{Celebrate} The Invites

LOVE to plan a party.  Love it!  I love dreaming  up all the little details and then seeing that vision come to life.  Littlies parties are my favourite because I feel like it automatically gives me an excuse to go totally over the top.

One of my favourite parts of the party planning is designing the invites.  For two main reasons:

  1. I have a *major* obsession with paper.  Major.  Bordering on unhealthy.
  2. I feel like designing the invitations and the direction you choose to go sets the whole tone for the rest of the party.

For Lola’s party, I knew I wanted large invitations: ones that would look and feel like they came straight out of the book.  We used a couple of images I scanned from our copy of Oh the Places You’ll Go, and we found a font called grinched which we were able to download for free, which was perfect.  I picked a thick textured card to print the invites, which seemed to fit the bookish theme.  Also because I love thick textured matt paper.  If I could I would ban gloss.  Don’t ask me why.  I just would.

Now I can’t do invites without paying special attention to the envelopes.  I adore snail mail.  I like to think that when someone receives an invitation from us in the mail it feels like they have received a small present, and the anticipation is built around the uniqueness of the envelope as much as anything.

For Lola’s envelopes I picked A5 kraft envelopes.  These being my blank slate, I added interest with one of my current obsessions: washi tape in coordinating colours.  I had a self-inking stamp made… I think you can just make it out under the postage stamps, it says Oh, the Places You’ll Go! We also printed stickers with the ‘Happy Yellow Guy’ on them which I used on each envelope.

Like I said, I generally use the invitations as a jumping off point to set the tone for the rest of the party planning.  Over the next few days I’ll show you how I carried several of these design elements through the rest of the party details.







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8 Responses to “{Celebrate} The Invites”

  1. July 05, 2011 at 3:43 am, Brandy said:

    Are you sure you’re not a designer? ;)


    • July 05, 2011 at 2:56 pm, Hana said:

      Thanks Brandy – very sweet! H xo


  2. July 07, 2011 at 11:20 pm, {celebrate} Decorations said:

    […] Go Lola!” … I knew I would print letters onto card using the font we used for the invitations but I wanted something a bit different to hang the banner… I had seen some plain wooden pegs […]


  3. July 09, 2011 at 6:52 am, Alison said:

    Looks like a fabulous party Hana! I love the multi coloured garlands ;)

    I think your girls would like some of Mayi Carles’s tutorials, she has some excellent ones!


    Ali x


    • July 09, 2011 at 8:18 am, Hana said:

      Oh thanks Ali! I love Mayi Carles, and read her blog regularly but didn’t realise she had a whole DIY section! I see many crafty afternoons in my immediate future!!! H xo


  4. July 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm, {celebrate} Favour Bags said:

    […] I used plain brown paper lunch bags and sealed them with some of my lovely washi tape, some baker’s twine and a little tag which I decorated in a similar way to the invitation envelopes. […]


  5. August 08, 2013 at 3:36 pm, Ally said:

    Hi Hana, love this invite! Thanks so much for sharing! I am working on my son’s 2nd bday party with the same theme. I was wondering how you got the Grinched font to display with the black outline? Thanks, Ally


    • August 09, 2013 at 8:26 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Ally, how fun! It was a couple of years ago now that we had this party – and it was such a lot of fun to organise! I can’t quite remember which software we used to design the invite but I would say it was either photoshop or illustrator. There’s an option in those programmes to put an outline on your font and you can determine how thick and what colour. It’s up in the upper-right part of the tool-box thingy. I’m not sure about other programmes. I know with MS word you can opt for your font to have an outline but I think it just makes it white in the middle and not a particular colour. I hope this helps… good luck with all your party planning!!

      Hana xo


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