These little cards are my new favorite members of my stationery wardrobe. I have used them so much this fall and plan on using these new designs for the holiday so much that I don't know what I did without them! In the past, I used to send out a beautiful letterpress invitation for parties, and then follow up with email reminders - first to try to get RSVPs, and then to try to remind people not to forget that they were coming once they had RSVP'd. Then, I realized two things:
1) no one really sends (or expects to receive) paper invitations for everyday gatherings like luncheons or kids parties. For weddings, large birthday parties, or charity luncheons, I still receive and we still print beautiful and well-appointed paper invitations. But for everyday personal events, "paperless post" or a personal email seem to be the accepted social method of invitation, among my age group (grade school parents).
2) I still really love looking a lovely paper invitation on my invitation bulletin board in my kitchen, and I think other people appreciate receiving paper too- but more for the elegant social statement it makes, than for keeping their calendar up to date. So, this season, faced with a much larger array of tables and invitations than usual, I turned to a new system of invitation/reminder.
Normally I organize one Christmas luncheon for my girlfriends and one charity table at a children's party like the amazing Nutcracker benefit performance, but this year I have agreed to almost everything and now seem to be in charge of organizing tables for holiday luncheons for different groups of friends, a dinner table for another friends's charity evening, a lunch for a friend to meet people at a social club, a Christmas luncheon for my mother and her friends, and a Christmas caroling evening for my children and their friends. It's been a while since I've been very social during the holiday season, so I'm thrilled to have so many chances to see old and new friends, but I'm also exhausted just thinking about the organization of it all! (Let alone the place cards and table favors!)
This way, the event seems more special, and for people like me, it's nice to have a pretty card to look at and anticipate fun gatherings of friends, family, and children, during the holiday season. A pretty hand-drawn card is so much nicer to look at than an email, and with the lack of mailed anything these days, I do tend to take a paper note more seriously than an email. However, an email is a great way to get information out quickly and answers and scheduling done easily. I love my solution to both busy schedules and social graces. I sell both personalized "To Remind" cards, and boxed sets of 10. Here are some of my favorite new designs. Enjoy! XO