Thursday, May 12, 2016

My Favorite Spring and Summer Invitations

I love hosting parties, but I started thinking the other day about how long it's been since I threw or helped plan a party during spring or summer - aka the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone in our family has birthdays in the winter (or for my husband, on the first day of spring, which sort of doesn't count), my baby showers were both in the fall, our wedding was in the fall, and any large gatherings we've hosted have somehow also fallen in autumn or winter. I admittedly don't have an occasion for which to throw a party this spring or summer either, but that didn't stop me from perusing party ideas online that fit the season. And now I'm convinced I need to figure out a way to host (or at least help plan) something, because any sort of celebration that involves friends and warm weather and the joys of this time of year sounds like something I'd really enjoy putting together.

During my party planning searches, I started looking into invitations, and man did I get sucked in. I love (I mean love) the invitation aspect of party planning. Invitations are the spark of a party's fire you guys. They're the first taste of what's to come. They set the tone for the occasion. They're important, and if you appreciate design, they're one of the very best parts of celebration planning. I decided to save some of my favorite invites with a spring and summer vibe - whether the colors, design itself, or occasion - all of which you can see in the collage above. There's just something about a celebration in the spring and summertime.

Each of the invite designs you see here come from a company I recently discovered called Basic Invite. I immediately fell in love with them because in addition to carrying thousands of different invitations, cards, and stationery items, they allow you to customize everything - from design to font to colors to text to envelopes and more. They offer almost unlimited color options and instant previews, so you can make sure you are creating an invitation that is exactly what you want, down to the smallest detail. There are over 40 different colors of envelopes (the first thing your guests see) too. They are also one of only a few websites that allows you to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can (literally!) see it on paper before you place your order. And if you're planning a wedding, they offer over 200 (yes, 200) wedding invitation sets. I sure wish I'd known about Basic Invite when I was hunched over on the floor at 3 AM hand folding wedding invites I'd designed and printed myself because I couldn't find a company that had the detailed customization options I wanted. They also have a huge selection of gorgeous save the dates and bridal shower invitations.

Now I just need a reason to host a party in the next four months. Any suggestions?

This post is in partnership with Basic Invite. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.



  1. These are all so pretty. You should have a summer party just go have one then share it here! :)

  2. I can't remember the last time I sent paper invitations, apart from my wedding. We've lived in a series of small apartments, largely by choice, but they don't make the ideal space for entertaining, so most of our gatherings come together informally. That said, I love good stationary and these invitations make a summer party seem awfully tempting!

  3. Now I want to host a party too!

  4. Lovely choices! It's been ages since I hosted a (larger) party! I love #6 :)


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