Book Invitations

April 9, 2010
Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Parties

Our dear friends Aaron and Lindsay are getting married in May. They came to us months ago (and by us, I mean my husband and me) with the idea that they wanted to send books as their invitations. We all tossed around a bunch of ideas for a bunch of weeks, and here is the end result…




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The bride and groom spent weeks collecting books, and refused to pay more than a dollar for any of them (a good thing since they had to send out over 90 of them). My very talented husband designed the printed matter, and I consulted on things like the pocket, the rounded corners, the ribbon, the wax seal, etc. We love the way it turned out, as did they!

Here are a few other book invites that caught my eye…



Jordan of Oh Happy Day designed this lovely invite for the now (sadly) defunct Cookie Nesting Blog. It was for a bookworm party for kids. So cute! (Read her post for her defense of cutting up a book.)





This is positively the most ambitious book invitation I’ve ever seen…they actually made the books. They began with the story of the bride and groom, and towards the end of the book, the reader would find the wedding invite and the perforated reply card. So much time and love went into these. I tip my hat to Nikki and Nick. Found on Merriment Design.


Talk Bubble Crafts

April 8, 2010
Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Parties

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Mikodesign planned a trés jolie fête for her daughter’s birthday. The theme was Paris, and she made a little photobooth with these talk bubbles. Genius! Originally spotted on Party Perfect Blog.

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Inchmark made these precious thank you note cards for son.

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Let your kids think inside the bubble. Maya Made‘s daughter came up with this idea herself. So cute!


Of course these chalkboard wall decals exist! From Wall Sticker Shop.


Talk Bubble paperclips from Fred & Friends.


Homemade Piñatas

April 7, 2010
DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Food, Parties

The weather is gettin’ good, so it’s time to take the party outside. And what’s better than a piñata at an outdoor par-tay? Check out these clever homemade creations…


A love note piñata for a wedding! A brilliant idea found on Ruffled.


This gorgeous creation was designed based on a camillia flower. Made by Inchmark for her daughter’s 4th birthday.


Mini-piñata party favors are really easy to make! Found on You Are My Fave (craft by Not Martha).


Design Mom planned a Knight party for her precious son. They couldn’t find a good-looking knight related piñata, so they made one. Naturally.


Want to make a piñata from nature? Once you smack this one down, it’s way easier to clean up! Found on Daily Danny.


DIY Alphabet Cups

April 6, 2010
Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Food, Holidays, Parties

I have been obsessed with these paper cups ever since I saw them on The Dieline. And to be obsessed with paper cups, they really have to be good. Since they are made in Korea, read: impossible to get, I decided to make my own. First gawk with me at these…then scroll down for my DIY version!


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Made by Iam Design. Can you even stand the adorable styling? Seriously, it slays me.

Now, for my humble invention…

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It’s so easy…I bought white paper party cups and made letter stickers using 8 1/2 x 11-inch label paper. I really wanted to get fancy with the cup colors and patterns, but using white cups saved me from having to painfully cut out each letter.

I actually like the myriad of options that my homemade cups provide…I can control the letters that I want and tweak the font and color for my occasion. This would be adorable for a kid’s party; either each guest gets their initial or you arrange the buffet table with a fun phrase.

You can download a PDF of my letters to make your own. If you make a set, email me pics of how you use them! I’d love to see!



Nesting Doll Cuteness

April 5, 2010
Gifts, Grown-Up, Tween to Teen

Russian dolls, nesting dolls, matryoshka dolls, babushka dolls…who knew there were so many names for these cute collectibles?

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How cute would your reminders be with these nesting doll post-its from Nothing Elegant.


Babushka doll fabric by Mikodesign. Check out her Etsy store for more cute items.


Paint your own set of teeny matryoshkas. Buy a set at Romp.


You can even wear ’em in your hair. Made by Fluffs Stuffs, found on Bluelines.


Have you ever forgotten which is bigger, a Megabyte or a Gigabyte? Never wonder again with these Byte Nesting Dolls found on Craziest Gadgets.


If your love of these dolls is that strong, visit Nesting Doll Square in Manzhouli, China.