In your brain did it stay, that it's Boston's birthday?!

I recently had the opportunity to design some invitations for a soon-to-be 4 year old's Dr. Seuss themed birthday bash.
After a little brainstorming session I decided to hit up the local thrift store to swipe their Dr. Seuss selection. I went for the oldest and most authentic books I could find, meaning, books that were written by Dr. Seuss himself and with the pages actually sewn into the spine (none of that glued in stuff).
Once home, I quickly went to work coming up with some Dr. Seuss inspired copy for the invitation itself (click on pic above to zoom in). Then I promptly went to work disassembling the books I had purchases earlier.

I would be using the pages as a backing to the vertical invitation as well as for handmade envelopes which would later be mailed out to guests.

I really felt adding the backing to the freshly printed invitations really finished them off but I think the envelopes were my favorite part of the whole package. Looking closely you can see little holes where the threading use to be which indicated the envelope was just a portion of a real and classic book.

I think the hardest thing about designing themed birthday invitations is that there are almost too many possibilities. I love designing my own kids party invitations although, I don't recall ever posting any samples here...sad. Maybe I'll have to play a little catch up before their next celebration of birth.

UPDATE: I now have this package for purchase in digital form. The package includes files of invitation, envelope template and step-by-step instructions on how to create your own handmade Dr. Seuss birthday invitations as shown above. To purchase check out the shop HERE. Please email me if you have any questions (gnat[dot]anderson[at]gmail.com).


Emily said...

Those invites are amazing! Loved the poem especially! Good work Natalia!

The Nevada Neibaur's said...

A thrift store, huh?
Nicely done.

qUittAnY said...

this invite i likie oh so much
i want to hold i want to touch
the things i saw the things i read
it made the insides dance in my head
i'm telling you this, i'm saying it now
you are so amizingly amazingly and i don't know how
but however you do it, of this i am sure
i always look forward to your creations so you better post more! :)

Unknown said...

I just stumbled upon your page while looking for invitation ideas for my son's Dr. Seuss-themed 1st birthday. I tried to click on your link where you had the template, etc for purchase, but it says that it is no longer available. Do you still have this to purchase? If so, I would love to, it's exactly what I had in mind.

Natalia said...

I am so glad you like the invitation! You can purchase the template by following the link below:

Please email me if you have any further questions: