Design Showcase: Invitations

If there’s anything I enjoy more than a good party, it’s PLANNING a good party. Half the fun of the event is picking out decorations, making the yummy food, and (for an art nerd like me) designing the invitations. Here are a few invites I’ve done over the past couple of years:

Shower invite front - image of a mama's pregnant belly with her hands forming the shape of a heart over the belly button.

Shower invite back - date, place, time, RSVP info

Click on the images to see the full-size artwork. And remember that every time someone steals a picture off the internet, Jesus kills a hamster.

Baby shower invite for a very good friend of mine. Interestingly, I found out I was pregnant just a few weeks before the shower, and my son was born six months after my friend delivered her little angel.

Emma's First Birthday Party Invitation - picture of a super cute lil girl

Here’s the invitation for that little angel’s first birthday party. Emma’s photograph was taken by her auntie.

When my son turned one, we had a Star-Wars-themed party:

Garrett's First Birthday Party Invite - The front has a picture of Darth Vader and says, "Come to the Dark Side, we have cupcakes."

I was super-stoked to find that Star Wars font. I love the internet!

And here’s the design for the thank you cards I sent out after Garrett’s party:

A Very Jedi Thank You

And yes, that’s my cute lil booger in the picture, chillin’ with his BFF, Yoda.

Not really an invitation, but in the same vein: tickets for a fundraiser that a friend organized at her church:

Tickets for a "Ladies' Tea" fundraiser

Lastly, here’s an invite for a Halloween shindig I threw a couple years ago:

Halloween party invite - featuring a black cat and a cauldron!

And in case you’re wondering, YES, I drew that black cat. Neat, huh? Looking at this invite reminds me that I need to start planning THIS year’s party…

Owlie Baby Shower

So a dear friend of mine is having a baby VERY soon, and her sister & sister-in-law threw her a shower last weekend. Because I love babies and parties and craftiness, I volunteered to do the decorations. Since my friend’s nursery theme is owls, we decided to use this tableware set:

Baby Shower Owl Tableware

That was my inspiration for the favors (click the pic to view a larger image):

Baby Owl Shower Favors

And the decorations:


The favor boxes came from a kit I found in the wedding section at Wal-mart, and I printed the cute owl stickers myself. For the dozen or so owls that we posted on the wall, I cut the owl parts out of different colors and patterns of scrapbook paper and pasted them together kinda-random-like. They turned out so cute they just tickled me pink; apparently the mommy-to-be liked them, too, because she took four of them to frame and hang in her little one’s nursery.

Speaking of the little one, she has an absolutely lovely name:

Madison Shea banner

That banner is also hung up in the nursery. To say that I’m flattered would be an understatement.

And now we’re just counting down ’til we meet little Madison!