If you’re a fan of interiors, you’ve heard of Schumacher. Sought after by tastemakers, celebrities, and designers alike, the beloved American design house has produced thousands of patterns since its start in 1889, ranging from classic to contemporary. If you think you’ve never seen a Schumacher design, think again.
From the White House (the Blue Room Lampas is the star of Jackie O’s famous TV tour in 1962) to the walls of Mick Jagger’s London flat, Schumacher’s textiles and wallpapers are woven throughout memorable moments in American history and pop culture. Not to mention it’s legendary collaborations with famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and artist, Cecil Beaton, plus TV appearances ranging from “I Love Lucy” to “Big Little Lies.”
You can only go so long without stumbling across a Schumacher pattern. Whether you’re flipping through interior design magazines or watching your favorite show, the brand’s legendary designs are everywhere. And now, with our new collection of invitations with Schumacher, you can use these stunning patterns to set the tone for a house party that’s just your style.
A love of decorating and entertaining often go hand in hand. To help you host like a true designer, our team has carefully hand-picked iconic patterns from the Schumacher archive, curated with coordinating envelope liners and backdrops. Whether your style is ultra bohemian or minimally chic, ahead we’ve highlighted five designs from the new collection to show how you can bring any party to life, starting with Schumacher.
If your style is exuberant…
Throw a cheerful garden party with Schumacher’s Citrus Garden print. Created in 1947, this archival Josef Frank pattern bears the signature whimsy, color, and personality for which the designer is known. The charming hand-drawn pattern will instantly brighten up any inbox, building excitement for your upcoming bash.
Glass, LagunaB. Yellow plate, Juliska, Exuberance by Schumacher for Paperless Post. Yellow coaster, Von Gern. Tray, The Lacquer Company, From left to right: Photo by François Halard, courtesy of Schumacher; Design by Grace Frederick Design.
Decorate: When it comes to print, the brighter the better. Layer coordinating patterns throughout your table in expected (plates, placemats) and unexpected places (glassware, your Champagne bucket). Balance out prints with solid, happy hues for serving trays or platters. Add texture with woven or beaded coasters and chargers. Trade floral bouquets for lush plants or greenery, or double down on color with unconventional blooms like hollyhocks, flamingo lilies, or proteas.
Sip: Serve a fizzy bottle of pét-nat. Or batch a bright signature cocktail like sparkling pink palomas, raspberry sorbet with Champagne, or blueberry basil margaritas.
Eat: Bring extra color to everyone’s plate with melon prosciutto skewers, roasted beet hummus, fresh guacamole, bruschetta, or gazpacho.
Play: Team up for a game of giant garden chess like a true maximalist. Or set up a tye dye station for guests to bring their own patterns to life. Instead of t-shirts, dye something unexpected like cloth napkins, table runners, or handkerchiefs.
Listen: Soulful throwbacks with big personality, and a touch of Lizzo. Cue the toe tapping:
If your style is chic and minimal…
Set the tone for canapés and cocktails with Schumacher’s Faux Bois. A loose, stylized wood-grain pattern, it adds effortless polish to any room (or party) without overpowering it.
Made for minimalists, this invitation and envelope liner combo gives subtle hints of the smart and stylish evening to come.
Flatware, Cutipol. Chic Minamalism by Schumacher for Paperless Post. Cocktail napkins, Julia B. Carafe, R+D.LAB, Photo and design by Terracotta Design Build, courtesy of Schumacher.
Decorate: Look for coasters or platters in patterns that coordinate with your invitation. For dishes and napkins, reach for muted neutrals. Add a dash of glam with gold dipped flatware, metallic rimmed glassware, or iridescent vases. Keep arrangements simple with loose greenery.
Sip: Nothing says “minimalist” like a martini. Set up a station with all the garnishes—olives, pickled onions, lemon twists, orange peels—so guests can choose their own adventure. If your guests are partial to whiskey, organize a “make your own manhattan” bar with vermouth, bitters, cherries, and lemon peels. Take your ice to the next level with large circular molds.
Eat: Balance spirit-heavy cocktails with light, yet satisfying hors d’oeuvres like stuffed mushrooms, goat cheese crostinis, or Mediterranean flatbreads.
Listen: Set the mood with a silky, smooth playlist like this one:
If your style is preppy…
Kick off a classic dinner party with Schumacher’s Zanzibar Trellis print. Inspired by Elsie de Wolfe’s trellised rooms, this iconic fretwork pattern was introduced in the 1970s and feels as fresh today as it did then. A perennial favorite, the print is quintessential prep—colorful, energetic, and sophisticated
Cabbage plate, Bordallo Pinheiro. Preppy by Schumacher for Paperless Post. Carafe, Land of Belle Bamboo flatware, Pottery Barn, Photo and design by Tess Harris, courtesy of Schumacher.
Decorate: Use your invitation to set the tone for the rest of your party’s prints, from cloth napkins and placemats to chargers and runners. Play up the green theme with ceramic cabbage or banana leaf serving trays or salad plates. Complement your patterns with natural, textured materials. Think wooden napkin holders, bamboo flatware, or a rattan wrapped pitcher.
Eat: Stick to the classics—something simple like roasted chicken, salmon, or a light lemon pesto pasta. Add brightness with a charred corn salad, sautéed zucchini, or grilled green beans.
Sip: Open a bottle of tried-and-true rosé, or make a batch of Madras or Sea Breeze cocktails ahead of time so you don’t spend the entire party playing bartender.
Play: Plan for a post-meal party game like backgammon or dominos. (Check out Schumacher’s favorites here.) If weather allows, head outside for a healthy dose of competition with lawn games like croquet, badminton, or bocce ball.
Listen: Curate a playlist that’s bright and upbeat, with infectious energy. Here are a few tracks to get you grooving:
If your style is bohemian…
Plan a laid-back affair with Schumacher’s Temara Embroidered Print. Designed around the brand’s beautifully hand-printed and embroidered fabric, this invitation is the perfect primer for a cozy yet curated wine night.
Plate, Carolina Irving and Daughters. Boho by Schumacher for Paperless Post. Carafe, Lobmeyr. Tray, Made Goods, Photo by Melanie Acevedo, courtesy of Schumacher; Design by Umberto Pasti.
Decorate: As a boho lover, you’re likely no stranger to print mixing. Indulge in a “more is more” philosophy with your patterns, showcasing prints everywhere from serving bowls to pitchers. For neutrals, look for natural materials with a whole lot of texture—braided jute chargers, macramé fringe placemats, or rattan coasters. Play with natural texture in your arrangements too with dried pampas grass or palms. Add warmth with candlesticks. Display them in holders of various heights, and pre-burn them before the party to add a bit of character—the “drippier” the better.
Eat: Think sumptuous rather than simple. Figs with bacon and chile, orzo pasta salad, creamy whipped feta dip, chicken satay with peanut sauce, devils on horseback, or a packed charcuterie board. “More is more” remember?
Sip: Take a walk on the wild side—of the vineyard—with natural wines. Spontaneously or naturally fermented, these unfiltered styles are unbelievably fresh and delightfully unpredictable. Curated with weekly favorites, you can’t go wrong with Primal Wine’s foolproof selection. If you don’t have enough time to order a case in advance, head to your local wine shop and ask which bottles are new and exciting.
Play: Set up a cozy seating area indoors (or out) for post-dinner games with tufted floor cushions, layered pillows and rugs. Play something simple that still facilitates conversation like Jenga or Charades.
Listen: An eclectic (yet seamless) mix of Brazilian bossa nova, 60s psychedelic rock, and french yé-yé. Start here:
If your style is ladylike…
Host a polished brunch or invite friends over for afternoon tea with Schumacher’s Madame De Pompadour print. Perfect for prim and proper parties, this stunning English garden meets Chinoiserie pattern was created by the inimitable interior designer Miles Redd.
Napkins, Matouk. Ladylike by Schumacher for Paperless Post. Handel Water Music. Album, Handel Water Music. Plate, Anna Weatherly. Photo by Nathan Schroder, courtesy of Schumacher; Design by Amy Berry.
Decorate: Mix refined and delicate prints throughout your table: cloth napkins, cups, saucers, and appetizer plates. Anchor your tablescape with patterned ginger jars. Add touches of gold with your flatware, chargers, or serving trays. Keep your florals light with white or light pink blooms (hydrangeas or peonies), and look for clear or Mercury glass vases to let your prints take center stage.
Eat: Serve light bites, both savory and sweet. Balance tea sandwiches and mini quiches with Earl Grey tea cookies, blueberry scones, or marmalade pecan bread. End the afternoon with a simple vanilla cake, decorated not-so-simply with edible flowers.
Sip: Have a wide variety of teas (bagged or loose leaf) for friends to choose from—Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Darjeeling, Jasmine, Green, Peppermint, or Chamomile. Make lemonade and ice tea if the weather’s nice, or a pitcher of sangria. If you want to serve a punch bowl, dress it up with an ice ring filled with fruits and flowers.
Play: Conversation is the best thing to share over tea, but if the afternoon starts winding down too early, keep energy levels up with a game or two of Bingo.
Listen: Classic jazz with an all female guest list. Take our go-to’s for a spin:
Ready to start planning your own party with eye catching prints? Explore the entire Schumacher collection. Looking for even more summer party inspiration? Find more ideas for laid-back summer entertaining or easy pool parties.