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Ideas for Planning a First Communion Party

5 May

firstcommunionOver the weekend, we celebrated my twin daughters first communion.  My son also happened to make his confirmation so we had an opportunity to celebrate two big events at once!  We hosted a party for family and close friends and I really enjoyed working on all the fun little touches to make the day special.  I was inspired a lot by Pinterest and the great ideas you can find on there.  I wanted to share some of my ideas for those of you planning a first communion or confirmation party.  A lot of these ideas could be used for a bridal shower, a baby shower, graduation, birthday party … you get the idea.

banner

To set the tone, I made this DIY banner to hang on my fireplace.  I bought a pack of chalkboard banners and used a stencil.  I used something called a permanent chalkboard marker to fill in the letters.  I thought it added a very “Pinterest” looking accent!

flowers

I love flowers and found these galvanized tins with tulips in them at my local hardware store.  I simply added some Spanish Moss and put them at each table for dinner.  You can give them to Godparents to take home, too!

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I used this gorgeous First Communion Invitation from The Stationery Studio.  I loved the fresh, Spring look of the invite!  I also used these first communion napkins for appetizers, dessert and the drink station.  I must have heard “Wow, these napkins are great!” at least 5 times that evening.

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Now these handpainted chalices are something my daughters did with their first communion class.  But I thought they would be a great idea for any child making their first communion to do with their family by visiting your local clay painting store.  They make wonderful decorations during the party and are a great keepsake from their special day.

cookies

I love giving away favors at the end of a party!  These custom cookies were made at a local bakery.  Everyone got to take home one after the party.  You can always add personalized gift tags to make them even more special!

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And the best part of the day?  Being able to celebrate with their Great Grandpa who will be 90 this year!

If you have some great party ideas, feel free to share them in the comments.  I love to hear new ideas or if you plan to use some of the ones I shared from my party.

xoxo,

Jennifer

Behind the Scenes – with Invitation Designer Anna Griffin

29 Apr

april-anna-001april-anna-003We’re continuing our Behind the Scenes features today with a focus on Invitations by Anna Griffin.   Her beautifully styled invitations and announcements are designed with luxurious patterns and florals which add elegance to any celebration.

Growing up in a family of artists, Anna Griffin’s inclination toward graphic design is no surprise. Gaining experience working with talents like Vera Wang, combined with her love of antiques, textiles and prints, inspired her company’s success and remarkable growth.

What is unique about Anna Griffin invitations? The intricate die cut designs, foil-stamped details, ribbon and embellishment found on these invitations will make your guests feel like they’ve received a gift when they open them. They are meant to make your occasion that much more special!april-anna-002

When it comes to her creative process, it’s interesting when she explains, “I have always been attracted to texture, layers and bows — whether it be for paper or for decorating. When I graduated from college, my first resume was printed on vellum. At that time vellum and the handmade floral inclusions papers were all the rage. I designed invitations with these elements as if I were designing them for myself.”

Griffin further expands that “the foundation for so many of my designs come from a vast archive of antique engravings that we reinterpret for today. We are so inspired by beautiful old-world art, and love making it new again! Trend and color research are another huge part of our creative process. We’re always on top of what’s happening in fashion and interior design, and those palettes and pattern trends come through on our invitations.”

As a result, her designs are a really amazing fusion of trendy and timeless. They are invitations that are fashion forward, but you could look back at your wedding invitation 20 years from now and feel like it was current.

The special presentation even goes into the shipping of the final package as all orders are wrapped in gorgeous tissue paper and shipped in beautiful gold boxes. Everything you receive from Anna Griffin is sure to be “beautiful in the making.”

Indeed we agree you will love announcing your new little one – or inviting guests to your next special event, whether it’s a  birthday party, Christmas party, Rehearsal Dinner or Anniversary party, with a gorgeous Anna Griffin invitation.

Last Minute Gifts are No Problem

16 Mar

march-giftNotice-003You know that feeling, and so do I.  You just remembered someone’s birthday or anniversary and you want to order something special but are not quite sure if the present will arrive in time.  Have you ever tried our Gift Notices tool?  It’s one of the features on our website that I love – and use all the time. The option for a Gift Notice is available on every product on our website.

If you don’t want to might miss giving a special personalized birthday or anniversary or holiday gift, we suggest emailing a Gift Notice from our website to say you ordered something special!  We send the email out promptly so your recipient will know you ordered something just for them!

It’s easy to send a Gift notice. The option is on every product order form.  Just complete an online request and we send an email from The Stationery Studio with your gift message to your recipient to let them know that a gift is on the way!  We can email an image of the exact product ordered or an image of a gift box so they can be surprised later.  The email will also show the production time so they have an idea when to expect the gift.

As I place the order, I can then choose to either have the gift delivered right to recipient or I can have the gift go to me and I can then gift it later.  This is what the tool looks like:march-giftNotice-002a

It’s been a life saver for me.  I’m normally so busy helping others with their gifts that I forget about my own!  But once I send a Gift Notice I feel great that my recipient knows that I remembered them!  So simple and easy.   It’s one of my favorite features and has really helped me out many times.

 Best wishes and happy gifting!
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Renee