A Palm Beach Luncheon
February 20th, 2013

Luncheon always seemed a faintly ridiculous term to us, when the simple word lunch was available. Then we started to experience Palm Beach lunches, and quickly realized these were events that definitely merited the extra syllable.

So when the Society of Four Arts approached us to design an invitation for one of their luncheons, we leaped at the chance. It would celebrate Alex Hitz and his splendid new cookbook, “My Beverly Hills Kitchen” (see above).

The brief was to be bright and sunny and glamorous, so we decided upon colonnades of Palm trees to evoke the famed boulevards of Beverly Hills, and paired them with a playful art deco font called VIP (naturally).

A majestic pair of bronze peacocks (above) stood sentry at the gates to the Four Arts garden where the event was held last week.

A beautiful breeze found us inside the shade of the Pannill Pavilion (above) in the garden.

The theme of invitations carried through to place cards and menu card, the latter which was designed to be a bookmark and memento of the day. And yes, the food was as delicious as it reads. Bloody Mary aspic? Fiendishly tasty. (Alex chose these recipes personally from those in his new book.)

The prettiest of pale turquoise shades banded the plates (above, holding the fresh and delicious dessert) …

… and matched the gift bags that sat on the back of the gold chairs. Those 5 numbers? The Palm Beach zipcode of course.

Alex’s book is now available everywhere, and learn more about Alex from his own website, My Beverly Hills Kitchen.

The Society of the Four Arts has a wonderful program of lectures and exhibitions, see their schedule here. And any visitor to Palm Beach should not miss a stroll in their renowned sculpture garden.



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Fresh New Colors for Valentines Day
February 13th, 2013

Sure, the 14th of February is a day for red — red roses, red candies, red-hearted cards. But here at J.Falkner, we also like spinning slightly unexpected color stories in our greetings.

After all, what could be sweeter for a loved one than a card in ice cream colors like pink and peach? We turned to our pantone book and paired a pretty pink and an orange sorbet (above) for a new trio of cards.

In this overly ironic world is there anything more charming and fresh than a genuine blush?

We can’t get enough of zebras (above). To us, they clearly reveal God as a fashion designer-manqué — that crisp black and white pattern is far too attractive for mere camouflage.

A friend often signs off their emails with this expression (above), and we couldn’t resist making it into a card.

Light pink and soft orange are not just for cards. They work just as well with flowers, so we put together this sun-kissed bouquet of roses to brighten your day (above). Happy Valentines!



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A Valentine Story
January 31st, 2013

Today, as we turn our calendar to the month of February, we naturally think of Valentines Day. There are many legends around this event, but one touches us particularly.

The story goes that, back in the days of 270 AD, the priest St. Valentine cut up pieces of parchment in the shape of hearts and circulated these to buck up the spirits of much-persecuted Christians.

Nearly 1800 years later, doesn’t receiving a little heart in the mail have much the same effect, reminding us of our faith in love and friendship? Without, we might add, risking any kind of martyrdom for the sender today. (St. Valentine was less lucky when the Romans caught up with him.)

Two hearts beat as one in this playful interpretation of a Venn diagram (above).

And we wouldn’t be able to call ourselves Palm Beach stationers without featuring at least a couple of flamingos (above) in our Valentine collection.

See all our Valentines cards here, and feel free to order a few now to arrive before the 14th — or find them at retailers across the country (and in Canada, too, where select Indigo stores will be stocking them).



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Our Paper Source Pair!
January 9th, 2013

Big news to start the year: We have just shipped our first order to Paper Source — the Barneys of the paper world, with close to 70 stores across the country (a picture of the one in New York’s Soho neighborhood, above). Which means it’s also our first national account. Hurrah!

Of course we had help. Thank you, Robert Browning, Victorian poet (1812-1889), for your lovely line (above). And thank you Don Herold (1889-1966), American humorist and illustrator, for your quirky, clever quote (below) — which has made this our go-to card for baby congratulations.

Truly, though, the most important thank you really goes to our marvelous rep group, Daniel*Richards, for bringing in the deal. Merci!

But wait! Paper Source have just ordered one more! They will also be carrying this great new graduation card (above). So, catch the winds in your sails and go discover a Paper Source store near you. You can find a list of their locations here.



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We Wish You A Very Happy New Year!
December 31st, 2012

Let the New Year begin, with love and laughter for all!



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