Weekend 10 Photographs

design inspiration, photography

This time of year in New Orleans is absolutely perfect, in my book! Lovely sunny days mixed with the occasional downpour. Not too hot, no more cold nights and abundant flowers and beautiful gardens backed with white puffy clouds and blue skies. In full disclosure, this post is also for the #Weekend10 giveaway by Maile Wilson for an Epiphanie Bag, but I thought I’d share these quick shots with y’all so you can be jealous of the incredible spring we’re having down here! I’d also like to shout out to Hansen’s Sno-Bliz and Peche for the sno-ball and cocktail (and congrats to you both on your well-deserved 2014 James Beard Awards!), respectively, and to Bacchanal for the wine and beautiful courtyard.

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Designing for Babies!

design, invitations, printing

Wow! Sorry for the delay in posts! This month has been amazing and totally busy! I attended my first “tradeshow,” if it can even be called that. I exhibited at a fantastic mommy blogger event – a “new mom’s bootcamp” – here in New Orleans and met some fantastic people! I sold a few New Orleans ABCs posters:

Nola Abc Poster

And I met some truly wonderful mommies (and a few dads!)! What a great time, and thank you to New Orleans Moms Blog and Helper Events and affiliates for having me!

I just sent off a round of new custom baby shower invites too – to one of my favorite moms-to-be out in Colorado!

baby shower invitation

I think my favorite current trend is the lack of gender-specific colors and details. I’m seeing a lot of co-ed baby get-togethers – from showers to gender reveal parties to first birthdays, a lot more dads are involved and a lot of kid parties now include both the boys and the girls from school. This is a new and fun challenge in setting a mood with your stationery. With Alice and Dave’s baby shower example here, I picked out a few things that define the couple – they love nature, their state of Colorado, barbeques and lawn games. I wanted to give a vibe that spoke about both parents instead of just the mama and avoid scaring off their male friends. Co-ed showers can be an amazing time for expectant parents to bond with loved ones and other couples who have children, so I love that they are such a hot trend right now!

You know I love branding your big events and creating a sophisticated and fun feel for the day, but it can add up. There are a few easy ways to keep costs down and still cover all your design bases:

Only print the big stuff professionally. Invitations should be printed professionally, especially if there are large blocks of color. Same with signs or posters. You don’t want to send them out with odd stripes of lighter areas – even FedEx Office fancy printers behind the register wouldn’t be my first choice. Find a nice local printer. I’ve been very happy with LaFleur in Baton Rouge, Laredo in New Orleans and Wythken in Richmond, Virginia. It’s nice to use local printers – they work with you on paper styles and weights, making sure your stuff will fit in envelopes correctly, matching colors and answering the really dumb questions. A lot of local printers will work under tighter deadlines than online printers.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. As far as printing, that is! I think it’s great to print some stuff at home. You spent the money to buy that fancy printer, so you might as well use it! Print bag tags, tent cards, place cards and snack labels – all the smaller stuff. You can adjust your color settings in your computer if you feel like they aren’t quite matching the colors of your invitations.

Don’t get hung up on envelopes. They’re going to get thrown away! If your printer at home won’t feed envelopes, I would purchase plain white and stick with plain white address labels that you can print at home. This would be the least expensive option. If you used a designer to do your artwork for everything, you can ask them what font they used so you can match it. The next least expensive option is to have just the return address professionally printed on your envelopes. Printing in one color on one side is always your cheapest option. You would either hand write or adhere a label with the “to” address later.

Labels are your friend. Sticky labels from FedEx Office or Target that are supposed to be for shipping/addresses can be printed on at home and used as intended, as favor labels or for creating custom stickers. It’s fun to get kids to help with their own parties, so you could print a solid color (or ombre! or rainbow!) across a whole sheet of labels. Next, take a trip to your local craft or scrapbooking store and pick up some different shaped hole punches that fit your theme. These hole punches are pretty child-friendly and safe – the blades are usually encased in a plastic box that acts as a big button, but you should stick close and supervise. You’ve now made little stickers you can use to decorate for the party!

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Follow me on Pinterest and see the latest baby party trends! Party on, y’all!