Alison + Nathaniel’s Art Nouveau Garden Wedding Invitations

These beautiful wedding invitations from Brynne at Harken Press mix botanical details with Art Nouveau elements for a garden wedding at a private estate. I’m particularly in love with that gorgeous envelope liner and pops of coral!

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From BrynneI worked with Alison and Nathaniel to create wedding stationery that complements their charming garden ceremony at a private estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts. They wanted to include outdoors elements but also highlight the cottage-style architecture of the historic mansion estate. My goal was to balance the natural and rustic botanical elements with an elegant Art Nouveau look.

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The invitation and reply card were letterpress printed, while the guest info card with hand drawn map on the backside were digital printed.

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Thanks Brynne!

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Photo Credits: Harken Press

Zoë’s Hand Lettered First Birthday Party Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I couldn’t resist starting the week with these bright and happy first birthday party invitations from Viv Jordan of The Eclectic Press. Viv knew she wanted something on the non-traditional side, incorporating her own hand lettering throughout the invitation along with illustrations of birthday candles and doughnuts. So fun!

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From Viv: I wasn’t able to create an announcement for my sweet daughter’s birth last year, so I wanted to pour my energy and creativity into making something fun and unique for her first birthday. While drawing out some sketches, I knew I wanted to create something a little less conventional, so I decided to hand letter and illustrate the design for Zoë’s first birthday invitation and coordinating pieces.

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I incorporated birthday candles in the design and I also included doughnuts because my husband and I are obsessed with doughnuts and wanted that to be our daughter’s first bite of sugar instead of a smash cake.

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Other coordinating pieces included an 11×17″ welcome sign, some small place cards used for signage and food labels, three sticker designs for kiddos and parents to wear and a party favor bookmark with a much loved quote about reading.

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Thanks Viv!

Photo Credits: Invitation photos by Heather Hawkins / Party Photos by Lemons and Tea Photography

Friday Happy Hour: How to Choose Cocktail Glasses

The most frequent comment we receive on our cocktail posts is this: where do we get those beautiful cocktail glasses? It’s a good question: the perfect drink deserves the perfect glass. You’re not going to ruin a delicious drink by using the wrong glass, but using the right glass can definitely enhance your experience. The good news is, we’re starting our own Etsy shop, Liquorary, to share some our best finds from over our years of cocktail posts. We’ve scoured antique stores and shows, thrift shops, estate sales, and flea markets. We’ve searched forgotten dusty corners and overlooked shelves for our cocktail glasses. We’ve found classic coupes and flutes, midcentury highballs, and a load of other gorgeous glasses that are perfect for your next drink.

So if you’re going to put care into making a recipe, whether it’s a classic or own of ours or own of your own, then it’s worth putting some care into your glassware.

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Illustration by Jillian Evelyn / Hand Lettering by Maria Filar for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Cocktail Glass

The modern cocktail glass is iconic: a slender stem, with a cone-shaped bowl and wide rim. Also known as the Martini glass, the modern cocktail glass is an Art Deco homage to the classic cocktail glass. And it’s a total disaster. It’s poorly balanced, and its shallow bowl and sharply angled sides are practically designed to slosh your drink all of you. And, with few exceptions, it’s way too big – so either you’re going to end up with a half-filled glass, or you’re going to mix a huge drink that’s way too big and will warm up before you can finish it. Instead, you want something like this: The Robert Frost Cocktail Recipe OSBP 6 Friday Happy Hour: How to Choose Cocktail Glasses

The Robert Frost

This is a vintage cocktail glass, the vintage shape our of which our modern Martini glasses evolved. Its sides are less shallow than a modern glass, making it harder to spill. Its flat-bottomed bowl gives it a better balance, leaving it harder to knock over. Its stem will keep your warm hand away from your drink. And its smaller size – just four to six ounces – is a perfect fit for most drinks. No super-sized, watered down and warmed up cocktails need apply. All-spirits drinks, like the Old Fashioned, the Martini, or the Manhattan, are perfect for the smaller end of that range, while many Sours will fit in the larger end. These aren’t easy to find these days. I’ve seen some from Libbey Glass that fit the bill, but your best bet is to go vintage. Antique stores and shows, yard and estate sales, and online auctions can be a pain to hunt through, but are your best bet for the best glassware.

Coupes

The coupe was first invented as a champagne glass in the late 1600s, but it’s actually pretty terrible at that job. It’s wide brim lets the champagne release all of its carbonation too quickly. But it probably didn’t take too long for anyone to figure out that the coupe has a much better role: serving cocktails. It plays pretty much the same role that the classic cocktail glass used to play: well balanced, easy to hold without spilling, and elegant.

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Raised in a Red Barn

It’s much easier to find beautiful antique and vintage coupes, and there’s tremendous variety in shape, color, and design. There are also some modern coupes that are both beautiful and just the right size; check out Cocktail Kingdom‘s selection, especially their 3.75 and 6 oz sizes. Coupes are perfect for the same drinks as the classic cocktail glass, all-spirits drinks and Sours.

Flutes

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The Brandy Crusta

Unlike the coupe, the flute actually is pretty good for champagne. Its narrow bowl reduces the drink’s surface area and retains carbonation for longer. This makes the flute ideal for any drinks that incorporate Champagne or another carbonated ingredient, like the French 75. It’s also pretty useful for recipes with big garnishes, like the whole lemon peel in the Brandy Crusta. We’re still partial to vintage, but there’s a big array of new flutes available, so these should be easy to find. Aim for three to four ounces, and no more than six.

Lowballs

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Sunset Mai Tai

Lowballs – also called Old Fashioneds, tumblers, and rocks glasses – are low glasses, with wide rims and heavy bottoms. As the name and shape suggest, they’re perfect for any drink that you build in the glass, layering and muddling ingredients, like the Old Fashioned, Caipirinha, or Smash. Like the flute, there are tons of good vintage and new versions available, and some pretty cool looking reproductions of classic designs, so these should be easy to find. Look for glasses between six and ten ounces.

Highballs

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The Gin Rickey

The highball is the Laurel to the Old Fashioned’s Hardy: tall and narrow, perfect for bigger drinks (also known as long drinks) built in the glass. At eight to twelve ounces, the highball is your go-to for drinks like the Mojito, the Cobbler, and the Rickey, drinks with lots of ice and muddled ingredients. (The Collins glass is slightly taller and narrower yet than the highball, but there’s quite a bit of overlap between the two styles so I tend to use the terms interchangeably.) As with the Old Fashioned, vintage designs are pretty easy to find, but there are also lots of new and reproductions available too these days.

Sherbets

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Frozen St-Germain Daiquiri

Looking generally something like a stocky coupe, the sherbet glass is stemmed with a broad, deep bowl and thick glass sides. As the name suggests, the sherbet started life as a dessert glass for sherbets and ice cream. They’re plentiful at antique shows and flea markets, far more so than any proper cocktail glasses, though I can’t tell if that’s because a variety of large-bowled glassware is getting lumped together as “sherbets.” In any case, the more delicate of them can often serve as good stand-ins for coupes, and the larger are often perfect for frozen and Tiki drinks.

Punch Bowls

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Alliance Club Punch

I’m no expert – I’ve only made punch a few times, though always to great acclaim – but I do know you should look for big punch bowls (2-3 quarts should be enough for spirits, citrus, and ice) and tiny punch glasses (2-3 ounces should do it). The idea is to encourage your guests to make lots of trips to the punch bowl to refill their glasses, making the punch bowl a center of interaction.

The List Goes On

I’m already over a thousand words and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Mugs for Moscow Mules and Blue Blazers? Cordials? Hurricane glasses? There’s still a huge array of glasses, especially specialty glasses for individual drinks, that we haven’t even talked about at all. And that’s ok. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of glassware when you don’t need to. Yes, the Hurricane is named after a glass that looks just like a hurricane lamp. And you know what? A Hurricane served in a highball or a sherbet glass will taste just as good. Looking for the exact glass for every drink can leave you with overflowing cabinets and an empty wallet. Now, if someone wanted to get you some niche glasses as a gift, I’m not saying to turn them down…

Photo Credits: Frozen St-Germain Daiquiri by Sweet Root Village / all others by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Today little Alice turns one month old! With Sophie, the newborn stage felt like an eternity – but we wondered if things would be different the second time around since we (now) know how fleeting these early days really are. I’m still not the biggest fan of the newborn stage (I’m much happier when babies start smiling – usually around 8 weeks), but it does feel like these first (hard) few weeks have just flown by! We’ll be celebrating Alice’s first month birthday with take out and doughnuts tonight – but in the meantime…

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Photo (and printable invitation!) via A Fabulous Fete

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back soon for a very special cocktail post! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

Chris + Sara’s Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Sigh. There’s just something so romantic about modern calligraphy. And combine calligraphy with watercolor washes inspired by the sea? Total swoon! Victoria of Moira Design Studio created these one of a kind watercolor and calligraphy wedding invitations for a casual wedding on the Maryland shore. Gorgeous!

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From Victoria: Ocean sea breezes and the airy shades of the shore inspired this Maryland seaside invitation suite. We wanted to create a feel of open air and summer breezes. This casual wedding incorporated loose linen table runners, rustic wood tables, driftwood, and pale wood Louis style chairs. The suite features an open and modern calligraphy style in a medium grey tone, and is paired with watercolor washes in shades of blue.

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Each envelope was delicately painted with a watercolor wash to match the suite, lined in watercolor paper and addressed in the same sloped and loose calligraphy style. The simple map of the Maryland coast depicts the strong blues of the ocean against the sand and points guests in the direction of the ceremony and hotel. The suite was a perfect fit for the casual afternoon summer affair.

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Thanks Victoria!

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Photo Credits: Moira Design Studio