Make it Pop! Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch

As a mother of two young children, my party world mostly revolves around kid parties. Birthday parties, preschool holiday parties, even the occasional outdoor picnic party when the weather calls for it. Serving punch in a big punch bowl is one of my favorite party tricks – it makes any party feel glamorous (especially for a group of kids!), and you can make it ahead of time so you aren’t rushing to get everything done on the day of the party. Today I’m excited to share a kid friendly, non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch recipe in partnership with Glad’s brand new Kitchen Pro trash bags. As any mom knows, post party clean up can be NO JOKE. But with 53% more bag, ForceFlex strength, LeakGuard Technology, and Febreeze Odor Control, Kitchen Pro is Glad’s biggest and strongest kitchen trash bag – making it even easier to clean up after a major event like a birthday party!

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

When my girls turned two and four last September, we threw a Rainbow Unicorn birthday party in our backyard, with plenty of rainbow balloons, rainbow tissue tassel garlands with iridescent sparkle, rainbow plates, napkins, and cups – and cupcakes with the cutest little unicorn picks! We also set up a craft table where our little guests could decorate their own paper unicorn with glitter glue and colorful rhinestones. The party was SO much fun, but also made a big, big mess – as you might expect from a party with fifteen little kids and their parents!

Glad Kitchen Pro Trash Bags

Luckily, big party messes are no match for Glad’s new Kitchen Pro trash bags! Kitchen Pro trash bags offer 53% more bag for cleaning up messes, from fun party messes to regular everyday messes around the house. With an inner layer of ForceFlex and an outer layer of LeakGuard, Glad Kitchen Pro bags are both stretchable and protect against leaks, so you can even toss in those half-empty cups or leftover ice without any problems. And if you’re looking for a new everyday trash bag, the stretchable strength, leak protection, and odor neutralization mean you can take your trash out less. Which is definitely something I appreciate for my little family of four (plus five cats)!

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Make it Pop Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch Recipe

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Okay, back to the punch! It’s the perfect balance of tart citrus juice and fizzy bubbles – such a fun and special treat! We used Cara Cara oranges and blood oranges since they happen to be in season right now, but this punch would easily work with regular naval oranges, or even pineapple juice later in the summer. You can make the simple syrup and squeeze the citrus juices the day before, then add the ginger ale or sparkling grape juice in a punch bowl on the day of the party.

For an adult version of this punch, consider swapping the ginger ale for champagne or sparkling wine and adding a cup of brandy. You could also add a couple rosemary sprigs to the simple syrup for a savory rosemary citrus punch. So many possibilities!

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

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Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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The World of Illustration: Marta Abad Blay

Hello everyone! Who else here loves collections? I’ve always loved collecting things and grouping like things together (the stylist in me).  I think it’s so cool when illustrations include collections, which is a common theme I’ve seen in modern illustration. That eye for collections is what caught my eye with modern illustrator Marta Abad Blay. Let’s dive in to see her illustrative hand at work. Jen

The World of Illustration: Marta Abad Blay

I know that animal illustrations tend to be equated with kids rooms. But the detail on these animals! This color palette! I’d happily hang this wild mix of animals on my living room wall.

The World of Illustration: Marta Abad Blay

Happy neon greens, bright flashes of pink, and illustrations of houseplants. What a quirky, cool illustration!

The World of Illustration: Marta Abad Blay

This collection of foodie items is just the kind of print to add that necessary fun touch of personality to a kitchen. Especially when you consider the kitchen is a space that’s filled with cold surfaces of tiles and countertops and practical storage. Wouldn’t this just brighten up a breakfast nook?

The World of Illustration: Marta Abad Blay

The World of Illustration: Marta Abad Blay

Who needs chalkboard paint when you can create a simple pretty mural with your child with plain old butcher paper. Marta shares that she’s fascinated by the way kids represent the world with their drawings. As an artist, she says she does not focus on “perfection but just in the most intuitive drawing, like kids do, without any pretense.”

The World of Illustration: Marta Abad Blay

The vivid colors make her illustrations feel happy and whimsical. And the color palette also feels decidedly modern. Marta finds inspiration in nature, like plants and animals. Including the jungle! Rather than working always in one spot, Marta draws anywhere she’s inspired.

The World of Illustration: Marta Abad Blay

And here’s the artist at work! Marta and her family have been living in Amsterdam for 12 years, but they’re soon moving to a little village in Spain.

I’m such a fan of her work! I love when Instagram brings you a new favorite artist to follow. I have my eye on this print for my daughter’s room. See you again soon, friends!

Photo Credits: Marta Abad Blay

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations

Love all things tropical? Obsessed with Art Deco vibes? Great! Why not combine the two? These tropical Art Deco engagement party invitations from Becca of Suite Paperie feel like The Great Gatsby took an exotic vacation to Miami! The invitations feature a gorgeous palm frond design and pretty pink flamingos, along with 1920s-inspired type selections. Such a fun way to kick off an engagement party!

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

From Becca: Kate and Tug threw an epic bash in Miami to celebrate their engagement. We’re so thrilled they enlisted us to help set the tone through their invitations. Kate fell in love with The Raleigh hotel in South Beach, Miami for it’s art deco feel, amazing color palette of stark black, bright white, flamingo pink and palm tree green and of course, their pool! Seriously, you have to check it out!

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

There were a few things that were super important to the bride. First and foremost, the invitations needed to be fun, well-designed and get her guests excited for a weekend getaway in Florida.

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

Using the hotel color palette, we created a punchy yet minimalistic invitation design featuring an oversized palm frond with an art deco style topography and border. Now, the back is where things really start to get awesome! We layered a variety of palm illustrations to create an oversized leaf pattern for the background, and used one of the most epic song lyrics of all time (yes, we love you Will Smith) to get guests pumped up for an all-night party in Miami. The invitation was digitally printed in full color on both sides on double-thick cover stock to create a super luxe feel that packs a huge punch with a full bleed of black ink in the background to let the pink and pool blue lettering pop.

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

We used vintage postcard artwork of flamingos wading in the waters of a bird farm outside of Miami; the colors matched perfectly to the invitations, and we modernized the front a bit by adding a little seal on the top left corner that read “snail mail is for lovers.” Kate reached out to us right before the party to let us know that there were multiple guests that sent back RSVPs on their own stationery because they loved the postcard too much to part with it… I LOVE guests with great taste!

Tropical Art Deco Engagement Party Invitations by Suite Paperie

Thanks Becca!

Design: Suite Paperie

Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Wedding Details

Anyone planning a vintage-inspired affair for their wedding? Vintage inspired wedding details can be adapted to suit all types of wedding – from laid back bohemian weddings to classic black tie weddings. And if you’re looking to bring DIY elements into your wedding, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you! From wax seals to hand-painted signs, here are some ideas for adding vintage charm to your wedding day. – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Use collected vintage postcards as escort cards. | Photography: Readyluck via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Make your send-off memorable with a “Just Married” sign in beautiful and whimsical calligraphy. | Photography: Lauren Balingit, Calligraphy: Rebeca Lynn Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Use wax seals on paper details like escort cards and table numbers. | Photography: Sylvie Gil, Invitations: Little Miss Press via Sylvie Gil

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Direct guests to the bar with a hand-painted sign. | Photography: Pat Furey via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Display your program, menu, and other signage in ornate gold frames. | Photography: Adam Alex via Adam Alex

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Repurpose vintage books as table centerpieces (top) and a backdrop (bottom). | Photography: Lara Hotz Photography, Paper Goods: Deciduous Press via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Attach your escort cards to vintage horseshoes with beautiful ribbon. | Photography: Elizabeth Wells Photography, Event Design: Manmade + Sage via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Using calligraphy and a wooden barrel, invite guests to submit ideas to your couple bucket list! | Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography, Wedding Planning: Amorology, Calligraphy: Twinkle And Toast via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Chalkboard signs and vintage tea cups in fancy china patterns add plenty of charm. | Photography: Anna Delores Photography, Coordination: WINK! via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

This is more nostalgic for summer sleepaway camps than vintage-inspired, but we couldn’t resist! How creative are these arrow escort cards around a hand painted bullseye? | Photography: Phil Chester, Seating Chart and Arrows Made by Bride and Groom via Green Wedding Shoes

Iridescent Pastel Gem-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Aaaahhh! You already know how much I’ve been loving all things iridescent for the last year and a half, so I was beyond thrilled when these iridescent pastel gem-inspired wedding invitations from Erin of BerinMade arrived in our inbox. Crisp and modern, with fun hints of sparkle and iridescent foil, these invitations are kind of my everything!

Iridescent Pastel Gem-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade

From Erin: A few months ago, I was asked by Holly Poulter of Revelry Events to design for a wedding styled shoot she was planning. Centered around one of the biggest, hottest trends – Urban Mermaid – I just couldn’t say no! The inspiration behind this was all about the mystical and magical. Mother of pearl, mermaid scales, pastel rainbows, gemstones, shells and glass textures were all part of the initial brainstorm. It was amazing!

Iridescent Pastel Gem-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade

We wanted a clean, modern aesthetic to the stationery pieces, with a strong gemstone theme running throughout. So, setting to work, I found a handful of gem shapes which we loved and translated well into stationery pieces. Because we were only producing sample pieces, we didn’t use any gem shapes that required a curved die-cut, but only shapes which we could hand cut to bevel shape. My favorite idea was turning a square card into a diamond, as seen on the table number. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best!

Iridescent Pastel Gem-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade

Iridescent Pastel Gem-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade

We kept the typeface very clean and contemporary, and white-only, so as not to distract from the gems. Working to a strict pastel color palette, all the pieces were different “cuts” and colors. We applied an iridescent foil finish on some of the facets to give them an extra wow! I really love the finished pieces and they set the tone wonderfully for the rest of the décor.

Iridescent Pastel Gem-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade

Iridescent Pastel Gem-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade

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Thanks Erin!

Design: BerinMade

Styling: Holly Poulter

BerinMade is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: BerinMade and Xander and Thea