Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Eat. Drink & Be Merry. A Dinner Party Club Event. Part I, The Invites

"No one throws real parties anymore!" A friend of ours recently bemoaned, and we agree.

It was just last summer that I was lamenting over the fact that living in the MidWest, there's not a lot of chances to photograph stylish and beautiful events to Hannah (my creative partner in crime)... and from that conversation, the Dinner Party Club was born.

If we were not to be invited to fabulous events and parties, then we would create our own. Taking care to invite people who would not only enjoy attending, but embrace the entire concept of a dress code, elaborate details, delicious food and an unforgettable evening.

I think we started seriously planning in early June, we set our date for August 20th. Hannah’s parents have the most gorgeous house and they graciously allowed us to host our party there. There were so many stages to the planning, but first and foremost, we needed to get the invites out to our guests!

We kept the party size fairly small, which allowed us to put hand-done elements into the invites. I designed the invitations in PS, printed them on vellum, and used one of my photographs as the back layer. We then stitched them with gold thread and hot glued on silk rose leaves. We purchased the vertical envelopes at a small stationary store, hand-wrote little disclaimers to take the formality down a notch. We then finished them with more gold thread and silk rose leaves.
 Styling and Invitations by Paper&Velvet
Photography by Emily O Photography

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