Girly stripes – Graduation party invitations

One of the things I have been waiting most in my graduation is of course the graduation party. I believe that people celebrate here in Finland way too little everything, and especially when you get older there is fewer and fewer occasions to host a big party. So I decided that I will spend one summer day with my family and friends, to celebrate one of the biggest achievements of my life so far. And ca-moon, who does not love a summer party?

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I can easily say, that 99% of the time I choose black and white. Those are my colors, they have been for a long time and I believe they also will be till the end of my life. But something strange happened when I started to finally plan my graduation party and first time ever I have ended up to create a party theme around pink and gold. Yeas, two very girly and unexpected colors if you know me at all. I chose two different shades of pink and metallic gold. These three colors will be following my party from the invitations to the cake and everything between. But before sharing any more ideas and details, let`s start from the invitations.

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For the invitations I collected inspiration from Pinterest and put together few different ideas.  First the plan was to make the invitations with Photoshop or Illustrator and print them, but I wanted the invitations to look as much hand painted as possible. So as a crazy person I ended up painting each invitation by myself. I bought three water-based, silk matt acrylic paints and spend few evenings painting. I used three different size of brushes and blank A6 size cards.

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I painted with three different colors the covers of the cards. I let them dry till the next day and then painted with gold a frame for the page where I wanted to write the text. Then I left the invitations to dry one more night before writing the text in the cover and inside.

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I wanted to keep relaxed feeling so I used little messy handwriting and in the end highlighted with pink few parts. I did the same also in the envelopes and highlighted the names to keep the touch all the way to the end. I know, sounds crazy but for me little details matter. And to be honest, I also ended up writing text invitation in the bag of the envelopes with tiny handwriting..hups!

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Next I wait people to RSVP to the invitation so I can start to plan the menu and other things. I will be having “two parties” in one day as I ended up inviting a lot people. So I will be having a day party for my relatives and then in the evening another party for my friends. Can`t wait! How did you like my invitations?

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