Here in London, spring is slowly (but surely) creeping up on us. The days are getting longer, and our lives a little more colorful with new blossoms on the street corners. As someone that lives in a country that is perpetually raining, the arrival of Spring itself is surely worthy of a celebration with some super bright DIY paper flower party poppers! –Erin from BerinMade Paper Goods
Store bought party poppers
Coloured Tissue Paper
Card Stock (in your chosen flower colors)
To make the paper flower party poppers:
Step 1. Feed your card stock into your printer and print out the shapes, then cut out the shapes with scissors.
Step 2. On the cut out flower, fold each petal towards the center to create creases. Then, between each petal, make a small pleat. Using all the creases you have made, the petals should now cave in towards the center to make a flower.
Step 3. To make the flower center, take the circle, cover it in glue and sprinkle glitter on it. Let dry.
Step 4. To make the centre fringe, cut out strips of tissue paper and fringe about 2/3 of the way in. Paint glue around the party popper and stick wrap the strip of tissue paper around it.
Step 5. Wrap the petals around in the same way, and then secure the petals with floral tape.
Now test out your first popper!
As a mama of two girls under the age of four, I have so much respect for the moms out there that make it look easy, even though it definitely isn’t. I didn’t have the best relationship with my own mom when I was growing up (and still don’t), and I was always a bit envious of my friends who had a super close relationship and connection with their mom. I’ve made my peace with it, but I always knew I wanted a different relationship with my own children. So if you’re one of the lucky ones with an amazing mom that has been there for you through everything, let her know how much you appreciate her! Here are a few Best Mom Ever cards to celebrate your fantastic mom!
1. So many sweet Mother’s Day cards from Our Heiday
2. On point from Little Low
3. The best kind of compliment from Wild Ink Press
4. I love the floral print on this card by Snow & Graham – and it has the sweetest message inside!
5. Modern hand lettering in neon red ink by The Good Twin
6. A beautiful laser cut card in pale pink and mint green by Alexis Mattox Design
7. Sweet and simple by Wild Wagon
8. For the mom that taught you everything you know by Gold Teeth Brooklyn
9. I’m obsessed with the plaid pattern in this card from Dahlia Press
10. Gold foil on neon pink paper (!!) by Bespoke Letterpress
p.s. You can find a TON more Mother’s Day cards in the Market List right here!
Happy Monday everyone! We’re starting the week with some seriously stunning and elegant gold foil and navy wedding invitations – and they come to us all the way from the other side of the world: New Zealand!! I love the way Kate of Make Hey incorporated the couple’s navy, gold, and peach color palette into the wedding invitations, including the deliciously shiny metallic gold foil against the velvety navy blue paper. Kate drew design inspiration from the wedding venue and surrounding southern New Zealand landscape, which includes mountain valleys, lakes, and big skies. Beautiful wedding invitations for a wedding in an incredibly beautiful setting!
From Kate: This gold foil wedding invitation suite was custom designed for Helen and Tim, who were married in spring at the Tuhitarata Estate in Martinborough, New Zealand. I drew my main inspiration for the design from the Tuhitarata Estate and its surroundings. Tuhitarata Estate is located in South Wairarapa, a wide valley fringed by mountains to the west and rugged coast to the south and east. The South Wairarapa is a place of big skies, beautiful rural scenery, historic towns full of colonial character, lakes, and waterways. The 1860s-era homestead, Tuhitarata, is set in a park like setting of old English trees and formal gardens.
Helen and Tim wanted their elegant color palette of navy blue, gold and hints of peach to be represented in their wedding stationery. The main invitation was printed on Bristol Intensive Navy Blue by B&F Papers and provides the most incredible contrast amongst the invitation suite. The envelopes were simple kraft paper with a matching wrap around kraft paper seal.
Invitation Design: Make Hey
Check out the Designer Rolodex for more talented wedding invitation designers and the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!
Photo Credits: Make Hey
The weather’s getting warmer, and it’s time – yes, already – to start thinking about what we want to drink when summer shows up. In DC, hot and sweaty summer is always around the corner. Fortunately, Tequila makes for some pretty great summer cocktails, including this refreshing Bittersweet Paloma. – Andrew
2 oz Reposado Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
Grapefruit India Pale Ale
Combine the Tequila, lime juice, and syrup in a shaker filled with ice and shake gently. Strain into a rocks glass or highball filled with fresh ice. Top with the IPA and garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy!
The original Paloma, a popular Tequila cocktail in Mexico, combines Tequila with grapefruit soda. This version replaces the grapefruit soda with grapefruit-flavored beer, keeping the original’s tart fruitiness and effervescence but adding in a big, bitter kick. The lime and syrup, also additions, help tame the IPA’s bitterness a bit. It’s a fun, snappy drink, perfect for watching the sunset on a hot summer evening.
(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 Friday everyone! It’s a gorgeous Spring day here in DC and my three year-old has a day off from pre-school, since Emancipation Day is a holiday in DC. So I’m off to spend some time with my little and enjoy this gorgeous weather! But in the meantime…
Image by BerinMade via Instagram (from the #dailydoseofpaper feed)
…a few links for your weekend!
The last two weeks on Oh So Beautiful Paper:
That’s it for me this week! Check back in just a bit for this week’s cocktail recipe! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo