Big fat sigh! After months and months of planning, Diana and I were able to pull off a fabulous surprise 60th birthday for our mother this past weekend. This party has been 10 years in the making so we wanted to make sure everything was perfect — the invitations, the venue, the favors, the music, the decorations, the ruse, and the attire. The invitations were the first communication our guests would have so we wanted to ensure that they set the tone of the party. I started with burgundy, mom’s favorite color, and paired it with champagne to add a festive touch. Keeping with the champagne theme, I thought champagne bubbles would make the perfect backdrop for the invitation. Using layers in Pixlr (as an alternative to the uberexpensive Photoshop), I was able to create this:
Then I used the Porcelain and Helvetica Neue UltraLight fonts to write the invitation and printed it on some heavyweight linen cardstock:
I popped them into a burgundy envelope and then created some envelope wrappers (inspired by this post over at 33 Shades of Green). By the way, envelope wrappers are my new favorite thing and I will be using them with every piece of correspondence from now on.
It was really quite simple. I used Avery Full Sheet Shipping Labels and created 4 labels per sheet in Word. The 8 1/2” wide labels turned out to be perfect for the 5×7 envelope.
So that does it for the paper portion of the party. Stay tuned for posts on decorations and attire.