Colorful First Birthday Party Invitation


As anyone who has ever been to a first birthday party knows, the party is not only to celebrate baby’s first year, but also to celebrate that mom and dad made it through the first year of parenthood. We created a colorful, four-panel accordion folding invitation for Zavier’s first birthday party inspired by bowties and new experiences. As the panels unfold they reveal details such as hand lettering, a list of sweet firsts that Zavier experienced during his first year (first book, first food, first word), and hand-drawn bowties for this little man. The design was letterpress printed with three colors: teal, gray, and bright yellow. We used a bold teal and white chevron envelope liner against a lemony yellow outer envelope.


Mustache & Bowtie Baby Shower


We worked with Lynn from True Blue Events to design a mustache-and-bowtie-themed baby shower invitation for her dear friend [and other half of True Blue Events] Jaime. The invitation suite is complete with a thank you note, drink stir sticks and food and drink labels (because who doesn’t love an event with cohesive paper goods??) Mustaches, bow ties and chevron–oh my!– this is going to be one rad little dude.


Photos: Cara Robbins

Hand-Lettered Birth Announcement


When a friend and client says “do whatever you want,” it can sometimes be daunting, but not so with this project. I had fun creating whimsical lettering to help introduce sweet little Adelaide to friends and family via US mail. The soft mint and bold coral play off mom’s awesome wardrobe selection, but are subtle enough to let this darling photo shine. (Photo of Adelaide by Sherry Hammonds Photography). It just so happens that these proud parents were some of my very first wedding invitation clients in the early days of Lilly & Louise about 6.5 years ago!



Photos: Cara Robbins

Exclusive African Safari Invitation


I’ve been dying to share this invitation with you! We worked with Leo Basica to create an exclusive invitation for an African Safari and tour of Cultivate Wine’s South African wine lands. With vintage maps of the area, natural and textured papers, gold stitching (GOLD STITCHING!!), and a wax seal, we created a suite which we hoped each recipient would savor as they opened. Each invitation was personalized, bound with a strip of leather, and sealed with a smattering of lovely vintage postage.



Spring Hot Air Balloon Wedding Inspiration


We recently worked with some local Santa Barbara-area, very talented wedding professionals on a photo shoot inspired by hot air balloons, fresh lemon and lime hues, and SPRING! Our shoot was featured over on The Wedding Chicks, but just in case you didn’t catch it there, I’ll make sure to fill you in on all the lovely details.

Styled by Cindy from An Enlightened Event and photographed by the gals at Lavender & Twine at Limoneira Ranch, these images are downright delicious. Not to mention the cake–a true work of art! Tenley Erin Young created the gorgeous floral arrangements and bouquets, and we here at Lilly & Louise designed all the paper goodness. What fun it was to work with this team!

You may want to make some lemonade to enjoy while viewing these shots! Enjoy!

Event Designer: An Enlightened Event
Photography: Lavender & Twine
Venue: Limoneira Ranch
Makeup & Hair: Cynthia Lauran
Cake: Jana’s Creative Cakes
Caterer: Petite Reve Cafe–Lemon Tarts
Dress Designer: La Soie
Flowers: Tenley Erin Young
Groom’s Attire: Tie & Suspenders– Me and Matilda
Shoe Designer: Nina
Stationery: Lilly & Louise
Veil or Hair Accessories: Veronique Coleccion
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Ventura Rental
Linens: La Tavola
Bride’s Sweater:Forever 21

1960s-themed Birthday Bash: The BASH


You’ve seen the Save the Date and the Invitation for this 1960s themed bash, now here are some shots from the BASH itself! Maren of Maren Parsons Events is the mastermind behind this amazing event. Her vision transformed this hotel ballroom into a crisp, white backdrop for a colorful party–from the fresh color palette to the custom dance floor! With her inspiration she assembled a team of creative professionals to make this event unique. Mindy Rice’s gorgeous floral arrangements are vibrant burst of color against the white. Corbin Gurkin captured the night with amazing photography. Lilly & Louise created the escort cards, menus, and table numbers–and did you notice the custom coasters that match the dance floor?? We pulled the icons from the Save the Date into the event by using them on the escort cards and menus, and we were excited to see that even the dessert course followed suite!

On the invitation, guests were encouraged to dress 1960s style, whether it was tie dye and braids, or buttoned up and slick Mad Men-style.

While designing the menus, we wanted something a little more exciting than first course, second course, etc., so we looked back to the music of the 1960s for some inspiration…and found some perfect fits!


1960s-themed Birthday Bash: Invitation


Not too long ago I shared this Save the Date for a 1960s-themed birthday bash. Today I’m excited to share the invitation for the party. We continued the 1960s theme in a more psychedelic fashion, taking some inspiration from Mr. Milton Glaser. With red and black as the consistent color palette, we added a few fresh colors that were ultimately carried into the event itself. Like the classic poster, we wanted to keep this image simple, but effective. With a touch of embossing on the colorful locks and name the invitation was complete. Check back tomorrow when we’ll share images from the BASH! (you won’t want to miss it!)

Little Monsters Themed Baby Shower Invitations


Happy New Year, friends! I hope your holidays were happy and that your new year has started on a good note. The end of the year proved to be a whirlwind of deadlines, then a nice break with a visit from my Texas family. This new year feels fresh and we have some exciting projects in the works. I thought I’d start my 2012 blogging with a fun baby shower invite I just completed. The host called me up with the “little monsters” themed shower she was planning for her friend expecting TWINS! Of course, we jumped at the chance to create something unique, fun, and a little bit quirky.

A 1960s Bash Save the Date


I had so much fun working on this Save-the-Date for a 1960s-themed 70th Birthday Party! We chose a simple, clean, Madmen-esque look, using bold red and black against a stark white. To enhance the experience, we letterpressed these elements into a thick, toothy paper. Guests literally unfold each element as they open the card. The graphic elements of a black tie, red lips, red glasses and a birthday candle give a hint of what’s to come at this B-A-S-H.


A Candid Baby Announcement


You know those moments we sometimes coincidentally capture with camera in hand? The moments between the shot you’re trying to get…the moments of beauty, or unrestrained happiness, or confusion…that often tell more about the subject you’re photographing? I think these can often make the most beautiful photos because they reflect real life. While designing this sweet birth announcement, I had a few photos to choose from and I was tickled by the expression on the faces of the kiddos in this shot. (Do notice the little guy’s concern…perhaps he’s realizing what being “Cora’s little brother” means for him….). Welcome to the world little Gene, Cora is going to be a great big sister!