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Paint Party from Press Paperie

Remember these adorable paint party invitations that we created for Drue’s 4th birthday? Well today we’ve got photos from the actual soirée! When she initially came across the shirt that would eventually inspire the entire look of the celebration, Drue’s mother, Shelby (owner of Press Paperie in Fort Worth, Texas) thought it would be the most darling shirt for an art party – and we couldn’t agree more! Shelby put on the cutest celebration for Drue and friends, complete with festive painterly decorations, embroidered art smocks, and a canvas for each guest to create a masterpiece! We love how she used the theme to inspire the decor – especially the hand-painted table runners and the paintbrushes nestled into the floral accents. What a fun theme for a birthday party!

Custom painterly birthday party invitations from Smock
Paint party birthday girl
Vibrant floral wreath with paintbrushes | Paint party decor
Canvas + artist's smock for a paint party
Birthday girl in Kate Spade
4 year old birthday paint party
Painterly birthday party + bubbly
Paint party centerpieces
Paint party decor
Paint party birthday

All photographs courtesy of Press Paperie 

Painterly birthday party invitations

We worked with Press Paperie to create these custom birthday party invitations. Inspired by an adorable Kate Spade dress, these painterly invitations were created for Drue’s fourth birthday party – which was, of course, a paint party! We created custom envelope liners for the thank you notes to match the invitations and the cute die-cut thank you tags that were created for favors also included the custom pattern.  

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digital printing: CMYK process | foil color: gold matte | fonts: baskerville + hutton | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | size: S-6 + S-5 + die-cut hang tag | envelope liner: metallic gold | customization #29849 | Press Paperie

Ocean inspired 50th Birthday Party invitations

A lavish affair calls for a special invitation! We customized our Walsh design for Jeffrey’s 50th birthday party invitations by changing the orientation and adding a conch shell from our motif library. We also included ocean inspired motifs on the events card, which outlined the various activities being offered to guests during the three day celebration.

Ocean inspired, letterpress printed 50th Birthday party invitations from Smock Ocean inspired, letterpress printed 50th Birthday party invitations from Smock Ocean inspired, letterpress printed 50th Birthday party invitations from Smock

letterpress inks: papaya + midnight | fonts: Smock Spencerian + Graham | paper: 2-ply + 1-ply ivory | size: S-8 + S-6 | customization #25843

Silver foil stamped 90th birthday party invitations

A 90th birthday celebration calls for an extra special invitation, don’t you think? We worked with Papyrus to create these stunning silver foil stamped invitations and save the dates for Nan’s 90th. The cards featured our Avella design and were printed on our white, 2-ply bamboo paper, then die-cut using our Plymouth shape. Metallic silver edge painted added an extra touch of glamour to these milestone invitations.

Custom Avella silver foil stamped 90th birthday party invitations from Smock Custom Avella silver foil stamped 90th birthday party invitations from Smock Custom Avella silver foil stamped 90th birthday party invitations from Smock

foil color: silver shine | die-cut shape: plymouth | font: smock ruby | paper: 2-ply white | size: S-8 + S-6 | edge painting: metallic silver | customization #22605 | Papyrus (Lexington Avenue, New York)

Rainier Surprise Birthday Party Invitations + Custom Belly Bands

These fun surprise birthday party invitations were printed for Steve’s 65th birthday celebration. We customized our Rainier design in a sleek color palette of platinum shine foil paired with taupe letterpress ink. A custom belly band with the word “Shhhhhh…” was the first thing guests would read upon opening this handsome invitation. Rainier patterned envelope liners added an elegant finishing touch.

Foil stamped surprise birthday party invitations featuring the Rainier invitation design by Smock

letterpress ink: taupe | foil color: platinum shine | font:  auden | paper: 2-ply white | sizes: S-8SQ | envelope liners: rainier pattern in taupe + espresso + jute + pewter inks | belly band: platinum shine foil | customization #: 21995 | Paper Habit

Constellation Birthday Party Invitations

How do you celebrate 50 wonderful years? With a constellation themed birthday party invitation of course! This invite submitted by ORRganics features a combination of digital, letterpress and foil printing – quite impressive.

letterpress ink: black | foil ink: silver shine | fonts: harrison + woodville | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | printing: letterpress + digital + foil | invitation size: S-8 | envelope liner: constellation pattern | customization #: 20494 |Smock's Cimarron design is perfect invitation for a 50th birthday party

Dance the Night Away…Walsh Letterpress Birthday Invitations

What a wonderful Walsh letterpress birthday invitation we received from Arabesque. This wedding suite came complete with one of our custom hang tags. It is completed perfectly with our metallic platinum liners. We love it!

inks: sea mist + moss | fonts: smock spencerian + carrington stripes + engravers | paper: 2-ply white  + 1-ply white | printing: letterpress + offset | metallic liner: metallic platinum | invite size: S8SQ Folio | customization #: 13500 | edge paint in silver metallic | customization #: 13500 |

This nautical birthday invitation features both letterpress and offset printing


Guest Post: DIY Hand-Lettered Invitations on Smock Lettersheets from Rock Paper Scissors!

Today’s guest post comes from Lisa at Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor, Michigan and features some amazing birthday party invitations that were made with our nautical lettersheets!

At Rock Paper Scissors, we get REALLY excited about celebrations. We love everything about them: from the paper, to the place settings, to the details (and even the gift wrapping!). We also have a huge obsession with all things nautical. So this month, when Rock Paper Scissors teammate and craft aficionado, Coco, turned 21 and set sail to create the PERFECT nautical 21st birthday party—we went overboard with excitement! She chose the Oxford, Ridley and Anchor patterned Smock lettersheets with beautiful blue and nautical prints on the back and rope and anchor watermark details on the front that went perfectly with the nautical theme of her 21st birthday dinner!
Nautical party invitations with hand lettering

Here’s how she did it: 

  1. Using a fine tip blue marker, she wrote out the details of the event in fun styles on plain computer paper.
  2. She then scanned her design and used Photoshop to scale it to the proper size.
  3. After adjusting her computer’s printer settings to accommodate the size of the stationery, she simply fed the stationery sheets into her printer to create perfectly printed, customized invitations.
  4. To complete the look, she dolled up the envelopes with rubber stamps in nautical designs and bedecked them with the addresses of her hopeful attendees.
  5. Dropped them in the {SNAIL} mail and waited for her guest’s reactions!

The party itself was decked out in Smock goodies—from the birthday present from her parents (using Smock’s double-sided Oxford gift wrap) and the cupcake liners (also using the gift wrap), Courtney’s party sent us sailing! We love this custom, hand-lettered invite and party details and can’t wait  for the next opportunity to celebrate EVERYTHING with creative paper goods! DIY nautical party invites, nautical cupcakes and nautical gift wrap!

Thanks so much to Lisa for sharing this fabulous DIY project and nautical party with us! Have a creative DIY project of your own that features Smock products? Send it to us today!

Beautiful Offset Birthday Invitation

We printed these simple, yet elegant, birthday announcements for our friend Linda Chamlin at LS Amster Company. They were offset printed in our Espresso and Heliotrope inks. They are a beautiful way to welcome an 18th birthday.

inks: espresso + heliotrope | fonts: estrella + cooper | paper: 1-ply white | printing: offset | invite size: S-5SQ

offset birthday party invitations


Are you 1…Are you 2…Are you 3…..

Get ready to blow out those birthday candles!  Check out these recently printed birthday party invitations submitted to us by our friends at Judy Paulen Designs in New York, NY.  Our plymouth die cut adds even more boyish charm to an already youthful looking birthday party invitation. We can’t get enough of the granby backing patterning in navy, and take a look at the envelope liner in reverse granby in navy-for another super cool customization.  Alright now, let’s get the party started!

inks: navy | fonts: smock harrison | paper 2-ply white | invite size: S-6 | printing: letterpress | die cut: plymouth | back pattern: the granby pattern in navy | edge paint: black | liner: the reversed granby pattern in navy

whimsical letterpress birthday invitations

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