The Art of the Party
How To Host At Home: Thoughtful Tips From Anna Bond, Co-founder of Rifle Paper Co
Re-posted with the kind permission from Paperless Post
Anna Bond knows a thing or two about entertaining. As the co-founder and creative director of Rifle Paper Co., her designs have set the tone for chic celebrations and casual get-togethers since she founded the company with her husband, Nathan, 10 years ago. Those upbeat, colorful illustrations now grace more than just stationery—the blooms punch up shoes, rugs, and just about everything in between (you can even find temporary tattoos).
The floral motifs are clearly contagious, and they also offer a hint as to how Anna likes to party. The Bonds, a family of five, keep things relaxed but refined when they invite friends and family to their Winter Park, Florida, abode. See how they make it special (there are flowers, of course!), and pick up tips for your next party.
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Entertaining was top of mind when Anna and Nathan renovated their home. “I designed the kitchen to be warm and inviting because it’s such a focal point of the house,” says Anna. She chose open shelving for a relaxed feel and keeps appliances tucked away behind cabinet doors. The deck outside was planned for larger crowds. “I love sitting outside for dinner to enjoy our view of palm trees and the lake,” she adds.
With two young children and a newborn, keeping the littlest guests in mind is a no-brainer for Anna. “Before I had kids, I’m sure I did a terrible job of making things kid-friendly,” she admits. But now, she plays it up with fun cups and straws—for kids only—and a big pot of mac and cheese. “You can never go wrong with that,” she says. Yard games invite them to romp around out back, and baby-proofing the house lets parents relax, too.
To give herself some wiggle room when guests start flowing in, Anna makes sure that apps and drinks are at the ready when they arrive. “That way, it’s not as stressful if I’m still finishing up with the rest,” she explains. Hopefully, the details come together beautifully, but Anna says “At the end of the day, it is much more about the time spent together and great conversation.”
Warm weather brings plenty of reasons to party. Whether you’re planning a garden party, a housewarming or a shower, find seeds of inspiration in Anna’s charming designs, then let Rifle Paper Co. help you spread the word and kick it off. Pair your invitations with the party goods to match.