Quick Pick: Tops Malibu

I stumbled upon these adorable letter sparklers from Tops Malibu at NYNOW yesterday and was instantly smitten. They also make number sparklers, heart and star shaped sparklers, mini sparklers (SO cute!), glitter candles, and crepe paper surprise balls. Such fun!

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Available from Tops Malibu. More from NYNOW coming up in just a bit!

Photo Credits: Tops Malibu

Equestrian Wedding Invitation + Calligraphy Inspiration

I have some more inspiration to share with you today – this time in the form of beautiful equestrian-inspired wedding invitations and calligraphy from Kara Anne Paper & Lettering! Kara collaborated with the ladies of Southern Posies to create pretty paper goodies inspired by the Kentucky Derby, from invitations to escort cards and menus. I love the use of copper calligraphy throughout the suite, so gorgeous!

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From KaraThis Kentucky Derby-inspired wedding paper was so much fun to design! Having a love for horses since I was a little girl, I knew right away I would enjoy every second of this equestrian inspiration shoot, which took place at the beautiful Stables at Russell Crossroads in Alexander City, Alabama.

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When Crystal Strickland with Southern Posies described her vision for the florals and overall design theme I knew I wanted to create illustrated elements with a horse theme and a rustic chic feel. I designed a casual invitation suite on an eco-friendly cream color paper with a mix of copper calligraphy and block lettering for the envelopes.

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The thank you card with the couple’s last initial was inspired by the shape of a horseshoe and the bold yellow roses used in the bridal bouquet.

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The menus were inspired by race flags, printed on a textured eco-friendly paper and completed with a copper satin ribbon.

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The entry table included horse stamped muslin bags with blackberries (Kentucky’s state fruit), little whiskey favors for the men, and green apples for the horses. The welcome sign is copper calligraphy on a brown paper.

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Thanks Kara!

Invitation Design and Calligraphy : Kara Anne Paper & Lettering

Event and Floral Design: Southern Posies

Venue: The Stables at Russell Crossroads

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Hello Gorgeous Photography

Summer Cocktail Series: A Backyard Cocktail Party with St-Germain

Today I’m thrilled to share another installment in our Summer Cocktail Series with St-Germain! From Memorial Day to Labor Day, I equate summer with lots of BBQs and grilling. Now that we have a backyard – for the first time in more than 10 years! – I couldn’t resist the idea of a backyard cocktail party. We started with a color palette of red, peach, navy, and kraft paper, mixed up some delicious cocktails with our favorite liqueur (and our first mocktail!), and threw some food on the grill. Oh, and I may have gone a bit flower crazy with this one… but I think you’ll see why in just a bit!

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Let’s start with the best part: the invitations! Katie from Rocket Ink created a beautiful invitation using her hand lettering and an ombre painted background. Navy envelopes with white ink calligraphy from Michele of Meant to Be Calligraphy was the perfect finishing touch.

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Michele also created a beautiful calligraphy chalkboard cocktail menu, which I accented with a baby’s breath garland.

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I’m a big fan of sending guests home with a sweet treat. We kept it simple with chocolate chip cookies in kraft paper bags, again with Michele’s beautiful calligraphy in white ink.

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Sangria is the perfect summer drink, and easy to make in large batches! I’m absolutely in love with this fruity sangria recipe – which we’ll be sharing just a bit later.

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Blueberries and mint = two quintessential summer flavors. This shrub syrup makes for a perfect mocktail when combined with soda water!

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These melon, prosciutto, and mozzarella skewers reminded me of our trip to Italy a couple years ago. So delicious. And grilled watermelon salad? Yum!

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For the floral arrangements, I combined several of my favorite flowers in small mason jars. Red and white anemones, peach zinnia, dark red dahlias, lavender, queen anne’s lace, and dusty miller leaves. I also combined several handfuls of tiny chamomile flowers more visual impact. I was in complete flower heaven!

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Full cocktail and mocktail recipes are coming up in just a bit!

Invitations: Rocket Ink

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Menu cards, place cards, and favor bags: Paper Source

Party & Floral Design: Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This post is brought to you in collaboration with St-Germain. All content, photos, recipes, and words are our own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Inspired by: Wanderlust

Frequent travel was a necessary part of my former job – in fact it’s the only thing I miss about my old gig. And lately all I do is think about all the places I want to go and see… at least when I’m not chasing around an energetic crawling baby. We’re hoping to do our first big international trip with Sophie later this year, but I have so many places on my list that we’ll have to start traveling more frequently if we want to get to all of them! Have any of you been bitten by the travel bug recently?

Inspired by: Wanderlust by Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Noun-saltwater; 2. Perfect beach tote from Anthropologie; 3. Bavaria; 4.Salzburg café by Explore Dream Discover; 5. Morocco by Jose Villa; 6. Travel-inspired wedding invitations by Ruby the Fox