audrey’s first birthday {the invitations}

It’s hard to believe, but our baby girl is nearly one.


Which means she’ll be having a special one-year-old birthday celebration. 

We aren’t planning an over-the-top event : just brunch and birthday cake with family and a few friends at our house.

inspiration board

But that doesn’t mean I can’t make her party pretty!


I found this crepe paper peony bouquet in the Martha Stewart section at Walmart and it became the inspiration for Audrey’s party : white, light blue, peacock blue, gray and gold {pretty much just like her nursery}.

stack of invitations

I wanted the invitations to be special – girly, pretty and a little bit fancy.


I used gold tissue paper to create the pleated ruffle and stitched it directly onto the card.

tissue ruffle

I am so pleased with how they turned out.

{Sources: the sweet little silver shoe in the top photo is from Target which I’m sad to say I can not find online. The gray striped straws are from Bake it Pretty. The silver ‘audrey’ was made by me : perhaps a new tutorial idea : as were the little crepe paper flowers. I have a great vision for how I’m going to use them that I hope works in real life as well as it does in my mind – more on that to come.}

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73 Responses to audrey’s first birthday {the invitations}

  1. Mrs. R February 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    Beautiful! I cannot wait to see how everything turns out!

  2. Lynne February 10, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    So perfect for precious Audrey Ryan’s special FIRST!

    Isn’t amazing when you find treasure at Walmart?

    I know you’ve been swamped…I had a PINK POST a while back! Chrislyn and Jason are having a baby girl!

    I appreciate the tip about “bake it pretty.” We’ll be hosting a large family shower in May!

    Blessings to your and your family! Happy Birthday Audrey !

  3. sarah February 10, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Such a sweet (and not too cutesy) birthday invite! I would like it for mine and I’m turning 31! Lovelovelove the gold tissue paper—such a great idea! I really need to get over my fear of the sewing machine…

  4. rachel February 10, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    So lovely!! You are so talented!! Happy 1st Birthday Audrey!! I cannot wait to see pictures!!

  5. Lou February 10, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    so so sweet and very fitting such a momentous occasion ~xo~

  6. lesli westfall February 10, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    beautiful, I love the combo of colors! what a blessed little girl!

  7. claudia February 10, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    beautiful invitations!!! very unique and girlie. love the “audrey” font! would you be kind enough to share the name of it?
    thx, emily!!

    • emily February 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      I have a post coming about my favorite fonts … but I will tell you ahead of time that the font I used for ‘Audrey’ is called Nelly Script Flourish. It is a great one!

      • claudia February 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

        thx emily!!!

  8. LaDONNA February 10, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    I too made my little girl’s b-day party invites. I’d love for you to take a look. Although Audrey’s are much prettier. You are so gifted in so many areas. Isn’t it fun to have a baby girl to share them with. Happy 1st Birthday to Audrey. Can’t wait to see how the party turns out.

  9. fancythis February 11, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    gorgeous!!!! what a sweet party she’ll have!

  10. Brittney February 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    do you ever NOT do anything incredibly adorable?! those invitations are the CUTEST! love, love, love!!

  11. LindsB February 14, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Those invites are STUNNING! What a creative idea- I’ll have to save this post and stash it away for when I have my own kids :)

  12. macy dawn February 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    I am new to your site and have been fascinated by all your creative ideas! This invite is adorable – I plan on stashing this idea in my memory bank for the next time I need to create some BEAU-tiful cards.

  13. Laura Murray April 19, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    That invite is pure genius! It’s going in my inspiration files!!!

  14. Jessica September 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    I know this is silly… BUT would you ever consider doing a tutorial for this (particularly, the ruffle)? It’s just so sweet and charming and it could go on so much! : )

  15. Michelle March 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Emily, I’m loving the subtle floral motif on the invitations and was hoping to find out the source of the design; I’d love to use them on a baby shower invite I’m making!
    Thanks so much…love all of your creative ideas!


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