invitations

Invitations are so important! It’s how you tell people how great your party is going to be. Here are some of our favorite invitation inspiration.

Party in a Box

I’m loving these very cool Party-in-a-Box treats created by our very own contributor Amanda Jane Jones. See all the details right over here on her site!

all photos by Amanda Jane Jones

Confetti Invitations + Template

I made this prototype for a couple who needed save-the-dates for a wedding. We ended up doing something else but these turned out so cute I thought I would do a tutorial on how to make them. These little tubes shoot a little burst of confetti when you twist them. The problem is they are usually ugly and the confetti inside them is usually poor quality (like five little sad strands.) So what we did here is strip the label, disassemble the spring mechanism. Then put it back together with our own confetti plus an invitation inside. Then the recipient twists the canister for an exciting little moment to get their invitations. Fun right?

We were going to do these as save-the-dates but they would work great as party invitations for any event.



Materials
Cheap Party Poppers (you can find these at most party supply stores) 12 for $10
Confetti (buy this or make your own–get out your hole punches!)
Invitations We did ours as a confetti on a string but you could easily just do a small square piece of paper and just fold it up.
Label Paper Then download the template for free right here or you can design your own.

Step 1 Disassemble the confetti shooter. Twist it so the confetti shoots out, then take off the label. Then take apart all the pieces

Step 2 Reassemble the canister and reset the spring so it is spring loaded. It is very easy to do and takes 10 seconds. It’s pretty straight forward but here are a few pictures.

Step 3 Fill the loaded canister with confetti and the invitation. Take the circle piece from the top of the canister, trace it on white paper and cut it out. Then place it on top like a lid.

Step 4 Take your new label and remove the backing. Starting at one side adhere the label, smoothing it as you go. When you are done add a piece of tape on the seam to keep it secure. Then press down the overlap on the top with your finger until it is sticking to the white “lid.” I experimented with different versions and I think this works best. You don’t want to tape the lid down because the confetti had a hard time launching. The label paper is the perfect amount of stickiness to keep it secure but still allow the confetti and invitation to launch.

Voila! A super fun party invitation. I would mail them in a simple box with fun bright paper packing material but I wouldn’t include a card. Just make it mysterious so they have to “twist it” to find out who it’s from.

Best of Oh Happy Day: Lemonhead Invitations

I made these invitations for a baby shower three years ago. I love giving invitations in boxes or at least giving them a 3-D aspect. I ordered Lemonheads in bulk. And then ordered some boxes from my go-to source Paper Mart. I made the invitations on my Gocco Printer and then tied it all up with a ribbon. The labels I just printed on my inkjet printer and then rounded the corners.







Concept and Photography by Jordan Ferney

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Best of Oh Happy Day: Bookworm Invitations

This was supposed to go live today but I got busy so I’m posting it late. I developed this concept for Cookie Magazine’s Nesting Blog (RIP). It is for a “bookworm party” where the kids bring their favorite book to trade with another child. An old book gets hollowed out and given with an invitation inside. Afterward it can become a secret place for the child to keep treasures. It is supposed to be like a worm ate out the book.






Last time I posted about this it made some people uncomfortable to “ruin” an old book. These books I got from a thrift store and they smelled funny, I looked up the printing and none of them were rare or valuable. I’m an English Lit major and I love books but in my opinion people can be too precious about moldy books sometimes.

Concept by and Styled by Jordan Ferney Photography by Paul Ferney

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Holiday Party Invitations

I did some DIY samples of different holiday party invitations for the San Francisco Chronicle. The story was written by the talented (and super nice) Anh-Minh.



All photos were taken by Mike Kepka for The Chronicle.