2nd Annual Derby Day Invitations

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It's time for the Chism's second annual Derby Day party! Our invitations were featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper yesterday and I am excited to show you all the details!

After designing a fun and informative Derby invitation last year, I wanted this year's design to be equally as special, without overlapping in style since we were inviting a lot of the same people.

 Kentucky Derby Party Derby Day Invitations by Lauren Chism

I wanted to wow guests right out of the mailbox, so I planned the envelopes as much as the invitations. I used white, digital ink for the addresses, and each envelope had a mix of vintage postage that I curated from various Etsy shops. Aren't they perfect?!

Kentucky Derby Party Derby Day Invitations by Lauren Chism

The invitations were square gate fold format, but I had the back facing up, so that when guests open the envelope, the first thing they see is "2nd Annual Derby Day'.

 Kentucky Derby Party Derby Day Invitations by Lauren Chism

When they flip it over, the cards were sealed with a little bow-tie sticker. The green stickers popped on the background of patterns, inspired by jockey silks.

Kentucky Derby Party Derby Day Invitations by Lauren Chism

On the inside, I utilized the unique format to layout the party details. From the mint juleps and southern snacks to requesting guest wear 'derby attire', I made sure I all the information was there but love how the layout was simple and fresh. We had fun with the puns too: calling our house 'Chism Downs' and asking guests to RSVP with yay or 'neigh'.

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I made a fun little .gif to show all the pieces. I had way too much fun with this.

Kentucky Derby Party Derby Day Invitations by Lauren Chism
Posted on May 1, 2015 and filed under Party Invitations.