Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Birthday Invitations

We're not having much of a party for Ben's birthday; hopefully just a few close family members. But I couldn't resist buying a couple invitations and some fancy decorations. Even if it's not a huge bash, I feel like we should have a few special touches. Something for his baby book. 

So here are the invitations:

They're from a shop called
Just Eleanor in Philadelphia. She has an etsy shop, too.

They're blank inside and after a hugely unsuccessful attempt at running them through my printer, in which the damn machine completely munched one of my precious cards, I resorted to printing out an insert on card stock and tucking it into the card:

We also considered:

Please join us for a little food and fun, 
Our sweet Ben is turning One!
Sunday January 29.
12 noon
Chez J

I was feeling a little disgruntled about the whole thing because the card stock insert was so very plain and boring. Thinking to spice them up a bit, I cast around in my stores for some bright paper to glue to the reverse of the insert, giving it a bit more heft and a nice, unexpected pop of color. I had nothing, especially in a brown, blue or orange that would match the front. 

Which is when I happened upon this enveloped sitting on the dining room table:


So I cut them out and glued them to the back of the insert. Unfortunately I only had two orange envelopes but I found a nice blue tissue paper that also looks pretty. So a few of the other cards got that treatment. 

Here is the finished product. [With another insert turned over so you can see the color on the back]