With my children’s birthdays fast approaching I’ve been on my yearly hunt for children’s party invitations. No easy feat because I am, well… fussy. Every time I come across tacky bright commercial cartoon characters I cringe. Why must children’s party invitations be so bereft of style? It all began when I received my first letter from my Japanese pen pal. The writing paper was ‘Hello Kitty’, I was 8 years old and my love of beautiful stationary began. Oh the joys to behold over a beautiful piece of paper. I was smitten! Lucky for me, Australia now has an incredible variety of beautiful home grown, eco-friendly papers, stationary and packaging. Until fairly recently though, this did not extend to kid’s party invitations.
With negligible craft skills of my own, I toyed (briefly!) with the idea of canceling all party plans – but could I really be that superficial and cruel? Fortunately I did not have to find out! I spied a range of Poppies for Grace children’s invitations in the window of my local bookshop and it answered all my needs. Poppies for Grace is a stunning range of invitations, cards and writing sets designed and hand assembled on an orchard in Victoria. Using layers of recycled materials and papers, with hand drawn elegant sketches sewn on, the result is exquisite and oh, so pretty. They have a ‘to die for’ children’s range which include button and string envelopes (adorable) and coordinating magnets for posting on the fridge. They also have the cutest brown paper treat bags for the all important take home sweets.