a calligraphy party!

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so, i have been wanting to learn the beautiful art of calligraphy forever. and my talented friend virginia (whose graphic design work and beautiful penmanship you often see on my blog here) is basically the queen of calligraphy. her stuff is so good, and everytime i see it, i’m like, “naomi, you ought to at least step up your block letters!”

and so i’ve been telling her for almost a year now, “i want you to teach me.” trouble is, when it comes to me and doing anything, especially something new, i have to properly carve out a time and put it on my calendar, or it doesn’t happen. (it’s truly the only way i’ve managed to stick to going to the gym 3x a week! carving out the time and putting it on my calendar!)

so last month, i told virginia, “i’m putting this on my calendar, and while we’re at it, let’s make it a party!” and so we did just that! because it’s not often these days i get to throw a party (my tiny city apartment just doesn’t accommodate more than like 3 people at a time, lol.) and everyone is always so busy, it’s hard to see friends outside of a playdate or dinner out.  but it was so much fun learning a new skill together, i definitely wanna do more of this sort of thing, where we learn something together, or experience something outside of just mingling or eating with one another.

a few girlfriends have actually texted me pictures the past few days of letters and envelopes they have addressed since our party on saturday and i am so impressed with how quickly they’ve caught on and are actually doing it!  i am still struggling with my simple “O”‘s but it’s okay, i understand it takes patience and practice.

a few photos from our “class” below!

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virginia and i had so much fun putting together this table before everyone arrived!  (we also rented out the party room above sprinkles bakery which also meant our party smelled amazing!)

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virginia put together the sweetest most organized packets for everyone! i felt like i was back in school when she was all, “now turn to page 4…” ha! it’s been a while. it was a good feeling. ;)

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i won’t tell you how many cupcakes i ate over the weekend, but let’s just say i don’t think i’ll be craving a cupcake for a very very long time.

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loved these tote bags with virginia’s handwriting “new york city girl” which everyone was able to put all their supplies in afterwards to take home.

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and a group shot (with most of the group!) a few friends came in from out of the city which made it extra special! these women are so rad. thanks again for coming, friends!

and thanks to our fabulous instructor, virginia, for being willing to share her incredible talent with us all! you can see more of her pretty work on her website and in her etsy shop.

  1. Stephanie

    I would love to buy this set? Are they for sale?

  2. Wow, what a gorgeous set-up! It must be so nice to have a ‘workshop’ like that amongst friends, to do something different than usual. Also, now I desperately crave cupcakes :’)

  3. I love the idea of trying something like this for myself, the art of writing itself seems to be fading due to people using their phones and computers. Very much an under estimated skill, I feel.

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Megan

    This such an amazing idea!!! Also, do not even get me started on that table. It is so stinking cute and looked like a wonderful time

    Have a lovely Tuesday // lifeplusbe.com

  5. Gosh I feel like everyone on the web is learning calligraphy right now! It looks like you had a lovely time Naomi and the event is beautifully styled. Any chance you could give us some names of the lovely ladies attending? I might find a few interesting bloggers/IGers to follow! (Plus I have to find out where that top came from that that lady on the right of the last photo is wearing!) Thank you x

  6. ieva

    I want to improve my writing for long long time as well! I started couple year ago at home, but stopped because of busy schedule. You need quiet time for this kind of stuff. I cant wait to do it again for real now, ‘cus its always on my mind.

  7. Melisa

    You’re so pretty Naomi ❤️

  8. Athena

    Wow, Virginia seems incredibly talented! This kind of lunch-and-learn party is such a great idea — will have to try something similar with my friends soon.

    Speaking of which, I would love to learn calligraphy…or even just how to make my envelopes prettier, especially with holiday card season fast approaching! Have you ever considered having Virginia do a guest post/calligraphy tutorial on your blog? I bet many other readers were similarly inspired by this post and would love to learn some of Virginia’s tricks of the trade. The photos of the event are super cute, but the post doesn’t really offer much to readers, except for maybe a good cupcake recommendation (which is always welcome, haha!).

  9. C

    Such a good idea! I will check out a calligraphy book from the library and try to teach myself!

  10. hanna

    This looks like so much fun! –Hanna Lei

  11. Melanie

    This looks like it was so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Joy

    What a great idea! My handwriting is atrocious–I need this! I also love the idea of learning something new together with girlfriends. I’m about to transition to stay-at-home motherhood (wish there was a better phrase for that), and I want to keep growing and learning. I remember my mom and her best friend taking classes all the time when I was little!

  13. Gloria

    I lovvvvve calligraphy. My wedding invites incorporated calligraphy because i love the personal feel it has.

    Check out my wedding post here:

    http://www.lipsticksandwich.com

  14. Starr

    Oh my gosh! So beautiful and fun fun fun! Love this!
    StarrJoy16.blogspot.com

  15. Carly

    Such a fun and creative party idea! Can’t wait to see more of your calligraphy
    Dresses & Denim

  16. Carla

    This looks like it was so much fun! I have been wanting to take some type of calligraphy class to up my writing game. How fun to have a party with friends and learn something like this :)

  17. Crystal

    I would love love love to do a class like this!

  18. Jordan

    Wow, where is your dress from?! It’s gorgeous.

  19. What an original idea, I love it! As I’m left handed, I have to work hard not to smudge anything that I write ;-)

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  20. okaayyyyyyyyy i need to take a calligraphy class. so so fun! xo

  21. Izzie

    Seems like you had much fun at this lovely event. What kind of pen did you used or what does Virginia recoment? Greets from Germany Izzie

  22. Kelsey

    Ahhh I’d love to be able to do calligraphy. My cards and gifts this Christmas would look a lot different if I could! Ha.

    K.

    http://www.wonderingthrough.co.uk

  23. Barb

    I’d also love to see a blog post / tutorial from Virginia — with supplies she uses, recommended books to help learn calligraphy, etc. PLEASE!

    • TAZA

      i know! we’re going to need to figure something out to share her talents with everyone, she’s a great teacher. i’ll circle back!

  24. This event looks so well put together and the venue is so lovely and colourful. I’d love to learn calligraphy too but I’m a bit heavy handed even with a regular pen! My husband bought me a calligraphy set for our anniversary so maybe in the future.

    Hannah | Granite City Girl x

  25. Sarah

    Oh Lovely Lovely Lovely! Props for keeping this from becoming a lost art. And yay for letter writing!

    What a wonderful gathering. I feel like these workshops are your wheelhouse: calligraphy, flower crowns …

  26. I just love ideas like this!!! So genius and so fun and cute and chic and trendy and just all those fun words!

  27. Darcie

    So I might be crazy, but I swear one of the girls looks just like Kelsey from the Food Network!

  28. Livia

    What an amazing party to be invited to! You look great too!

  29. Nancy

    Your friend in the red cardigan is my doppelganger and it’s freaking me out! I was scrolling down and thought it was a picture of me! :-)

  30. Laure

    This is such a cool idea! I’d absolutely love to do a workshop like this. I’m very interested in calligraphy. I’ve just never gotten to the point to actually learning it. Someday…