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Jamee Gregory has attended — and thrown — her fair share of festive gatherings. (Enough to fill a book, in fact: Look for her glossy tome, “New York Parties: Private Views,” out from Rizzoli this fall.) So who better to ask for clever entertainment tips? As part of a regular feature, WWD will be offering up insider social tidbits, courtesy of some of our favorite hosts and hostesses. Here, Gregory gives her thoughts on the perfect stationery.
After a sultry May and June, my garden goes wild and I feel the urge to entertain. When the delphiniums, foxglove and first lilies pop, it seems only fitting to provide them with an appreciative audience. While the days are long, and before my pals have a chance to get in summer tiffs or squabbles on the tennis court, early July is a great time to throw a party.
I call my friends first to invite them, and then mail a cheery reminder from The Printery in Oyster Bay, engraved in pink with yellow tissue lining, filling in the details by hand with a pink felt-tip pen. This way no one can forget. I order place cards with summery motifs like delicate green leaves or little red lobsters. The Elegant Setting in Southampton carries their designs. (Hoard them early. They always run out!)
The Printery’s owners, Bill Miller and his wife, Mary Abbene, appeared on the Southampton scene several years ago, displaying their wares at Steven Stolman’s store. For me, it was love at first sight. The whimsy, the colors, the double borders….Since then a zillion pals have asked where I got my mini calling cards and reminders. The Printery did the invitations to my daughter Samantha’s engagement party. They feel like part of my family.
43 West Main Street
Oyster Bay, N.Y.
The Elegant Setting
31 Main Street