Let them eat cake (part 1)

Two things you need to know about my mum: 1. She hates being the centre of attention. 2. She has a sweet tooth

So with a significant birthday on the horizon, the family knew she would never suggest a party, and if we tried to arrange it with her knowledge she would have felt the need to do all the work both planning and during the party (just like every. party. my parents have ever hosted). It was clearly going to be up to us to arrange the celebration she deserves, so the plotting began!

To keep it low-key (see point 1), we decided on having only immediate family and close friends for a decadent afternoon tea (see point 2). I deliberately left out the B-word altogether and the ‘let them eat cake’ theme be the focus, so that it had the feeling of being a party that she would like rather than one that was actually in her honour.

Akimbo Marie invitation detail

With the Marie Antoinette connection (and Mum being a bit of a francophile), I had fun adding some French touches like the fleur-de-lys cut out, oui/non reply card and hints of a ‘revolution’. The palette was inspired by the colours and delicacy of macarons. I love how the curly calligraphy makes it look fun and girlish, apparently like Marie herself.

My mum instilled in me from a young age the importance of thank you notes, so to show her I was listening, I created some ‘merci’ cards. I also knew she was keen to have some calling cards.

Akimbo Marie thank you card

Akimbo Marie calling card

Honestly I am SO thrilled to be adding this collection, Marie, as it’s my first letterpress product. To make letterpress more affordable, I have also included some fill-in invitations, which conjures up images of a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday or even just a decadent girls’ afternoon.

Phew, that feels better. I have been itching to share this big project with you so it feels great not to have to keep it a secret any longer!

Make sure you come back tomorrow when I’ll not only be posting my regular Fab & Free instalment (hint: it matches these invitations), plus I’ll have a second post with photos of the cake buffet that I set up for the party.

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