Party Paper: Holiday Cocktail Party

Happy December – and happy holiday cocktail party season! You know we love a good cocktail party here at OSBP. If you’re planning to host a jolly cocktail bash, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite details to make it, quite literally, sparkle! I love combining gold, jewel tones and pastels for a festive and unexpected palette! Cheers! —Kelly

Party Paper: Holiday Cocktail Party via Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Gold Stripe Paper Straws from Urban Outfitters

2. Cheers Coasters from Sugar Paper

3. Cocktails Here Sign from A Fabulous Fete

4. Paper Fans from Oh Joy! for Target

5. Present Drink Stirrers from With Lovely

6. Cocktails Matchbox from The Social Type

Gift Wrap Tips + Techniques with Craftsy!

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Today we’re continuing our series with Craftsy, an online community for makers with classes, patterns, templates, and supplies. I’ve been collaborating with Craftsy over the past few weeks to take a few of their online classes and learn some new skills – and since we’re getting close to the holidays I thought we’d focus on the gift wrap tips and techniques that I learned from Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney! And for those of you looking to brush up your gift wrap skills before the holidays, Craftsy is offering a huge discount (50% off!) just for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers through November 24!

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I’ve always considered gift presentation to be just as important as the gift itself – and I have several friends that always impress me with their gift wrapping and gift presentation skills. I hoard beautiful gift wrap sheets ribbons and gift tags throughout the year, but when it comes to actual gift wrap construction I’ve always fallen a bit short. My corners are wonky, paper bunches up in weird places, and I never know where to properly place paper seams – until now! I learned so much from Craftsy’s Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney, including some essential gift wrap techniques that really elevated my gift giving game. You can click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – and take advantage of the wonderful discount!

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I love that you can watch portions of a Craftsy class over and over whenever you want – I must have watched the tutorial on how to tie the perfect bow a dozen times! And you can even watch on your phone or tablet with the Craftsy app while you’re in the middle of a project. I focused on the gift wrap lesson here, but the Paper Arts class is organized into twelve (!!) lessons covering everything from gift wrap to the art of letter writing to home decor ideas, and each lesson is divided into subsections for easy reference later on.

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I love mixing a neutral paper with beautiful ribbon for a pop of color or metallic sparkle. I used a technique that I learned in Alton’s class – layering two ribbons – to pair hand-dyed grosgrain ribbons with frayed denim and raw linen ribbons over a warm gray wrapping paper. I also mixed a soft gray twine with metallic silver and gold ribbon on a smaller gift box. I love the combination of the subtle gradient color in the hand-dyed grosgrain ribbon with the texture of the linen and denim ribbons.

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I sadly don’t have any photos of the hand dying process (it happened too fast to take photos!), but it’s really simple if you want to recreate it at home. Just wind your ribbon into a coil around two fingers, then dip one edge of your ribbon coil into a small container filled with just a tiny amount of liquid fabric dye in your chosen colors. I used fuchsia and teal dye diluted with just a little bit of water. Once your ribbon has absorbed the fabric dye (usually just a few seconds), run it under cold water and allow to dry. And that’s it!

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Click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – with a discount for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! Craftsy has generously offered 50% off the Paper Arts class, so this is a great opportunity to learn a ton of new paper skills for just $14.99. This discount is only available through midnight MST on November 24 – so sign up soon!

Styling + Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Urbanic Faves | All That Glitters

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we’re gravitating towards things with a little more sparkle and shine around here at Urbanic. Okay, who are we kidding?!  — we actually kind of *always* are, but this is the perfect time of year to do a round up on it.  This month, I  decided to start the project of organizing, re-arranging, and fancying up my desk area for a fresh perspective going into the new year. Below are some top picks from Urbanic and beyond that have that perfect golden touch.  xo  –Audrey

Urbanic Faves | All That Glitters via Oh So Beautiful Paper

 1. Light + Ladder planter; 2. Meri Meri treat bags; 3. The Social Type notepad; 4. Kate Spade mail tray; 5. Galison pencils; 6. Illume candles;  7. The Social Type matches; 8. Umbra geometric wall decor 9. Nightingale Press card;  10. Wondermade marshmallows; 11. Haute Papier scissors; 12. Kate Spade stapler; 13. Sugar Paper notebook; 14. One Canoe Two calendar; 15. Meri Meri plates; 16. Meri Meri glitter stickers; 17. Galison noteset

Summer Cocktail Series: Modern Tiki Party Inspiration

Tiki is making a comeback in a very big way – and we couldn’t be more excited! From bright colors to tropical design motifs (hello pineapples and flamingos!) – and of course the refreshing iced cocktails – a tiki party is the perfect way to celebrate summer with friends. Today we’re partnering with St-Germain to continue our summer cocktail party series with a modern tiki party!

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Let’s start with my favorite part: the invitations! Watercolor is the perfect complement for this laid back tropical party themeWatercolor artist Courtney Khail created the most beautiful watercolor party invitations and Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy worked her calligraphy magic in white ink on grass green envelopes in a very loose and informal lettering style. Such a gorgeous combination!

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We wanted a modern and sophisticated approach for our Tiki party – so we started with a clean white setting and layered in bright pops of color, wood elements, vintage midcentury modern glassware with gold details for sparkle – and brought in some exotic elements in the floral arrangements. Michele was also kind enough to allow us to use her beautiful midcentury home as our venue – thanks Michele!! I made a simple tassel backdrop from colorful ribbons in shades of blue, yellow, and purple to add a bit of color without overpowering the bar and cocktail display.

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Our drink menu included our spin on two classic Tiki cocktails – the Mai Tai and the Hurricane – and our take on rum punch (with coconut milk!) that we’re calling Shipwrecker’s Rum Punch. We’ll have all the recipes for you a bit later!

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The floral arrangements were so much fun to create! Since local flowers wouldn’t give me the tiki vibe we were going for, I focused on creating arrangements with a consistent color palette – in this case shades of pink and orange – and lots of texture. Our main arrangement (created in a coconut shell that I found at Party City) featured two kinds of protea, garden roses, cafe au lait dahlias, and eucalyptus leaves for extra texture. Smaller arrangements featured pink ginger flowers, orange pincushion protea (in wine glasses), more garden roses mixed with ferns to add some wild texture, banana leaves, and even a potted palm (which you can easily find at your local hardware store).

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Full cocktail recipes are coming up in just a bit!

Watercolor Invitations: Courtney Khail

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Styling & Floral Design: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Party Paper: Valentine Crafting Party

Who said making valentines had to just be for kids!? I think throwing a little adult valentine crafting party sounds like the perfect way to spend a chilly February day! Provide cute supplies to turn into valentines… like heart sparklers and stickers, and little tags and cute printables. And don’t forget the sparkly decorations, and pretty pink cocktails too! —Kelly

Party Paper: Valentine Crafting Party

No. 1 Swoon Banner from michiemay, No. 2 Glitter Hearts from Shop Sweet Lulu, No. 3 Heart Gift Tags from Seasprout, No. 4 Heart Sparklers from TOPS Malibu, No. 5 Party Horns from Shop Sweet Lulu, No. 6 Valentine Printables by Oh So Pretty for Sugar & Cloth

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