If you read this post, you’ll know that it was my 25th birthday last week. I’m very particular about birthdays. Or rather, I’m not particular, as I’m just not a big birthday person. I’m a firm believer that you get a day, not a week, not a month, and if I’m not celebrating on the actual day, I’m not likely to celebrate. And while I like to mark the day, I try to keep it low-key: Drinks with friends, or going a show I’ve been wanting to see. (Two years ago, my roommates and I saw Something Rotten on my birthday, and it was amazing!)
And though I had some eh feelings about turning 25 (now that it’s behind me, I’m feeling more at ease, haha!), I knew I didn’t just want to throw up a Facebook event, invite everyone I know in the city, and see who would show up. (Nothing at all wrong with that, by the way! I’ve done it many times. Just wanted to do something a little smaller this year.) Big groups are also tough to find a spot for, so I invited 15 or so friends who all knew each other (so everyone can chat!) with e-invites on Paperless Post!
I figured this was the perfect fusion between the Facebook invite and a printed invitation. They have a zillion and a half options to choose from — I loved this one, with the NYC skyline (they also have a bunch of city skylines you can choose from!), as the spot we went to had a gorgeous view of downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. In addition to choosing the invitation, you can also customize an envelope, too. I love the gold dot pattern below!
Your friends can RSVP right from the email, and then you can keep track of everyone who is coming from the event page. You can also use Paperless Post to send people cards, which is very handy for someone like me who hasn’t bought stamps in six months. (Whoops. Thanks for sharing, roomies!) Also, I always feel so bad throwing out cards, but with these, you never have to! Plus, environmentally friendly.
This year I celebrated at Grand Banks in Tribeca, which is a bar-on-a-boat that serves lobster rolls and yummy cocktails. We had 14 people, which was a bit of squeeze (huge thanks to the staff for being so accommodating!) If you’re interested in hosting a larger group there, I’d recommend calling as soon as you know you want to plan something. They have a really cute larger table in the front that’s a bit more separate and would be the perfect spot for a bigger group. I only called a week in advance, so we just had a normal table, but hey, now I know for next time.
It was such a fun night and I’m so thankful to my pals for coming out (and dealing with the close quarters!)
Anddd, in honor of the big 2-5, I have a present for one of you! I’m giving away 1600 coins with Paperless Post — a $150 value! Basically, these little things can get you a whole lot of invitations/cards/stationary. Seriously, a lot, as sending some of these cards is as little as three coins! It’s the perfect way to invite people to your next soiree, or wish your great-aunt a happy birthday.
Here’s what you need to do to enter:
1. Like Pearl Girl on Facebook here.
2. Leave a comment telling me you did so on this post.
That’s it! I’ll choose a winner next Thursday (8/10), so you have until then to enter!