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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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a pottery party

I cannot believe it but my oldest daughter, Charlotte, just turned 8. Please tell me that my children are aging but I am staying the same (ha!).

Charlotte wanted to have an art party but I was not quite up to the task of putting one on at our house (work deadlines have gotten the better of me). Hence, our local pottery studio was the perfect venue.

With aprons sewn by my mom, the pottery-painting table looked quite festive.

The invitation was a take-off from the ATC Swap logo I designed (which is also available as a party invitation on Shutterfly) – I love design multi-tasking!

When the girls arrived at the studio, they first picked out their desired piece of pottery and, with a bit of instruction, set to work cleaning and painting. I loved listening to them chat and craft.

Water bottles with coordinating labels looked cute on the snack table.

Charlotte's favorite food is Oreos (I cringe) so we created an Oreo pyramid, secured together with dabs of royal icing. It was a big hit. Boxes of organic milk somehow made me feel a bit better about serving Oreos.

The guests left the party with aprons and a bag of paintbrush cookies and homemade lollipops. Their finished pottery pieces were delivered a few days later with a thank you note from Charlotte tucked inside. All in all, a totally successful and relatively fuss-free party!

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Reader Comments (8)

Young Charlotte sure enjoys well on her birthday. Yeah, she's getting older, and so the mom too! LOL

What a fun party! Nothing better than planning a great party for our children! I really like the look of your invite, but as a cookie girl myself, I LOVE your brush cookies for favors! Very nice! I enjoy your blog! *Ü*

You certainly put a lot of effort right there. What a great mom!


This just shows what mothers can sacrifice to please their children. I love the concepts/ideas. Thanks.


You have so much style. Even when work deadlines are zapping your time, you still manage to set a high bar for children's parties. Applause from the sidelines!

05.6 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

What a charming invitation!
And I love the paintbrush cookies as party favors.
Beautiful party, Angie. I'm sure the birthday girl and the guests all had a wonderful time.

06.3 | Unregistered CommenterAbbie

Seriously that rocket ship is out of this world! LOVE IT!

07.14 | Unregistered Commentersherri

I love your invites and great ideas! What are the fonts that you used in your invite, especially the one for your daughter's name?

07.16 | Unregistered CommenterDani

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