Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Elegant Birthday Brunch

I believe that a persons best work most often begins with a challenge and this was exactly the case with a recent invitation order. I am always excited when I get a new client but it means a lot when the reason they are calling is because they had been the recipient of a previous invitation that I had designed. Dawn called me on May 4th about needing invitations for a surprise birthday party she was throwing for her mother but was concerned that she may not have left enough time for custom design invitations. So here lies the challenge.....the party is May 23rd which was exactly 19 days away. I will admit my first thought was "HOLY BANANAS" my second thought was of course you can have custom........I LOVE a challenge!

Normally I meet with a client first to get a feel for their personal style and vision, however time was not on our side. My plan was to do as much research as I could before our meeting which was the very next morning. When we got off the phone the only things I knew about the party was it would be a elegant brunch, outside in Beverly at Misslewood by the water and that there would be a live brass horn band. I knew the band was a huge part of her vision because Dawn had shared with me her family memories of the summers spent in Newport listening to the big bands that would play.

I started by going to Misslewood's website to view photos of the location......the only way to describe the location is "perfection." The entire look and feel would have you thinking you were in Newport. Next up would be the card stock, I went with the paisley pattern of Mehndi. You can see the mix of the caspian blue and rich shimmery antique gold coordinates effortlessly with the vision. I wanted to implement a piece of artwork so I created a saxophone with music notes coming out of it and of course the music notes were hand embellished with clear glitter adding just a hint of sparkle.

Wednesday morning I met with Dawn at BodiScience which is a Holistic Day Spa that she owns in Beverly. I presented my personal interpretation of what I felt her vision was and showed her the card stocks that I picked out, her response was "perfect!" Exactly 6 days later her invites and thank you notes were done and in the mail. This was the fastest custom order I have ever done and by far one of my favorites.


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