When it comes to birthday parties, I find inspiration from everyday images and also from fancy stationery websites. Then I try to recreate my own interpretation with simple word processing programs and adobe acrobat. Sure you can use photo shop and illustrator or even publisher but you can also use a simple program such as word and free clip art to create invites, save the date notices and calendars - I was playing around yesterday and did this one for my daughter's upcoming b-day... Did I mention we are thinking Candy Shop Theme...? Granted it's in a few months from now but I love thinking ahead - Yes! think color color color, clear apothecary containers filled with colorful candy and a flowing chocolate fountain and colorful parisian-macaroons ...all these in the works. I will test the Martha Stewart recipe I found on her website and post my progress and final product. And of course as the months get closer the update on the progress of the party preparations and outcome.