Thursday, March 28, 2013


One of my favorite parts about planning this birthday party has been the invitation piece.  Originally I thought to order invites with a cute shot of Milton from Snapfish or Shutterfly.  Simple, right?  It just was not the most unique of ideas.  Then I got into cahoots with Jeff's wonderful cousin, Lily, who recently moved into the area and is incredibly talented with her Stampin' Up! business.  I told her the basics of my vision for an invite, and she quickly mocked up and sent over a sample.  It was to die for - adorable and sophisticated all rolled into one!  I immediately employed her services, and it was up to Jeff and me to capture the perfect shot to include on the card.

Since I am a little wild about my photo wall of Milt, I ordered a special birthday hat from Amazon for him to wear for the occasion, so we could eventually hang a picture of him.  Our goldendoodle tends to photograph well because he has had the two of us aiming a camera in his face since birth, and with the enticement of treats, he pulls through just fine.

Sitting pretty

Getting a little adjustment from his Momma

Goofy for the camera

Our ultimate choice despite Milt looking a little on the serious side

Once we had the picture, we were good to go.  Lily, with stamps in tow, came over Monday morning, and we cranked 22 invites out!  I'm a little bit backwards at arts and crafts, but Lily more than made up for it.

Working away - she brought tulips too!

Taaa daaa!  Here is the finished product.


and inside!

Lily does the most beautiful work!  She even made Milt a birthday banner; I helped with that one too, but I am more the brute strength, and Lily adds the finesse!

This banner is perfect because I will hang it on all three of our birthdays!

If you admire Lily's handiwork and want to see more, check out:

She specializes in cards of all sorts: birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, bridal shower, baby shower, wedding invitations.  I can tell you from first-hand experience too that her prices are much more than fair!  If you live in the Dallas area, she plans to start Stamp Party Nights a few times a month where you pay a set fee, snacks included, and make an assortment of items: thank you cards, Mother's Day cards, etc.  Let me know if you would like to join; it would be fun to get a little group together.  I am a firm believer that stationery makes the perfect gift!

I will keep all of you you posted on the Milton birthday plans (11 days and counting!); I have been running around like crazy to get everything done ahead of time rather than be hectic on the day of the party.  Whoever knew I would find myself at the age of 27 throwing a dog birthday bash?!  Surprise, surprise - I am actually quite content with my life...!


  1. Oh my gosh that card is AWESOME!!! Your party, or rather Milton's party, is going to be the highlight of the Spring. And if I do say so myself, beautiful babies were born in April.

    For the record, the goofy picture of The Milt is one of my all time favorites!

  2. Oh Heidi! I love the invite, but the last sentence is my favorite!! :-) So happy my cousin is happy. L.