Archive for the ‘Invitations’ Category

The creative side of me is longing to try my hand at painting!  Maybe I’ll add this to my goals list for 2013!

For over the top inspiration, spend the weekend savoring this blog written by one of my idols!

If I had a do-over for my wedding, this is the site I’d go to for unique wedding ideas and inspiration!  Amazing!

Need some crafting inspiration then check out these 5 Must Read Craft Blogs!

If you’re already thinking about updating your spring wardrobe you don’t want to miss this Spring Trend Report.

If pillows are on your shopping list, this Etsy Shop has some fabulous styles!

Iman Ikat Pillow Cover in Red, Blue, Navy and Yellow - Decorative Pillow - Throw Pillow -18x18 20x20 22x22 or Lumbar SizesON SALE - Black and White Throw Pillow - Modern Floral Pillow Cover  - Decorative Pillow - Accent PillowModern Floral Pillow Cover in Purple, Black and White - Decorative Pillow Cover - Throw Pillow

Be Inspired!

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Today’s my birthday and I’ve opted not to have a party, but instead head to the beach next week to have a quiet celebration with my hubby. 

Of course I couldn’t help but dream about what my party would be like, if I did had one. 

It would be a little on the decadent side and would look a little something like this…


A custom party invitation designed by Jenn at Covered Porch Designs

Invitations after all set the tone for the event and custom  invitations can be designed to work with your party theme, colors and decor so that you are creating an experience from the moment your guest receive their invite. 

Lots of Balloons and Paper Pom Poms as the decor!

Balloon alone can be a bit lack luster and expected, but when mixed with paper pom poms you’ll create decor that is visually more exciting.  And, when using balloons, use a variety of sizes within the mix.

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 My favorite cocktail, a Raspberry Lemon Martini!

Every great party should have a “signature cocktail”.  If you’re not great a mixing drinks yourself, head to your favorite restaurant and ask for help from the bartender to help you create something unique.

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Pretty table decor with beautiful dinnerware, linens and flowers!

I love a beautifully decorated party table and achieving it is as simple of creating a color/pattern story, layering your dinnerware and creating beautiful flower arrangements.  For high impact flowers, use just one type of flower in abundance.

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Fun and festive Paper Streamers!

I love a whimsical element for a birthday celebration such as these paper streamers.  Hang a grouping behind the bar area or over a door entrance!

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A beautiful & yummy Birthday Cake!

Don’t settle for a plain store-bought cake but instead make the cake part of the decor. 

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A SWEET Candy Buffet! 

I love the idea of a candy buffet at a party, serving up your favorite sweets.  Make sure to have cute take home bags near by so guest can take some treats home.

A great source for bulk candy is Candy Warehouse.  They even have a section on their site to help you design your own candy buffet.

 blue candy in apothecary jars

And, a Party Favor, beautifully wrapped for each of my guest!

Host and hostess typically receive a gift when they thrown a party, but I always have a small gift for my guest, beautifully wrapped of course!

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In celebration of my birthday, Jenn over at The Covered Porch Designs is offering all my readers a 20% discount off your purchase. 

As I blogged about a couple of weeks ago, Covered Porch Designs is one of my favorite custom paper, stationery and invitation shops!

All you have to do is enter Shelly20 at checkout so head over to TCP shop and Happy Shopping! 


Party invitation image via The Covered Porch, all other images via Pinterest

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Happy Monday! 

This weekend, while on one of my Pinterest pinning marathons, I recognized that I have a real love for unique business/calling cards.  I’m inspired by the designs, the typography and the visual messaging that they convey about the person or business they relate to. 

I was so inspired and wanted to share a bit of that inspiration with you today.

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via  Akimbo Business Cards

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SodaPop-Design Business Card–photo source unknown

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via Forage Business Cards

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via  Mint Design Blog Business Card

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via  Timeless Paper Business Card

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via  Angela Scheffer Business Card


As a designer, I’m surrounded by things that inspire me on a daily basis but it’s great when I can find inspiration from an unexpected source!


To see even more stylish and creative business cards, head over to my Business Card Pinterest Board!

and, if you’re into making your own business or calling cards, check out this great tutorial here.


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Every great party plan starts with the invitation.  You can always go with the store-bought, print-it- yourself  variety or you can find a hand-crafted, make-a-statment invitation. 

Whenever I create a party invitation, I make sure to incorporate a few details to make my invitation stand out.

  • Create an invitation that ties into your party theme.  Yes, every party you throw, no matter how big or small should have a theme to it.
  • Add texture and layers to give your invitations dimension and visual interest.  Layer on fabric, ribbon or an embellishment.
  • Make your invitations colorful, even if it’s a dark color or all white.  With an all white invite, use different tones of white and cream to make the invitation interesting.
  • Opt for something other than a rectangular shape to make your invite really unique.

Of course I couldn’t just give you my opinion about what makes for a really unique party invitation, I had to share a few of my favorite invitation finds from Etsy and around the web. 

Enjoy and Party On!


Movie Ticket Vintage Bachelorette Party Invitations DIY Set (printable)

Movie Ticket Invite by HermiasWishes on Etsy. 

QUIRKY & FUN BACHELORETTE Party Invitation: Digital printable file

Bachelorette Party Invite by SweetLex on Etsy

Belly bands for invitations Rings

Invitation Belly Bands by DigbyRose on Etsy

Belly bands for invitations Rings


Blue Mountain Butterfly Wedding Invitation Suite

Butterfly Invitation by BellaBaroqueDesigns on Etsy

Unique Wedding Invitation - The Slider: Tree Sketch

Slider Wedding Invitation by AlfieCooper on Etsy

Tartan Plaid Invitation by Impress Me Designs.  I stumbled upon the Impress Me Designs website and was capitivated by all their embellished and beautiful invitations.  This Tartan Plaid invite is one of my favorites and perfect for a men’s birthday party or classic Christmas gathering. 


Do you have a special party in the works?  If so, I’ll be looking for my invite!


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