Custom Halloween Invites!

Custom Halloween Invitations!

It’s that time of season when the weather cools down, leaves begin to change and if feels like fall.  For most of us it means HALLOWEEN and finding the perfect costume for that amazing party you’ll be attending! For us at Ann Elizabeth it also means creating the perfect invitation for your Halloween party! A creative and professional Halloween party invitation is a great way to get all your friends excited to show off their costume and role play their character for one night.

We thought we would spotlight one of our all time favorite Halloween invitations this week to show you just how good looking a Halloween invitation can be. This invitation definitely gives that creepy vibe from the webbing print on the envelope to the black spider and web on the main piece. The invitation itself has a nice, thick feel with it’s multiple layers; also giving it extra pops of metallic color. This invitation surely grabs the guests attention and gets them in the mood for some Halloween fun!

So if you're planning a Halloween party and need the perfect invite call the experts at Ann Elizabeth and let us help you knock the socks of your friends with an amazing custom invitation!

 

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Kid Parties: Part 2

This week we continue the topic of kid parties and I’m starting with the “PIRATE THEME!”

Let’s face it... pirate parties aren’t just for little boys anymore. Girls don't need to be afraid to cross the gender line into the pirate theme when you add accents like stripes and swirls into the mix and choose a show stopping color like hot pink. The metallic pink envelope has an envelope icing piece that wraps around the side endge so that there is design on the front and back of the envelopes. This is a great way to introduce your theme right from the start. Once you pull the invitation out of the envelope the first thing you see is a skull and crossbones pirate with a bright pink jewel on it’s hat saying “AHOY THERE ladies of the sea!”  Once opened the theme keeps flowing onto the invitation with printed patterns of skull and crossbones, bold pink colors and clever wording as to what the guest of honor “THE FIERCE CAPTAIN RILEY” will be planning for her fellow princess pirates. Lastly the RSVP details are hidden in a four-fold wrap on the right side that has to be opened up to see what's inside. We thought this would be fun to have a hidden element within a pirate and treasure chest invitation.

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Our next two invitations are a girls version and a boys version of a "ticket" invitation. We've taken the familiar shape of a ticket but made it really big - like 6 x 9" big and the ticket becomes an oversized invitation. With both invitations shown the giant ticket sits in a metallic pocket. A band wraps around the pocket and a round sticker is placed front a center over the band. All of the pieces are, of course, made to match the theme of the party.  The pocket is also great for holding extra pieces like the reply card you see in the pink carnival invitation. This fun idea of giving your guest a ticket to your themed party is just another great creative way to get everyone excited! We also printed an adorable thank you card that was made to match the carnival themed party. Remembering to thank you guest for attending is always a great way to show your gratitude!

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I have to admit the next two invitations are my favorites. The invitation on the left is for a girl's “spa party!” and let's be honest who wouldn’t jump at a chance to attend this party. The invitation is a die cut of an eye mask on metallic paper with details printed on each side of the mask. A ribbon is glued through the middle so that the eye mask can actually be tied around little heads and played with.  I love the simplicity of this invitation and how the design was able to say it all without saying a lot. The great color pallet along with the stripes and polka dots set the feel for a spa day and the envelope liner gave it that extra pop to complete this invitation!

The invitation on the right is a little boys “Dinosaur” themed party. We added thickness and style to the envelopes by adding a printed layer for addressing. The front of the folded  invitation is decorated in the lower corner with a metallic layered piece designed with the dinosaur theme and big dino footprints. The pops of blue and red added to the green dino theme make this invitation just adorable. Opening it up the layers of metallic blue with the printed invite on top mirrors the flow of layering throughout this whole invitation.

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The last one we're sharing today is another example of using design on the envelopes to set the tone for this themed birthday. The first thing you see when taking the invitation out of the envelope is the design card with a chief’s headdress declaring it’s “MAX’S birthday”. We used a metallic green three-panel pocket to hold the invite and added a dark blue backer behind the invitation to really set the colors off. A details card in the pocket gives the guests (and their moms) all of the details for this little boys “POW WOW” themed birthday party.

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With all the different themes to choose from it becomes an endless sea of creativity that keeps the team at Ann Elizabeth on the cutting edge of custom printing and design! So if you're looking for something unique that will have your guest talking about your party let us help you in creating the perfect invitations for you event!

 

And if you missed our Kid Parties: Part 1 you can check it out here: http://annelizabeth.com/blog/?p=2011

 


Kid Parties: Part 1

This week I’m excited to share some of the more elaborate invitations we've designed for kid's parties. We recently were challenged to create an interactive invitation in a Candyland Theme. The design got started with the idea of recreating the Candyland board as the invitation itself.  When you open the invitation the first thing you see is CANDYLAND in big bold letters and a three dimensional pop out detail map of candy land full of all the amazing things to expect at this candy extravaganza party! We figured out a unique hand fold that allowed the board game to pop out when the card was opened and then fold back up into a neat square when closed.

Metallic pinks, blues, greens and candy hues graced this fun invitation. We searched high and low for a striped baker's twine in the right shade of blue and we were really glad when we found the perfect blue at the last minute.

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Take a peek at the incredible cake that Julie at Layers Cake created to match our Candyland invitation. I’m always so excited to see what she will come up with and once again she has taken this theme and knocked it out of the park! If you are planning a party or celebration you should really consider using Layers Cake.

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Next we have our Alice in Wonderland themed invitation. Alice in Wonderland is a really fun theme to work with because you can work mystery and intrigue into the design. We printed stacked tea cups right on the envelope so that guests were give a little hint of what was going to be inside the envelope. We thought "Open Me!" on the front of the invitation was a clever way of keeping the theme going and getting guests curious to see what is inside!  When he three panel wrap is fully opened you can see how we made custom slits in the folds so that the diamond pattern bands could would be visible as part of the design of the inside of the invitation as well as the outside. The birthday party was a "tea party" and we referred to the birthday girl as the "Queen of Hearts"  to keep everything in the Alice in Wonderland theme. The "Eat Me!" tags were used to give an extra touch to the favor bags of candy that were given to the party guests.

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Last, but definitely not least, is our adorable Ladybug Paisley invitation. This invitation really has it all: a 3 panel wrap with a pocket, a details card, a belly band, envelope icing, and monogram card for this little girls party. The paisley band with it’s layered monogram card that says “Polka-dots and little black spots, that’s what ladybugs are made of” immediately conveys to guests that this is a sweet invitation for a young girl. When open the invite and details card give the guests all of the details of what's to come! The final touch of this invitation set is the matching thank you card. What a great way to follow up  with guests with your appreciation for attending the party!

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It's fun when we have the opportunity to change it up from wedding invitations and create fun, themed party invitation - especially when it’s making a little kids birthday that more exciting!


Cakes inspired from invitations!

Do you love going to a good party or hosting them?

This week we’re excited to feature one of our favorite clients Hailey Kandell. Hailey is known for her excellence in hosting a great party for all occasions. She goes all out for her children's birthdays with lavish themes that will excite any child beyond their wildest dreams. Hailey's passion for entertaining started with her husband's love of cooking and out of a her desire to make special occasions personal and very reflective of her children’s personalities. For each child’s birthday they would chose the theme of their party and help in the details as well. Hailey says “Entertaining to me is a way to celebrate the people I love the most and to make life’s little milestones more grand.” Starting with the invitation she conveys the theme of the party to Ann Elizabeth. Ann then creates the uniquely designed invitations you see in the pictures below. Ann says "Hailey is great... She just gives me an idea and let's me run with it."  Hailey’s choice of talented vendors like Culinary Crafts, Layers and Echo Photography  help her to throw one fabulous party after another!

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Her daughter Ady chose an artist theme for her birthday. The invitations had a fun crafty feel to them with different colored ribbons on the main piece and an icing wrap with paint streaks on the envelope giving it an artistic look. Layers clever way of making a cake look like chocolate crayons in a pail was just amazing along with the mini cakes for each child’s inner artist to decorate. Culinary Crafts catered and did a beautiful job with making all of the food arrangements look like art.

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Her daughter Lucy picked a whimsical Wizard of Oz theme. This whole birthday party had every detail covered from the balloon rainbow entrance to the Wizard of Oz characters. The invitation was bright and colorful, two-sided with a pocket on the back and multiple layers. You knew you were going somewhere over the rainbow to a magical land when you received this invite. Layers again took the Wizard of Oz theme and made an amazing cake with rainbow colored layers on the inside. Culinary Crafts catering created an amazing spread of food that matched up with the theme too! Echo Photography by Kimberly Hadlock did the beautiful photography.

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Hailey is such a fun client to work with and we love coming up with new ideas for all of her fabulous parties! Here at Ann Elizabeth we would like to say thank you to Hailey for sharing all the amazing pictures and letting us all have a sneak peek into her life and love of hosting parties!


Congratulations to Charity Lund, April’s Bride of the Month!

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April 2013: Charity Lund! This month we are excited to feature a bride that we didn't get the chance to highlight a year ago. Charity and Ian’s wedding was such a beautifully stylized event that we wanted to take this month to feature them and show off their gorgeous event, photography and engraved invitations. Charity was gracious enough to share her unique and stylish wedding photos with us. We love how Charity pulled together all of the details to create a dramatic effect. We hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

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Interviewer: We know it’s been a while since your wedding and now that your big day is all through, how has married life been?
Ian: It’s been a challenge having to tolerate someone in between sporting events on the television.
Charity: I love getting to spend life with the best friend I could ever have. When I think about what I want to do on a Friday night, nothing sounds better than being with my hubs. Anything is always that much better with him.
Interviewer: I absolutely love how your invitations turned out. We chose you as the Bride of the Month because we wanted to feature one of our favorite past invitations and couples. Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitations. I want to hear where you got your inspiration from, how you decided what your invitations would look like, etc.
Charity: For Valentine’s Day, Ian took us to Japan and we spent 10 days together and then I stayed there for an extra three months. Japan celebrates the season of blooming cherry blossoms, which are everywhere, and tie the US and Japan together. Japan gave them as a gift to the US, so it reminds us of our first time travelling together. The colors on the invite were our wedding colors champagne and cornflower blue. The rest we left up to Ann. It’s great to have someone who will interpret a rough idea and turn it into a great invitation.[/one-half-first][one-half]charity picture 2charity picture 3[/one-half]Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Charity: The engraving is great. It’s a technique that is rarely used, but it’s such a beautifully subtle element.
Interviewer: What feature of your invitations have the most people complimented you on?
Charity: No feature in particular, just how nicely they turned out. We got a lot of compliments like “This is the nicest invitation I’ve ever seen.” But, those people probably haven’t been through Ann’s studio, since most of the invitations she creates are that ‘nice.’ Overall, I think the combination of it all. The unique length of the envelopes, the layers and separate pieces coming together like a puzzle. The way it all fit together with the beautiful complimentary colors, font, and artwork probably made one big statement.

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Interviewer: Has anything surprised you about your invitations? Like how your guests responded to them?
Charity: We really just appreciated that everyone loved them so much. They were so well received and it was everything we’d hoped for in something that would announce our unity.
Interviewer: Have you taken any elements from your invitation to use throughout your wedding decor?
Charity: Our invitations were a direct reflection of our wedding. The whimsy of the metallic paper was incorporated into our menus and directional signs. The font had a royal feel to it that went well with the mansion, and cherry blossoms were engraved in the engagement ring. The champagne color was chosen from the wedding dress, and cornflower blue is Ian’s favorite color, both were our wedding colors.
Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event? If so, in what way?
Charity: It definitely complimented the wedding that we wanted to have. If the wedding was a short story of our life together, the invitations were the teaser to the wedding.
Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Charity: Be sentimental. Use experiences you’ve had together to inspire you. Your wedding should be a short story about your life together. Your invitations should be the headline.

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Interviewer: Is there a lesson you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Charity: It takes two. Ian was more involved than I expected he would be, and they turned out more beautiful than I imagined they would.
Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth?
Charity: I didn’t expect so much patience. She gave us so many great options that I felt like she really cared that we loved them and had our best interest in mind.
Interviewer: Is there anything we could have done to make your experience with us better? (Please don’t be shy! We are always looking to improve our clients’ experience with us.)
Charity and Ian: I’m good. Me too!
Interviewer: It was a pleasure working with you both in creating your invitation and letting us share in your wedding!

Wedding Dress & Veil: YSA Makino (Italian Designer) from Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Shoes: Cole Haan Nike Air Pumps (heels w/Nike Air)
Flowers: Trifecta Floral
Hair & Makeup: Janae Mechling Johnson Image Studio
Invitations: Ann Elizabeth
Bridals: Location- Wheeler Farm John Paul Photography
Wedding: Photography: AMB Photography
Venue: McCune Mansion
Wedding Planner: Andi Saxton
Cake: Grace Harvell The Graceful Baker