A great invitation is the first impression that your guests will have of the fun that's in store for your child's birthday party. Set the tone in style — whether it's via the good old-fashioned USPS or it arrives in your email inbox. We've rounded up 25 of our all-time favorites to inspire the ultimate invitation for your deserving tot. Pass the envelope!
When it comes to baby shower invites, there is no shortage of adorableness. Simply take a peek at Minted and Tiny Prints, and you'll already be overwhelmed by the many sweet options. But if your run-of-the-mill, available-to-anyone baby shower invitation just won't do, the following 17 invitations are sure to provide some original inspiration. From invites introducing some superspecial shower themes to those printed on balloons, wooden baby blocks, and even cloth diapers, these shower invitations are designed to wow.
Believing that "communication is an extension of personal style," Paperless Post seeks to offer its customers a more authentic and personal alternative to typical digital correspondence. With that in mind, it's not surprising to hear it's teaming up with decoupage genius John Derian — again — to create 65 truly magnificent customizable invitations, save-the-dates, and digital notecards featuring his signature aesthetics. The result of this collaboration is the stunning marriage of Derian's love of antique imagery and Paperless Post's quest to incorporate beauty and charm into the future of digital invitations. We'd say they nailed it. Continue on to view select pieces from the collection, which is available now on Paperless Post.
It's raining, it's pouring, it's time to plan a baby shower! In a moment of baby-induced euphoria, you volunteered to throw your best friend/sister/coworker a baby shower — now what? Once the menu is decided and the invitations sent, there's the matter of games to consider. Baby showers traditionally bring together women from various parts of the expectant mama's life — from childhood friends to office acquaintances — so it's important to have a few entertainment ideas on hand to suit different tastes.
Keep reading for a selection of very reasonably priced baby shower game options from Etsy: from a unique spin on the classic bun-in-the-oven game to an US Weekly-inspired movie star mamas quiz. These personalized printables will help ensure a successful celebration for mama-to-be and all of her guests.
Even if you're bucking most of the traditions, wedding etiquette can't be ignored — especially when it comes to the invitations. With the potential for hurt feelings, unintended insults, and misunderstandings, what should be a joyous celebration can turn into a high-heel-trafficked minefield.But that doesn't mean you have to be all Emily Post about it. I've rounded up some of the essential invite-related advice from Emily Post's wedding etiquette and offered my take. Feel free to chime in with your two cents too.
- Emily Post says: "Partners of invited guests must be included in a wedding invitation. This includes couples who are married, engaged, or living together."
- TrésSugar says: I also have friends who are in long-term relationships but aren't living with their sig-os. In that case, I think the partners are also a must-invite. It might also help to define what "long-term" means (six months?) for you — especially if you're trying to keep the guest list small. Whether the partners get their own invitation or simply get included on your friend's invitation all depends . . .
How to Invite Couples
- Emily Post says: "A single invitation addressed to both members of a married couple, or a couple who live together, is sent to their shared address, while invitations to an engaged or long-standing couple who don’t live together are sent separately, to each address."
- TrésSugar says: I think if one member of the couple is a very good friend, and her partner is someone you wouldn't invite to the wedding otherwise, you should just address the invitation to your friend and list her partner's name as well. On the off chance they break up before the wedding, you don't want the ex-boyfriend showing up thinking he got his own invite.
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If your unique save the dates make a splash with your guests, then you need to one-up yourself with an amazing wedding invitation. Take this creative example: it's actually a record player wedding invite! Talk about a transformer! Crafted with some paper (obviously), yarn, a needle, a flexidisc record, and some serious ingenuity, this record player invite would be the perfect fit for any musically inclined couple. Check it out in the video below!
- Amy Atlas for Cocodot: Like everything Amy Atlas puts her hands on, this collection of online Halloween party invitations, photo cards, and thank you notes is high on style. With both traditional and modern patterns backing them up, the lavender and blue collections are a welcome change from the traditional orange and black (pictured above).
- LilSugar for Pingg: Our sweet and spooky original designs for Pingg allow party-throwing moms to send out invites and reminders via email, SMS, and Facebook.
- Punchbowl: These free kid-friendly invitations come with party-planning advice and links for vendors in the party-giver's area.
- Paperless Post: These lifelike online invitations have the look and feel of letterpress invitations without the cost (and impact on the environment) of the real thing. Their Halloween collection includes plenty of candy-filled greetings that the kids will want to gobble up!
One of my best friends is getting married, and I am a bridesmaid in her wedding. Thus, I have the wonderful pleasure of planning her bridal shower! It's going to be a simple, but elegant affair that reflects the bride's crafty, down-to-earth sensibility. Before I can even think about the menu and the decor, I must get the invites sent. I've created these purple and cream invites using a printer, a stamp, and an embosser.
Follow my step-by-step photos to learn how I made them.