[party planning] food, and drinks, and dessert bars, oh my!

There’s so much creativity that goes along with planning a wedding or event. You can choose a specific theme or add in one unique personal touch. I love the new ‘bar stations’ that are popping up on many Pinterest planning boards; from the make-your-own-drink and pour-your-own beer bars, to the donut and popcorn bars [just to name a few]. All you need is a great way to display your favorite beverage, dessert or snack, along with some lovely signage and you’re set to impress your guests!

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Donut Bar | Free Style Mom
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Make-your-own Cocktail Bar | Junebug Weddings
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Cheese Station | Wilkie Blog
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Cookie Bar | Madam Palooza Rentals
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Beer Bar | The Melideos
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Popcorn Bar | Pen + Paper Flowers
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Sangria Bar | Style Me Pretty
smores-station Smores Station | Sun & Sparrow Photography
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Coffee Bar | fantabulosity
bloody-mary-bar Bloody Mary Bar | MARCIE LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

*there are too many fun ideas to showcase 🙂 see below for more inspiration:

Pinterest  |  DIY Food Stations | From Beer to Cigar Bars |

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[wedding design] custom invitation process

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I can’t believe it’s almost March… it’s been a busy beginning of the year producing spring & summer wedding invites, which unfortunately makes it difficult to keep up with blog posts. So, I utilize social media whenever possible [especially Papercake’s Instagram page]. This keeps my business up to date, showcasing new designs as I create them (with a few lifestyle shots in between 😉).

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I love that Instagram just added a new feature [share multiple photos and videos in one post]. Since I was actually in production on an order, I decided I would share my custom design process in one post. I then realized I should share these photos here, as well, to give a visual of how it all works.

note > I have many local clients that I’m able to sit down & meet with, but I mostly work with clients nationwide (and international – many thanks to Etsy)!

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> After the initial inquiry, design inspiration emails and quote approval, a mock-up PDF is started via email. I can also mail paper color swatches to choose from, based on the events theme.

> Once revisions are made and design is finalized, I can then order supplies and make an actual sample invitation for approval… print production & assembly can start after that! 

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> these photos show an example of my pocket-on-the-back invitation suite.

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A 2-layer pocket-on-the-back invite with details & Rsvp enclosure cards, response & outer envelopes [papers: white matte + cool grey & real grey matte]

[Shop] My Stationery to Fashion Collection Debuts!

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I’ve been busy working on growing my design business through a partnership with VIDA, a new kind of fashion company that connects graphic designers (like me) with producers to bring our work to life. Through VIDA I’ve designed tops, wraps, totes, and more with my favorite motifs. I’m excited that VIDA is providing another way for people to enjoy the graphics I’ve created over the years for my stationery clients!

San Francisco Skyline graphic… from paper to fabric
Example: San Francisco Skyline graphic… from paper to fabric

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Plus, VIDA has another wonderful mission besides supporting designers, artists, and photographers around the world. For every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with.

My collection is small at this point but will continue to grow as I design and add new items. I’m really proud to share the first designs with you! VISIT MY COLLECTION here!
*Use code VIDAWELCOME to get 10% off your first purchase.

EVERY SALE BRINGS Papercake Designs CLOSER TO VIDA SLATE STATUS:
• My art will be promoted by VIDA + YOU and all of my customers will receive a $25 VIDA Gift Card!

I hope you’ll enjoy viewing my collection, and maybe even find something you’d like to wear or carry! If so, please share a photo with me 😉 #papercakedesigns

Thanks!

[Real Wedding] San Francisco Skyline Custom Stationery

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Congrats to Kate & TJ, married May 7th 2016 at the University Club of San Francisco!
I designed their full stationery suite from the save the dates to invites, and finally reception cards. I’m so thrilled that they sent me a few gorgeous photos from their big day to showcase!

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2-layer san francisco skyline invite card [beige + navy metallic]

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After their save the dates were sent out [see below], Kate & TJ wanted to customize my SF city skyline wedding invitation suite. We changed the paper colors and fonts, and moved the skyline to the top of the 5×7 invite card.

We also carried on this design style & paper color combo for their reception stationery; table signs, large format program, and 2-layer escort tent cards!

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reception stationery *photography by quincy cardinale

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save the date card with envelope; fonts were chosen for this piece first then picked up for the rest of the invitation & reception suite 

[Real Wedding] A Romantic and Glamorous Reception

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Photography by Sun & Sparrow

Congrats to Michelle & Raphael, married on August 22, 2015 in Santa Monica, California!
STD_postcardMichelleUyen, from Sassy Girl Weddings, first asked me to design their Save the Date postcards incorporating blush & gold colors. For the reception at Casa Del Mar, we needed glamorous stationery to complement the venue and the couple’s romantic theme. Below are just a few stunning photos [by Sun & Sparrow] showcasing not only the escort, table & menu cards printed on soft blush metallic finish paper with dark gold ink accents, but some incredible inspiration of Uyen’s wedding planning expertise!

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2-layer table tent cards

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tall menu cards

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Monogram floor lighting
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Sweetheart table
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7-tier wedding cake

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[save the date] custom design wedding inspiration

Need a custom Wedding Save the Date? See below for some design inspiration and ideas on what we can create for you (paper, ink & fonts can change based on your theme):

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Custom Nautical Wedding  / 2-layer card with envelope
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Engagement Photography / flat card printed front & back with envelope
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Vintage Cinema Ticket / card with envelope (optional guest/return address label wrap)
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San Francisco Skyline / card with envelope
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Eye Chart design for an ophthalmologist couple / Postcard
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Full frame photo/ postcard
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Filigree / 2-layer card w/envelope (custom guest address labels)
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2-layer card w/envelope (magnet strips added to the back)

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[update] We’re Honored: The Knot Dream Wedding

The Oscars may be this coming weekend, but we’re already celebrating our own award: this year’s bride in The Knot Dream Wedding, Asha Joyce, chose Papercake Designs to create her darling football-themed save the dates (she’s marrying NFL player Devon Still).

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Photo by Sarah Love Photography

Read about Asha’s design on The Knot blog, then head to Etsy to create your own sports ticket save the date or invite  — Papercake has two options for custom designed tickets, printed for you (with envelopes) and digital DIY (you can print at home or local printer).

Thanks Etsy and The Knot, and Asha for picking Papercake Designs! 😉

[Real Wedding] A Colorful Great Gatsby Inspired Event

MichelleKevinSuiteCongrats to Michelle & Kevin, married on September 19, 2015 at The Generals Daughter in Sonoma, California. I can’t get over how gorgeous all the colors came together in these amazing photos by Rebecca Gosselin Photography.

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When I met with Michelle, I was so excited to utilize her fun color palette when designing her custom invitations into a unique, art deco styled suite. I also created a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed monogram to use throughout their stationery (see matchbook & cuff links too!). Everything really came together beautifully by combining the stunning bouquets [by Fantasy Flowers] with the wedding day coordination [A Savvy Event]. I had to find time to showcase just a few of my favorite photos for your planning inspiration! 😉

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Wedding Etiquette Can Be Awesome

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Does one of your wedding worries include the fact that you might do something totally rude along the way (even if by accident)? Besides being the center of attention, one thing that can be scary about getting married is all the pomp and circumstance. The very fundamentals of the event — invites, reply cards, receiving lines, toasts, first dances, cake cutting, gifts, the list goes on and on — have so many rules around them. It can be intimidating! But wedding etiquette should actually help you feel less worried about your big day, not more so.

That’s why we’re loving the on point advice for handling sticky situations from Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning — great-great-grandchildren of the original etiquette expert Emily Post — on their weekly podcast, Awesome Etiquette. They talk about how to behave everywhere from weddings to work and even take questions by email at awesomeetiquette@emilypost.com.

Wondering how to handle single guests asking for plus-ones at your event, even though you’re sure that only spouses are in your budget? Throwing some unique traditions (breakfast burritos, anyone?) into your big day and getting grief from the fam? These two cover all this and more. Think etiquette is stuffy? Not to worry. These two are young, and their tips are modern, taking into account current technology and our changing world. They’re also honest and tell it like it is (or should be). Why not give it a listen and feel your wedding day know-how rise?

> If you’re not into podcasts, or just have a specific question and can’t wait, check out the 6th Edition of their Wedding Etiquette book.

EMILY POST’S WEDDING ETIQUETTE, 6TH EDITION By Anna Post, Lizzie Post