[party planning] food, and drinks, and dessert bars, oh my!

There’s so much creativity that goes along with planning a wedding or event. You can choose a specific theme or add in one unique personal touch. I love the new ‘bar stations’ that are popping up on many Pinterest planning boards; from the make-your-own-drink and pour-your-own beer bars, to the donut and popcorn bars [just to name a few]. All you need is a great way to display your favorite beverage, dessert or snack, along with some lovely signage and you’re set to impress your guests!

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Donut Bar | Free Style Mom
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Make-your-own Cocktail Bar | Junebug Weddings
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Cheese Station | Wilkie Blog
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Cookie Bar | Madam Palooza Rentals
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Beer Bar | The Melideos
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Popcorn Bar | Pen + Paper Flowers
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Sangria Bar | Style Me Pretty
smores-station Smores Station | Sun & Sparrow Photography
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Coffee Bar | fantabulosity
bloody-mary-bar Bloody Mary Bar | MARCIE LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

*there are too many fun ideas to showcase 🙂 see below for more inspiration:

Pinterest  |  DIY Food Stations | From Beer to Cigar Bars |

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[custom invitations] a modern city skyline invite personalized for any event

I’ve recently had a few requests to pick up my city skyline illustrations for a save the date, post-wedding reception party and two bridal showers! I noticed while redesigning each card that these examples really showcase how you can personalize any invite based on the events theme.

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San Francisco Skyline: Reception Invitation [Gold Foil on white matte + Super Gold metallic envelope]  ~  Wedding Save the Date [4-color printing on white matte + Antique Gold metallic envelope]
Updating the size & shape of the card along with changing the paper finish, envelope color, and fonts will produce a very unique invitation. You can, of course, fancy up the design by adding gold foil printing! It may seem overwhelming to make all these decisions, but I normally offer up a few ideas along the way! 😉

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Portland Bridal Shower Invite [9×4 cream linen]  ~  San Francisco Bridal Shower Save the Date [5×3.5 white + copper metallic]
> Additional city skyline graphics can be found at my etsy shop (flip through photos at each listing to see examples); Washington DC / Chicago / Boston / San Diego / Seattle / New York / Philadelphia / Paris

 

> You can get started on the custom design process for your event invitations here

[custom design] Vintage themed wedding & party Ticket invites

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Wow, time is flying by! I was first asked to custom design a vintage film ticket invitation for Trisha & Tony‘s wedding in 2011. Luckily, based on each new clients theme, this unique invite suite has been personalized many times over!

For example, I’ve updated the design to work as a single invite card only (vs. the full suite w/tear-off RSVP postcard & map card), along with a new style that includes a perforated tear-off RSVP STUB on the main invite.  There are also now smaller, miscellaneous event tickets available, plus ticket save the dates. And lastly, a fun Pop or Rock Star themed girls birthday party ticket.

This is truly what I love about my job…customizing all the details…it’s never the same. Time flies when you’re having fun! 😉

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Wedding Film Invitation Ticket with #10 envelope; response info printed on the bottom (option to add printing on the back with rsvp & event details)

 

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Cinema themed wedding invite tickets with separate Rsvp card, response & outer envelope; (fonts & paper colors can change to match theme) 

 

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Vintage Ticket Wedding Invitation with tear-off RSVP Stub + response & #10 envelopes (paper colors & inks can change to match theme)

 

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Custom Vintage Ticket invitations & save the dates [available in the sizes and shapes shown]
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If you plan on throwing a fun themed music, ballroom, theater or film event, check out more ticket ideas & inspiration at my portfolio section.
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A vintage ticket Wedding Save the Date [with or without photo on the back]
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Rock or Pop Star Girls Birthday Party vintage style invites; diy printable options also available!

[design update] wedding showcase + wearable art!

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San Francisco skyline wedding invitation & reception suite

I’m excited to be a part of the wedding showcase at The University Club of San Francisco!   I personalized my SF Invite suite to match the event theme colors + I’ll be raffling off my city skyline save the date postcards!  *find tickets at link below

We Left Our Hearts in San Francisco: A Mock Wedding 6.12.17
This isn’t your typical bridal fair where you’ll be hopping from booth to booth to booth, it’ll be set up to reflect a real wedding! This also isn’t just for the ladies, we have events and giveaways for the men too! So bring your gals and your guys, and even your grandma!


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VIDA Announcement [Gift Card]

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Recently I’ve spent time creating wearable art with VIDA (a company committed to creating clothing in a socially conscious way) and would like to share my most popular designs with you. *see above my SF Stone Tile sleeveless top …now modeled on their main page!   All the items I’ve designed are shoppable, and can be found on my personal collection page. I would love to share a gift card for 15% off my collection with you.

ENJOY 15% OFF YOUR ORDER / Use code DISCOVERVIDA

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Your purchase not only supports my personal collection of hand-designed products but makes a global impact. VIDA is passionate about helping to drive social change for artists and makers. Their company offers literacy and empowerment programs for their factory workers so they can build a better life for generations to come.

[Event] The Big Fake Wedding : San Francisco

Have you heard about this new bridal show trend?

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides-and-grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action.

Well, I totally love the idea … and I’m super excited to announce that Papercake Designs is a 2015 featured vendor for the first San Francisco Big Fake Wedding (formerly known as The NotWedding).

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Check out the cities scheduled for the 2015 season… plus, find out more info on how you can get involved below:

> If you’re a bride [or groom]-to-be, RSVP asap! Tickets are $25.00 and include a light dinner, sparkling wine and a swag bag.  *ps: contact me directly if you live in the SF Bay area 😉

> If you’re a wedding vendor, apply now to join The Big Fake Wedding family!

> If you’re not engaged [yet!] or a wedding vendor or media partner, but REALLY LOVE weddings, apply to join their marketing team as a Brand Ambassador [apply here.]

[wedding planning] cloud parade

…the first online marketplace where you can shop
and design your own radical wedding!

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I’m loving the description for this new planning site [via mashable]:

Think Etsy married Pinterest
and made a Cloud Parade baby.

 

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Get inspired by color, category or style… then design, plan & purchase all within your own unique clouds [which you can share with others too]. Check it out and start planning! 😉

[wedding favor] custom soaps

Oh my… I’m loving this idea of customizing the scent & design for your own soap [to give as a wedding favor or for any special event]. Meow Meow Tweet, an organic soap, body care and soy candle making company, personalized these small half bars for each client with special wrapping that fit the aesthetic and feel of each wedding!

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Email meow meow tweet for more information about custom soaps and candles. They can do custom artwork and packaging to fit the details of your special event.
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Plus, check out their shop for lots of gifts & kits!
Of course I can’t help but adore the awesome drawings on all their packaging 😉

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[design inspiration] wedding & party planning

I’m always finding great wedding & party inspiration photos [via pinterest] so I thought I would share just a few of my favorites:

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> love-love this clean & modern cake design (by nine cakes)

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> “whether you’re getting married and need to collect hundreds of mailing addresses, sending out Christmas cards or even if you just want to have a complete, up-to-date address book once and for all, Postable makes it extremely easy.”

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> what a great way to save money on your centerpieces (for home too), you can easily create these glittery mason jar vases from the DIY tutorial

DIY Glitter Vases


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> personalize this rustic wedding cake topper with your monogram or the word ‘love’

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> how cool is this modern place setting; paper clipped napkin with ‘hello’ name tag / place card & a menu bookmark too!

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> yes! I found a great drink

list to help determine which Signature cocktail(s) will complement your next event

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> I so badly want to leave my [guest book] message on a puzzle piece at the next wedding I attend!! love the idea of the couple putting it together on their one year anniversary 😉 

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Follow Me on Pinterest to see lots more!

[custom wedding invitations] new designs v2

julie { single-layer tall card with 2-layer handmade paper belly band }

I’m excited to showcase a new group of personalized invitation designs created this summer … {many thanks to all my creative clients & their exclusive vision}  part 1 here

starlynn { 3-layer invite w/pocket on the back }
jolee { single-layer duplex invite (charcoal/natural white linen) w/ metallic grey envelopes }
naomi { 2-layer SF skyline invite, tear-off RSVP / map enclosure }
tara { rose illustration invite printed front/back, includes tear-off RSVP postcard }
jane { pocket folder invite w/monogram tag; custom graphic provided }

+ a quinceañera invitation redesigned from my tear-off rsvp/map cards !

Quinceanera { front/back printed invite with tear-off rsvp postcard }

> each new invitation suite is usually redesigned based from an invite on my site, {as noted in some photo captions} then personalized to each clients unique wedding/event colors or theme