Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Made: dotty invitations

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In Brazil first birthdays are a big event. Almost on par with weddings. We haven't had a wedding yet - just a beautiful, simple engagement party in the these Rose Gardens. When it happens, our wedding will be intimate and it will speak of the two of us, and Saskia and maybe another little one.

So we have decided to throw a Brazilian first birthday. Although I felt nervous about this at first, I am happy that we will have the opportunity to celebrate with all our dear family and friends who have played a special role in Saskia's first year. After all, it takes a village to raise a child...

I can't even bring myself to type out the number of people we have invited...it's pretty enormous though. So I made some simple and fun invitations over a few nights in front of Goonies, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Call the Midwife. It was quite a therapeutic process - how great are menial tasks after a day with an 11 month old? They are so easy to make it's laughable. I was inspired by an idea on Pintrest (naturally).

I used these ink pads from Spotlight, a couple of rubber tipped pencils, some translucent paper from an art store and some heavyish watercolour card. Of course making invitations was just another way I could add to the washi tape collection.

*Speaking of parties, there's a lovely series to celebrate spring at Che & Fidel and a pretty ace little giveaway. I'd be happy with just the pillowcases or the beeswax candles...


  1. They are just gorgeous invitations. Lucky girl to have so much love in her life x

  2. I can't believe she's turning one already!
    Gorgeous invites... can't wait to see the rest of the party preparations! x

  3. Oooo. I love these invitations. You've got great style!

    Goodluck with the preparations. I was a mess over a simple family get together for Skyes first birthday. I wanted it be just right because first birthdays only happen once and they are a special occasion. I'm sure you'll create a fun (and visually pretty) party for Saskia. And she'll be so lucky having so many people there to fuss over her :)


  4. First birthday parties are so much fun to plan and put together - I had so much fun with Grace's and now, am so excited getting Sophie's ready. Your invites are lovely - so cute and colourful. Can't wait to see more of what you put together for Saskia's big day x

  5. They are divine Claire, you clever little cookie! And any excuse to buy more washi tape is a good excuse indeed :-)

  6. You're really very talented... these look awesome! Looking forward to seeing more of the lead up!

  7. Love the dotty invites :) I cannot believe we are talking about 1st birthdays already! I remember so clearly around this time last year, checking here almost daily as we had very close due dates! x

  8. Oh those invites are simply stunning. Clever lady :)
    Isn't pinterest the best for inspiration!

  9. What a fantastic idea! They look amazing!

    I know what you mean about menial tasks suddenly becoming enjoyable - I loved making the invites and fringed streamers for Everly's 1st birthday. Not to mention writing out addresses on envelopes, sticking on stamps...

    I can't believe she is almost 1! x

  10. they look so fab and fun!!
    bet the day will be awesome