Summer Cocktail Series: Modern Tiki Party Inspiration

Tiki is making a comeback in a very big way – and we couldn’t be more excited! From bright colors to tropical design motifs (hello pineapples and flamingos!) – and of course the refreshing iced cocktails – a tiki party is the perfect way to celebrate summer with friends. Today we’re partnering with St-Germain to continue our summer cocktail party series with a modern tiki party!

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Let’s start with my favorite part: the invitations! Watercolor is the perfect complement for this laid back tropical party themeWatercolor artist Courtney Khail created the most beautiful watercolor party invitations and Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy worked her calligraphy magic in white ink on grass green envelopes in a very loose and informal lettering style. Such a gorgeous combination!

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We wanted a modern and sophisticated approach for our Tiki party – so we started with a clean white setting and layered in bright pops of color, wood elements, vintage midcentury modern glassware with gold details for sparkle – and brought in some exotic elements in the floral arrangements. Michele was also kind enough to allow us to use her beautiful midcentury home as our venue – thanks Michele!! I made a simple tassel backdrop from colorful ribbons in shades of blue, yellow, and purple to add a bit of color without overpowering the bar and cocktail display.

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Our drink menu included our spin on two classic Tiki cocktails – the Mai Tai and the Hurricane – and our take on rum punch (with coconut milk!) that we’re calling Shipwrecker’s Rum Punch. We’ll have all the recipes for you a bit later!

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The floral arrangements were so much fun to create! Since local flowers wouldn’t give me the tiki vibe we were going for, I focused on creating arrangements with a consistent color palette – in this case shades of pink and orange – and lots of texture. Our main arrangement (created in a coconut shell that I found at Party City) featured two kinds of protea, garden roses, cafe au lait dahlias, and eucalyptus leaves for extra texture. Smaller arrangements featured pink ginger flowers, orange pincushion protea (in wine glasses), more garden roses mixed with ferns to add some wild texture, banana leaves, and even a potted palm (which you can easily find at your local hardware store).

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Full cocktail recipes are coming up in just a bit!

Watercolor Invitations: Courtney Khail

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Styling & Floral Design: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Bacardi and St-Germain. All content, photos, recipes, and words are our own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Rachel + Jason’s Modern Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations from Sarah at Studio SloMo offer a more modern approach to a nature-inspired design. Created for a wedding at the Wildflower Center in Texas, the bride and groom wanted to bring in a nature-inspired feel without any floral motifs. Sarah included simple leaf designs letterpress printed in shades of green. So pretty!

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From Sarah: Rachel and Jason were married at the Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas: they wanted something natural and modern, but not floral. They planned to use lots of bright florals at the wedding and chose to complement that with more subtle neutrals and greens for the invitations.

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The letterpress wedding invitation suite includes a square invitation, RSVP, double belly band, envelope liners and thank you notes. The envelope liners were printed on a shimmer paper, which added a nice touch of elegance. Since they wanted to include their wedding website in the suite, but not on the invitation or RSVP, we thought it would be a nice idea to add a belly band directing guest where to find more detailed information. The result helped to literally tie the suite together!

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Lastly, we chose to give a nod to the Wildflower Center with the blind embossed flowers lining the side of their thank you cards.

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Thanks Sarah!

Studio SloMo is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Sarah’s work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Studio SloMo

Margaret + Glenn’s Mountain-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend! DC is super hot and muggy in the summer, and these days I find myself craving the crisp (and humidity-free) air of the mountains. And since I’m stuck in DC for the time being, I thought I’d start the week with two beautiful nature-inspired wedding invitations! First up, some beautiful illustrated mountain-inspired wedding invitations from Brynne at Harken Press!

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From Brynne: Margaret and Glenn will be married 11,500 feet above sea level, high up in the mountains of Keystone, Colorado. Their outdoor summer wedding is a nature lover’s dream. The venue is truly rustic and romantic, surrounded by mountain views and open sky. Guests have to hop on a chair lift to reach the lodge ceremony site.

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Since both the bride and groom are originally from Louisiana and most of the wedding guests will be traveling from the South, I used illustrations to help capture the picturesque surroundings and the mood of their unique wedding weekend.

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Thanks Brynne!

Design: Harken Press

Printing: StationeryHQ

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

Photo Credits: Harken Press

Friday Happy Hour: Moonshine (aka Unaged Whiskey Cocktail)

A couple of weeks ago, we received a question from reader Jane B.: There’s been an flooding of moonshine on the market these days and I’m wondering what kind of cocktail can you make with moonshine? Any ideas would be welcomed.

I love this question! Because there are two ways of answering it: the really easy, short way, where I get right to the point and talk about a fun cocktail. And the much longer way, where I get to talk about all sorts of interesting things, like barrel aging and Prohibition and chemistry and history and stock car racing. So get set. – Andrew

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Ok. To get right to the point for everyone who’s just interested in our recipes and Nole’s beautiful photos: if you see moonshine for sale in a store, you’re seeing a marketing gimmick. Some folks are trying to pass of regular unaged whiskey as moonshine. It’s not moonshine. It’s unaged whiskey. Moonshine is, more or less, privately distilled illegal spirits. It might be distilled from corn or sugar or wood pulp. It might be 80 proof or it might be 180 proof. It might be mostly ethanol, which you can drink, or it might be full of methanol, which could blind you. You might be able to buy it, in an actual mason jar of course, if you know a guy who knows a guy whose cousin knows a guy who makes moonshine. You can’t buy it in a store. But unaged whiskey marketed as moonshine is trendy. It’s forbidden. It’s Americana. It’s cool.

And that’s ok. There are some great unaged whiskeys for sale today. And unaged whiskey, also called white whiskey or white dog whiskey, can stand on its own as a spirit, though a very different beast from an aged bourbon or rye whiskey. Unaged whiskeys carry lots of raw flavors, like sweet corn and fruity notes, the sort of flavors you might expect form a silver Tequila, without the agave’s sour finish. I love the way white whiskey pairs with apertif wines, so here’s my contribution:

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Ghost in the Graveyard

2 oz Unaged Corn Whiskey
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Dry Curacao
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Combine the whiskey, vermouth, curacao, and liqueur with ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with the bitters. Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy.

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Didn’t I say this was the short version? Yeah. The Ghost in the Graveyard will look like a Martini but taste completely different: sweet and fruity from the corn, with its rougher edges mellowed by the vermouth, and finishing with the citrusy and nutty notes of the liqueurs and a bit of the whiskey’s alcoholic heat. Served ice cold, it’s  actually quite apt for summer, both refreshing and full of sweet summer corn notes. It’s deeply satisfying and one of the recipes I’m prouder of.

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Like an unaged silver or blanco Tequila, a white whiskey is full of alcohol heat and sharp, rough edges – so try pairing two ounces of white whiskey with an ounce of triple sec and 3/4 ounce lime juice to make something like a whiskey Margarita. White whiskey also pairs really well with apple cider and with ginger beer. It’s versatile, but don’t think of it like a rich, oaky bourbon or a deep, spicy rye.

Want to know more about white whiskey and the history of moonshine? Keep reading!

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Happy Weekend + Reader Survey!

Happy Friday everyone! Before we all go running off for the weekend, would you mind filling out a quick reader survey? It has been more than a year since the last one – and we’ve added a lot of new content to Oh So Beautiful Paper since then! I’d love your feedback as I prepare to make more changes to Oh So Beautiful Paper in the coming year (and hopefully make it better than ever!) You can find the short survey right here. But in the meantime…

 Emily McDowell Failure Print Happy Weekend + Reader Survey!

One of my favorite prints from Emily McDowell – and available in a brand new color way!

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

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