A few weeks ago, we celebrated Colin and Mary's 5th and 2nd birthdays. As two bright and spunky little kids who have summer birthdays, the color scheme was easy - bright! - just like last year's invitations. Since they share a birthday and birthday party, for now, it's an interesting challenge to come up with an appropriate theme for both kids. Last year's theme was celebratory - balloons! This year, we went with watercolor. It's summery, colorful, and easy to customize with Colin and Mary's favorite colors.
After playing around with different geometric shapes and patterns, I went with a simple and sweet design: watercolor "confetti". Colin's bedroom is a jungle theme so I used shades of green, blue and yellow. Mary's bedroom is full of pink and gold (and girlfriend loves to accessorize), so I used shades of pink, orange and yellow. In order to keep the design sweet and simple, both sides of the invitation were the same look and feel with one side for Mary, and one side for Colin. The invitations were printed on a heavy uncoated cover stock that mimicked the look of watercolor paper, making each invitation look hand-painted.
Their birthday party was a gorgeous summer day and we decorated with crepe paper streamers, balloons, and the most ridiculously beautiful watercolor garland that was handmade by my sister. She hand-painted all of the paper, punched out the garland circles, and sewed them together... she is the most patient, crafty, adorable mama. We helped decorate before guests arrived, and Uncle Tim made Colin the coolest Michelangelo crepe paper headband. So, of course, Mary needed one, too :) like I said, she loves to accessorize! Who can blame her.
I can't wait to see their personal styles evolve over the next year, helping to determine what their 6th and 3rd invitations will look like! In the meantime, I would seriously like to stunt their growth and keep them this age forever. Colin still tolerates me smothering him in kisses and hugs, holding him like a little baby in my arms, and thinks I'm cool (even though Uncle Tim is and always will be 10x cooler). He's so sweet, so brilliant, and becomes more independent every day, breaking my heart and making me so proud of him. Mary is quite possibly the cutest little lady, full of spunk and attitude in the most hilarious way. She has the funniest giggle/cackle and sense of humor, and can totally hold her own with her big brother. She calls Tim "Tim", not Uncle Tim, which is so funny because I imagine her thinking he's just her (really) big friend she hangs out with. She loves a good hair bow, lets me hold her all of the time when I'm around, and is also tolerant of my smothering hugs and kisses - for now.
Happy birthday, you little peanuts! I love you so much!