Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jonah's 1st Birthday: Invites

"I love parties. I've loved parties ever since I was a little girl..." Betty Ramsey.

My beautiful boy will be turning one in just a few short weeks & I can't believe how quickly this time has flown by.

I have literally gone back & forth dozens of times about whether to do an actual birthday 'party' for Jonah's 1st birthday as we usually keep things low key and laid back for 1st birthdays. I was leaning towards just gathering family to our home for cake & gifts, however, that didn't last long. I love parties & I love to plan/design them (yes, I have plans sketched out for the next 5+years of the kid's birthdays!)- it's great to set time aside and celebrate:)

So, at this point I'm totally crunched for time, have umpteen other projects in session and am still not certain what my party theme should be- I'm really like themes as they provide a framework to keep things together:) And remember that themes can include colors, polka dots, chevrons, books, etc...; doesn't have to be centered around an animated figure, so skies the limit!

After much rumination and contemplation, I confidently settled on a vintage, Golden Books theme with an emphasis on "The Poky Little Puppy"- seemed appropriate:) I first snagged a glance at a Golden Books themed baby shower while googling for sewing tutorials (this is often how I discover things- by accident!) and fell in love with the simplicity of something so time honored. Sold!

First things first- invitations.

Through much trial and error and the needed opinions of my Mom, Sweet Stamper, I finished with this 5x7 design:

I really couldn't be happier and love how it evolved- looks nothing like what I began to create!

Besides the digital Golden Books motif on the invitation base, all supplies are Stampin' Up!- Anneliese graciously supplied a free download for her version of the Golden Books print which made my life infinitely easier since I was running so short on time:)

Tip: Save an extra invite to place in a memory/scrap book- your kiddo will love seeing them years down the road:)

Stay tuned for the next installment of Jonah's birthday preparations- have so much to share:)Link

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