We’re counting down the days until Emery turns 3 and these little gems just arrived in the mail. You might remember my flamingo party inspiration that Emery picked out during a recent Pinterest browsing session. A lawn flamingo and striped umbrella order later, we officially have a theme for Emery’s third birthday along with the cutest flamingo party invitations. Of course, I have to throw as much black and white in as I can while I still have the power to do so. Still finishing up other details for the party and I’ll be sure to share the final results along with all the birthday fun on the blog.
P.S. If you’re a font nerd like me, discovering and using new fonts is practically a hobby. The typeface for “Emery” on the invite is one of my new favorites – Ribbon font. Download it here.
How cute is this invitation for my baby shower next month? Jennifer, Danielle and Becca are putting it together for me and they are doing such a fabulous job! Even though I never really considered myself a “pink” person before getting pregnant, I can’t seem to get enough of it now. The baby pink is just so sweet and lovely. It seems like a perfect fit for little Em (as Hunter has started calling her). Can’t wait for the shower date!
Here are about half of the cards I finally mailed today. Sorry if you’re on the list and you don’t get one by Christmas. They also say Happy New Year, so as long as they arrive in 2010, I think I’m safe.
It actually didn’t take as long as I thought to pick up the 5×7 photo cards from the store (1 hr pickup), stick them on black cardstock, punch two holes at the top and run a ribbon through. I designed, ordered and mailed them out within 24 hours. Not too shabby for epic procrastination.
I was also a little late on getting our stockings embroidered. They hung name-less on the mantle for a few weeks and every time I saw them I thought, “Oh yeah. Still need to get those done.” I kept forgetting until finally, I dropped them off late last week at Sweet Bay Prints and today… voila! Our little family has a stocking set! Aren’t they cute?
While the wedding and honeymoon are slowly fading to blissful memores, there are still lots of details I haven’t shared. How about the invites for one? They set the tone of the wedding and really are the first impression your friends and family have of the big event. I sent more thought on this than I did on almost anything else. The other choices were no-brainers anyway. Plus, I get really excited about fonts and envelopes and wouldn’t want anyone else to takehe joy of comparing one pocketfold to another in great detail. It’s a little weird, I know. My friend Lauren was so impressed with my handiwork, she asked me to write a little how-to for a local magazine’s wedding edition. Here’s what I did:
Designing your own invitations and printing them on a home computer is one of the easiest ways to save money and keep those big wedding expenses down. Brides can add a more personal touch, incorporating specific colors, styles and textures into the invitations, as well as feel a sense of accomplishment and ownership of the final product. Do-it-yourself girls will love this mini-project which is far from difficult, but if you’re not a DIY bride, you may find that one of your family members or bridesmaids can pitch in to have this done and ready to mail before you know it.
1. Determine what size and style your invitations will be. Options are essentially endless. This style is a pocketfold measuring approximately 6” square when folded. Consider square envelopes require additional postage.
2. Order large envelopes, RSVP envelopes and pocketfolds. The online store where these were purchased (Bella Kai) is no longer in business, however similar products can be found at textstyledesigns.com/envelopes, redcurrant.com and paper-source.com.
3. Design the main invitation to fit in the middle panel, 5.75” square. To keep with my black and white damask look, I chose to use the print as a border and added a dotted curve for more interest. The script font used is Engaged and the uppercase font is Castellar, which can both be downloaded free. Photoshop or InDesign are both great if you have them, but beginners can get the same result with Microsoft Publisher.
4. Determine the final wording for the invitation. Sites like InvitationConsultants.com can provide specific and appropriate wording, depending on who is inviting or what type of ceremony will take place.
5. Design corresponding Detail cards. This Detail card (measuring 5.5” x 5.75” includes the reception information and wedding website address for specifics on accommodations, wedding party and registry. (Never include registry information directly on the invitation!)
6. Design corresponding RSVP cards. Include a space for guests to write in their name and indicate the number of people attending. (If a specific meal choice is required, include it here). The RSVP card must fit inside the RSVP envelope and measures 4” x 5.7”. To avoid confusion if RSVP cards are returned without names, pencil in a number on the back corresponding to your guest list.
7. Label and post RSVP envelopes. Be sure to include the address RSVPs will be sent to and add postage to the envelope. These .64-cent King and Queen of Hearts stamps can be found at shop.usps.com.
8. Cut out and assemble everything. I highly recommend using a slicing tool (found at any craft store) to ensure clean edges on anything that has to be cut. Glue dots or double sided tape are the fastest way to pin down the corners of the main invite without any mess or dry time.
9. Neatly fold the invitation, adding a sticker or seal to hold closed. Monograms or corresponding graphic elements are popular. These bargain seals were found at Michael’s.
10. Insert into large envelope and seal. Glue sticks are really the most efficient here.
11. Add return address label, address label and postage. I designed and printed the return address label on basic Avery 5160 labels (oriented vertically for more interest) and the address label on basic Avery 5163 labels. Guest names were hand-written and the King and Queen couple was stamped in the top corner. (Before adding postage, take a sample to the post office to be double sure you are posting the correct amount!)
12. Done and Done. Before mailing, review, review, review! Make sure no one on the list has been left out and that everyone is receiving an invitation who should be. When you’re sure the list is covered, drop in the mail and celebrate checking this project off the list!
Total cost for 125 invitations: $510
(Envelopes, paper and supplies $350, Postage $160)
Not too shabby!
After much browsing other blogs, flipping through wedding magazines, clipping, contemplating, creating, font-changing, re-creating, and editing, I was finally able to design an invitation I was satisfied with and now I can officially say they are DONE! They are black and white (of course), but I didn’t want them to be all solid colors, too plain, too busy or look too much like a DIY project, even though that’s exactly what it was. I knew I wanted a pouch style with enclosures and found the perfect little black pouch online along with the snazzy ocean-colored outer envelope and RSVP envelope. I was sold on these as soon as I saw the pointed flaps on the envelopes. (The folded, finished size is 6″ square.)
I designed the actual invite to be 5.75″ square, and pasted that to the middle panel of the pouch. I made the details page (with reception and website info) to measure the same, 5.75″, then the RSVP card to fit inside the RSVP envelope. The card measured 5.5″ x 4.75″. I stuffed these in the side pocket and folded the pouch. I added a small black and white sticker to keep the pouches closed, then all this went into the outer envelope.
I made an address label and a return address label with the same damask pattern, printed them, stuck them on and voila! After adding lovely king and queen stamps, hand-writing all the addresses, and sealing the envelope, here is the finished product. Done and done.
(Sorry the picture is so fuzzy. I took it with my phone.)
Now I just have to wait for the RSVPs to roll in…
I showed the invitations for this backyard BBQ awhile back, but I didn’t show off one of my proudest accomplishments – the pig cake. That’s right. I made a cake that was not only edible, but tasty, pink and looked like a little piglet. It was a minor miracle. Most everyone who knows me, knows that I spend very little time in the kitchen and probably couldn’t make an omelet to save my life. Since I waited way too long to order a professional cake, I was forced to take on the task all alone. In the spirit of Steel Magnolias’ red velvet armadillo cake, I decided the piggy should match the invites and be made out of strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting colored pink. A few boxes of cake mix and a few cans of frosting did the trick (making the pig was enough of a challenge without actually measuring and mixing all the ingredients). I even put on my black and white apron, which clearly helped me get serious.
After a few hours of pouring, baking, waiting, cooling, cutting the layers smooth, frosting, frosting and more frosting, this is what I came up with. Not too bad, eh? AND it was completely devoured – success in my book!
Ever since we met in old Landis Hall at FSU our freshman year, Shannon has been one of my absolute favorite people – sorority sister, roommate, best friend, drinking buddy – you name it. I don’t think she could have found a better mate than Doug. They are both smart, goofy, easy going and 100% sincere. A perfect combination!
They’re tying the knot in October and as the best gal in the wedding I have a few responsibilities, including co-hosting a couples’ shower with Shannon’s sister-in-law Allison. In keeping with Shannon & Doug’s laid-back style, we decided to go with a casual backyard BBQ to keep it fun without too much of a “shower” feel. (After all, we have to keep the guys’ interest too!) The bridesmaids’ dresses are a shade of olive green, so the background of the invitation is a close match. I found a western-looking font, threw in a few appropriate phrases, edited a few piggies and printed it on cardstock. Simple! I used the same font and one of the pigs to make a return address label, which I printed and stuck on the top corner of a plain black envelope. For the main address label, I found a basic template, added the piggies again and this time, a dot border with room to write in each name. Again, very simple and all can be printed at home. Overall, it’s a very easy project that adds a little fun and personality to a casual backyard barbecue invite.
** If you want any templates in Word, Publisher, Photoshop or PDF, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll send them your way. I promise they are really easy to use! **