Cozy Christmas Eve Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! Since it’s Christmas week and all, I thought it would be fun to share these cozy Christmas Eve wedding invitations from Lauren at Darling + Pearl! With metallic silver envelopes, burgundy ink, wool yarn to tie everything together, and gorgeous envelope calligraphy, these invitations are perfect for a winter gathering!

Christmas Eve Wedding Invitations by Darling & Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From LaurenThis invitation suite was inspired by Christmastime in the Northeast: warm and cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, seasonal baked goods, cocktails, friends and family all gathering around an adorable little christmas tree farm for a winter wedding. The invitation and reply cards are letterpress printed with and additional enclosure that adds a really great graphic element and keeps everything exciting.

Christmas Eve Wedding Invitations by Darling & Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Christmas Eve Wedding Invitations by Darling & Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The envelope calligraphy was done by Therese Swift Hahn of Bella Scrittura. Everything was wrapped in merino wool yarn (kinda like a little present) to lend another nod to the season and the envelope liners bring in dash of metallic silver that complements Therese’s work on the reply envelopes.

Christmas Eve Wedding Invitations by Darling & Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Christmas Eve Wedding Invitations by Darling & Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Christmas Eve Wedding Invitations by Darling & Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Lauren!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Darling + Pearl

Envelope Calligraphy: Therese Swift Hahn of Bella Scrittura

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

Photo Credits: Darling + Pearl

Friday Happy Hour: The Gimlet

Many of the great classics are beautifully simple, and the Gimlet is no exception. Gin, lime cordial – and it should be lime cordial, which we’ll get to in a moment – and that’s pretty much it. This drink is somewhere between a Gin Sour and a Gin Old Fashioned and it’s all wonderful.  Andrew

The Gimlet Classic Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Gimlet

2 oz Dry Gin
1 oz Lime Cordial
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Enjoy!

The Gimlet is a snappy little drink: it has both gin’s sharp herbaceous kick and lime cordial’s citrusy, tart zing. A dash of bitters just helps bring those flavors together and make them pop. Like the Manhattan or the Martini, there’s no real bad time for a Gimlet; they’re all-weather drinks.

The Gimlet Classic Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Like I said: lime cordial. For a long while, ordering a Gimlet meant either that you were going to get a glass of gin with some lime juice and a bit of sugar, if you were lucky, or a glass of gin sweetened with a thick syrupy mess sold as “cordial.” Both would deprive you of real lime cordial’s tremendously refreshing, tongue-twisting sweet-tartness.

You can make lime cordial at home, somewhat laboriously, by zesting and juicing some limes, then adding an equal amount by weight of sugar to the juice, letting the whole thing sit for a day or two in a nonreactive vessel, and then straining out the zest. It’s delicious when fresh but, like I said, a lot of work. But for years, your only options were to make your own or buy a bottle of Rose’s, which dates all the way back to 1867 but for years has been made with barely any real lime in it at all. Fortunately, more and more purveyors of craft cocktail ingredients are starting to make and sell lime cordial with fresh, basic ingredients.

The Gimlet Classic Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Gimlet, despite its appearance in Betty Draper’s hand in more than one episode of Mad Men, has a rough-and-tumble origin. Sailors in the British navy were issued rations of lime or lemon juice to prevent scurvy. Back in 1867, one Lauchlan Rose figured out a way of preserving citrus juice for long sea journeys with sugar instead of rum, and the Rose’s I mentioned above was born. But sailors also got liquor rations, and it didn’t take long for them to put the two together. (I imagine sailors back then probably tried mixing pretty much anything they found anywhere in the world with booze.) So the Gimlet was basically a drunken sailor’s way of making his gin ration more palatable. Or his lime ration more exciting. Or both.

The Gimlet Classic Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

For the most authentic experience, we recommend picking a navy proof gin. “Navy proof” refers to the strength of the liquor; it’s a measure of the amount of alcohol in spirit needed to still ignite gunpowder that had been dowsed in the spirit. You know, a basic safety measure to ensure the ship could still fight even if its drunken sailors spilled their booze all over the gunpowder. The minimum is 114 proof, in contrast to the 80 proof that most spirits are bottled at today. So you’re going to get a wallop of flavor and booze and heat from a Gimlet made from navy proof gin. Which doesn’t sound too bad.

(Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting our experiments before they make their way onto this column!)

Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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

Calligraphy Inspiration: Linen and Leaf

I came across the work of Katie Roden of Linen and Leaf while searching for inspiration on Instagram. The lovely tones, textures, and utter beauty of her feed kept me scrolling for more. Katie’s gorgeous work isn’t merely reserved for weddings, as she provides calligraphy for a variety of projects, including branding. Has your interest been piqued? Stop by her portfolio for more!  – Julie

Calligraphy Inspiration: Linen and Leaf / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Linen and Leaf / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Linen and Leaf / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Linen and Leaf / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Linen and Leaf / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Linen and Leaf / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Follow along with Katie and her most recent projects over on her Instagram feed. And if any of you lucky readers are in the Alabama area, you can also register for a modern calligraphy workshop with Katie in the new year!

Photo credits: 1 Joel and Amber Photography; 2 Katie Rogen; 3 left, 4, 5, 6 right Sleepy Fox Photography; 3 right, 6 left Paul Simon 

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!