One of my favorite parts of a wedding is the tablescape and place setting. This is where the small details (and your personal style) shine! We’ve rounded up a few favorite place setting ideas to help guide the inspiration for your own wedding reception. As you can see from the unique examples below, there is usually one main element that stands out from the rest. Which place setting is your favorite? – Annie
A wooden dreamcatcher and calligraphy place card add a bohemian touch. | Photography: Danielle Poff Photography, Design & Coordination: Danae Grace Events, Calligraphy: Rosey Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty
Right: Tuck a bold menu and place card inside the napkin for a graphic place setting. | Photography: Suzy Van Dyke, Planning & Design: Orange Blossom Special Events, Paper Goods: Orange Blossom Special Events via Green Wedding Shoes
Left: Use a cactus as the centerpiece, topped with a coordinating watercolor place card. | Photography: Ben Q Photography, Event Design & Planning: Emily Allen, Paper Goods: Yeti and the Beast via Green Wedding Shoes
Right: White calligraphy on a single leaf completes this simple, nature-inspired place setting. | Photography: Harwell Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings
Left: I love the coastal-inspired details, from the deep blue watercolor menu to the aquatic matchbox. | Photography: Jacqueline Campbell via Martha Stewart Weddings
Display seasonal fruit (like these figs!) alongside a watercolor place card. | Photography: Marian Logoyda, Planning, Design, & Florals: Tandem Decor, Calligraphy: Vladislav Gorbunov via Green Wedding Shoes
Today’s recap from the 2016 National Stationery Show is less about a common design style or color palette, and more about an overall vibe. In my head, I’ve been calling this group of booths the New Bohemians. Each booth has a laid back, offbeat vibe, with plenty of botanical details throughout. Let’s start with Wild Hart Paper, which was full of beautiful greeting cards, art prints, gift wrap, and more!
This post is FULL of photos – so keep reading after the jump too see more from Wild Hart Paper, along with the booths of Our Heiday, The Great Lakes Goods, Katharine Watson, Ferme à Papier, Idlewild Co., Heartell Press, and Banquet Workshop!
Happy Monday everyone! And happy first official day of Summer! We’re starting the week with these gorgeous navy blue calligraphy elopement celebration invitations from Victoria at Design House of Moira, which feature Victoria’s beautiful calligraphy on equally stunning raw edge cotton paper. And that tagline: we fell in love, so we ran away. Utterly romantic and so perfect for an elopement celebration!
From Victoria: Working with Marina from Bustle Events, we designed this suite for an elopement celebration, using the phrase “we fell in love, so we ran away” as the theme. We really wanted to embrace the destination aspect of the celebration, tying in natural edges and shades of blue.
The invitation itself announces their elopement and invites guests to join them at the bride’s parents home upon their return home. We really loved the idea of using paper with a raw edge and choose to go with handmade 100% cotton rag paper from Fabulous Fancy Pants. We paired the handmade paper with slooping brush lettering, and paired it with a formal serif font.
I also hand painted a large piece of artwork for the bride in monochromatic blues, and used that artwork to be printed as their envelope liners. Each invitation suite was wrapped in hand dyed, hand frayed silk ribbon and tucked into a crisp white cotton envelope.
The address calligraphy matched the same brush lettering throughout the suite, paired with vintage stamps in shades of blue. Each envelope was sealed with a white wax seal with calligraphy detail.
The cocktail menus were printed on the same 100% cotton rag paper and featured a “his & hers” signature cocktail. We also created a larger scale artwork piece of the quote we used in the suite featuring the couple’s wax seal.
Photography: Design House of Moira
This is a month for sparkling cocktails, which we usually make the old-fashioned way: adding something already bubbly, like soda water or beer or ginger beer or sparkling wine or…you get the idea. But we decided this week to skip that step and go straight to the source, using science! We made our own Sparkling Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail recipe, and it’s easier than it sounds. –Andrew
Sparkling Strawberry Daiquri
2 oz Silver Rum
1 oz Strawberry Syrup
3/4 oz Lime Juice
To make the strawberry syrup: combine a cup each of demerara or raw sugar, water, and strawberries, hulled and quartered, in a sauce pan. Heat gently, stirring frequently, until the strawberries have softened into a pulp. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove all the solids, then bottle and refrigerate.
To make the Daiquiri: combine the rum, syrup, and lime in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice and shake well. Strain into a hand-held carbonator – we used this one by Hamilton Beach – and, following the carbonator’s instructions, pump some CO2 into that Daiquiri until it’s sparkling. Strain into a chilled flute glass and enjoy!
When we decided to try carbonating our own cocktails, we did a bit of research. Turns out that you can build your own rig to finely control the carbonation process, if you’re willing to shell out a couple hundred bucks and set up CO2 tanks, regulators, the whole works. We figured out pretty quickly that this was not for us. But there are plenty of relatively inexpensive, hand-held carbonators designed to make small batches of soda water. Since these are designed for water, and not for cocktails – with all their sticky sugars – there’s a risk of gumming up these carbonators and, you know, explosions. What with using gas under pressure and all. But we decided to go for it and give it at least one shot. It was even easier than I expected it to be. (Ed Note: I shared a little behind the scenes peek at the process over on Snapchat if you’re interested – I’m @beautifulpaper over there! –Nole)
The result is a wonderfully peppy version of a Daiquri, bright and effervescent. Carbonating a drink this way gives you all that fun fizziness without any of the dilution that you’d normally get by adding in a carbonated ingredient, like soda water. Just remember: carbon dioxide interacts with water to produce carbonic acid, so carbonating a drink makes a drink a bit more acidic. We used just a bit less lime juice than normal to balance out the effect.
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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper