Tuesday, October 13, 2009

1st birthday butterflies

we've been working with these twin girls since they were born (we did their birth announcement) and we're so excited to get the call to do their 1st birthday party. we worked with mom to brainstorm some ideas that would allow us to have 'two' elements on the invite that were the same item, yet individually different. voila!

we worked with our new offset print house to print these invites on crisp white linen paper as a 5x5 four color piece. the pinks were soooo vibrant and beautiful.

next we worked with just a mom confections to design custom sugar cookies. she bakes and decorates the cookies to match the invitation we've designed. and guess what? they are the most delicious cookies too!! once they were bagged and tied with ribbon we could not believe just how cute they were.

Monday, October 12, 2009

the ox rocks | red egg and ginger

we love trying new things! this is our first red egg and ginger party invitation...and are client thinks "it is totally perfect, exactly what we wanted - a nod to tradition but still unique and fresh!"

red egg and ginger parties have their origins in ancient chinese culture. as in other countries, infant mortality rates in china were quite high prior to the medical advances of the twentieth century. a baby who reached one month of age was likely to survive, and so the event was celebrated. today the party is usually held within the first 3 months after the baby is born as a way for the proud parents to introduce their latest addition to friends and relatives.

guests attending red egg and ginger parties bring gifts. lysee or "lucky money" in red envelopes is often given to baby boys, while girls may receive expensive jewelry. the guests don't leave empty handed, either. the parents hand out red-dyed eggs, symbolizing happiness and the renewal of life.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

ahoy maties | a purple pirate birthday

we got a call from a very excited mother of a soon-to-be 6 year old who wanted a pirate girl party. we quickly jumped right into the action planning a party complete with invites, a treasure hunt and booty bags!

the invitation includes:
- customized illustration of pirate girl
- high end backing cardstock and envelope
- festively printed guest mailing address on envelope
- pirate girl sticker seal

who says pirates are only for boys? arrrrrrgghh!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

crisp green apple | wedding invitations

we LOVE it when clients come to us with visions and ideas but have NO idea how to pull things together.

such was the case with these invites. our bride knew she wanted brown and blue worked into the palette and also wanted to use a custom apple illustration that a friend illustrated for her based on a pillow she had seen in a magazine.

put it all together and what do you get? these fresh and sweet yet modern invites.

we designed an invitation, reply card and directions insert and printed everything for our client. she choose our DIY (do it yourself) design package, so she glued all of the pieces together.

she also provided us with her guest list so that we could custom print the guest's mailing address on the envelopes to match the fonts used on the invitations.

another successful collaboration!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

welcome little monkey

a client asked us to help with some cookie favors for a baby shower. we think the little sock monkey and colored sugar cookies in a basket looked too cute to eat!