Tuesday, July 7, 2009

birthday invitation

This weekend, I helped Todd prepare for a Belgian beer tasting and I realized I never shared photos of the big surprise party I planned for his 40th birthday back in April.

I won't bore you with fuzzy photos of total strangers, but what I will share is some of the fun details I planned for this special occasion. After all, what kind of designer would I be if I didn't practice what I preach and create a fun invitation that set the tone of what was to come the night of the big party!

First up were the invitations: fun and colorful, yet tasteful and with a hint of beerishness. I used chartreuse envelopments that I picked up at PaperSource ages ago (the green is a perfect match for Defteling Design) and glued in the actual invite with double-stick tape (designed in Illustrator and printed right on my little desktop inkjet).

I also created a custom logo that I used everywhere, including on stickers (also from PaperSource) that I used to seal the invites. The logo was inspired by one of Todd's favorite Belgian beers (St. Bernardus) and included small details like his profession (librarian), age (40), birth year (1969), even the correct beer glass shape and the little halo (he's Saint Toddeus, after all).

I knew I wanted to have a Sachertorte from Market of Choice as his birthday cake, but unfortunately they didn't have a way to recreate the logo so I went online and ordered a couple printouts using edible ink on rice paper. The result was stunning!

And what's a beer tasting without the right accessories! You guessed it: the logo founds its way onto pint glasses and beer coasters, which doubled as party favors.

I had a ton of fun designing and planning this event and was so happy when it all went off without a hitch (well, besides Todd coming home through the back door instead of the front door, so none of us were prepared to yell "surprise" when he walked in!)


kelly lynn creations said...

I love it! What an awesome idea. I hope he appreciated all the details. I can see why you and Amy are friends :)

danger garden said...

WOW! I wish you were my friend and around for my 40th! What an amazing fun theme, well done!

Alex said...

I do graphic design for a living so just have your friends give me a jingle when they're ready to plan your 40th birthday party and I'll make sure you'll have killer graphics ;)

Cangiarella said...

I like your idea but I would like to recommend you if we put a invitation
message in bottle
it will more decorative and unique.

Lisa said...

I love what you did! I was thinking of doing something similar, but I am not as talented as you are! Where did you get your coasters and beer steins printed from? I'm looking for a place.

Alex said...

Lisa, I can't remember where I ordered the glasses but the coasters are from www.myownlabels.com

Devid Pul said...

I like your concept. its interesting

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