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Love Letters Are Making a Comeback

Former fashion editor Marcie Pantzer makes a play for paper goods

Marcie Pantzer has been visiting the Hamptons regularly for two decades, first at her in-laws’ in East Hampton and then at her family’s own Sagaponack home. The former Town & Country editor recently started her own company, a sophisticated yet whimsical stationery and home paper goods business called Dear Annabelle, after her daughter. “I thought that a stationery and home goods business would be a perfect mix of all the things that I love,” Pantzer says. “I also wanted to inspire people
to take the time to spread love and joy through letters. In our increasingly digital society, we are losing the tactile pleasure of opening an envelope and reading something that someone took the time to express.” When she’s not working, the mother of four can be found at Townline beach or visiting her favorite boutiques, like Monc XIII, in Sag Harbor. Her other passion, naturally, is entertaining friends and family at her home throughout the summer. Here the entrepreneur shares her entertaining must-haves.

A place setting with Dear Annabelle Girls Night place cards.

What’s the best entertaining advice you’ve ever received?

Pour heavy! But seriously, there are so many ways to make a party memorable, just by adding one simple twist or extra element. Make a fun toast to kick off the night, mix up a signature cocktail or play a funny party game between courses. It’s these little things that make guests remember a party.

What’s a decor element many hosts forget?

Lighting! There is nothing less flattering than entering a bright home. Sometimes I will go to parties at other people’s homes and subtly walk around lowering the lights. Candles also work magic, and they are often much more affordable than flowers for tabletop decor.

Which Dear Annabelle place cards do you use for guests?

The Dear Annabelle Tasty place cards are a definite conversation starter. Are you sweet or salty? Spicy or saucy? People love to compare their monikers.

Where do you grocery shop?

Cavaniolas in Sag Harbor is our favorite cheese shop—they have the most delicious truffle cheese and prosciutto. I absolutely love everything from Tate’s, especially the chocolate mousse cake with Oreo cookie crust. What’s your go-to hostess gift?
Dear Annabelle notepad sets or place cards. I also love to gift cocktail napkins or a chic cheese board with knives.

What do you wear when entertaining?

I love to wear white in the summer. I collect straw hats and am always wearing one. For night I usually sport a maxi dress—either white or floral—by Zimmermann, Black Iris and Johanna Ortiz.