The Big One: Elijah’s Red Balloon Birthday Invitation

Somebody’s favorite nephew is turning one! For Elijah’s first birthday, my sister thought it would be fun to have a Red Balloon-themed birthday party in honor of the popular children’s movie/book and to pay tribute to Elijah’s recent trip to Paris. He’s quite the little globetrotter, that little Smush (my favorite nickname for him!).

For the invitations, I decided to use the string of the balloon as loose inspiration for the overall look of the card. The string “floats” around Paris, outlining several major monuments (a la Harold and the Purple Crayon) and finally floating to their new home in Beijing.

Edit: Here’s how the party turned out!



Edit: Click here to see pictures and details from the party!

Jia + Andrew’s Wedding Invitations

You may remember Jia and Andrew from the Shang Chen Photo Giveaway a year or so ago. They won a design credit from Lavender’s Blue, which they used toward a custom wedding invitation design. Jia loves green and all things green – plants, flowers, tree, and grass – and so she wanted to incorporate those elements into the design, while keeping it simple and charming. Jia mentioned that she really loved the invitation suite that I did for Esther + Ben, so I channeled a bit of that aesthetic into these invitations as well. It¬†resulted in this fun, folksy wedding suite, complete with little mushrooms, acorns, and plenty of grass and flowers!

the complete invitation suite

close-up of tree + monogram


rsvp card

Chinese version of invitation

Hoi + Nick Wedding Stationery

I just wanted to share with you the coordinating stationery components to Hoi + Nick’s wedding invitations that I worked on a while back! We kept it really simple and used mainly the same floral image from their invitations, with a few variations here and there.

Table numbers

Program + Menu

Ceremony fan with agenda on the back

And here’s a quick photo by John Yao of SimplyTwo Photography from their wedding day. Hoi was such a beautiful bride, and I was so blessed to have been part of their special day. :) (That’s me on Hoi’s right!)

And the winner is…

Well, I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting all week to find out who the winner would be! A big thank you to everybody who participated and made my blog and facebook launch a success. It’s been an exciting week, to say the least.

To select the winner, I assigned each entry a number and then put the total number into It generated a random number for me, and then all I had to do was find the corresponding number on my list. I’m happy to announce that the winner is Mary Wong!

Congratulations, Mary! You’re the winner of the Lavender’s Blue Custom Design Giveaway contest! I can’t wait to see how you will use your prize.

Welcome + Giveaway

Welcome to the new home of Lavender’s Blue! I’ve spent the past few months working on this new site and ironing out all the details (you didn’t think I was spending all my time on the beach now did you?), so I am very happy to present to you my new website. Feel free to poke around and make yourself quite at home. You may find a few new things here and there!

To celebrate the launch of my new site and to thank all my dear readers, I’d like to offer a custom design giveaway. Here are the details.¬†

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 10th at 11:59 pm EST. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, April 11th. Good luck!

A couple things:
Make sure to update your feed readers with this new address. I’ll keep the old site up for now but will no longer be updating there.
Check out the new facebook page and subscribe to stay up to date.
I’ve added some printable items to the Etsy shop. You can also purchase custom designs there.


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