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.}

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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! : )

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

  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. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. 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…

  14. 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 !

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

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

  16. LLH Designs February 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Love the invitation. So very you! And love the font. I use that script more for birth announcements than anything else…just love it!

    Happy first to your baby girl!

  17. alisa February 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    emily! you could begin designing and selling invitations!

    it’s so funny…. i call you by your first name like I really know you.

  18. Lynne February 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    You are truly inspired. The tissue paper on the invitations is beautiful. I thought it was ribbon, and then wondered how on earth you put the pleats in it. Just gorgeous! I keep hoping some creativity will rub off on me if I keep reading your blog!

  19. michele b. February 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Oooh, those turned out AMAZING! Love the gold tissue embellishment! First birthdays are so special, and it looks like her party will reflect that perfectly!

  20. Rachel February 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Everything looks fabulous! Especially love the tissue paper ruffle…did that take forever?! :) And where did the envelopes come from?

    • emily February 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

      The tissue paper did take some time … I pleated then stitched, pleated then stitched, all the way down each card. But I loved how it looked and only needed a few invitations so it was worth it. The envelopes are from Paper Zone {part of the PZ Facets line – not sure if you can order online and I think there are only a handful of stores in the Pacific NW, so I’m not sure if this is helpful information}. I made the liners by printing the stripes on a piece of text weight paper and cutting to size.

  21. Tonya February 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Beautiful! I’ve been waiting for this post! Audrey is about a week younger than my youngest, Quinn. We’re doing a bumblebee themed party for Quinn and my middle daughter, Ella. I can’t wait to see how you put it all together!

  22. allison February 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    just wanted to say thank you for sharing all of your cute, creative “diy” crafts! It is so much fun to come to your blog and learn how to make the beautiful stuff you post!! :)

  23. Kendra February 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I thought I left a comment earlier, but it must not have gone through. I love this post! You’re so creative and those invitations are adorable! Would you be willing to share the sources of your stationary?

    • emily February 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

      I designed the invitations … thanks for the compliment!

  24. Julie M. February 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I instantly recognized those silver Target shoes. I have those for my daughter and bought during the holidays. Beautiful invites!

  25. kendra February 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful! Would you mind sharing your sources for the stationary? They are simply adorable.

  26. nikki tait February 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I hope you take lots of pictures sounds like its going to be beautiful! love the colors.

  27. lindsay February 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    um. oh my gosh. I don’t even know what to say. the tissue paper? genius. absolutely charming. gosh, that’s good…

  28. lindsay February 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    um. oh my gosh. I don’t even know what to say. the tissue paper? genius. also, I’ve never seen parchment paper look so beautiful. absolutely charming. gosh, that’s good.

  29. Jessica February 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Our youngest daughter’s 1st birthday party is on the same day (she turns one on the 18th)! I would love to see how you made the crepe flowers so I could try to make them for my little one’s party! Everything is just beautiful…I’m so jealous! ;)

  30. Gina February 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Beautiful! Can not wait to see all the rest!!

  31. {darlene} February 9, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    you have such a gift for adding details to create beauty!

  32. Danielle February 9, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    these are stunning! I wish you could throw my birthday party!

  33. Shera O February 9, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Love the simplicity and elegance…you don’t usually see that at a 1 year old’s birthday, but I think it will turn out perfect!

  34. Lauren February 9, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    What font is Audrey Ryan in? I love it!

  35. Jan February 9, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Absolutely beautiful…I love it! Can’t wait to see pics from her party!

  36. KellyB February 9, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Simply Fabulous! I’m not sure that there is anything sweeter than a first birthday party.

  37. kirbie February 9, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    ADORABLE! She is going to love looking back at pictures of this as she gets older. It is going to be such a pretty celebration for such a beautiful baby girl!

  38. Becka February 9, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Love the invites! What is that fab font you used on Audrey’s name? It is divine!

  39. Nancy February 9, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    As usual, perfection!!! PLEASE do a tutorial on the silver “Audrey”! Can’t wait to see the details unfold.

  40. Nancy February 9, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    As usual, perfection!!! PLEASE do a tutorial on the silver “Audrey”! Can’t wait to see the details un fold.

  41. Tonia February 9, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    What sweet invitations. I never would have guessed that was tissue paper instead of ribbon. I love the introduction line too…”as we celebrate our sweet girl”.

    You are such an inspiration.

  42. kayce hughes February 9, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Beautiful job! It is so cold and now I need to add a trip to Wallmart!

  43. ali February 9, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    The invitations turned out GORGEOUS! Love them!

  44. sarah February 9, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    I have a pair of those silver target shoes if you are looking got a pair. they are in excellent condition…I think size 6 0r 7…

  45. katie February 9, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Love it! Our daughter’s first birthday is coming also. We are doing a brunch at our house on the 19th as well :) Black, white, aqua are our colors – just like my daughters room. And my paper straws arrived Tuesday in the mail. I LOVE them and can’t wait to use them.

  46. lynda February 9, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Beautiful invites. I really like how you used the tissue to create the ruffle. I love making unique invitations too so it’s nice to see what you have created.

  47. Jill Leaming February 9, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    So I L.O.V.E this! I didn’t realize your daughter and my son are so close in age! My son’s bday is on the 26th….. I still have not done the invites…. ugh… really need to get on that!

  48. Olga February 9, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    This is beautiful idea…. very elegant! Congratulation to your little girl.

  49. aimee February 9, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Cute! Love the idea of stitching the ruffle!

  50. Cathy February 9, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Lovely and full of fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing and have a great time!

  51. Leanne February 9, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I’m sorry – Audrey! :)

  52. Leanne February 9, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    If you don’t mind, where do you get your paper from (or at least, what is the weight?). I’m working on my wedding invitations right now and figured I could use some advice. Your invitations and cards always look so wonderful! Thank you so much! And Happy Birthday to Audry!

    • emily February 9, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      The paper I used for these invitations is a white linen {the same paper used for all of my art prints & name prints}. I like a thick, heavy paper and this one is great. It is 110lb. and made by Neenah papers. You can order on their website {www.neenahpaper.com}.

      • Leanne February 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

        Thank you!

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  54. I Live in an Antbed February 9, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    So very elegant! Lovely!

  55. Cat from Constant in Chaos February 9, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    wow! even if it won’t be over the top, it will be over the top beautiful! Can’t wait to see more!!!

  56. Melissa February 9, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Very cute! Can’t wait to see photos from the party.

  57. Emily, Timeless Paper February 9, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    PS: Please let me know if you need any place cards for her party! I’d love to send them to little Audrey as a pre-Birthday gift.

  58. Emily, Timeless Paper February 9, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    Emily, You’re so talented and your work is simply beautiful. Audrey is a lucky girl to have you as her mom. I hope Audrey has a lovely birthday!

  59. Lauren February 9, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    This looks so cute! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Happy birthday, Audrey!

  60. Susan Russell February 9, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    your invitations are amazing! Love them!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the party details :)

  61. Andrea February 9, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    Love the tissue paper on the invites. What a great detail!

  62. Michelle Hughes February 9, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    This is beautiful! I am sure the party will be equally lovely! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  63. ashley February 9, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Emily – What fonts did you use for the invite? I LOVE IT!

  64. Hannah February 9, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    beautiful!!! i LOVE those colors together. it’s just perfect! :)

  65. paige February 9, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    aren’t 1st birthdays the best!
    here’s to having a wonderful celebration for your baby girl
    ( & when she’s 18, she’ll still be your baby girl)

    ps- the invitations are gorgeous

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