Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

3 Is The Magic Number!

January 10, 2013

My daughter turned 3 this past November and I had so much fun designing her birthday party invitations.  The idea for her invites came to me the summer before her birthday as I was in the office designing another project and listening to De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising album.  It occurred to me that although it was an adult album, it had a lot of qualities — and song titles that could be appealing and appropriate for a 3 year old — and the cover art was fun and young too!  I decided to make her party invite in the form of CD complete with album cover art.

The original album art looked like this:

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The final invite looked like this:

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I created a CD sleeve that had images of the birthday girl at different stages in her life (at 1 years old, at 2 years old, and a recent – almost 3 year old picture).  The back of the CD sleeve had a few of the song titles from the original album that worked for a 3 year old (“3 is the Magic Number”, “Say No Go”, etc.), and I tweaked a few of the titles to go specifically with Indigo, the birthday girl.  The actual CD was made of a die cut silver shimmer card stock and contained the actual party information.  The invite was visually appealing to the kids who received it and quite nostalgic to their parents, who may have enjoyed the classic De La Soul CD in their teen years.

I also created corresponding Thank You cards and favor tags.   The art on the Thank You card resembled the art on the cassette for the same album.

cassetteartThe thank you cards looked like this (and again the wording was tweaked a little):

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As predicted, the parents loved the invites and the kids loved seeing their friend’s face in print…and the birthday girl, was indeed, 3 Feet High and Rising.

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Village People Inspiration

March 29, 2012

ID Stationery was commissioned to create birthday invites for a soon-to-be three year old girl.  Her mom was having her party at a place called “Kidz Village” (www.kidzvillage.com), which is a children’s play facility with an indoor playground and other “imagination rooms” themed after typical city venues (movie theater, diner, hair salon, supermarket, comic book store, dance school to name a few).  in each “imagination room” the children can dress up and play appropriate roles of the “workers” in each room.  it immediately reminded me of the Village People (you remember the song Y-M-C-A?).

The client wanted to definitely have pink on the invite, and i really wanted the invite to convey something about the party venue.  after discussing my ideas with the client, here’s what we came up with:

Kidz Village Invite

Kidz Village Invite

we decided to go with a long invite for a different feel (and it also perfectly fit the images i wanted to incorporate), and the fuschia border to incorporate the pink the client wanted.  again drawing from the Village People idea, i used images of a diverse group of young children dressed as different townspeople to not only appeal to the recipients of the invite, but to also reflect how the kids will have an opportunity to play dress up at “Kidz Village” too.  I added a catchy rhyme tying in the birthday girl’s age and letting the invitees know that they could be “whatever they want to be” at Kidz Village.  i used rounded edges to soften the look of the card, and used an open ended envelope, also in fuchsia to make it more “fun”.

both the client and i was were very pleased with the final product!  she even ordered matching thank you cards!