Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Geometric Shapes

Crystals, geodes, and stones are popping up all over the place. Whether you are finding inspiration in the lines of a crystal, or the saturated tones of geodes, I think we can all find a bit of summer wedding inspiration in this trend. I love that you can incorporate them into themes that are a bit more organic and natural or go completely opposite and work them into your modern wedding decor with lots of clean lines. Whichever way you may be leaning, here are some day-of wedding stationery pieces that make me wish this trend was around when I planned my wedding! – Lauren

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Geometric Place Setting by Little Cat Design Co., Photo by Scott Michael Photography via Ruffled (left) Geometric hanging acrylic escort cards by I Love Lucite, Photo by Sweet Little Photographs via Green Wedding Shoes (right)

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Geometric centerpiece by 1,2,3 Nous Irons… Photo by David One via Green Wedding Shoes

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 Modern lucite invitation by In the Now, Photo by Sweet Little Photographs via Green Wedding Shoes (left) / Ceremony program photo by Cory Ryan via 100 Layer Cake (right)

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Save the date by Spencer Studio (left) / Lasercut menu by Avie Designs (right)

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DIY geometric glitter place cards by Flax & Twine

Are you planning to incorporate geometric shapes or inspiration into your wedding?

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Summer Cocktail Series: Cocktail Picnic Party Recipes

The food is ready, the basket is packed, the blanket is folded up, you’re ready to go. But wait! What about the drinks? The picnic is ruined!

Just kidding. The picnic is just fine, because summer cocktails are super easy to make in batches and bottle ahead of time, and perfect for sharing with friends outdoors. All of these recipes can scale up if you’re bringing a pitcher, or scale down if you just want a single drink. Do a little math to make sure your proportions are correct, measure out your ingredients, grab a funnel, and get bottling.  Just don’t forget the ice. – Andrew

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Watermelon Margarita

8 oz Reposado Tequila
4 oz Lime Juice
3 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Agave Syrup
6 oz Watermelon Juice

Freeze the watermelon juice into ice cubes. Combine all the other ingredients, then add the watermelon ice and shake really well. Pour everything, bits of ice and all, into a bottle with a funnel and enjoy. Makes four servings.

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All recipe illustrations by Hooray Today for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This might be one of my favorite recipes of all time: delicious, refreshing, and gorgeously red in that bottle. It’s also one of the easiest – just a classic Margarita with a touch of agave syrup for sweetness – and then that watermelon juice, pure heaven. In this recipe, the watermelon juice replaces the water you would normally add through shaking with ice. To streamline the process, you could skip freezing the watermelon juice and just add it directly to the bottle, but then you’ll need to stick the bottle in the freezer a an hour or so before you leave for your picnic to make sure it’s ice cold. If the bottle sits for a while, the watermelon pulp will tend to settle out, so just give the bottle a good shake before serving.

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Peach-Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria

1/2 Bottle (375 ml) Dry White Wine
1/4 Cup Triple Sec
1/4 Cup Peach Liqueur
1/4 Cantaloupe
1/4 Pound Peaches

Dice the fruit, then combine with all the liquid ingredients. Let the sangria sit overnight, refrigerated, to combine the flavors. Pour over ice to serve. Makes four servings.

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Sangria is particularly useful on a summer day. With an alcohol content lower than a cocktail, sangria can hit the spot without leaving you and your company woozy in the heat. We incorporated fresh summer fruit – in this case cantaloupes and peaches – for a fun seasonal twist on a white wine sangria.

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Lavender Lemonade

4 oz Lavender-Lemon Simple Syrup
3 Cups Lemonade

You can find the cocktail version of this lemonade here!

Make some lemonade. Or buy some, we won’t tell. Combine all of the ingredients in a bottle or pitcher. Pour over ice to serve and enjoy. Makes four servings.

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For friends who don’t drink – or to rehydrate after you’ve polished off the other two bottles – we’ve included a non-alcoholic lemonade. But we can’t leave well enough alone over here and couldn’t just bring a bottle of lemonade. Instead, we added some lavender simple syrup, which you can make pretty easily at home or pick up from the folks at Royal Rose.

All recipe illustrations by Hooray Today for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Summer Cocktail Series: A Cocktail Picnic Party

We’re kicking off this year’s summer cocktail party series, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend! Today’s summer cocktail picnic party inspiration and ideas are perfect if you’re planning to meet up with friends to watch fireworks this weekend – or for any group get togethers you might plan this summer!

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We kept things super informal and easy for this picnic, so it’s definitely something you can pull together on the fly. Just grab a few ingredients, throw a bunch of things together into bottles and jars for easy transport, put it all into a basket, and you’re ready to go! As always, we’ll be sharing the cocktail recipes a bit later this morning!

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Our menu for this picnic included baguette sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper and baker’s twine, pasta salad, and melon slices. I used Liz’s recipe for the sandwiches (so good!) and picked up some readymade pasta salad from Whole Foods, but you could easily make your own favorite recipe to substitute. We packed the pasta salad into glass jars with a hinged lid to make sure everything was both easy to transport and easy to eat (and keep away from bugs) during the picnic.

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Our drink menu included a watermelon margarita, white wine sangria with peaches and cantaloupe, and a non-alcoholic lavender lemonade (we shared the alcoholic version of this recipe last week). Since we created the drinks in multiple serving quantities, we put them into glass swing bottles to pour into individual cups or glasses.

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I painted the bottom of each bottle so that you could easily distinguish a non-alcoholic version of a drink if needed – I’ll be sharing the DIY tutorial tomorrow next week!

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Dessert was also really simple – mini key lime tartlets from Whole Foods, and macarons from our favorite DC spot The Sweet Lobby served in food baskets and liners from the Oh Joy! for Target collection.

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Sophie had the best time at our little picnic – she loved being outdoors (we also brought bubbles and a few toys to entertain her), thought it was fun to eat on a picnic blanket, and she was a BIG fan of the lavender lemonade and dessert tartlets. Toddler approved!

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Check back for the cocktail recipes in just a bit!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Watercolor + Gold Foil Edged Letterpress Business Cards

I’m so unbelievably excited to share a very special project with all of you today – my brand new business cards! After launching the new design back in March, it was definitely time to update my business cards. I’ve always been impressed by the amazing custom work from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress, so I immediately turned to them for help translating the beautiful new logo (by Liz from Linda & Harriett) into an equally beautiful business card. When it comes to my own personal projects, my approach is always to pick a designer whose work I absolutely love and then just let them run with it –and Samantha and Whitney completely knocked it out of the park! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they turned out!

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From Samantha and Whitney: We took strong inspiration from the watercolor logo designed for Oh So Beautiful Paper by Linda & Harriett. We wanted the card to complement the logo without feeling visually overwhelming or too busy.

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Because we can’t achieve the exact same look as watercolor with letterpress printing, we had to be creative as to how we showcased that tonal variation. We opted to print using three different shades of pink to give an ombre/gradient effect and then added a wash of color along the bottom for a pop of interest.

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We brainstormed various ways to add the pop of color (from dip dying using vegetable and fruit dyes to pigment dyes), but ultimately decided that actually watercoloring each card by hand was the way to go. We spent hours testing different watercolor mixes and saturations to come up with the perfect palette of paints.

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Every card was individually painted with a wash of watercolor on each side prior to being trimmed down, so each card is unique and has a slightly different look/color scheme due to the variation in concentration of the wash.

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All pieces were lovingly printed by hand in our Dover, New Hampshire studio and are printed on thick, 220# 100% cotton. As the final finishing touch, Smock foil edged the cards in metallic gold shine foil!

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I hope you love these business cards as much as I do!

Design / Letterpress Printing and Watercolor: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Foil Edging: Smock

Logo Design: Linda & Harriett

Smock and Gus & Ruby Letterpress are members of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more beautiful work from Smock right here and more wonderful custom work from Gus & Ruby Letterpress here!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Friday Happy Hour: Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

It’s almost the Fourth of July and our minds are focused on our favorite things for summer: picnics and barbecue and lemonade, especially that last one because it is hot here in DC. So, as a preview of our next summer cocktail party series (coming next week!), here’s a quick and easy lemonade cocktail you can enjoy over the weekend (and with friends!). – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

6 oz Dry Gin
3 oz Pimm’s No. 1
2 oz Lavender Lemon Simple Syrup
3 Cups Lemonade

Make some lemonade. (Or buy some, we won’t tell.) Combine all of the ingredients in a bottle or pitcher and give the bottle a shake. Pour over ice to serve and enjoy. Makes four servings.

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Sweet and tart, with a floral bouquet and a dry, earthy finish from the gin and Pimm’s. Plus some lavender to balance the gin’s dryness. Delicious.

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Lemonade is probably one of the easiest things in the world to dress up with booze. Sweet and citrusy tart, it’s pretty much asking to be turned into a cocktail. Gin. Whiskey. Tequila? Why not? Plus, it’s really really hot out there. Get drinking.

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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