Back in September, Jennie emailed me and asked if I would work on a party theme for her little guy, Caleb. Caleb was going to have a farm-themed party, complete with a petting zoo in his own backyard! I was super stoked to design the invitations, bunting, tented cards and more. I thought about what best conveyed a “farm” / “animal”/ “country / “petting zoo” theme, as well as something suitable for a little boy. I came up with red, navy blue and beige as the main colours. I started by hand-drawing and scanning all the animals. I drew a cow, sheep, chick, chicken, pig, and rabbit, and after I scanned them in, I coloured them digitally.
Jennie wanted to incorporate Caleb’s picture into the invitation, so I had her send me a photo, and then I drew some overalls and a hat. I put them into photoshop and combined them all, and the result was a truly customized invitation that she wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else! It’s little touches like this that really set invitations apart when your guests receive them in the mail!
There was a lot of information to deliver on a single flat card invitation, so with the top half of the card, I played with the colours and fonts to really convey what the party was all about. Below the dots, I included all the information that Jennie needed her guests to know, including address, time, food and clothing options.
The “Yay or Neigh” text was Jennie’s idea, and I thought it was such an adorable touch!
A few of the farm animals were placed along the bottom of the invitation. Between the animals and the bandana graphics on the invitation, party-goers would recognize a lot of the elements from the invitation carried throughout the party with various party printables.
I created a set of tented cards to be placed on the food table. The middle was left blank so that Jennie could write in the food options once they were decided. She chose adorable names like “haystacks” for Rice Krispie Squares and “Chicken Feed” for Chex Mix. It was super cute!
I actually created 5 pages of Bunting for Jennie – below is just an example of how it turned out. I did one sheet of the plain bandana print in the 3 colours, a few pages with each animal taking centre stage, and I also spelled out “C-A-L-E-B” using the same font as his name in the invitation. And of course, the Farmer Caleb picture made an appearance in the bunting too!
Some other elements that aren’t pictured here are a large “3″ and “Happy Birthday” with the bandana print that Jennie used as decor and for the centrepieces. I also included black and white versions of all the animals so that the kids could colour them. Oh, and of course, there’s a thank you card… but you can’t see that until all of Caleb’s thank you’s get mailed out!
I really wish I had been able to attend Caleb’s party. I was told it was a blast for both the kids and adults alike. And naturally, Caleb thought it was the best party ever!
Photos at this party were taken by local photographer, Rachel Price - hopefully she will have some on her blog soon to share with you all.
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