You guys, this post is soooo Groovy Baby!!
Remember how I said that one of my bff’s is preggo? I know, it’s totally all I’ve been yammering about. Well, guess who is throwing her one totally le chic baby shower?!?!? Yes! It’s me!!
And how did I come up with this good-time-guaranteed theme? It kinda came to me while we were discussing what sign Little Miss was going to be. Aquarius. The age of Aquarius?!?!? Wow, so perfect. Right?!
The way to really introduce a theme to guests is definitely with the invitation. They will know if this is going to be a party worth driving 20-30 miles for… I think these definitely give the impression that it’s going to be a fête not to be missed!!
Wanna make some?
Okay, so here’s what you’ll need –
- Paper (I got the pink and purple from Joann’s and the shimmer and glitter from Michael’s) Make sure that the paper is not too textured for the foiled areas
- Then you need foil. I got mine here
- Paper cutter (you can do it by hand, but if you’re making a bunch then it’s really a sanity saver)
- Envelope maker – also makes your life easier
- Honeycomb tissue balls – The ones I purchased are no longer available, but these are pretty similar
- Paper punch
- Laminating machine
- Glitter spray – optional
First off, go and visit Jenny here. I had seen her feature awhile back and loved the idea! I just expanded on it… Man, this would be good for the holidays.
The hardest and most important part is to design your invitation. This took me quite some time, but I’ll give you my templates here… please tweak them for your own use. I also hand drew in some dots before making copies.
Did you notice how Jenny said that you HAD to use a certain ink?! Please make that notation because I had to print parts at home and parts at the office, since I wanted color and the right ink. I’m so demanding.
Grab those honeycomb balls and spray them with glitter – they are your disco balls.
I used a paper clip to keep them open. It just adds a little sumthin-sumthin.
Obvs, print out your invites and trim them to size. Prep EVERYTHING first. So key, you guys.
Cut your foil in advance too. It really helps.
With your basics prepped you can set up a work station. Turn on the laminating machine and while each invite goes through, you can fold envelopes, invitations and glue in your envelope shimmer, which I made by making a template first from an envelope.
Okay, this is important. Once the foiled piece comes out of the laminating machine – DON’T TOUCH IT. Let it cool. Put it to the side. No touch. Got it? It will peel better that way.
Once I had the front and backs attached with adhesive, I used the puncher for pizazz. I like that word, pizzzaaaaazzzzzzzz, jazz hands!
So, so shiny. I love this technique!
Then put in the disco ball. That’s right, put the ball in the crack. Giggle.
For the stuff that you didn’t plan for, please make at least 10 extra. I don’t know why but some of my foiled fronts didn’t come out perfectly. And, AND!! When I went to seal up the goodies, I had to add some pink duct tape to the back…. I just happened to have some stashed. I wasn’t happy about the idea (at all) but I really didn’t want the invitations opening up en route and not getting delivered. That would have been bad.
Does this make you want to boogie down?
Everyone got a unique invitation because of the different colored “disco balls” and varied papered I choose. It’s kinda fun that way!
So that’s about it!! Now I’m off to finish up some more planning for the actual event…so much to do, so little time!
Interested in another invitation idea? Check out Yaso’s Mad Hatter Bridal Shower.
And as always,