By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team
Great designs were “on their way” to us as soon as we started the On the Way! Baby Shower Invitations Challenge. We asked the Minted Community to design baby shower invitations as unique as each little bundle of joy for a variety of events, from showers celebrating the mom-to-be to sip and sees to couple’s showers. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!
Animals Award for the best invitation design incorporating an animal or other creature
“les renards” by Bonjour Paper
Cécile’s little renards are just so cute! We love how it looks like they’re presenting the invitation to the guests, and how they join the florals to form a sweet frame.
Runners Up: “Up and Away” by Lori Wemple | “Whale Tail” by Oscar & Emma | “G’Day Baby” by Griffinbell Paper Co. | “A Little Night Owl” by Jana Volfova
Avant Garde Award for the best edgy design for a baby shower invitation
“Inky Screen” by 2birdstone
The baby of honor at this shower is sure to grow up in style! The gender-neutral use of blue and fresh accents of bright yellow, white, and black lends edge to this invitation without detracting from its sweetness.
Runners Up: “Paint Chip” by Erin Elizabeth | “mod sip and see” by Fig and Cotton Paperie | “Diaper Duty” by Ann Gardner | “Bonjour Bébé” by ashley hegarty
Couple’s Shower Award for the best invitation to a couple’s shower
“Big Burger” by Karidy Walker
Karidy covers the three B’s of any fun couple’s shower in “Big Burger” – burgers, beer, and baby-talk! This invitation is sure to please both the ladies and the gents. We love Karidy’s clever use of the copy as the burger fixings.
Runners Up: “Drinks All Around” by Jennifer Postorino | “Lil’Dumpling” by Rebecca Thongkham | “B(A)B(Y)Q” by Lauren Chism
Shape Award for the invitation that best uses one of Minted’s die-cut shapes
“Vintage Coaster” by Fig and Cotton Paperie
Erin’s great couple’s shower invitation doubles as a coaster, perfectly tying in to the “Baby & Brew” party theme. Erin makes great use of space by including the party details in a circle around the outside of this vintage design.
Runners Up: “Sweet Leaf” by Olivia Raufman | “Sweet Garden Shower” by Hooray Creative | “Parade of Animals” by Bethany Anderson | “Hush Little Baby” by Phrosné Ras
It’s a Surprise Award for the best gender reveal themed shower invitation
“postmarked” by Jennifer Wick
We love Jen’s creative “card within a card” concept, mirroring the “reveal” the theme of the party. The playful color scheme – from the ombre effect in the word “girl” right down to the peachy envelope liner – adds to the fun.
Runners Up (clockwise from left): “Gender Unwrapped” by AJCreative | “Mustache V. Bow” by Cheer Up Press | “Lucky Day Big Reveal” by Peahen Press | “The Reveal” by Frooted Design
The Baby’s Here Award for the best sip and see or other invitation to come meet the baby
“come and see” by Rebecca Bowen
We love the implied New York accent on the other side of the line in Rebecca’s “Come and See.” The playful white highlights and great mix of typefaces put the finishing touches on this cheeky invitation.
Runners Up: “Petite Meet & Greet” by Jennifer Wick | “Meet + Greet” by Vellum and Vogue | “Cheeky” by Pistols | “Little Squirt” by Karen Glenn
More the Merrier Award for a “sprinkle” shower invitation that celebrates the parents’ second (or third or more!) child
“Sprinkle Stack” by Laura Bolter Design
Laura perfectly captures the spirit of a sprinkle in her beautifully hand-lettered “Sprinkle Stack.” Her stacked type is not only playful and bright, but even makes the big brother a part of the celebration in such a nice way.
Runners Up: “Twinkle Sprinkle” by Bonjour Berry | “All Things Girlie” by Pistols
Baby Makes 3 Award for the best invitation design representing the new threesome – mom, dad, and baby – for example, represented by mom/dad/baby animals, 3 household objects, etc.
“Little Hoot” by Snow and Ivy
We’re “ga-ga” for Hailey’s adorable illustrations! We were instantly smitten with the owl family and details like Mama Owl’s eyelashes and Baby Owl’s heart. The foliage framing the invitation and the sweet banner put on the finishing touches.
Runners Up: “Little Otters” by Jennifer Wick | “Splish Splash” by Rebecca Thongkham | “Covey” by Pistols | “Party of Three” by Alexa Sheraton
Over-the-Top Pretty Award for the prettiest shower invitation
“The Meadow” by Susan
Susan does pretty flawlessly with a wreath of dainty botanicals. Gorgeous typography, a touch of blush pink, and the perfect die-cut shape complement the illustrations in a lovely way. We love the little heart at the bottom where two sprigs cross.
Runners Up: “Perched” by Stacey Meacham | “Fable” by Angela Marzuki | “Birds of a Feather” by Pistols | “Baby Blooms” by Faiths Designs
Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts with the mom’s or parents’ names
“Sip & See” by Lori Wemple
We’d love to be guests at the whimsical tea party Lori evokes in “Sip & See”! The curvilinear text expertly fills the space of Lori’s adorable teapot, and the hand-lettering blends so seamlessly with the teapot’s flourishes and florals.
Runners Up: “Bookworm” by 24th and Dune | “Baby Raindrops” by Portia Monberg | “Ombrello” by Karen Glenn | “Little Red Wagon” by Addilou5 COMMENTS