I just added a new invitation design to my Etsy shop! I designed this for a bachelorette party but it’d also work for a wedding, birthday or any other special event. Simple, bright and fun, just the way I like it!
You may remember this mood board from a few months ago. Well I recently wrapped up the branding for Sweet Tea & Co., a whimsical and unique tea party experience for little girls. The client didn’t want the bright pink and glittery look that a lot of her competitors seemed to have. She wanted it to be simple, elegant and sophisticated. The client is thrilled and I’m really excited with how it turned out. I’d love to hear what you think or let me know if you need some branding help of your own!
Sweet Tea began as a summertime ritual to entertain my own daughters. They delighted in dressing up in my vintage dresses and sipping tea under our weeping willows as I told stories of days gone by. —Shirilana Hanson, Owner
Back in March I designed this invitation for little Cameron’s first birthday party. The party was really just for the adults and they requested a New Orleans theme with a kiddie twist. Below are how the invites turned out and Coco Photo Nola‘s photos from the event, it turned out SO cute, I can’t get over it!
Shop party animal decor:
The animals were illustrated by someone else, I illustrated the streetcar and designed the overall invite.
As Jasmine and I begin to plan our second networking event, I’m taking some time to reflect on how this whole thing got started. Neither of us had any experience in event planning but we were determined and passionate and decided to figure it out! After a lot of research and hard work, we were able to get a successful launch party down in the books!
It’s so inspiring to be able to meet up with other bloggers and right-brainers that I’ve decided to write an e-course on how to start your own local event similar to The Made In Mind Social! Today I’m talking about our branding and the e-course will cover everything else like the who, what, when, where and how!
As a designer, I know how important a brand is to launching a successful business, or in our case, event. We need to look professional and showcase what we are all about.
After we decided on a name (this was the hardest part) it was time to start designing the logo. We knew we wanted it to have a hand drawn look and fun, bold colors so we collected inspiration and I got to work! After a few weeks the logo was complete and we started applying it to promotional materials! We got our website up and running and designed business cards, member discount cards, magnets, stickers, canvas bags and sponsorship brochures.
We didn’t have much of a budget to work with, so we decided to collaborate with sponsors in order to make our first event a success. I designed some brochures with our information and what we could offer our sponsors in return. It was very important to be taken seriously for our first event. Although I try to work with local printers whenever possible, there are times that an online vendor is more cost-effective. We used UPrinting to print the sponsor brochures and they came out really great!
UPrinting is fast and affordable and the ordering process was incredibly simple. The thing I love most about them is that you can upload your files and get a free digital proof before you ever enter any payment information. They also have a 360 degree preview option. This allows you to get a physical sense of how your final product will look. When using a new online vendor these things really helped to put me at ease. I definitely hope to be able to work with UPrinting in the future. They offer all kinds of printing services, such as table tents, wall graphics, stickers, magnets, door hangers, event tickets, etc
It was so fun to give out our magnets and have our logo applied to everything at the launch party!
Now back to that e-course, sign up here if you’d like to stay up to date on this new offering. And leave a comment below if there is anything specific you’d like to learn about starting an event.
Amelie G Magazine got its start in 2009 as an online fashion magazine and printed its first issue in the fall of 2010. If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember me attending the launch party. I posted this project to my portfolio, but I realized I never wrote about it here on the blog. Amelie G is a quarterly style magazine based in New Orleans featuring emerging artists and designers, and distributed throughout the United States. It covers international fashion, art and design from the Gulf Coast perspective and is the only full-gloss style magazine in New Orleans. I worked side by side with the Amelie G team from 2010 through 2012 to design and produce their first five issues.
About two years ago I was contacted to design a new logo for Race and Religious, an absolutely beautiful event venue in New Orleans. After the logo was completed we moved forward with the web site and have been creating new items to build their brand ever since! I have designed information folders, maps, their website and blog, site and floor plans and ads. I really enjoy working on projects where I get to create an overall look and then apply my concept to multiple designs. I started the process by sending a Q&A to help determine the exact look they were going for.
As the owner of Race & Religious we couldn’t have been more satisfied with all that Ciera has accomplished for us. Because of her designs for our logo and website we feel that we have become internationally recognized as one of the most eclectic, beautiful, funky places to have an event in New Orleans. She was able to incorporate the ambiance thru our website and logo that is signature to our location, and renovation of our 1835 historical houses situated at Race and Religious Streets in the warehouse district of New Orleans. We are so proud to hand out our cards eluding to the website that is unique and embodies the mystery of what is yet to be seen at Race & Religious. We feel that it is because of Ciera’s design ability that we have been named by Travel and Leisure as one of the coolest rental houses and also by Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine as one of the most spectacular wedding venues available. All this in less than three years of operating! -Billie and Gran Semmes | Owner, Race and Religious