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
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
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).
Purgatory Pie Press
|Crafting a one-of-a-kind invitation at
Serimony. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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).