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Choosing the Perfect Invitation for Any Occasion

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minted and is 100% my own opinion. Minted has not influenced, nor reviewed this post prior to it going live.

I feel like I'm continuously on the search for the perfect invitation or announcement for special occasions. Of course all that started when my husband I got engaged in 2008. We set our wedding date for summer of 2010 to allow for adequate planning and savings. The search was on for the perfect save the date card. It was much more difficult than I could have imagined trying to find THE card. Then came the wedding invitations and that was even more challenging. I'm quite picky... I wanted a unique and classy card with a touch of whim but didn't want to spend a fortune. I finally found both. Not my favorite but they worked. Our wedding was really my first taste at event planning. Since then, I've thrown many baby and wedding showers and now I'm getting to plan the funnest of all... birthday parties! All birthday party planning is fun but it's even more fun with b/g twins. Why? Because I get the privilege of using my creativity to combine things each of them like all while somehow making it cohesive.  But, that leads to yet another challenge... choosing invitations that combine their personalities without being too generic. 

I'm that crazy mom who starts planning my little one's birthday party 6 months or more ahead of time and I decided several months ago that their 2nd birthday theme will be "Pretty Pretty Tutu, Chugga Chugga Choo Choo, Andley & Silas are turning Two!" I am beyond excited to see it all come together. I have been on the search for an invitation that fit both b/g, it doesn't have to have trains or tutu's on it, just something I can add wording to that represents a fun party. Well, I looked at many different stationary and invitation sites when I found Minted. I am so impressed with their unique selection of invitations and announcements for all occasions!

I'm having a hard time deciding which one I want to purchase for the birthday invitation but I've limited it down to two. Both of which I love. Not only are they exceptionally creative but their options are endless, they have a variety of color schemes, paper types, edge styles and their personalization options are endless.  

Now where were they when I was planning our wedding?

If you happen to be planning a wedding, be sure to check out their newest collection of expressive save the date cards. Holy cow, their effort to show a couples personality and stay classy is spot on! I would have loved to have had a selection this great to choose from. 

Minted not only offers a great selection of stationary,  invitations and announcements but they also offer artwork, home decor, fabric, as well as an awesome design challenge for artists! How cool is that!?!

And check out their custom photo art for the little one's, these adorable creations would make the perfect addition to a nursery or bedroom, as well as a sentimental and affordable gift for a baby shower or birthday party!

 All of that in one location, the possibilities are endless I tell ya! I can't wait to share which birthday invitations we choose.

The Nursery

I could not wait to decorate the nursery, I had been obsessed with Pinterest long before my pregnancy which led to a lot of design inspiration for gender specific nursery's. Those inspirations weren't so inspirational once we found out we were expecting a boy and a girl since we wanted them to share a room.

We decided to have my mimi make custom bedding and curtains that would coordinate. We went to Hobby Lobby and ended up picking out red/cream chevron material for the curtains and bed skirts, cream/black giraffe print material for the boys blanket, and black/cream leopard with red rosettes for the girls blanket. We used duck cloth for everything and black micro fleece for the back side of the blankets. For the bed skirts, we made the boys pleated and the girls ruffled which gave them their own unique spin.

 

Black convertible cribs from Target. http://tgt.biz/17h65td

Bedding and curtain material.  http://bit.ly/1ccwf3a

Vinyl Monogram Wall Decals. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JustWrightVinylDecor

Paint. San Antonio Grey- Benjamin Moore

It is virtually impossible to find a rocker/recliner in a color other than the traditional baby colors without spending a fortune.  We went to Bob Mills instead and chose a red rocker/recliner, which is super comfy! http://www.bobmillsfurniture.com/

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Since we were having twins, we wanted an 8-drawer dresser that we could utilize as a changing table as well to save room.  Ikea had the perfect one in black brown http://bit.ly/17h8x2Y  and we put in a few white drawer organizers for socks, etc.

While we were shopping at Ikea, we found several Leka Cirkus stuffed animals to decorate the room and a tin trash bin with a lid for their soiled diapers. 

The shelves, frame, red and turquoise drawers and laundry basket are from Hobby Lobby.

We also added a few of our own childhood touches:  one of my favorite childhood books that my papa bought me at a garage sale 'Stinky Feet' and Andrews toy bus.  

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I think it was a sign from the Good Lord that we bought a house that had a bedroom with double closets in it.  It is perfection for the twins sharing a room! 

The "I love you to the moon & back" sign was a Christmas gift in 2011. This was a perfect touch to the room, as the saying is one my mimi has always said to me. I actually have it tattooed on my wrist in her handwriting.

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Some close ups of a few details.  

The To Love A Child Canvas is by Glory Haus.

Posted on November 10, 2013 and filed under Twins, Home Decor/Crafts.