I just got back from a lovely, long dinner where I made a few new friends. Our tasty meal at SF's Flour + Water was hosted by Mariam Naficy and Natasha Lawther of Minted. For those who've never heard of Minted, prepare to bookmark a new favorite site. It's a fabulous, designer-driven source for one-of-a-kind stationery. Fresh designs are submitted by creative folks from around the globe, then voted on by users. The winning designs are produced and sold on Minted.
What I really appreciate? General party invitations—no theme needed—that are classy. So often you can't find a simple, elegant way to invite your loved ones to spend time with you. You may feel forced into selecting a thematic invitation, usually the most expedient option, occasionally to cheesy effect (I'm talkin' to you, Evite and Hallmark). Instead, you can order from Minted and support a budding new designer while nabbing a unique look for your party.
Minted has some truly gorgeous bridal and baby shower invites as well. These two are so pretty they have me party-planning in my head already, and I don't know any brides-to-be!