branching out and party planning

Despite a slow month in May and a bit of a continuing lull now that we're officially into summer, I have a lot of updates to share!  Following a brief break in early May, I was contacted by the PR company working for a high-end cosmetics company, hoping to find unique invitations and coordinating paper goods for a product launch event in early June.  Since business was slow at the time I was able to get a relatively small order of invites out in a week's time, from the day I sent the initial sample, through the design and proofing process, printing & assembly, to the client having the invites in-hand!  That's a personal best, for sure!  Here are a few images of the invite, customized using the Steampunk-inspired butterfly motif ensemble as a starting point, and additional components created for the event:

The following couple of images are from the event itself, starting with the menu card and place cards created to coordinate with the above invitation:

And, finally, a hangtag to accompany each of the favor bags for guests invited to the event:

As an unexpected perk, I received a couple of goodies from the client and I am now officially hooked on mascara I cannot afford!

I applied this overall event paper goods design strategy more recently to my son's 2nd birthday party this past weekend, beginning a few weeks ago with the invitation, now available in my shop:

My son is pretty enamored with trains, as you can tell, so I went with the popular theme, specifically using the Thomas the Train palette of blue, red, and yellow for the invites, favor tags and hangtags, and general party planning design.  It was a snap to plan the party and fill the goodie bags using this theme, the train paper punches used above, and continuing the primary color palette throughout!

These personalized hangtags are designed to be untied and reused as bookmarks!

A last-minute addition in the favor category were these custom color M&M favors for the parents to take home as well (it doesn't seem fair that only the kiddos get goodie bags!).  Using easy-to-find colors worked well here as well since I didn't have the time (or budget, frankly!) to order custom colors.  Instead, I just purchased a large bag of milk chocolate candies and sorted out the blue, red, and yellow M&Ms myself (and saved the orange, green, and brown for later!).

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