Smith's 2nd Birthday

Smith's mommy, Jessica wanted to throw a truck-themed party for his second birthday and I was more than happy to do what I could to show off a few of his favorite trucks. At the time, his favorites were garbage trucks, construction trucks, and monster trucks, so I did my best to create an invitation that included all of them. I love how it turned out!

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The text "I like big trucks and I cannot lie" was printed onto some plastic cups that Jessica saw online and it's what inspired her to do the truck theme for his birthday. So of course we had to use it on the invitations.

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For the party, we also created a custom cupcake toppers. I absolutely LOVE the dump trucks holding snacks!

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We also pennant banner for the wall.

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Lastly, we made a simple thank you card that Jessica printed as folded cards so she could add a handwritten message inside. 

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Happy happy birthday Smith!!

Julianna's 1st Birthday

I had a blast creating this ballerina-themed birthday party for Julianna. I love the fonts, the colors, and the sparkly star pattern I created for the party. I'm seriously considering adding this one to my Etsy shop.

I created wraparound address labels to coordinate:

Julianna's mommy, JoAnna asked me to make a Birthday Wishes card for guests to fill out since she didn't have one at her baby shower. 

We created a faux chalkboard with all of Julianna's first year stats too. 

Lastly, I created a thank you card using a beautiful photo of Julianna. 

Beautiful birthday girl!

Jake's 1st Birthday

I was honored to get to design wedding invitations for Kelly and Patrick a few years ago, so it was a real treat to get to design birthday invitations for their youngest son for his first birthday. They wanted to go with a sports theme that had a little bit of a vintage feel. Kelly was finding lots of invitations she loved, but most of them only showed one sport rather than a variety and many weren't done in a style she loved. 

Here's the invitation:

I love that huge smile!!

For the party, we made a faux chalkboard that contained all of his favorite things, books, foods, toys along with his one-year stats. I love doing these!

A rookie card long with a few toys and yummies filled goodie bags and they were tied with these favor tags. 

Here's a closer look at Jake's rookie card:

Lastly, with a bunch of the photos taken at Jake's birthday party, we created a two-sided thank you card that included a space for Kelly and Patrick to write their message. 

Wishing you a very happy birthday Jake!!

Jaxon's 1st Birthday

Jaxon's mommy JoAnna has been a long-time client of mine from many years ago when I designed her wedding invitations. I had the privilege of designing invitations for her baby shower and again a birth announcement for her firstborn. Now that baby is turning one and it's time for his birthday party! JoAnna went with a festive circus theme and I had a blast playing with the text. 

We had a little fun with the wording too!

 I created a simple favor tag that JoAnna adhered to popcorn boxes for guests. She was gracious enough to send me a couple of photos from Jaxon's birthday party.

After the party, we created a thank you card that included a couple of photos from his cake smash too. I love how it turned out!

The back included plenty of space for JoAnna to write in a thank you message.

I love the primary color scheme for this party and how everything came together. It looks like the party was a blast, happy birthday Jaxon, and happy momiversary JoAnna!

Sara and Michael

The youngest of my two brothers got married last September with a small ceremony. They were originally planning to get married the following year but chose to get hitched sooner and they only gave themselves five weeks to plan it. Five weeks!!

We were tremendously lucky that Jessica from Jessica Kay Photography happened to be free that weekend and was able to come and shoot their wedding. Thank you Jess!!!

Needless to say, sending a formal invitation was really just a formality. They invited each of their guests either in person or over the phone and then mailed an invitation to those who were coming. 

We created a thank you note that was placed at each place setting:

Image by Jessica Kay Photogtaphy

Image by Jessica Kay Photogtaphy

Image by Jessica Kay Photography

Image by Jessica Kay Photography

For favors, Sara and Michael made a big batch of their favorite homemade taco seasoning and divvied it into small jars. We added silver sparkly washi tape to secure the lids (they popped right off!) and tied a favor tag to the top. 

Images by Jessica Kay Photography

Images by Jessica Kay Photography

For their guestbook, they had guests write well wishes on Jenga pieces. This was such a FUN guestbook!! The sign on the table says: Marriage is a game of balance. Please leave your words of wisdom on a block and help us build our future.

Images by Jessica Kay Photography

Images by Jessica Kay Photography

My son was so proud to write his name on a block!

Images by Jessica Kay Photography

Images by Jessica Kay Photography

Our uncle (who makes wine) bottled some delicious zinfandel for this special occasion and I created a custom wine label to go with it.

Images by Jessica Kay Photography

Images by Jessica Kay Photography

Lastly, there were bright blue signs on each of the bathroom doors at the venue, and they were kind of in the middle of the space where the ceremony was taking place, so I quickly cut out big silhouettes of Michael and Sara and we taped them over the signs on the door. It was a super last minute thing, but I really love how it turned out.

It was quite an experience getting to play a small role in the planning of this beautiful wedding. Congratulations!

Panda Themed Baby Shower

I created this baby shower invitation for a client a while back and I loved it so much I decided to expand on it and add it to my Etsy shop as a whole downloadable package. Here's a link to the listing: Panda Baby Shower

All of the files are writable PDF files, so you as the customer can fill in the information as it applies to the baby shower you're hosting.

Here's what's included:

All of the text can be edited on the invitation except the top three lines. Because of the nature of writable PDF files, you cannot change the alignment, size, color or font. 

This package comes with two options when it comes to an invitation insert. One is simple with just registry information. The second includes verbiage for a diaper raffle AND registry information. You can print whichever one you'd like.

Water bottle label and a "wishes for baby" card.

Place cards can also be used as food labels for a buffet and napkin rings can also be wrapped around candles or vases for extra decoration.

Favor tags can be printed onto adhesive paper and made into stickers or they can be printed onto card stock with a hole punched at the top for a more traditional favor tag. Thank you cards are designed to be printed as folded cards that are blank on the inside.

The last item is this card that lets guests take a guess on baby's birthdate and other fun stats. This can be a fun keepsake for new parents.

I am planning to add this same baby shower package but with this aqua and lime green color scheme too, stay tuned!!

Top Son 1st Birthday

When my oldest was turning one, my husband and I were kind of stumped for ideas on a theme for his birthday party. While we know that he would likely never remember his first birthday, the party was more for us to celebrate with friends and family. And dangit, we wanted to have some fun! A Top Gun theme was chosen after remembering that we spoofed a Top Gun movie poster with his birth announcement and we took off from there. 

After his party, I created more items to go with this fun and somewhat unique theme and it's been a blast adding more items over the years. 

Right now, you can purchase the files for this birthday party to work with a 1st, 2nd or 3rd birthday party. If you'd like the files for a different age, just shoot me a message and I can get the files to you. Here are links to the three listings:

1st Birthday
2nd Birthday
3rd Birthday

Here's what's currently included in the Etsy listings:

The invitation is 5x7 and you can customize the text below the header with the details for your party. The file is set up with two invitations on an 8.5x11 page.

With these address labels, the return address wraps around to the back of the envelope. These look great on red or blue envelopes! Print them on full-sheet sticker paper, available at craft and office supply stores, and Amazon. 

Simple favor tags. For an additional fee, I can customize these to say anything you'd like.

Circle cupcake toppers! You add the name of the birthday boy or girl.

Customizable napkin rings. You can type anything you'd like into the three lines of text. A simple happy birthday greeting or turn them into place cards with each guest's name, and maybe their call sign too!

Water bottle labels! Print these on waterproof labels or sticker paper.

Simply print these, cut them out and attach wooden skewers to one side and you have an instant photo prop with some very cool aviator sunglasses.

Each flag on this pennant banner is on one 8.5x11 page, complete with jets and aviator sunglasses that you can put in between the words Happy Birthday or on either side. 

A simple "I'm One" graphic that you can print onto a t-shirt or onesie for the birthday boy or girl. Use iron-on transfer paper to DIY the t-shirt or purchase a shirt professionally screen printed thru my little shop on CafePress

Lastly, a simple, blank thank you card. Available in A6 or A7 sizes. 

Alex's Baby Sprinkle

When I was pregnant with my second baby, my mom wanted to throw me a baby shower. I was a little uncomfortable with it... second baby, also a boy. I didn't want friends and family to think I was just asking for more stuff. My mom argued that my boys would be born in completely opposite seasons and were going to be over four years apart, so we likely needed some new clothes and new gear. Plus, my mom loves any excuse to have a party, so who was I to argue?

Being the designer I am, I volun-told my mom that I would come up with the invitations and any other printed items for what we were calling a "sprinkle." Since it was held in February, the odds were good it could rain, so I went with a fun rainy theme. Of course, it was gorgeous that day and in the 70s!

I had a lot of fun with the wording!

For party favors, my mom made a big batch of lemon sugar scrub and put them in half-pint-sized mason jars. I added a circle label to the top.

This is one of my favorite printed items for baby showers these days, a card where guests write down their wishes for the new baby. I have even done one of these for a child's first birthday too!

A few of these little umbrellas decorated the food table.

I printed out a bunch of cards like this so we could play some baby-themed Pictonary. It was hilarious how difficult it was to draw some of these!

I cut out this sign in a cloud shape for the front door.

Lastly, I created some simple thank you cards to send to everyone who came, whether they gave a gift or not.

I felt so blessed to share such a wonderful day with my close friends and family. If you'd like to read more details about the party itself, check out this blog post on Mama Say What?!