Before paper invitations became the norm, hosts invited guests to parties via town crier or a slap to the face with a confetti-packed glove. Avoid colorful clobbering with this Groupon.
$25 for $50 Worth of Gifts, Stationery, and Greeting Cards
Four locations, and a fifth opening in National Harbor, Maryland on March 15, stock an array of thoughtful gifts, such as a Vera Bradley tote bag ($46), a Mariposa napkin box ($44), and boxed Crane stationery note cards ($20).
The Dandelion Patch
Since 1994, stationery visionary Heidi Kallett has helmed The Dandelion Patch, stocking its shelves with writing-related goods and thoughtful gifts. The shop, which has been named Best Stationer by Northern Virginia Magazine and Best of the Best by the Washingtonian, helps shoppers to tote belongings to and fro with paisley Vera Bradley bags and improve the aroma of homes with delicate candles. Heidi and her staff can engrave or monogram stationery and invitations that celebrate the birth of a baby or the ability to memorize addresses. The Dandelion Patch’s events include writing workshops—which teach young writers to master the art of the thank-you note—children’s etiquette classes, and wedding-etiquette teas.