I 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:
- I have a *major* obsession with paper. Major. Bordering on unhealthy.
- 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.