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Madison Signatures/The Pen Shop
743 Madison Ave., near 65th St.
Choose from a wide variety of papers, fonts, and imprinting and engraving options for birth announcements and baby shower, christening, and party invites. They can customize invitations in a host of foreign languages (including Hebrew typesetting for bar and bat mitzvah invitations). A set of 100 starts at $300.

Mrs. John L. Strong Fine Stationery
699 Madison Ave., near 62nd St., fifth fl.
Barneys New York
660 Madison Ave. at 61st St.
The crème de la crème of invitations: Everything is engraved with hand-cut steel dies. The store’s 100 percent cotton, archival-quality stationery can be inscribed with your child’s name and his or her choice of animal imagery, like bears, owls, or bunnies (prices start at $800 for 100 sheets or cards). Ready- to-write children’s party invitations start at $90 for twelve. All include hand-lined envelopes. The 699 Madison Avenue location is by appointment only.

Call 888-895-5045 for store locations
Specializing in high-quality custom printing and engraving, these airy shops sell invitations from contemporary brands like Encore, Take Notice, and Cross My Heart, plus more traditional invites from Crane’s and William Arthur. A huge selection of birth announcements can be personalized with a photo of your newborn (from $1.89 each, with a minimum order of 100).

Crafting a one-of-a-kind invitation at Serimony. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen)
Purgatory Pie Press
19 Hudson St., No. 403
Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith, the husband-and-wife team behind Purgatory Pie, still work with antique equipment to create hand-set type. They use a variety of different typefaces, can provide hand-made paper, do pop-ups, and print on anything from leather to copper. Make an appointment to discuss design ($50 to $100) and expect delivery in four to six weeks. Prices start at $500 for 50 invitations.

Rebecca Moss
510 Madison Ave., at 53rd St.
This tiny midtown shop, best known for its fab pens, stocks customizable cutout cards. Your child can choose a motif, like baseball, which includes jersey, baseball, bat, and glove cutouts, or ballet, which comes with tutu and slippers. Birthday messages can be printed on the individual pieces (basic three-piece cutouts start at about $5 each).

Serimony Invitations and Announcements
By appointment only
Started in 2002 by graphic designer Karen Van Every, Serimony specializes in handcrafted custom designs. Offering personal attention to all her clients, Van Every creates one-of-a-kind invitations and announcements for births, children’s parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, and anniversaries. From $4 to $15 per invitation.

Smythson of Bond Street
4 W. 57th St.
A top source for traditional, high-end British stationery, this shop is the place to go for elegant children’s thank-you cards, like the ones embossed with an image of a child writing at a desk ($52 for ten). They also carry beautiful boxed invites and announcements in multiple colors ($45 to $70 for ten). Customized party invites take four to six weeks, and start at $290 for 100 cards.

Call 800-3STAPLE for locations
This massive office-supply chain also sells inexpensive children’s birthday invitations and birth announcements. Print-your-own invitations are especially popular: $14.99 for 50 baby announcements; all-purpose invites with assorted border designs, $7.99 for 15.

Sue Coe Designs, Inc.
853 Broadway, at 14th St., Ste. 1118
By appointment only
Designer Sue Coe’s studio produces high-end, handmade customized stationery with imported specialty papers (think Thai tissue or Italian stock) and offers letterpress, engraving, thermography, and lithography. Her sets average $16 for an invitation or announcement plus envelope.

Sue Kakstys
1633 Broadway, at 50th St.
212-767-6424 (days); 732-572-9389 (evenings and weekends)
By appointment only
Sue Kakstys has specialized in classic Chancery Cursive for more than twenty years, and her calligraphy has been used by the Metropolitan Museum and CBS. Envelope-addressing for all occasions starts at $2.25 each; place cards are $1.25 each. Orders must be placed two weeks ahead of time.

Tiffany & Co
727 Fifth Ave., at 57th St., fourth fl.
Tiffany’s elegant baby announcements are custom-engraved, sporting a simple pink or blue border with a hand-tied ribbon on a plain white card. Birthday-party invites are equally tasteful: Choose your own text and motif—the pink and blue bunnies are popular—to be printed on white cards. (Prices start at $505 for a set of 50 with engraved envelopes).

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
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