Party Animal Streetcar Invitation and Decor

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!

Childrens Birthday Party - Streetcar Invitation by

Birthday Party Animal Streetcar Invitation by

Aninal Themed Birthday Party Table Decor

Aninal Themed Birthday Party Cupcakes

Aninal Themed Birthday Party Zebra Balloon

Party Animal Streetcar Cake

Aninal Themed Birthday Food Spread

Aninal Themed Birthday Party Monkey Cake

Aninal Themed Childtens Birthday Party

Party Animals on a Streetcar Cake

Aninal Themed Birthday Party

Event Coordination: NOLA Partyology / Event Photographer: Coco Photo Nola / Venue: Sobou

Shop party animal decor:


The animals were illustrated by someone else, I illustrated the streetcar and designed the overall invite.

Cantoni Script Font [Friday Favorites]

I shared one of Debi Sementelli‘s fonts, Dom Loves Mary, a few months back and she just released another beauty called Cantoni! I just love using her fonts, they are so much fun! And once again, Debi is offering a huge discount to Ciera Design readers! Cantoni is 40% off with code “cieradesigns” so go grab it while this offer lasts!

Cantoni Pro Font Sample by Ciera Design

The Cantoni font family is a hand lettered font with a variety of standard and alternate characters that play together well and has a total of 1265 glyphs, wow! Lots of additional features are also included, like roman numerals, fractions, ordinals, ornate and old style numbers, greek symbols, a set of flourishes, ornaments and DIY wedding words and images.

Named after my large Italian family, the unique variety of letters based on my own fluid upright style of brush lettering, reminds me of every family I know. There are creative and conservative siblings, crazy in a good way cousins, affable aunts and corny joke telling uncles who somehow come together and form one cohesive unit.

In the same way, using the Open Type features to insert a “wild t”, begin a name with a “flashy f” or end a word with a “rambling r”, the font comes to life. The party starts. The fun begins. And soon they’re all laughing and dancing up and down the baseline. Like a family gathering to celebrate a special occasion, there is a palpable sense of joy expressed through the letters and images, not unlike the sharing of good food, memorable stories and lots of laughter. – Debi Sementelli

While Cantoni Basic gets the party started, Cantoni Total Design offers a complete package of options for your unique creations.

The Made In Mind Social Branding

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!

The Made In Mind Social - A Meetup of Creative Minds in Louisiana

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!

The Made In Mind Social Cards by

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.

The Made In Mind Social Membership Card

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.

The Made In Mind Social Sponsor Brochures by

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!

The Made In Mind Social Sponsor Brochures by

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

The Made In Mind Social Launch Party Detail Shot - Photos by Brei

It was so fun to give out our magnets and have our logo applied to everything at the launch party! 

The Made In Mind Social Logo Magnets

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.

The Made In Mind Social Launch Party Detail Shot - Photos by Brei

I was compensated by UPrinting for this post but all opinions are my own. Image 6 & 8 by Brei Olivier.

Your Big Opportunity May Be Right Where You Are Now – Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper Freebie

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! I went to Gulf Shores, Alabama for four days and while I won’t be blogging about it, you can see some of our Instagrams here. I’m back today with September’s design for your devices and some words of wisdom from Napoleon Hill. Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. Just a little something to keep in mind if you start to feel overwhelmed. Embrace where you are and you may find an opportunity that would have been missed otherwise. These new designs are available for download over on WhimseyBox’s blog!

This photo was from a camping trip that Zander and I took in 2011. Hope y’all like this new design and enjoy the now!

Your Big Opportunity May Be Right Where You Are Now

Whimseybox is the original subscription for DIY and craft lovers. Each month WhimseyBox sends subscribers a box full of craft projects along with a project idea. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get $5 off!

Brand Script Font [Friday Favorites]

I love a good, bold script, don’t you?! Jam jars; Warhol’s “Tomato Soup”; chalk lettering and baseball. Those were the triggers to make this soft chancery cursive turned into a script font. Brand by Maximiliano Sproviero is thought mainly for packaging but can be used in magazines and invitations also. Pro styles are loaded with the most complete sets of alternates, ligatures and ornaments; while Std styles are smaller versions of the font, with no decorative alternates. This awesome font is super affordable and is an extra 10% off right now! And as always there are a bunch of other great fonts on sale right now at MyFonts.

Brand Script Font

Description and samples from MyFonts.