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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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.



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.

Target May Not Have Lilly Pulitzer but We Do!

20 Apr

Lilly PulitzerHave you heard about the frenzy created during the collaboration between Target and designer Lilly Pulitzer’s home and fashion goods?  Many were disappointed that both the stores and the website sold out fast, really fast, upsetting many.

Are you a fan of the brand?  Well you can have your own set of personalized Lilly to use and enjoy anytime you would like, even if your address is not in Palm Beach!  We offer a beautiful selection.  And what’s better than Lilly?  Personalized Lilly, of course!

Our personalized Lilly Pulitzer boutique brings together the fashion sense of Lilly in paper goods including invitations, gift stickers, recipe cards, home goods and stationery.  Even if you missed purchasing items at Target, you can enjoy the designer’s cheerful floral designs now.april-lp-002

If you are planning a party, it’s a perfect time to try your own Lilly creations.  Our most popular Lilly invitation, the Beach Rose Invitation, combines flowers in shades of pink with lime green accents creating a cheerful invite ideal for baby showers, birthday celebrations or bridal showers.  Lilly’s exclusive and colorful patterns are feminine, preppy and chic.

For an easy party all pulled together, start with the your favorite invitation and pull from the featured colors and designs for your party theme.  If you are using the Beach Rose invitations, add in some hot pink and lime disposible plastic plates and custom napkins which can be personalized and coordinated with a floral Place Card.  Set small pretty vases filled with flowers in pink tones all around to dress your table covered in pink and lime cloths and add in some pretty pink floral cupcakes for dessert.

For your favors, easily wrap in cellophane anything pretty you like, a gorgeous box of tea bags, a pretty hot pink candle, a special little box of candy ~ and finish it off with a personalized Lilly Putlizer Sticker.  And remember to send personalized notes for gifts received, perhaps on one of Lilly Pulitzer’s stationery designs!

Lilly Pulitzer, a brand coveted by both the elite and preppy, is still available with must-have personalization from