Bridal Shower: I Wanna Love Ya

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My cousin Aaron and his bride-to-be Kelsey like Bob Marley so “I wanna love ya” just had to be the inspiration. The party printables we created had a fun whimsical feel and utilized pops of color on a dark black background.

The invite is available on Etsy – I think it would work for a bridal shower, engagment party, rehearsal dinner invite or even a save the date. Contact me if you are interested in any of the party decor.

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I was so happy with how the flowers turned out! When I went to the flower market, I was beyond happy that ranunculus were in season (the inspiration behind the floral in our printables). I balanced their bright colors with white tulips, white lilacs and succulents for a fun whimsical feel.

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Nutcracker Birthday Party

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My niece, MacKenzie, was born on December 27th and since the day she was born my sister has always worried that MacKenzie’s birthday would be overlooked because of Christmas. Yet of course we don’t let that happen, as you can tell by this 5th birthday soiré. Inspired by MacKenzie’s new love of ballet, we did a Nutcracker Birthday.

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The invitation read:

Point your toes and plié, as we get ready to wish
MacKenzie a happy 5th birthday!
It’s right after Christmas, so the Nutcracker is still here
To dance and to shower Mackie with fun birthday cheer!

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As for the decorations, luckily my sister always goes along with my crazy ideas. So she willingly collected over 20 nutcrackers, and with her husbands help, they transformed the traditional Christmas decorations into funky, bright colored birthday nutcrackers. They were oh, so fabulously funky. And we didn’t stop there, of cousre we had beautiful flowers, fake snow, paper snow flakes and all the custom paper details I designed with the ballerina drawing of Mackenzie.

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Christmas Cheer Preview

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As a surprise for my mom this year, my sisters and I created an invite for a Christmas Eve party we have planned. My mom is hosting the casual gathering, but we thought it would be fun to add the Tonality touch to the event. The invites arrived yesterday so now I can show you it as well as a couple ideas we have planned.

We’ve named the occasion our Christmas Eve Oh Holy Cook-off. Guests (well, our family) are asked to each bring an appetizer, otherwise known as a Yuletide Yummy, to enter in our contest. The Yuletide Yummies will be judged on originality, presentation, holiday inspiration and, of course, yummy goodness. I can’t wait to see and sample what everyone brings! Should be fun. And since it’s all about food, I have a lot of different food topper and buffet craft ideas underway. Attached are just a couple of them because I don’t want to ruin the surprise for my family — my main blog readers ((wink)).

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First I created these DIY Holly Toppers that I saw on Hostess with the Mostess. Hostess with the Mostess did them in beautiful silver and red, but I went the more traditional route (also, instead of a glue gun, be sure to just use Glue Dots, so much easier and less mess). I also created the DIY Serving Disks, another idea found on Hostess with the Mostess; however, instead of just gluing paper to the round wood disks, I decopauged the paper to the disk and then once dry I added glue & glitter all around the edge of the disk. Just a little added sparkle.

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Next up, DIY Printable Snowman Toppers that are now available on Etsy. When I make these, I’m going to cut the snowmen and trees out individually and tape to toothpicks. I’ll then embellish each snowman with a silver bell on the scarf.

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Lastly, a sign I designed and I’m currently using to help decorate my house. I think it will be great at the party too!

That’s it for now, I can’t wait until Christmas Eve when I can then reveal all the other party details.

A Spooktacular Birthday!

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My latest invitation design is perfect for Halloween but even better because it's celebrating a Halloween Birthday! It's the final design my sister and I decided to go with for her husband's 30th birthday. I can't wait until we finalize all the decor ideas!

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New Baby Shower Invites on Etsy

We’ve been welcoming some new babies into my family lately so I have some new designs now available on Etsy. I’ll be adding coordinating party accessories soon.

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First up: No Pink Allowed! My cousin Cristina already had two super cute girls at home and was expecting a boy. She didn’t really need any of the big items, but definitely was in need of boy clothes and toys. Playing off the idea of a boy’s “No Girls Allowed” Club House, “No Pink Allowed” was born. I have pictures of the shower that I’ll share soon. Also, baby boy Justin was born happy and healthy at the beginning of August.

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Next: Sunshine Baby Shower: Welcome to the World! This shower is still in the works (being held October 16th), but I had to share the invite. I really want to share the other stuff I’m creating, but I know the mother-to-be Kathryn reads my blog! Kathryn is a really close family friend and I’m honored to get to help her sisters and mom with the shower. Kathryn requested that nothing be too girly and noted that she was using golden yellow and gray in the baby’s room. With the mention of yellow I couldn’t get away from thinking about sunshine, so a whimsical sun instantly became the center of our theme. And now, I can offer a great gender-neutral shower theme on Etsy! More to come from this theme after October 16th!

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Lastly: Tortoise & Hare Baby Shower! This design was created a couple years ago, but since I didn’t have an Etsy store then, the design is like brand new again. Originally created for my cousin Brian and his wife Mayumi, the Tortoise and Hare theme is whimsical and another gender-neutral option. To see a couple pictures of this shower, here’s a link to the baby shower game we played.

So that’s the 3 new Etsy offers! Go baby!

Trick or Treat Invitation Inspiration

My brother-in-law is turning 30 on October 28th, so my sister and I have been trying to think of a Halloween/Birthday party theme and invitation. I was thinking it would be fun to have an 80s Monster Mash! “What’s an 80s Monster Mash?” you say. Well, it’s a costume party where everyone has to come dressed not only as a monster but as a monster dressed in 80s garb. So come as a werewolf, but it better be a Teen Wolf, Michael J. Fox inspired werewolf. Or come as Bride of Frankenstein meets Material Girl. Or what about Dracula in some fingerless gloves and parachute pants!  You get me? Wouldn’t that be such a fun party?!?! Anyways, in thinking about the party I came across a couple invitation ideas I just have to share with you.

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This first idea comes from Martha Stewart and friends. Who wouldn’t love to receive a severed finger in the mail? My sister thinks this is awful, but I can’t help but laugh.

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I love this Vampire Invite that I discovered on Nickel Design on Etsy. I’ve seen this done in different ways and think it’s an easy, yet clever DIY invitation idea.

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Lastly, what about sending a JibJab movie (the above picture features my sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece). Their definitely quick and easy since you can just email it or post to Facebook. And you can’t help but smile when you put your picture on random characters.

So that’s where I’m at. I’ll let you know what we decide to do, but how about you? Are you planning a halloween party? If so, I’d love to hear about your ideas! Either post a comment here or send me an email at amy@tonalitydesigns.com.

Come Sail Away!

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Most of my bespoke designs are do to a request from family. My cousin Kim asked for this Catalina inspired invite. She's planning a 40th birthday getaway and she wanted to get the guests excited about the event. She also wanted the guest-of-honor to feel extra special. I'm told the invite did just that! I'm loving this new style and I'm sure I'll do it again for another theme.

On a side note, I found the great background at Lost and Taken. The website provides fabulous textured photos that anyone can use for FREE. They have tons of really great creations and I'm sure I'll be using them often.

Don't forget to check out our new DIY Printables on Etsy. I'll be adding new designs this weekend and hope to continue adding them throughout the weeks to come.

New Etsy Printables Coming Soon

Realizing I haven't blogged in almost a year. That lapse is going to end now. I'm getting ready to launch some of my designs on Etsy as DIY Printables. Excited to see how I'm received. Here are some preview images. More soon.

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Born On the Fourth of July – Birthday!

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Do you know a real live nephew of our Uncle Sam? For those born on the 4th of July, why not have fun with it? Inspired by the iconic World War I recruiting poster, I think everyone who receives Will's 1st Birthday Invite will be doing a double-take. Although Will's real birthday is not on the 4th, we're celebrating it that weekend so we just went with it. And I'm so happy we did!

Happy Bee-Day!

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A request for a Bee Inspired 1st Birthday invite resulted in two very different directions. I ended up enjoying both while Brianna’s parents had a definite favorite. How about you?