Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! So, apparently I’m a wee bit crazy, because I decided that the last couple of weeks before Christmas was just the perfect time to completely gut and renovate the only full bathroom in our house. Ha! Actually, our contractor just happened to have an opening in his schedule (we’d been on the waiting list for 5 months), so I decided to just go for it. I’ve absolutely loathed our bathroom from the very first time we ever looked at our house, so I’m super excited to see it go – even if our house is a complete disaster zone at the moment. Our contractor is doing all the demo and pre-tile prep work for us, but we’re planning to do all the tiling. So my Dad is down from New Jersey this weekend to help with everything – wish us luck! I’ll be sharing the final results here in January and I can’t wait! But in the meantime…

Jill Rosenwald / Behind the Scenes via Instagram / OSBP

Love this behind the scenes peek from Jill Rosenwald via Instagram

…a few links for this weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week! Check back a bit later for this week’s cocktail recipe – and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

A Copper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar

A few weeks ago, the editors at Better Homes & Gardens asked me to share some ideas for holiday entertaining in partnership with Keurig. I’m a big coffee drinker, but when it comes to cold winter nights I seriously crave hot chocolate, and I was super excited to discover that the Keurig brewers can make single mugs of hot chocolate in addition to coffee and espresso! So I put together the hot chocolate bar of my dreams – with tons of copper details for holiday sparkle! The full post is up over on the Better Homes & Gardens blog, Delish Dish!

Copper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar Inspiration with Keurig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Copper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar Inspiration with Keurig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Copper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar Inspiration with Keurig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Copper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar Inspiration with Keurig / Oh So Beautiful PaperCopper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar Inspiration with Keurig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Copper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar Inspiration with Keurig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

You’ll find plenty of metallic holiday party inspiration along with some tips for setting up an amazing hot chocolate bar for parties any time of year! This was my first time using a Keurig brewer and it was so easy – and the easy set up and clean up makes them totally perfect for a party. Plus, who doesn’t love a nice mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter night? The Keurig brewers also make fantastic espresso drinks, which would be great to bring out as the party starts to wind down.

Sources: Copper Bottle Brush Trees | Cake Stand | Tinsel Drink Stirrers | Copper Vase (with the tinsel drink stirrers) | Everything else is vintage found on eBay!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper and Delish Dish

This post was created in partnership with Keurig and Better Homes & Gardens. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly

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The holidays are all about tradition. Both the old traditions we grew up with and the new traditions we establish as we marry and grow our own families, like sending beautiful holiday cards with a thoughtful handwritten note to family and friends! Laura is a recent newlywed, longtime OSBP reader, and a stationery enthusiast. Laura and her husband Jeremy eloped earlier this summer, but celebrated their marriage a few weeks ago with a big, epic, DIY wedding for all of their family and friends. This will be Laura and Jeremy’s first time sending holiday photo cards as a married couple and we were super excited to work with Shutterfly to start this new tradition!

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and Jeremy's DIY Backyard Wedding with Flower Crowns / Photo by Emily Wren / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and Jeremy did everything for their wedding by hand – enlisting the help of their very talented friends to hand dye lanterns, wrap favors, create flower crowns and bouquets, and so much more. The gorgeous wedding photos by Emily Wren were just begging to make an appearance on her holiday cards! Shutterfly’s beautiful foil-stamped holiday photo cards were the perfect way to share a favorite wedding photo with friends and family. Laura was immediately drawn to Shutterfly’s Susurration of Snow design with rounded edges and a simple holiday message in gold foil, which paired beautifully with a photo from Laura and Jeremy’s first dance.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Laura: This is our first time sending holiday photo cards! I love all things paper, so I was really excited to start the tradition of sending holiday cards as a married couple. I’m the kind of person that likes to do things myself and our wedding was an epic DIY affair, so it was important to me that our holiday cards included calligraphy elements and had a space for a handwritten message.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I fell for the Susurration of Snow design because it reminded me of all the things I love about the holidays. I was really attracted to the gold foil and the handwritten calligraphy elements, which made the card feel extra special. When we paired our first dance photo with that particular design I felt like the snow flakes really warmed up the photo visually – like a cozy hug. I also loved how the snowflakes and snow dust blended seamlessly with the sparklers in the background. The cheerful envelope liners were also a big bonus! The liners make the holiday cards feel extra special for everyone receiving them and bring a sense of importance to our holiday cards. The overall design feels very warm and inviting – and will remind our families of what a happy year 2015 has been for us.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The gold foil with a black and white wedding photo? So gorgeous. When it comes to holiday photo cards, I prefer a matte photo printed directly onto the paper. It just feels so much more luxe and special. Also, I’m completely obsessed with Laura’s flower crown, and the fact that Laura and Jeremy are positively glowing made it the perfect choice for her holiday photo cards.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We left the back of the card blank to allow for a handwritten message to friends and family and picked out an adorable envelope liner to complement the design. White envelopes addressed in shimmery gold ink by Meant To Be Calligraphy and paired with songbird postage stamps were the perfect finishing details!

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and I are both thrilled with how her holiday photo cards turned out, and I know her friends and family will love receiving a card that represents such a joyful moment in their life together!

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Share and celebrate your family update. Shop Shutterfly for personalized holiday cards that are unique, meaningful and that are just the way you want.

Photo Credits: Laura’s wedding photos by Emily Wren, all other photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

NYNOW Winter 2015, Part 7

I always describe the Kate Spade and Ban.do booth as the happiest booth at any trade show. And really, with that much sparkle and color in such a small area, how could it not be??

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1. I seriously covet that amazing watermelon cooler bag and leather totes (oh, and this striped duffel bag) from Ban.do – and a sneak peek at their 2016 planners coming soon!

2. So much sparkle at Kate Spade, from a gold polka dot ice bucket (WANT) and hologram silver leather notebooks to gold glitter coasters!

3. Love the gorgeous fabric totes, bags, and zip pouches from Maika – so many wonderful patterns and colors!

I’ve got one final post from NYNOW coming up in just a bit – and you can also see more from NYNOW on Instagram at #OSBPatNYNOW!

Friday Happy Hour: Lavender Champagne Cocktail

You don’t have to put away the champagne after New Year’s Eve. After last week’s Rosemary-Pear French 75, Nole and I decided it would be fun to devote the month of January to Champagne cocktails. So we’re going back to basics with our own twist on a classic: the very first Champagne cocktail was The Champagne Cocktail, one of the oldest and one of the best. – Andrew

Lavender Champagne Cocktail by Liquorary and Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lavender Champagne Cocktail

Champagne or Another Dry Sparkling Wine
1/2 oz St-Germain
2 dashes Lavender Bitters

Add the St-Germain and bitters to a flute, then fill the rest of the glass with chilled Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy!

I must confess: I’m not the biggest fan of Champagne, at least not by itself. Much of the Champagne made these days is very dry and acidic and not at all fun for me to drink. But that’s the beauty of the Champagne Cocktail: it takes a base spirit that can be rough to drink by itself, tempers is a bit with some sweetness, then rounds it out with the complexity of bitters. And the result – here a lightly sweet, deeply floral cocktail – is still wonderfully effervescent. So much fun to drink. (And if you’re not making this drink to impress the ladies in your life, you’re not doing it right.)

Lavender Champagne Cocktail by Liquorary and Oh So Beautiful Paper

Champagne is an excellent showcase for other flavors, especially floral and fruity liqueurs. We used the elderflower-flavored St-Germain, but you might also enjoy Cointreau, Creme de Violette, or blood orange liqueur.

The original Champagne Cocktail goes all the way back to 1850 and looked a little different: a sugar cube dissolved by some aromatic bitters, like Angostura, then topped with Champagne and crushed ice, poured back and forth between two glasses to chill. Mixing with ice meant that the drink would go flat quickly, so you were meant to drink this version very fast, and then order another in quick succession. Not a bad plan.

Lavender Champagne Cocktail by Liquorary and Oh So Beautiful Paper

But it’s a little plain, and Champagne demands partners as ostentatious as itself. Pairing with liqueurs like this also lets you set up a fun DIY cocktail station if you’re serving this drink at a party: set out some bottles of different liqueur, bitters, and some Champagne on ice, with a bowl of lemon peel garnishes, and let guests fix themselves their own Champagne Cocktails.

PS–You can find a set of these vintage silver-rimmed flutes over at our Etsy Shop!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

// Ed Note: I topped our champagne cocktail with a tiny bit of edible gold leaf for a bit of extra sparkle. But you can stick with the traditional lemon peel garnish or even a couple sprigs of lavender if you’re making this at home. –Nole //