My grandparents are celebrating 50 years of marriage next weekend and the honor of designing invitations for the open house or family is hosting went to me. Gold is traditional for a fiftieth anniversary, but I wanted to reinvent the idea. We will be keeping decorations simple, fresh, and fun because my grandparents are lively and engaged people, not stuffy antiquarians. Gold, interpreted as a mustard-toned yellow, is still a part of the mix, but the emphasis is on yellow and white. These colors will appear as solids, stripes, and polka dots to accent the fresh flowers and foods that will be a part of the celebration. Stay tuned for more details on the decorations and for more party ideas!
I designed the invitation to be printed on borderless 4″ x 6″ photo paper, which is appropriately sized to be mailed postcard style. I also considered mounting them on 5″x7″ cardstock sheets in coordinating colors and mailing them in brightly colored envelopes but we decided simple was best in this case. I like the neatness and limitless possibilities of using a computer to design invitations. BUT – many people love making cards by hand, and rightly so! There is no reason why you could not mix media – you could design and print invitations like this one and then dress them up with scrapbooking embellishments like ribbon, rhinestones, or other ephemera to put a personalized, multi-dimensional spin on things.