Paper Party 2015!

I’m so excited to FINALLY share the photos from this year’s Paper Party during the National Stationery Show! I can’t believe the party was almost two weeks ago already – the whole evening went by so fast! I shared the party invitations designed by Moglea and printed by Bella Figura a couple of weeks ago, and the invitations really helped guide the overall party design. This year’s party had a tropical vibe, with a color palette inspired by the party invitations – shades of pink, dark blue, and gold – and lots of tropical details from foliage to flamingos!

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This year’s party was again held at Hudson Terrace – but this time in their rooftop terrace! My talented friend (and professional event planner) Janice from Bellwether Events helped me plan the party and kept the entire evening running smoothly and Mandy (one of our resident DIY mavens) helped with a lot of the party décor. We also partnered with an incredible team of sponsors and creative companies to bring the party to life, including The National Stationery ShowMinted, Etsy Wholesale, Silhouette AmericaSmock, Simply Framed, Rifle Paper Co., Hester & Cook Design Group, Legion Paper, Postable, Mailchimp, May DesignsFlower Muse, StationeryHQForyourparty.com, and Swiss Cottage Designs.

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Mandy made the most amazing sign for the Paper Party this year! She hand painted some white canvas fabric in our party colors then cut out the letters and backed them with gold fabric! We accented with lasercut tropical paper foliage and pineapples from Alexis Mattox Design. Our tables featured gorgeous table runners and placemats from the new Chilewich + Hester & Cook collaboration (so pretty!) and table confetti from Minted! Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy also lettered our menu selections on Chilewich + Hester & Cook place cards.

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Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs offered to help out with some of the day-of stationery pieces – didn’t she do the most amazing job?? Courtney designed a fun tropical-inspired cocktail menu, name tags, cocktail stir sticks, coasters, matchboxes, and a giant welcome sign! For Your Party printed the coasters, matchboxes, and stir sticks in rose gold foil.

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Coasters, stir sticks, and matchboxes from For Your Party!

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Stripey party straws and drink flags from Minted!

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I had a blast making signs for the party! I used my favorite DIY technique for making spray painted acrylic signs – but instead of a paint pen I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out vinyl decals! Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy and Jenna from Mon Voir kindly provided lettering, which I cut out in white and hot pink vinyl. The signs ranged in size from 5″ x 7″ to 18″ x 24″ and were seriously so easy to make!

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We also had a table with a demo of the Silhouettte CAMEO for party guests – we cut pineapples out of yellow and navy vinyl to wear as stickers around the party. They were such a hit! Mandy made a pineapple garland from navy card stock (so cute).

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These cascading honeycombs probably made the biggest visual impact and were one of my favorite decorations at the party! We mixed 5″ honeycombs with crepe paper streamers and Mandy‘s DIY air plants. We had 4 or 5 of these cascades around the party. I love how they turned out!

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The team from Smock made a couple of these “chandeliers” using strips of their gift wrap! They looked so beautiful blowing in the breeze.

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This gallery wall in collaboration with Simply Framed was hands down my favorite element of the party! We mixed original calligraphy artwork from some of my favorite calligraphers with tropical-inspired illustrations, and I looooooove how it all came together! The prints all look amazing together and Simply Framed did a wonderful job matching each print to its perfect frame. Stay tuned for a little something special involving these prints tomorrow!

Artwork sources top row from left: Moglea, Idlewild Co., A Fabulous FeteAshley Buzzy Calligraphy and LetterpressMeera Lee PatelRifle Paper Co.

Bottom row from left: Fleur de LettersIdlewild Co.Mon VoirBlue Eye Brown Eye CalligraphyMeera Lee Patel

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For this year’s party gift bags we partnered with the amazing Rifle Paper Co.! The bags feature a gorgeous custom Rifle design created just for the party – and don’t worry, I set some bags aside for a few lucky readers! Stay tuned for more details soon!

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Can we talk about the AMAZING floral arrangements for a few minutes? Dawn from Soirée Floral absolutely killed it! We combined gorgeous peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and greens from Flower Muse with a few tropical flowers like king protea and pink ginger flowers. We mixed a few large arrangements with smaller cocktail-size arrangements that guests could take home at the end of the evening. I’m still dreaming about these amazing blooms!

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Yay for Etsy Wholesale! This was the second year that we’ve had an Etsy Wholesale lounge and I love that it’s becoming a little tradition at the party!

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Our Smilebooth backdrop featured more lasercut tropical paper foliage from Alexis Mattox Design: palm fronds, philodendron leaves, and even a few pineapples! We also had some plastic flamingos for props, along with real philodendron leaves, protea, and ginger flowers. So. Much. Fun!

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You can find the full photo gallery from Paper Party 2015 right here – and the Smilebooth photos right here!

Finally, a HUGE thank you to the wonderful sponsors and people who made the evening possible:

  • Infinite thanks to Janice and Mandy for all of their invaluable help over the past few months and throughout the evening – and Carrie, Kristina (and husband!) and our small army of friends who helped stuff gift bags or with set up before the party. We couldn’t have done it without you!

And of course a big thanks to Charlie Juliet Photography for the gorgeous photos and Hudson Terrace for having us! See you all next year!

Party Sources

Event Coordination: Bellwether Events

Floral Arrangements: Soirée Floral

Flowers: Flower Muse

Gallery Wall: Simply Framed

Day-of Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Day-of Stationery: Swiss Cottage Designs

Coasters, Stir Sticks, and Matchboxes: For Your Party

Table Confetti, Stripey Straws + Drink Flags: Minted

Tropical paper foliage for Smilebooth backdrop: Alexis Mattox Design

Table Runner, Placemats, and Place Cards: Hester & Cook Design Group

Venue: Hudson Terrace

Photo Credits: Charlie Juliet Photography

National Stationery Show 2015, Part 4

Etsy Wholesale is one of the most exciting things to happen in the wholesale world in recent years, and I’m so excited to see Etsy Wholesale building a presence at trade shows like the National Stationery Show and NYNOW. For this year’s National Stationery Show, Etsy Wholesale had a dedicated section of two rows within the show – along with their own booth showcasing products from Etsy Wholesale sellers throughout the show. I was beyond thrilled to curate a wall of products from the Etsy Wholesale section! It was so fun to discover new exhibitors in the Etsy Wholesale section and see familiar faces proudly displaying their Etsy Wholesale badges across the show floor!

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And here’s a little sampling from some of the exhibitors in the Etsy Wholesale section!

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National Stationery Show 2015, Part 3

If you love color, you’re going to LOVE today’s recap from the 2015 National Stationery Show! From bright explosions of neon to understated pastels, each of the following stationers incorporated color (and more than a few pops of gold foil) into their booths in a major way. Let’s start with Parrott Design Studio – Sarah’s booth design with colorful oversized acrylic hearts was one of my favorites from the entire show! Sarah incorporated those same colors throughout her new designs, from letterpress and gold foil greeting cards to laser cut cake toppers!

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National Stationery Show 2015, Part 2

Since we kicked off our 2015 National Stationery Show recaps yesterday with a few new exhibitors, today I thought we’d check in with a few veterans! We’ll start with the wonderful Snow & Graham – these bright art prints may have been my single favorite thing from the entire show! I’m also super excited for their brand new planner featuring a navy leather cover with gold foil details and signature Snow & Graham illustrations on each page!

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AHeirloom continues to blow me away with their wooden entertaining pieces from wood cake and cupcake (!!!) stands, to watermelon cutting boards (!!!!), to colorful cocktail muddlers. Oh, and new brass cocktail stir sticks? Yes please!

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Those mini cupcake stands are seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever seen

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LOVE this new prism cutting board design!

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Hello!Lucky‘s booth was particularly festive this year – from the adorable paper maché cacti booth decorations to the vinyl confetti on their booth walls! I loved the new blank card designs (particularly the eyes and lips below) and the boozy birthday and holiday cards!

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The Katie Leamon booth was hand lettering and marbled paper heaven – not to mention gorgeous polka dot envelopes and sweet scallop edge details!

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I would happily move right into the Moglea booth if given the opportunity. That gorgeous wall! The beautiful stationery! I’m kiiiiinnnnd of obsessed with those new beautiful hand painted spiral bound notebooks and notepads!

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For Sugar Paper, this year was all about the desk – with a brand new collection of brass desk accessories! Of course, there were tons of beautiful new greeting cards, notebooks, and their gorgeous desktop calendar. I’m also crazy about their new collaboration with illustrator Jennifer Vallez of Sophie and Lili!

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More NSS 2015 recaps tomorrow!

National Stationery Show 2015, Part 1

Okay! We’re back from the long weekend and ready to kick off recaps from the 2015 National Stationery Show! There were a ton of new exhibitors at this year’s show, so I thought we’d start with a few of those debuts for our first recap post. From familiar faces around OSBP – including our very own Bailey and Emma from Antiquaria and Bespoke Press – to newer companies like Our Heiday, Sea & Lake, and Hen Pen Paper Co., it was fun to see such strong debuts at this year’s show. We’ll begin with the beautiful hand painted and hand lettered designs from Our Heiday!

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You might remember Sea & Lake‘s awesome narwhal card from this post a couple of months ago – and there’s a lot more where that came from! These ladies have a way with words (I love their Cards for Allies series), from greeting cards and notepads to gift wrap and mugs!

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I’ve been following the beautiful work of Alischa from Bespoke Letterpress out of Australia for years – it was so wonderful to finally see everything in person! I loved the foil art prints and greeting cards (including a fun sparkly gold foil!) and double sided gift wrap. Alischa even wallpapered her entire booth in one of her gift wrap patterns!

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Antiquaria’s debut booth was absolutely stunning – and full of gorgeous stationery, art prints, and gift wrap! Bailey and Emma had every base covered in their booth, from tropical botanicals to western cactus designs to delicate floral patterns. It has been so fun to watch Antiquaria grow over the last few years, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here!

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Last up for today – sweet hand lettered greeting cards, hand painted gift wrap, and art prints from Hen Pen Paper Co.!

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More from the 2015 National Stationery Show tomorrow!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper