The Art Of Christmas Correspondence With Papier

Papier's founder Taymoor Atighetchi's essential guide to mastering the art of Christmas correspondence

Christmas is around the corner and that means it's time for cards, party invitations, thank you notes and so much more, and as our Spotlight interview with Papier's founder Taymoor Atighetchi demonstrates, there's nothing quite like putting pen to paper for a more meaningful and stylish way to communicate. So here, Taymoor shares his essential guide to mastering the art of Christmas correspondence, along with his top stationery styling suggestions for your all your seasonal soirées.



“Whatsapp, emails, texts - we get so many constantly it’s just not as special as a paper invitation which someone has thoughtfully designed, or a lovingly written Christmas card or thank you note” Taymoor explains.

“A physical thank you note is so important after the Christmas period. It’s a simple way to make someone’s day when they’ve made the effort to give you something special. The tip with thank you cards is to keep them personal - I find when I struggle with something to say a little doodle sometimes says all I need to!”

Papier Christmas Invitations 


“Photo cards grow in popularity every year - we’ve added a new collection of gold foiled ones, which are incredibly popular - everyone loves the special finish that adds! Animal-themed designs are also always a sure-fire hit - especially when it’s a dachshund or kitten in a Christmas jumper!” Taymoor explains.

Our designs are a mix of collaborations with illustrators and artists as well as our own in-house designs. While we always look at what is popular we don’t tend to follow trends. Across our collections and collaborations, I think what’s great is that there’s a real mix from delicate patterns to whimsical fairytale florals to bold and bright.”

Papier Photo Cards


“My top Christmas card writing tip is not to write them all at once, that way you avoid repetition and making them impersonal. Try and do a few a day to keep them fresh and fun” Taymoor suggests. 

“Also - I always use a lovely black ink pen - don’t ruin a lovely card with a cheap pen!”



“Stylish stationery sets the tone for any event and creates intrigue and excitement! Our festive invitations, menus and place names to add an extra special touch to all Christmas celebrations” says Taymoor. 

“During the event it elevates the occasion even further and afterwards it makes for a more lasting memory of the event - some guests may even want to take their place name as a keepsake!

Taymoor's Top Styling Suggstions for Christmas and New Year's Eve Parties:

My top three styling suggestions in terms of stationery for your 2018 Christmas and NYE parties are: 

  1. Pastel doesn’t need to be for spring - embrace a bohemian spirit with an extravagantly colourful bash and choose designs from artist Luke Edward Hall. This collection of invitations and menus, with free-flowing illustrations of classical columns and cocktails will add a touch of insouciant glamour to all festive celebrations.

  2. Make it all about the mince pies with a Christmas drinks party and a dark red and gold colour scheme - invite guests to wear a cosy jumper and join you for yuletide fun!

  3. For New Year’s Eve - choose an Art Deco-inspired theme, even if it’s at your kitchen table! Encourage guests to don their black tie and bring the theme together with gold and navy menus and place names.
    And don’t forget - always include the dress code on the invitation - you don’t want to arrive at a dinner to find it’s themed and you’re in black tie!”

Black And White Papier

“Our Christmas menus and place names really finish the look for your Christmas dinner or for New Year’s Eve gatherings with friends and family” explains Taymoor.

“You can create your table look around the stationery - whether you go for sleek, contemporary designs for a modern style or deep greens and foliage for a more traditional take on Christmas. I love that they can bring everything together - even if the turkey is burnt!”

 Art Deco


“Our collection of stationery has been curated to appeal to a wide range of people and tastes, all with beautiful design at their core” explains Taymoor.  

“We have botanical designs that are perfect for mums, aunties, sisters or those with green fingers! We have lots of animal-themed stationery for those who love their pooch as much as their family, and our incredible collections with Moomin and Disney are perfect for kids, as well as the young at heart!”

Papier Bow And Arrow Pudding

Read our recent Spotlight interview with Taymoor Atighetchi over on TheEdit  now, and if you’d like to work with Papier to create stationery for your next event you can find their page in Toast.Life’s Little Black Book.

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