Wednesday, February 13, 2008

for a first birthday

I got a chance to whip together these invitations for my little daughter Adelaide's first birthday party we will be having on Sunday. I designed them in Illustrator, printed them out on my desktop printer on some ribbed cardstock, then trimmed them and rounded the corners. It took under an hour to get them all designed, printed and ready. Since becoming a mom I've become slightly more efficient at things!

I've also been making up lots of bunting for the party which inspired the invitations. We've been hanging it up all around our home and I hope to make some more before sunday. I made the flags double-sided and stitched them all together along 1/2" double folded bias tape. My hope is that they will last throughout the years and we can hang them up for birthdays and other occasions. But to be honest I really like having them up regardless of the day!

p.s. the typefaces I used in this invitation are Cityof and Wendy.


marta said...

wow. i love these invitations. the unique design of the garland is so delicious. beautiful colors.. and the rounded edges are divine. surely the rest of the party will be lovely.

Ella said...

Happy Birthday!! The details are beautiful. We have bunting up all the year.

jessica said...

under an hour?! you ARE wonder woman :)

Lori Pickert said...

congratulations, sharilyn :^) have a wonderful party!

Jennifer said...

Wonderful! Happy 1st Birthday Addie! Your new home looks beautiful.

Jen said...

That "Jennifer" above was me. :)

Kristine said...

These are just so pretty. I wish I could whip up something like that in an hour. Enjoy the party.

Catherine said...

Super cute!

Megan said...

I love the buntings..I'd leave them up! :) I love the invites as well. Very clever and cute without being too "cutesy."

jen b said...

those invites are lovely.

jane said...

happy birthday sweet girl! what a big milestone for both of you. beautiful bunting flags -- i gotta make myself some of those :) i hope you guys have a rockn' toddler party!

andrea said...

all of it is so beautiful! i love it! Happy birthday!

Kelly said...

I love the invites! and the bunting too :)

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happy belated birthday to Addie!!


Casey said...

oh i love these invitations, perfect for a festive 1yr birthday party! Great job! (found you through Oh Happy Day blog) I'll be back!

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I am new to your blog and dearly love it. If you have a spare second...could you email me at and tell me if these pictures you take (like the Tuesday Tweak shot) are natural light or flash? They are beautiful...and just what I am trying to achieve. Thank you so much.
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melissa deakin said...

those invites are precious beyond words!

Kim said...

Hello, Just wondering what printer you are using. I am looking for a new color printer and noticed you printed these?


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I just found your blog. Where have I been? I've always loved your work.

The invitations are so lovely!

sharilyn said...

thanks for all of your sweet words everyone!

Kim: I printed these invitations on my Canon Pixma ip4200. It's a couple of years old now or so. I used to always buy Epson desktop printers and I found that they print a lot finer and detailed then this Canon, but the Epson eats through ink like crazy and the ink cartridges are far too expensive. So I'm happy with the canon just for that!

Kim said...

Thanks so much for the printer info.

Kate said...

Great invites. They remind me of some I saw on Tiny Prints, but yours are much cuter!!! Why oh why don't I know how to do that? I've been trying to come up with a cute invite for my daughter's "Royal Picnic" 4th Birthday.

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love your invites! {and the bunting, ummmm, it kinda scares me, i think we are leading parallel lives!} ;)

missy blancett said...

the invitations are so cute [and your daughter is even cuter!!] congrats on addy's first birthday!

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just want to say how much i love your blog! the invites are really lovely. congrats!

Anonymous said...

I am bunting crazy and my little boy is turning one soon too. I was so inspired by your invies that i downloaded a trial of illustrator!! I am getting nowhere however - would you consider selling the design?
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Danielle Anthony said...

these invites are devine! just gorgeous!!!

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Beth said...

Ok: I have to know what those fonts are. I am in love with them, and their mid-century story book feel, and I can't figure out what they are!

The sans isn't quite Futura, and it's not Gil Sans, and it certainly isn't Helvetica. And the cursive is simply lovely - I wouldn't be surprised if you created that yourself - although I would be even more pleasantly surprised if it were available for download somewhere.

Could you help me out?

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Thanks everyone!

Beth - the typefaces i've used are two little faces names CityOf and Wendy. I dont know where I came across Wendy, But CityOf. These typefaces aren't that great for setting large amounts of copy, but for titles and small bits of text they can be quite sweet.

I actually found and downloaded 'cityof' off the internet about 10 or 12 years ago, when I was researching typefaces created for train enthusiasts. A gentleman had created it for his toy train collection and offered it for free. Love that! You mays still be able to find it, but if you email it i can send it to you, sorry, i couldnt find your email info.

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Kel said...

I am doing the exact same bunting for my little girls 1st birthday in December. I just found a couple of invites similar to yours earlier today but I actually like yours even better! Would you consider making and selling a few more?

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If you are willing to sell the template, could you email me and let me know. Also, can you tell me where you purchased that size card stock?

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Hi! I love your invitations. I have seen a few comments asking to buy the template. Would this be possible? My email is I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks :-)

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