Party Paper: A Floral-Filled Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is this weekend! Anyone planning a special brunch for mom? I think celebrations are extra special when they’re small and intimate.. even just for the two of you! Little floral parasols for mimosas, floral flags atop mini pancakes and some pretty ombré stationery to boot! Mom will be talking about it all year! —Kelly

Floral Filled Mothers Day Brunch Party Paper: A Floral Filled Mothers Day Brunch

No. 1 Floral Garland from Meri Meri, No. 2 Parasols from Shop Sweet Lulu, No. 3 Quote Jar Printable from Julep, No. 4 Flags from Pelemele, No. 5 Napkins from Shop Sweet Lulu, No. 6 DIY Ombre Stationery from Paper & Stitch

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NSS 2014 Sneak Peek: Missive

The National Stationery Show is only two weeks away – which means it’s time to kick off NSS sneak peek posts! First up this year is a longtime favorite letterpress studio making their NSS debut: Missive. Lisa from Missive is bringing her letterpress stationery to the Ladies of Letterpress Booth (#2462), with a brand new Cursive collection along with several additions to her existing greeting card and everyday stationery collections. I can’t wait to see it all in person!

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Thanks Lisa!

Photo Credits: Missive

Megan + Mike’s Rustic Modern Yellow Wedding Invitations

Ilana from Sugar & Type sent over these sunny yellow invitations that she created for a vineyard wedding in New York. The bride and groom wanted to mix modern and rustic elements into the design, so Ilana paired their sunny yellow and gray color palette with versatile kraft paper. Super cute!

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From IlanaMegan and Mike’s wedding colors were yellow and gray, and their venue was a beautiful winery in Upstate New York. They wanted to mix the rustic vibe of the vineyard with their modern and fun personalities. It was so fun to work with such a happy color! We chose kraft paper envelopes, and tied the suite together with raffia.

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We printed the invitation suite on Mohawk Felt paper, and the texture was incredible. It gave their modern design a rustic feel. Calligraphy by Kelly Place was the icing on the cake – it was a perfect addition to this sunshine filled wedding suite!

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Thanks Ilana!

Design: Sugar and Type 

Calligraphy: Kelly Place

Paper: Mohawk

Printing: Stationery HQ

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

Photo Credits: Audra Zaba Photo

Caroline’s Strawberry Storybook Baby Announcements

Happy Monday everyone! I’m thrilled to start the week with these darling baby announcements! I’ve known Kathryn from Snippet & Ink since before I even started OSBP, and we’ve often bonded over our shared love of beautiful paper. When Kathryn welcomed her daughter Caroline last spring, she turned to the talented Cynthia Warren to create a storybook birth announcement – with stunning results!

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From KathrynSince Caroline was due in early June, I thought it would be fun to incorporate something seasonal and sweet like strawberries. I also love some of Cynthia’s storybook lettering. But really, along with about five images for inspiration, that was all the direction I gave her – Cynthia is so incredibly talented, and has such a unique style, I wanted to let her work her magic without me micromanaging things.

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From CynthiaWith her baby girl arriving in late Spring/early Summer, Kathryn wanted strawberries to be part of the design. She also wanted my hand-lettering style to be reminiscent of vintage children’s books. With such a sweet color palette we thought it would be great to tie the announcements and Caroline’s photograph into little bundles with red and white twine. The envelopes were addressed in the perfect grass green ink by the fabulous calligrapher and artist, Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. Maybelle’s charming style added such elegance and whimsy.

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From Kathryn: Maybelle’s whimsical calligraphy was an obvious choice (she also did the day-of calligraphy for our wedding and I absolutely love working with her), and we went with grassy green ink to play off the strawberry leaves in the announcement.

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Something you can’t see in these images is that once the stamps were cancelled, the butterfly on the front of the envelope was almost perfectly perched on the end of the cancellation mark. I loved this little detail that Cynthia put in!

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Thanks so much Kathryn!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Cynthia Warren

Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

Photo Credits: Christina McNeill

Friday Happy Hour: The Basil-Mint Julep

Apparently there’s some sort of race in Kentucky this weekend. I’m not so interested in that. But I am interested in Kentucky Bourbon and all the great things you can do with it. You might think that the amazing Mint Julep is your only choice for a weekend like this, but that’s not true! The Julep is basically a Smash – an old category of drinks that involves mint, sugar, spirits, and maybe a bunch of other fruit for garnish. So here’s a fun variation you could try this weekend: the Basil-Mint Julep. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Basil-Mint Julep

2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Mint Simple Syrup

1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur
Fresh Basil and Mint Leaves

To make the mint syrup: bring a cup of water to boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir in a cup of sugar until fully melted, then add a cup of chopped fresh mint leaves and remove from heat. Cover the syrup and let it cool, pulling out any leaves that turn black. Once the syrup has reached room temperature, strain out the mint leaves and then give them a squeeze to extract the last bit of sugar and mint oil. Store in the refrigerator.

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To make the drink: combine the syrup and liqueur in the bottom of a rocks glass, then add the basil leaves. Muddle the basil gently, then fill the glass with crushed ice. Add the bourbon and give it a stir. Garnish with more basil and fresh mint and enjoy.

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What you end up with is sweet and refreshing like a Mint Julep, but with a savory, herbal layer of basil and a hint of spiciness from the ginger liqueur. Basil is a tremendously aromatic and flavorful ingredient that can complement an already savory drink – like last year’s Bufala Negra – or transform the flavor profile of a drink like the Julep.

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So give it a try and play around with it. No recipes are sacred, not even the Mint Julep. Maybe try getting rid of the mint altogether and just enjoy a Basil Julep! There’s nothing that says you can’t have one of each.

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Don’t forget to let us know if you try any of our recipes. And if you do make one at home, you can use #osbphappyhour to share photos of these (or your own creations) on Instagram.

p.s. For those of you looking for fun tequila cocktail recipes for Cinco de Mayo, here are a few ideas: The Spring Fling, Peach Margarita, Pop Up PalomaCucumber-Peach Tequila Cobbler, Strawberry Tequila Daisy, and a Traditional Margarita

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper