party in a box

Before we left for Disney, I secretly letterpress printed + mailed these fun party invites for Kacey’s birthday.

party in box

I was inspired by these invites and the shower in a box party that my family + friends put together for my baby shower a couple of years ago. Since we were going to be returning from Disney on his birthday and his friends are scattered all across the US, I thought this was a great way to get everyone together for a virtual party.

party in box

I came up with a little poem asking everyone to use the balloons + confetti included in the package and take a picture of themselves. I put a little card inside with his email address so they could forward the pictures directly to him. I kept it all a secret, and so did everyone else [thank you!], and day by day pictures started sprinkling into his inbox. Finally, on his birthday, I gave Kacey his own party in a box to open. He was surprised + loved it!

party in box

Inside the party in a box, I included three balloons + handmade confetti. Instead of driving myself crazy looking for matching confetti, I used two different sized craft hole punches to create confetti from the letterpress invite prints that weren’t quite perfect. Great way to recycle + keep the look consistent!

party in box

The invites + email card were tied up with twine and placed inside a kraft box along with the balloons + confetti.

party in box

Mailing labels were also letterpress printed and adhered to the boxes for mailing.

party in box

These were so much fun to do. Everyone loved the idea and he received so many funny + memorable pics and even videos for his birthday. I plan to put all the pictures in a little album for him.

11 Responses to “party in a box”

  1. Ali @ His Birdie's Nest // December 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    What a cute idea! Happy 30th to Kacey!

  2. Stephanie @ This Casita // December 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Seriously, such a creative idea – and you did a fantastic job!

  3. Laurel // December 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I love this idea. Great design, great packaging. Thoroughly impressed.

  4. Kelly | Blushink // January 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    These are so fab. You should offer packages like that for sale! I’m sure they would be a hit!!!

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  6. Karin Neff // January 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea! I love throwing creative parties for my fella, but all our favorite people to celebrate with are elsewhere these days. I may borrow/adapt this idea if you don’t mind?

  7. Hannah // January 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea, and beautifully executed. I have some amazing friends who live far away and I always miss not being able to celebrate my birthday with them. Next year I may create something like this for them.

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