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.

Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Last year at this time I was busy working on these watercolor wedding invitations for Nancy and Elias’ destination wedding. (It was featured on Martha Stewart here.) These are the most labor intensive invitations I’ve ever made (see some outtakes) but are also my favorite thing I’ve designed. I have to give credit to my talented studio manager Alexis Birkmeyer who printed and painted and duplexed each one by hand (she is the most detail oriented person I know-perfect for letterpress.) The invitations were two sided: English on one and Greek on the other. and several parts were duplexed together which means you take two sheets of paper and glue them. It was all wrapped up together with pretty silver string. Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper featured them today with all the details. Go here to read more.

ps: Here are some watercolor business cards and my watercolor Christmas card.

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.

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.

Rainbow Baby Shower

Look at the pretty baby shower some of my friends threw. It has all my favorite things: water colored invitations, rainbows, balloons, little flags, and even a rainbow layered cake (inside). They asked everyone to bring a ribbon for the little baby girl, such a cute idea. Beautiful job Kelly and Brooke!

Bird & Banner

I have such admiration for Bird and Banner, I love their work and I love their invitations in the new Martha Stewart Destinations. Just brilliant.

Rifle Halloween

I think the new invites and Halloween cards over at Rifle are so perfect. Sometimes you forget how easy it is to buy invitations with blanks you just have to fill in, especially if they are as adorable as these.