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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
We own Blonde Designs, an invitation and stationery company.

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charlotte's 7th birthday

My oldest daughter, Charlotte, turned 7 last week. I don't know where the time has gone. I feel like it was just yesterday that Charles and I were whizzing over the Brooklyn Bridge in a taxi with our newborn baby in tow. It was the coldest day in NYC with a wind chill of -11 degrees and I thought Charles was going to have a nervous breakdown getting the car seat secured in the taxi. I am starting to sound like my mother who tells me every year on my birthday, the story of my birth (which I always love to hear)....

Charlotte is definitely maturing – no more princess parties for her. No, she was quite adamant that she wanted a "singing and dancing party." Happy to oblige, we decided upon a color scheme (pool blue with touches of poppy orange and magenta) and a theme (a microphone); I designed the invitations accordingly. Charlotte was quite pleased with the results (it's handy to have a graphic designer for a mom!).


For each of my daughter's birthdays (and even before that with our Baby Month cards), I take a photo of them holding a card with their age on it. My plan is to eventually put all the photos together and shrink them down to fit in a frame. I love the tradition and the documentation as my girls grow before my eyes.


I had a lot of party preparations, chief amongst them were my plans for Charlotte's giant microphone-shaped cake. Hence, I was grateful when Charlotte requested Krispy Kreme doughnuts to hand out to her classmates at school. I assuaged my guilt for not making something homemade by whipping up little "Happy Birthday" labels that I printed on adhesive paper and affixed to toothpicks. Tune in on Wednesday for the cake details...

Reader Comments (4)

I love the invitation! Did you know that Duncan Donuts will make doughnuts in any number you want? Last year for my daughters birthday celebration at school I was busy preparing for the party so I didn't have time to make something extra but the children loved the number doughnuts! It was special but not any extra work.

03.8 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

This is awesome. Everything--terrific, top-notch. Just what I needed on a gray March day!

Love the color scheme--I think sometimes (although I love love it) we over-do red and turquoise, so it's nice to see a fresh take on some new colors.

I had no idea! Thanks for the doughnut tip – I'll have to check it out.

I'm looking for wedding favors for a 'we go to a lot of concerts' theme. I like the microphones you used, but I'd like to be able to fill them with candy. Did these come apart at all to fill with candy?

02.2 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

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