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Wednesday 12 January 2011

Party time... again!

I can't believe it, but Ava's 4th birthday is coming up very soon  - where has the time gone? 
I'm currently in the process of creating invitations for her upcoming birthday party which has prompted me to have a look through invitations I have designed in the past. Some I have been really happy with and others which seemed good at the time just don't seem to cut it now. The invitations that I have been most happy with were for Ava's 2nd birthday. Wow, two years ago already!

Anyway, I thought I'd share the invitations from Ava's 2nd birthday party here on Little Hiccups. But first a background into the characters on the card...

While I was pregnant with Ava I came across a fantastic book called "The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog" by Mo Willems. It very quickly became my favourite children's book. The drawings have a retro style, muted colours and are quite simplistic; but with just the slightest line here and there Mo Willems creates the mood of the characters. And boy does that pigeon have some moods! From the look of sheer excitement on the pigeon's face upon finding a hotdog through to the frustrated tantrum thrown at the duckling who wants to share the find, the pigeon goes through almost every emotion you can think of.

By the time Ava was born I had added "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late" to my collection (plus more later). There was no escaping the pigeon for Ava and she soon came to love the books as much as me :)

For Ava's 2nd birthday party we decided to throw a "Hotdog Party" fit for a pigeon. Ok, that doesn't sound so great considering the low standards pigeons usually have. Mmm... cigarette butts... yum! Let's rephrase that as "a Hotdog Party fit for THE pigeon"! Much better. The pigeon featured on the invitations, lolly bags and birthday cake. Hotdogs were served and I even managed to track down Gummi hotdogs to go in the lolly bags. The invitations were laid out in the same format as the pigeon books. All of the text in the pigeon books appears in either speech or thought bubbles. This worked very well for the invitations - just delete the original text and add in party details! 

Copies of the invitations (front and back) are below as well as a photo of the folded finished product. 
Inside of invitation 

Front flap and back of invitation

The printed & folded card

The lolly bags featured the pigeon on the name tags.

The lolly bags for guests

The pigeon also featured on the birthday cake - complete with Gummi hotdog! I wrapped the outside of the cake with paper printed with the hotdog design from the back of the invitations. This design was taken from inside the dust jacket of the book. 

The Pigeon cake

Ava with her birthday cake

Ok, enough procrastinating for now. Back to the tedious task of cutting out all the new invitations...

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