Summer Garden Party with a Modern Hawaiian Twist

Summer garden parties are just a little bit more magical, dining under the stars on a warm night, surrounding by good food and great friends. Every year, my parents host the Annual Summer Garden Party in the middle of summer for our friends that we call family. While I can't be in attendance this year, I love helping plan the menu, theme and (of course) create the invitations. This year, my mom was stumped on the theme, so I started digging around for inspiration. Target is always great at being on-trend and inspiring easy get-togethers with their affordable outdoor entertaining pieces. The trends popping up for this summer are giant palm leaves, indigo blue linens and bright pink accents. My mom also picked up a great set of chevron striped napkins with shades of tan, pink, blue and green that helped inspire this invitation design.

Garden Party Printable Invitations

The result was a modern twist on a Hawaiian party, perfect for a menu filled with fresh fish, grilled veggies and refreshing cocktails. Accents will include those chevron napkins and some amazing flamingo mini lights (because why wouldn't you have flamingo mini lights??).

My parents and their friends look forward to the Summer Garden Party every year, and I can't wait to hear about the great conversations that inevitable form during an evening under the stars. A big shout-out to my parents for being my biggest fans, loyal customers, and for teaching me how to throw a great party!

Modern Hawaiian Summer Garden Party Invitation available on Etsy

You can find this new design in my Etsy shop, just in time for the LIMITED TIME MAGIC Event! To celebrate Disneyland's 60th Birthday, all items in my Etsy store are 60% OFF through July 31st, 2015! This is a crazy big sale that won't happen again, so if you have you eyes on an art print or have a party coming up, make sure to order now!

Doctor Who Inspired Wedding Invitations

A little known fact about me is that I am obsessed with the South. I have a few family ties to the area and frequently dream about drinking sweet tea on a plantation style porch. When I heard about Erin's vision of a modern Southern wedding, with a nod to the couple's love of Doctor Who, I instantly got goosebumps. While Erin & Andrew were fans of the show, they didn't want their wedding to be heavily themed. I wasn't familiar with the show, but after some hands-on research (i.e. Netflix binge-watching) I recognized a few themes. Circles, the iconic blue color and transcending space & time were all perfect elements to incorporate into a modern, yet classic wedding invitation.  Doctor Who Invitations by Elaina Lynn DesignDoctor Who Invites-2Doctor Who Invites-3Doctor Who Invites-1

A big congratulations to Erin & Andrew who tied the knot this weekend! I loved getting to know a little bit more about them (and Doctor Who), and creating, in Erin's words, "The perfect invitations!!!" for both of them.

I love finding the right mix between fantasy and themes while still creating a beautiful, classic design. I know how hard that can be to find, after trying to find the right style of fairy tale/garden invitations for my own wedding paper goods, which is why I started Elaina Lynn Design! If you are looking for chic invitations with a nod to your nerdy side, I would be love to help you!

P.S. 90% of the time I create my own graphics, but for this complex circular design I used the Vectorian vintage vector pack. Their work is flawlessly traced from Victorian era foundry catalogs and cannot be beat at such a high quality. A great resource for graphic designers who love authentic vintage designs!