We were sought out to design a baby shower invitation in the style of a whimsical storybook theme, complete with woodland animals. These were hand-drawn and painted with watercolors, printed on thick card stock and bound together to look like a children’s book. We were excited to paint with watercolors, as this was our first design using that watercolor as a medium. The client was thrilled with the design and how it came out.
Our inspiration for the invitation was the children’s book, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?” The invitation tells a story of a gathering for a newborn. The butterflies and the woodland animals guide the bear to the location of the baby shower. The bear is separated the furthest away from the group and is led to the gathering by the butterflies and the woodland animals. Eventually, everyone is together for the gathering, happy and celebrating the newborn.
Dimensions: 7” x 7”
Art Direction, Design, Illustration
What five children’s books do you love, and why?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? (was Jamie’s all time favorite)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Green Eggs and Ham
The Little Engine that Could
What inspired the whimsical storybook theme for the baby shower?
I have always been a big reader and as a kid I loved nothing more than a trip to the bookstore. There are so many children’s books I can’t want to read to the baby, so it seemed like the perfect theme. I also thought a whimsical storybook theme presented a lot of opportunities for fun and creative decorations!
Do you have any names in mind for the newborn?
We do have some names in mind but we want it to be a surprise for everyone when the baby is born. We also don’t know the sex so we’ll need to have two names ready.
What are you looking forward to the most, once the baby is born?!
We are excited for all the usual things — meeting the baby, seeing its first smile, watching its personality develop — but something else we’re really looking forward to is introducing it to our dog. We hope the baby and the dog become best friends!
“I love the invitations, they are so creative and beautiful, and we have been getting so many compliments on them! I really appreciate how they took our ideas and feedback to make the perfect invitations for us.”
This design is available on Etsy for purchase