Monday, April 14, 2014

Party Inspiration: Gold Wedding and Party Ideas

Oh, how we're loving gold this season! With gold, you can lean towards the luxury and 1920's feel of a Great Gatsby themed wedding, or you could go with a more whimsical Kate Spade bridal theme with a gold polka-dot motif. Either way, you can't go wrong!

We've gathered some fun ideas to get you started. Don't miss the links and image credits at the very bottom! 

1. Dress up a classic white balloon with gold foil paint! This gold-dipped effect is so sweet. We think that gold polka-dots would be adorable too!

2. Add some sparkle with a gold tassel garland! DIY, or find one on Etsy to complete your gold wedding decor. For the more ambitious, this gold sequined backdrop by Oh Happy Day would be absolutely fabulous. (Click on the image for DIY instructions to get this look!). Get the look in a more simplified way with a circle garland  (bottom)

3. The cascading polka-dots on this cake by Bobbette & Belle make it a work of art! What a perfect centerpiece for any gold themed wedding or special event.

4. We're loving these gold heels, and of course the Kate Spade watch.

5. Need a place to hold all your Great Gatsby wedding ideas? Plan your with style by using these sweet folders and planner by Kate Spade.

6. You can invest in special serving pieces that will become keepsakes, or opt for pretty paper placemats or coasters that will dress up your table on a budget! 

7. Have a little fun! We designed these glamorous gold foil scratch-off cards for an easy, chic party game. Perfect if your looking gold wedding ideas, bachelorette ideas, or just want to have an entertaining evening with friends. Each set of 12 cards comes with a single winning card, but they're so pretty that everyone will feel like a winner!

8. We love these gold swizzle sticks so much! Bring a bit of the exotic to your art deco party theme, or use them for a children's party as stir-sticks or cupcake toppers.

9. Glittery monograms... what's not to like? We think this would be a great keepsake for the guest of honor after the party or gold wedding shower! Make one yourself, or find one on Etsy.

10. Include these sweet little enclosure cards with favors to thank guests! Use gold polka-dot washi tape to seal the envelope for a cute finishing touch! 

1. DIY gold-painted balloon by The Hen Planner
2. Tassel Garland by StudioMucci; Gold DIY Sequin Backdrop by Oh Happy Day; Gold circles garland by TransparentEs Decor on Etsy
3. Cake by Bobbette & Belle
4. Glitter heels photo by Living Pierside; Gold watch by Kate Spade
5. Gold folders and planner by Kate Spade
6. Gold champagne glass; Gold Zag Tray by Up In The Air Somewhere on Etsy; Gold confetti coasters by Kate Spade; Gold straws by FancyThatLoved on Etsy
7. Gold foil scratch-off cards by Inklings Paperie on Etsy
8. Gold animal swizzle sticks from Babble
9. Glittery monogram by Laura Drayton Creative on Etsy
10. Enclosure cards by Kate Spade; Gold washi tape by Paper Source

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wedding Inspiration: 10 Radiant Orchid Ideas

Everywhere you look, Pantone's color of the year for 2014 can be found! Radiant Orchid is a stunning pinkish purple that pairs beautifully with gold (also a big color this season) and champagne pink. We've scoured Pinterest to bring together some our favorite purple wedding ideas or for your bridal shower or big day! 

Pantone describes Radiant Orchid as an "expressive, creative and embracing purple"... that "emanates great joy, love and health." We couldn't agree more, which is why we find this shade of orchid the perfect purple wedding color!

Here is some inspiration in the form of ten "must-haves" for a Radiant Orchid wedding or bridal shower this spring: 

1. Kick the party off with gorgeous berry-infused cocktails. 

2. Set the scene with this tassel garland for a perfect sweet table or photo booth backdrop!

3. Don't be afraid to bring your palette inspiration into your cake! 
We're swooning over this gorgeous ombré cake in our stunning purple orchid color by cake artist Maggie Austin.

4. The little details matter! Tie off favor boxes with a coordinating orchid or purple bow, and top them with in-season or artificial flowers for a sweet finishing touch!

5. Dress to impress! These stunning gowns are just a few of the many available dresses for bridesmaids or guests of honor. We love the Catherine Deane dress on the left ($1,298), but the more affordable Nordstrom gown ($145) is lovely, and would be much more considerate of your bridesmaids' pocketbooks. ;-) 

6. Don't be afraid to add texture and variety with flowers in various shades of pink. We think that pairing them with succulents adds a fun twist!

7. Set the table for a party! An orchid-dipped ombré table covering is a gorgeous way to draw attention to the head table or a sweet table, and a single bloom at each place setting could be a more affordable alternative to an elaborate floral centerpiece. Paper straw flags also add a bit of whimsy.

8. Purple wedding inspiration doesn't just apply to your big day! Your bridal shower and can be perfectly coordinated with our Radiant Orchid wedding collection of paper goods. Don't forget the printable decorations for all the little picture-perfect details.

9. Give a gift that says, "I love hue!" Essie's nail polish, "The Girls Are Out" would be a cute bridal shower favor! As for the Kate Spade Carousel Bangle... well, one can dream!

10. Last but not least, go for the gold! Mix in some gold metallic for a luxe twist on your Radiant Orchid wedding theme. You can't go wrong!

1. Berry-infused cocktails by Paul Rich Studio
2. Ombré radiant orchid cake by cake artist Maggie Austin
3. Tassel garland by StudioMucci on Etsy
4. Favor boxes by SweetPP on Etsy
5. Dresses by Catherine Deane (left) and Nordstrom (right)
6. Succulent bouquet by Sophisticated Floral
7. Placesetting bloom by Style Unveiled; Wedding Wishes cards by Intimate Weddings;
Chevron pattern paper straws by The Pretty Party Shoppe on Etsy
8. Bridal shower games by Inklings Paperie
9. Nailpolish by EssieKate Spade Carousel Bangle
Ice Cream Scoup photo by Stylesight
Cupcakes by Culinary Covers.
10. Table place settings by My True Blue

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

dream big. start small.

Friends! My illustration above is semifinalist in a design challenge, and I would greatly appreciate your support. Please take a moment and vote for "Feathered Dreamer" at Uncommon Goods by clicking here. If chosen, we will have the opportunity to work with the Children's buyer at Uncommon Goods to produce the outfit below! Below is an excerpt from my submission, and a sneak peek at the design!

Thanks so much!

"I'm the creator of Inklings Paperie and mother of two little dreamers! For as long as I can remember, I've had a passion for creating things. I love beautiful typography with a dash of whimsy, and finding beauty in simple things. I was inspired by the line "Dream Big. Start Small." I love the idea that every new life represents a fresh start with unlimited possibilities. Perhaps someday, these words will be worn by little dreamers who will change the world for the better."

Saturday, October 5, 2013

caleb's pirate party!

Dear Caleb,

I blinked, and you turned five. Yesterday, you were just a 9lb 3oz warm, cooing weight in my arms. Today, my arms were full and you held the door open for me without me asking. Twice. My heart grew when you were born five years ago, and it hasn't stopped growing. God is so good.

Today, we celebrated your 5th birthday. Every day, you see us package and ship dozens of paper products for other people. You look on my computer screen and ask me what kind of scratch card I'm making. So I set out to create a collection especially for you!

Last December when we took you to Magic Kingdom for your first time, you absolutely loved the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I thought that it would give you nightmares, but you came bounding out of the ride begging to go on it again. (But not before purchasing a plastic sword first, of course.) A pirate party seemed like just the thing!

I may have gotten a little carried away perusing Pinterest for inspiration. I may have put my paper engineering skills (and patience) to the test by making dozens of little pirate ship cupcake wrappers this week. But as much as I love all of these little details, I never want them to come at the expense of missing those little moments that go by so fast. 

Like the expression on your face today when you saw the room decorated for the first time. 

And the fact that you conceded to putting on a striped shirt this morning… even though you've made it clear to us that "stripes and plaid aren't fun". 

And the sound of your voice cracking when you got really excited over each and every gift you opened. 

And overhearing you tell your pal how cool his hand-drawn card was in the middle of gift opening. 

Or seeing you run around with your pack of buddies with the biggest smile on your face, getting sweaty as you burned off the sugar buzz. 

And seeing you leave with the last balloon (a white one) with gratitude, even though you wanted red. The four-year-old Caleb might have shed some tears over this one. But not the five-year-old.

Because at the end of the day, a Pinterest-perfect party doesn't hold a birthday candle you. 

Love you, bud!




P.S. You can see the printable Classic Pirate Collection here!

Party held at Tiny Town Play Lounge (Visit their website here
Pirate Party Favor Hats (Find them here at Target)
Pirate Party Favor Swords (Find them here at Target)
Pirate Eye Patches (Find them here at Target)
Pirate Plates (Find them here at Target)
Pirate Napkins (Find them here at Target)
IBC Root Beer (Find it here at Target)
Red Striped Plastic Table Cloths (Find them here on Amazon)
Plastic Gemstones (Find them here on Amazon)
Gold Plastic Coins (Find them here on Amazon)