Invites for a 30th Birthday Chinese Brasserie Dinner

Celebrating Kyle's 30th trip around the sun 

We tend to do something small // casual for Kyle's birthday, but he turned 30 at his last birthday so I felt like I had to do something.  I am a firm believer that if anything comes with a posted invite it suddenly becomes an affair rather than a get-together, so I created an invite suite for Kyle's birthday dinner at  Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie.  

We have a ton of really high end 5x5 envelopes so I have been designing a lot of stationary in a 5x5 ratio. As we were going out for Chinese food I wanted to evoke a Chinese spirit on the invite which I felt meant using red + gold.  Using Adobe Illustrator to create the design, I went with red + white for the printing process + added gold in after the printing was complete.  I have recently discovered that if you get colour printing on cardstock at Staples - a full colour background the invite looks quite high end.  I painted a gold brush stroke on each invite, stenciled a gold paper crane on the envelope [forgive me I know that's Japanese but I had a stencil already made] and found beautiful textured paper to line the envelopes.  Bao Bei has beautiful branding and I got permission (eeee, I got it after the fact) to use their logo and I inverted the colour so that it would be white against the bright red invite.  

We decided on Bao Bei because it is really, really good food + fun + a beautiful place to hang out and has reservations for large groups on Friday + Saturday nights in Vancouver, which can be hard to come by.  "For larger parties of 8 -10 they take bookings for the family table where they provide a $40, $45, or $50 customized tasting menu served sharing style and is available for an early or late seating."

You should totally go.  We loved it.  

The invites read

Celebrate Kyle’s 30th trip around the sun at the family table at Bao Bei.  
Share small plates amongst the most wonderful friends.  
Raise a glass, or two or three.

Celebrate we did + it was lovely.  Good food.  Good company.  A wonderful way to enter a new decade.