Recently I had the delightful opportunity to design an invitation, and day-of paper, for a very special birthday party held at the SF Jazz Center. Stanlee Gatti, event planner extraordinaire, designed the event. I was so thrilled when he contacted me regarding this project!
The theme was ‘Paris in the late sixties – early seventies’, a time and place that was very memorable for the guest of honor. I so enjoyed researching the fashion, art, color palettes, and overall style of this period.
The front of the invitation was inspired by fashion illustration and posters of the time. I created the illustration of ‘Madame Miner’ working from a gorgeous old photograph.
I found a wonderful floral textile design from the 60’s and used it to inspire my illustrations and designs…. the pattern made playful envelope liners as well!
The back of the invitation.
I continued the floral motif on the envelopes, having them playfully cascade from the back to the front of the envelope.
I used these lovely seals, in the perfect tangerine color, to complete the package.
The envelopes were addressed, in matching orange ink, by the fabulous Wendy Cook
(of Bell’occhio). Her fine elegant hand made them very special indeed.
I used these stamps for mailing the invitations, they couldn’t have been more perfect for a French style party at the SF Jazz Center!
The Day-Of paper items were inspired by the patterns of these textiles being used for the upholstery and table linens (unfortunately, the colors are a little inaccurate in this scan).
Here is the menu, I love the clean modern look of it. I die-cut a window for each guest’s name to appear and found the perfect pop yellow paper for the backing.
And here are the seating items: escort cards, escort envelopes, and table numbers. Such a wonderful project, C’était merveilleux!
andi kotrozo says
Such wonderful work Cynthia!!!! Can’t wait to see you when Mia visits!!! xoxoxoxo
Thank you so much Andi! I really look forward to seeing you as well! It’s been a million years!! Xox