Posts Tagged ‘invites’

Look to the ball…

April 5, 2012

So my soon-to-be 4 year old son has recently decided that he “loves” football.  So of course when I asked him what kind of birthday party he’d like to have, he naturally wanted a “football” party.  Of course he does!  What does this mean for a 4 year old you ask?  They don’t play football, don’t know the rules, and don’t just ram into people (not usually anyway).  I’ve concluded (quite correctly, i might add) that he really likes the shape of the football, and enjoys rolling around on the floor with his brother (his version of a “tackle”).

So in designing his card my first idea was to create an invitation with an image of a football field  – complete with a goal post, and the ball flying in the air — and maybe have the invite copy printed over the “field”…it would have been really nice too.  but then i thought about what he really likes about football — and it’s really all about the ball!  i figured kids would love to receive an invite actually shaped like a football.  it’s a simple enough idea, but i think it pops more than a traditional rectangular invitation.  so with my kids as the product testers, i determined that i was right!  each of them (2, almost 4, and 6) loved the football card right away — they each wanted one of their own.

so that’s what i did for his party invite:  i made die-cut football cards.  and the kids — my birthday boy especially — loved them!  i bet the invitees will too!

the final product looked like this:

a football shaped die-cut card with the invite copy printed on the “pig skin” — i raised the ball detail high so that the writing would fit — and you’d still be able to see the football detail.   i used a fun “kid” font, and used some kid friendly “football-esque” lingo.  i complimented the return card with the same football image in the return address area and used the same fun kid font.

now i need to think of other creative ways to make the actual party “football-y”…

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” (, 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!