Party Paper: St. Patrick’s Day

Happy March! Since Easter is late this year, St. Patrick’s Day gets a little more time in the spotlight! Irish or not, it’s fun to embrace the crazy colors of the rainbow and pots of gold for a little bash on March 17th! If you aren’t a fan of wearing green or donning shamrocks, this is the St. Patty’s party for you! —Kelly

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No. 1 Rainbow Wreath from Fiskars, No. 2 Confetti Push Pop from Thimble Press, No. 3 Piñata from Katie K Franklin, No. 4 Rainbow Candy Cups from Shop Sweet Lulu, No. 5 Rainbow Popcorn Boxes from TomKat Studio, No. 6 DIY Streamers from Oh Happy Day

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Vintage Floral Cotton Wedding Invitation Inspiration

This time of year I just want to gobble up anything floral. Give me spring!! Luckily, Jeannine from Blue Magpie sent over these vintage-inspired wedding invitations that combine floral fabric, torn linen, and kraft paper. Just what I needed!

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From JeannineThis invitation suite was really inspired by the beautiful vintage floral fabric. I wanted to design something that was feminine and romantic with a rustic charm but didn’t feel “old” in any way. After playing with lots of materials, I landed upon a combination of the floral fabric, torn linen, and torn kraft paper on which I emboss familiar wedding vows in a brilliant white. I love the white embossed loopy script because it reminds me of that classic combination of lacy doilies and floral cotton fabrics, but with a crisp, fresh feel.

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Thanks Jeannine!

Blue Magpie is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Jeannine’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Blue Magpie

Preppy Palm Beach Wedding Stationery Inspiration

Happy Monday everyone! We’re experiencing yet another winter storm here in DC, so I’m excited to start the week off with some colorful wedding invitation inspiration from Nichole at Coral Pheasant! Inspired herself by the playful vibe of Palm Beach, these invitations feature brush style lettering from Moira Ink and lots of pineapples. So fun!

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From NicholePunchy colors, pineapples and a preppy chic Palm Beach vibe were the inspiration behind this invitation. I asked Jenny of Moira Ink to create playful brush style lettering that I incorporated into the suite and signage. Striking envelopes with bold edge coloring were paired with a pineapple patterned envelope liner.

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This same pattern was used to create custom fabric that became matching napkins and a bow tie for the groom – a great and unexpected way to carry this design element throughout, creating a really cohesive experience. (Something to think about all you brides-to-be!) A laser cut pineapple belly band repeated the motif and held all the pieces together. Laser cutting was also used to create the front of the wedding program and mini laser cut pineapples adorned cute cupcakes.

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One of my favorite elements were the pineapple welcome bags. Treats for the guests included tropical trail mix and a pineapple upside down cake shot! Little pineapple juice cans were wrapped in coordinating labels and a recipe card provided illustrated instructions. The instructions were tucked into a polka dot bag and affixed to the welcome letter. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be on the receiving end of this cute package – and I’d be super stoked for the wedding!

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Thanks Nichole!

Stationery Design: Coral Pheasant

Calligraphy: Moira Ink

Event Design/Coordination: Jubilee Events

Floral Design: Diane Gaudette Custom Floral Designs

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

Photo Credits: Stationery photography by Coral Pheasant, detail photography by Carla Ten Eyck Photography

Friday Happy Hour: The Dark Roast

I love coffee. And I also love cocktails! The great thing about booze is that two things like that need never be in conflict: if you love something and you also love cocktails, just…put that thing into a cocktail! So that’s what I did with coffee. There are some classic coffee drinks (like Irish Coffee), but not that many, so there’s plenty of room to play around. Which is what we did with our first coffee cocktail: The Dark Roast. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Dark Roast

1 oz Brandy
1 oz Dark Rum
4 oz Coffee
3/4 oz Hazelnut Rich Simple Syrup
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur

To make the Hazelnut Simple Syrup: roast a pound of hazelnuts in an oven until they are fragrant and turn golden brown. While they’re roasting, melt two cups of sugar in two cups of water over low heat on the stove. Once the hazelnuts have cooled, remove their peels by rolling the hazelnuts between two towels. Crush the hazelnuts into large pieces and add them to the syrup, simmering until the syrup has taken on the hazelnuts’ flavor and reduced by about half.

To make the drink: combine the brandy, rum, coffee, syrup and liqueur in a shaker filled with lots of ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Turks (who really know their coffee) have a saying: coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love. The Dark Roast comes pretty close. It’s dark and rich, with a robust coffee flavor (and plenty of caffeine, so maybe don’t drink this one too late in the day). But the bitterness and rough edges of the coffee are balanced and rounded off by the sweet nuttiness of the hazelnut syrup and Maraschino liqueur.

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Although the flavors don’t exactly line up – the Dark Roast is missing typical Middle Eastern coffee flavors like cardamom and cinnamon – it reminds me nothing more than a chilled, boozy Turkish coffee: sweet but strong, almost muddy with rich coffee flavors. Which just makes me want some Turkish coffee now…

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Don’t forget to let us know if you try any of our recipes. And if you do make one at home, you can use #osbphappyhour to share photos of these (or your own creations) on Instagram.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Are you ready for March? I definitely am! I’m ready for cherry blossoms and spring daffodils, tulips, and crocus… even if all those things are still a few weeks away, it’s something to look forward to! But in the meantime…

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Gorgeous dahlias by Floret Flower Farm

…a few links for your weekend!

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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