Happy Friday everyone! Our little Alice celebrated her quarter birthday earlier this week. I can’t believe she’s already three months old! She’s smiling up a storm and generally the happiest and most chill baby we could have asked for – unless her gums (hello early teething!) or tummy are bothering her. And then she definitely lets you know that she’s not happy! We’ve had a few more of those nights than I would have liked this week, so I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend and a short week next week before we all head out for the holidays. But in the meantime…
Image Credit: Patricia Shen / Our Heiday
…a few links for your weekend!
This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:
No cocktail this week, sadly, due to a certain unusually fussy 3 month-old – but we hope to have a pre-holiday cocktail for you early next week! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo
Can you believe Christmas is almost here? At the Antiquaria design studio, we’ve been busily crafting gifts for our loved ones and wrapping them with care. Emma made these adorable hand drawn gift tags for us to use this year and we thought it would be the perfect download to share with all of you! We wish you a holiday season full of love and cheer (and beautifully wrapped packages). Cheers! –Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria
Download the printable PDF here and print it out on card stock (we chose fun colors like coral and kraft). Simply cut the cards out along the dotted lines, add a hole with a hole-punch, and voila – your gifts are all dolled up!
Please note that the designs in this tutorial are © Antiquaria and intended for personal, non-commercial use only.
Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Nole recently picked up some persimmons from Union Market and, naturally, I decided to turn them into cocktails. The results were good. Persimmons have a sweet, rich earthiness that’s really perfect for this season, and their flavors really shine once they’re cooked a bit. I came up with a few really delicious syrups that I talked about on my Instagram feed, but Nole wanted me to feature one of her favorites here today. I can’t say no to her. – Andrew
Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper
2 oz Reposado Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Persimmon-Date Honey Syrup
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
2 dashes Chocolate Mole Bitters
Combine everything with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy!
Persimmon-Date Honey Syrup
1 cup Honey
1 cup Water
1 Persimmon, Diced
1/2 cup Dates, Pitted and Diced
Combine everything in a sauce pan and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for another hour or so. Strain and bottle the syrup.
Those persimmons take a drink that I had previously only considered for summer and turn into a rich, dark, earthy winter cocktail. Fantastic.
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
I’ve already professed my love for the combination of navy/indigo and copper. Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy and I played around with lots of color combinations for the DIY leather napkin ring tutorial with Sakura of America (psssst! Don’t forget to enter the Pen-touch marker giveaway right here!) last week – but the combination of the copper Pen-touch with navy leather was hands down my favorite. So today I thought I’d share some navy and copper (along with a few other metallics) dinner party inspiration and a few more DIY ideas perfect for Christmas or New Year’s Eve!
I kept the table itself fairly simple, with one medium size floral centerpiece in a vintage copper compote, a couple of smaller arrangements in copper tumblers, taper candles in vintage brass candlesticks, and this gold foil and kraft paper table runner from Minted. Since we envisioned a fairly intimate table with 6-8 guests, we mixed up a large batch of a signature cocktail – a Persimmon Margarita (recipe coming up in just a bit!) – in our DIY color dipped swing bottles and put them on the table for people to enjoy as they please. For a larger gathering, you could have several drinks available – or mix up a bowl of punch!
You can find the copper and navy leather napkin ring tutorial right here. Michele and I also created cocktail menus with copper ink on navy leather – Michele did a large version that could be displayed next to a bar for a larger party, while I tried my hand at a smaller menu that could be placed between guests at the table.
For the flowers, I fell in love with pale lavender anemones at the flower market. I paired the anemones with white and blush ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus. I love the texture of seeded eucalyptus – and you can get a huge bunch without breaking the bank!
I wanted to see what other surfaces the Pen-touch paint markers could write on. I’m pretty sure I gave Michele her biggest challenge yet when I asked her to write on thin sheets of copper! We used these copper sheets with white Pen-touch markers to create two signs: one inviting guests to take a seat and another to display next to party favors.
Lauren and I are totally on the same page this week – I used the Pen-touch markers to customize our drinking glasses! I used gold and copper Pen-touch markers in fine weight to write out “cheers!” on some tumblers. It took a couple of coats to get a nice solid line – so if you try this at home just be sure to let each coat dry fully before putting on the second coat. You could use your handwriting (or calligraphy) but Michele was kind enough to offer a template that you can trace onto your glasses! You can download the “cheers!” template here – it comes in a couple of sizes for use on different sized glasses. Just cut out the words, tape to the inside of your glass, and trace over it with your Pen-touch markers!
Check back soon for the Persimmon Margarita recipe!
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Paint Markers: Sakura Pen-touch Paint Markers
Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper