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Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations

Ok guys… I’m so excited to share this latest project with you! I finally got to do my first big letterpress job (since Olivia was born) in my new print room!  I was honored with the privilege of throwing a baby shower for a wonderful friend of mine, Niki, and it was the perfect project to get back into the swing of things as fas as printing goes.

Niki was one of the first people I met at Virginia Tech.  We became great friends and roommates. I’m so thrilled that she and her husband are welcoming a sweet baby boy in February! She told me that she was planning the nursery colors to be grey, mustard yellow, and blue.  I love using colors for party planning inspiration and so I ran with the grey/mustard idea for the invitations.

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I’ve had the idea to use a tiny little envelope for an invitation for awhile now and I thought a baby shower would be the perfect opportunity.

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The invitation itself is 5×7 and the mini yellow envelope is 3×3.

 

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isn’t it so cute?  I’m kind of a sucker for anything miniature…

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I designed and pressed the outer generic invitation

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and then used the computer printer to print the information that I designed inside the mini envelope specific to Niki’s shower

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This project was so fun for me!  The shower was over the weekend and we had a great time gathering to celebrate Niki’s little bundle of joy!

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I’m hoping to get my etsy shop up and running soon and will be making these invitations available for purchase!

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Got a special event coming up?

Shoot me an email at mondaymorningpress.mmp@gmail.com for info on custom design and letterpress services!


Christmas Baby Shower

This past weekend, I co-hosted a baby shower for my very good friend, Reema.  She is 5 weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy and we have had so much fun going growing “bumpy” together!

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We threw the shower at my house and I supplied the invitations and decorations…

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Reema is having a baby girl (just like me, so fun!) and so the theme of the shower was “Ribbons, Lace, and Pearls” with a christmas-y twist!

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I letterpressed the interior of the invitations and used doilies, to create a lacey effect on the inner envelope..

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I decorated the tree according to the theme and Reema’s mother-in-law Barbara made beautiful cookie favor ornaments!

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are they so cute?  Yummy too!

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The drink table is always one of my favorite stations to set up, and you know I am a sucker for mason jars! (You can see a similar drink station from another shower I hosted here.)

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Reema’s sisters, Nadia, Lamya, and Mona took charge of all the food for the shower- and boy did they go all out!

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We had enough food to feed an army and it was all so delicious!

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Just check out this appetizer table if you dont believe me!

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We chose a brunch theme for the menu, so the main table had everything from

Mexican Fritattas…

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to chicken salad croissants…

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citrus salad with pomagranates…

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and smoked salmon and cucumber bagels!

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These girls really know how to put out a beautiful spread!

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For dessert we had delicious and adorable almond cupcakes with citrus icing

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(notice the lace and pearls?  I love how everything came together!)

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And you can never have too many cookies!

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We had a cute little station set up for guests to contribute mommy advice for Reema

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And then it was time to “Ooooo and Ahhhhh” at all the precious baby girl gifts!

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We had a really great turn out and had a very full house!

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It was so much fun hosting this event for such a great friend.  Cant wait to meet her sweet baby in February!


A very special baby shower!

My brother Dan, and his wife, Anna are expecting their first baby at the beginning of August!  Not only is this their first baby, but it is also the first grand baby for both families!  Which means I will be an Auntie for the first time!  DAnna (Dan and Anna’s celebrity couple name) announced earlier in the year that they would be having a BOY and his name will be Connor Jacob,  love it!  (warning… this is an exclamation-heavy post)

As you can tell, I am very excited about the arrival of Connor.  DAnna will make great absolutely wonderful parents and I am thrilled for them.

This past weekend, my mom, my sister, and I hosted a baby shower for Anna and baby Connor at my house in Richmond.

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Here we are all prettied up and ready to get the shower started!

My mom came to Richmond the weekend before the shower to hang out with me (while Nick was away at a sailing race) and to help prepare for the party.

We had a great time and got lots of tasks accomplished.  My mom doesn’t think she is creative or crafty but she was a huge help in brainstorming and making the vision for the shower come to life!

I designed and pressed the invitations last month.

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I wanted to go with a vintage-style boy friendly theme for the shower.

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So we stuck with neutral blues, greens, mints and creams for the color scheme.

(check out those ironstone plates mom found at a local antique shop when she came to visit… she bought me 20!  They are the perfect size for finger foods and even have a little handle on the side for easy holding!  Such a sweet momma)

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The drink station was made up of mason jars with name tags…

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…paper straws and the most yummy strawberry lemonade (compliments of Trader Joes!)

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Mom helped make these cute little name tags… see, isnt she crafty!

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We also made these fun little utensil pockets…

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…and the pennant banners on the chalkboard window and fire place.

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Here is Hobie eyeing the food table before the guests arrive.

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Friday night before the shower, my mom, dad, sister, and I went on a crazy food making frenzy.  I couldn’t have done it without them!

We made chicken salad croissants, broccoli bacon salad, pesto past salad, chocolate covered strawberries, fruit salad, glazed ham rolls, turkey-brie-fig bites, cupcakes, mom’s famous home-made cheesecake and white chocolate dipper pretzel sticks!

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It was certainly a labor of love… but dont worry, we brought them to the Mellow Mushroom for dinner that night!

(My Mellow Mushroom count last week officially totaled 5…this is bad)

Guests started arriving and the food buffet was open!

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Anna’s friends came from near and far!  She has such a wonderful group of beautiful friends!

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(Anna on the right!)

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I recently  bought a mini polaroid camera ( I know, so hipster right?)

As I snapped pictures of the event, we placed them on the mantel!

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After everyone mingled and ate, Anna opened all her sweet baby boy presents

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And of course there were many, many, “ooooos, and ahhhhhs”

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So cute!

After all the gifts were opened, we went outside to take a few silly pictures.

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This is Anna and her sister Melissa, fellow first-time auntie!

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Let’s frame that adorable baby bump!

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Seems like you can’t throw a party these days without a mustache photobooth!

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We thought it was a perfectly appropriate way to celebrate Little Man Connor.

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We had a great group of ladies and I really hope everyone had a good time.

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(you can see we had a few other expectant moths in the crowd!)

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It was such a fun party to plan for such a SPECIAL occasion and a SPECIAL lady!

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I am so blessed to have the best sister-in-law in the world and cannot wait to meet little Connor!

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Less than a month to go… :)

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I will be selling a line of vintage-inspired, handmade paper party goods in Orange and on Etsy soon!

Stay tuned for more pictures and details