Best of 2013: My Favorites

As we get ready to say goodbye to another year (and welcome a new one!), I’m wrapping up my 2013 recaps with a few personal favorite posts. 2013 was a really hard year for me, for a variety of reasons, but each of the posts below fills me with happiness and gratitude. And I can’t think of a better way to close out this year. I wish all of you the happiest of new years – thank you so much for reading Oh So Beautiful Paper, and I’ll see you back here in 2014!

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Brick + Mortar (Illustration by Emily McDowell for Oh So Beautiful Paper)

Emily’s column is a new addition to OSBP, but I’m already having trouble understanding how we ever survived without her! Emily brings wonderful retail insights as the owner of Clementine in Vermont, along with a human connection to the real customers who visit her store. Emily’s post on Everyday Thanksgivings is already one of my all-time favorites.

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Paper Party 2013 + Invitations

This year’s Paper Party was the biggest yet! And so much fun from the invitations to the colorful party details. We’re already starting to plan for Paper Party 2014, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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Visit to DC’s Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens (and more favorite DC spots here)

I’ve enjoyed sharing some of my favorite DC spots on a more regular basis! Our visit to the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens was one of my favorite new discoveries in 2013, but I’m looking forward to sharing more of our favorite places to eat, explore, and shop in 2014.

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Sophie’s First Birthday!

Sophie turned one! We celebrated with a small, low key birthday party – and some amazing balloon-inspired letterpress invitations from the talented Catherine of Printerette Press and neon pink calligraphy by Michele of Meant to Be Calligraphy. We’re so lucky to be parents of this amazing little girl.

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A New Year’s Eve Cocktail Dinner Party and Summer Backyard BBQ Cocktail Party with St-Germain

Our year-long collaboration with St-Germain pushed us to develop in new and exciting creative ways. Coming up with new cocktail recipes. Dreaming up beautiful party ideas. We loved every minute of it (even though it was secretly a LOT of work behind the scenes), and we’re looking forward to continuing to push ourselves creatively in the new year! The New Year’s Eve party and backyard summer cocktail party are my two favorites so far – along with the gorgeous recipe illustrations by Dinara Mirtalipova!

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Campaign-Inspired Baby Shower Invitations + Shower Details

Getting to co-host a baby shower for some of your closest friends? The best. Campaign-inspired invitations by August Blume? Icing on the cake. And then, a new baby! (Even better).

  1. Thank you, thank you, Nole, for including me in the 2013 wrap up! I am so delighted to be a part of OSBP and to get to interact in another way with the amazing print and letterpress makers who I already adore so much. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for all of us!

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