Friday, July 29, 2011

Dad's 60th Surprise Party: The Invitations

Last weekend my sister and I hosted a surprise party for my Dad's 60th birthday.  We had been planning this party for months - I can't believe that it's over with!
The first step to any good party is choosing the perfect invitation, right?  I had high hopes of making the invitations myself, but realized that of all the things I wanted to do, the invitations just weren't going to get done.  We searched and searched and my sister found the perfect one on Shutterfly.  The one we chose is called "Big Celebration Cocoa"I'm so happy with how they turned out.  I really like that we were able to use two photos of my Dad and we loved the quality of the paper and envelopes.
{ I've taken out the last name on this one, obviously!}
I still wanted the invites to have a personal touch, so I made these envelope wrappers {which are very similar to the ones I made last year for my Christmas cards.
The invite wasn't specifically a "surprise party" invitation so we wanted to make it clear that the party was a surprise!
I purchased the digital chevron paper from Katie's Wish on Etsy.
I printed the labels on 8-1/2 x 11 adhesive paper from Avery.
Here's how the back looked:
My sister and I were originally planning on using green & blue as our colors for the party.  We changed to blue, yellow, and brown once we chose these invitations.
Back next week to share other details of the party and decorations!
{ P.S. Just wanted to let you know that Shutterfly has no idea who I am, and did not give me these invitations in return for posting about them!  I am just a happy Shutterfly customer - I've been using them since 2000! }


Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

These are really nice, Alissa. I love the brown/yellow/blue color combo. Love Shutterfly, too :)

Mel said...

These are adorable! I have totally wimped out the last couple of holidays and gotten the easy Christmas cards, but I am committed this year to doing something cool like this! Love it!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

This look so good Alissa. I bet it was a great day. I love the envelope covers. It just adds that extra special touch. Your dad must have been so pleased.

Kim @ keller-creative said...

I love the envelope wraps!

alicia said...

So stinkin adorable. Wish you could do the invites for my little lady.

natasha {schue love} said...

These are adorable!!! Happy 60th to your dad!

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

Great idea with the envelope wraps! Happy 60th to him!


tracie said...

cute! the envelope wrapper is a new thing to me.. really cute!

Brandi said...

Happy birthday to your dad! i bet he loved every bit of his party.

SarahB said...

Lovely colour combinations, I wouldn't have thought of it but it looks good!!

We have MIL's 70th party this weekend....

S x


Those invitations rocked! So creative...especially loved what you did to the envelopes.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Those are so wonderful, Alissa!

Brittney said...

super cut invites!!!

Healthy Mamma said...

very creative and manly. ;)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Hi Alissa, still here, still following just not commenting very often although I always see all your posts in my reader. I think it was a wonderful idea of you to do this for your Dad and bet it was a fabulous family affair. By the way loved the next stage of the home tour. Take Care.

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Lisa said...

Love the invites and labels, Alissa! How fun to plan a party with your sister! Hope you had a wonderful time.

Val said...

This post makes me so happy!!! Happy Birthday to your dad!

Lindsey said...

I love the envelope wrappers! SO cute!

The Cozy Urban Home said...

Love this... I am actually going to do post this week on the invites I did for my parents 40th wedding anniversary on our blog! We are strangely in sync... Alyssa

KatiesWish said...

Love the envelope wrap address labels! Thanks so much for the credit to the chevron backgrounds. Loving your blog and the wonderful projects you do. so inspirational.

Nisha said...

Love your invitations! I stumbled upon your site looking up surprise sixtieth bday parties!

I want to plan one for my dad in march.

I'm going to look at your decorations part now.

Ummmmm there may be a chance I use some of your ideas, esp the one with your dad's two photos.....LOVE that idea!!!

I like the invite wrappers too but I think that will be too difficult for me! ha ha


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