today i am flashing back to two red, white, and blue invites from the archives. in fact, both of these actually predate the blog! the theme is not only timely (happy fourth!), it's timeless. before you start thinking that you have to wait a year to use either of these ideas, take a look at the dates. each is a different take on red, white, and blue for pool parties after the fourth of july, taking advantage of post-holiday party store sales for decor and favors. pretty smart! above, we have surfin' usa, with a red, white, and blue surfboard. the board is dry embossed and painted with a light shimmer paint to add texture and make it pop. even now, ten years later, this is one of my favorites!
and here, we have a great american cookout. again, a pool-worthy theme that is made perfectly complete with red, white, and blue decorations left over from the fourth. for this one, we went with a stars and stripes design and a torn paper technique, but the same theme could be used with a variety of images and layouts - all in patriotic colors of course.
the graphic stars and stripes design lent itself well to being mailed in vellum envelopes, with the address handwritten in black sharpie right over the star peeking through from the back of the invite. it's always fun to receive something a little different in the mail! i hope you had a happy fourth of july today - mine was a little quiet with the girls still away at camp, but we headed to the pool for a little while anyway...
cheers to the red, white, and blue!