Show & Tell

Two things you need to know about my mum: 1. She hates being the centre of attention. 2. She has a sweet tooth.

So with a significant birthday on the horizon, the family knew she would never suggest a party, and if we tried to arrange it with her knowledge she would have felt the need to do all the work both planning and during the party (just like every. party. my parents have ever hosted). It was clearly going to be up to us to arrange the celebration she deserves, so the plotting began!

Akimbo Marie invitation

To keep it low-key (see point 1), we decided on having only immediate family and close friends for a decadent afternoon tea (see point 2). I deliberately left out the B-word altogether and the ‘let them eat cake’ theme be the focus, so that it had the feeling of being a party that she would like rather than one that was actually in her honour.

Akimbo Marie invitation detail

Akimbo Marie envelope

With the Marie Antoinette connection (and Mum being a bit of a francophile), I had fun adding some French touches like the fleur-de-lys cut out, oui/non reply card and hints of a ‘revolution’. The palette was inspired by the colours and delicacy of macarons. I love how the curly calligraphy makes it look fun and girlish, apparently like Marie herself.

Akimbo Marie RSVP

My mum instilled in me from a young age the importance of thank you notes, so to show her I was listening, I created some ‘merci’ cards. I also knew she was keen to have some calling cards.

Akimbo Marie thank you card

Akimbo Marie calling card

Honestly I am SO thrilled to be adding this collection, Marie, as it’s my first letterpress product. To make letterpress more affordable, I have also included some fill-in invitations, which conjures up images of a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday or even just a decadent girls’ afternoon.

Akimbo Marie fill-in invitation

Phew, that feels better. I have been itching to share this big project with you so it feels great not to have to keep it a secret any longer!

Make sure you come back tomorrow when I’ll not only be posting my regular Fab & Free instalment (hint: it matches these invitations), plus I’ll have a second post with photos of the cake buffet that I set up for the party.

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8 Responses

  • Fantastic work Alicia! Huge fan of the fonts & letter press details :) I can’t wait to see the cake buffet either, because I’m totally in love with the doily cookies that you have discreetly featured with your invites here! Love it all!!

  • Thanks Mary – hooray for letterpress!

  • Jo

    What a lovely idea.. Love Love Love that fleur-de-lys punched hole on the envelopes… and the cut out edging on the purple band.
    Is that one of those Martha Stewart [or similar] ones, or did you make it yourself ??
    Jo xx

  • Thanks. Yep, I did them both with craft punches (Friskars though, not Martha Stewart).

  • I LOVE this range! Gorgeous!

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