I got to work on the "kid" party. I created a cute little invitation design (the princess image came from here) and sent it in an email instead of as a paper invite (I was running out of time, and wanted to give everyone a little notice!).

maggie's invitation for web(I took the specifics out for this post to keep the internet crazies from knowing too much)

I printed out princess and knight images with the kids' names on transfer paper and ironed them onto inexpensive t-shirts for favors - they were a hit! Here's Maggie wearing hers at the party, and one of the boys' shirts:

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We ended up having the party at a local restaurant. It's a small place that happens to be owned by my dad and brother-in-law, so we picked  a low-traffic time, set up the back room with tables wrapped in white paper (from Michael's) and crayons, and played "pin the kiss on the frog" (from Wal-Mart!) on the patio. It was lots of fun.

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So that's the princess party in a nutshell. Anyone else seen any great kids' party ideas lately?

I've added this post to Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family. Go over and check out all of the great tips!

Luke’s Pirate Party

Luke's fifth birthday party proved to be quite the event. He has only had relatively small parties up until this year, so for this one we let him invite a big group of friends for a pirate-themed party at a local pizza place. I had so much fun coming up with the invitations:

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I was originally going to send actual paper invites, but time got tight so I ended up dropping the image into an evite. I found the images here and also used them to make iron-on transfers for Luke and Maggie's shirts:

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and used them to make goody bag tags too.

I just recently came across this blog with some wonderful party ideas — wish I had found it before planning this party, but I've definitely bookmarked it for future ideas.