2018 Gift Guide: Cocktails + Entertaining

Today’s gift guide is all about entertaining! It’s no secret that we love gatherings around here, from Friendsgiving to small cocktail parties.We know how difficult it can be to find the perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain and make cocktails at home, so we’ve got your back with today’s gift guide. We rounded up a few of the things that we love using for making cocktails or entertaining at home – including a couple things that are on our own wish lists! You can also find some fantastic ideas on our gift guide from 2017 and 2016!

2018 Gift Guide: Cocktails + Entertaining

1 – The prettiest cheese board I’ve ever seen – just look at that mother of pearl inlay! This wood, marble, and brass board is another great option, and I also love this ceramic slab with gold splatters from the Suite One Studio x Food52 collaboration.

2 – Two spirits that make wonderful gifts: this single-village Mezcal from Del Maguey (it’s sort of like the equivalent of a single malt scotch for Mezcal drinkers – if you live in a city you can also probably find it on Drizly) and Riptide Whiskey from Cali Distillery. 

3 – The cutest little cheese picks to go with your board!

4 – This infusion kit looks like a fun gift for a cocktail enthusiast! There are a few versions for different spirits, but each one comes with a bottle with a built-in strainer and a variety of infusing ingredients for making your own custom infusion!

5 – A ceramic french butter keeper is a wonderful luxury for anyone that entertains – or just enjoys soft butter on a fresh baguette. I bought this french butter keeper a little over a year ago, and it has basically changed my life. Plus, they look beautiful out on the dinner table during gatherings!

6 + 7 – A couple of fantastic recent cocktail books, including this amazing book from The Aviary – an innovative bar in New York City – and Cocktail Codex, the most recent book from the folks behind Death & Co. The Aviary book is so beautiful it can even sit out as a coffee table book! 

8 – Linen napkins are the perfect addition to any table, so if you know someone who loves to set a beautiful table and doesn’t already have a set – a beautiful set of colorful linen napkins is basically like gold. I’m loving the color options for these linen napkins!

9 – This atomizer is a fun toy for cocktail enthusiasts. It turns any liquid into a fine spray!

10 – Know someone who loves wine? Get them a beautiful way to display their favorite bottles at home! Loving the sculptural quality of this brass wine rack.

11 – I’ve had this french market tote on my own wish list for the longest time. Perfect for anyone that makes regular trips to the farmer’s market!

2018 Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Creatives

We’re kicking off our first official gift guide of the season with some gift ideas for creatives! I did things a bit differently this year and asked for input through Instagram stories – and you guys all had some really great suggestions! We’ve got a little bit of everything below, from books and art supplies to my favorite styling resources. So whether you’re searching for gift ideas for your creative friends or planning to send this gift guide to your well-meaning family and friends, hopefully you’ll find the perfect holiday gift below!

2018 Gift Guide for Creatives / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1 – 4 Styling Supplies: So many of you said you’d love to receive styling supplies and equipment as a gift! My favorite styling boards and backdrops come from One Stone West (I especially love their canvas backdrops) and Woodville Workshop. I also love using small ceramic dishes from Suite One Studio and The Object Enthusiast in photos to hold small things like cute paper clips, wax seals, and vintage postage stamps. Finally, a good telescoping tripod and light diffusers are essential pieces of equipment for taking beautiful photos. Plume Calligraphy and Angela Liguori offer some beautiful styling pieces, including vintage ink wells and glassine envelopes – you can also browse eBay for vintage ink wells! This handmade ceramic watercolor palette is both a beautiful piece of equipment and would look gorgeous in photos!

5 – A desk calendar is a wonderful gift idea! I love this simple black and white calendar from Our Heiday, but you can find even more calendars right here!

6 and 8 – Apple Pencil and Procreate Brushes: I heard from a number of calligraphers and illustrators out there with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil on their holiday wish list! But if you’re lucky enough to already have those powerful tools in your arsenal, Isidore Augustine just released a brand new set of Procreate brushes just for calligraphers

7 – Scissors: Every creative person needs a beautiful set of scissors, and Angela Liguori makes the most beautiful scissors on the planet! These Fiskars scissors are my go-to for everyday crafting.

9 – Gift Cards! I know gift cards can seem like a lame gift idea, but they have the potential to be a really personal and thoughtful gift if done well! A few gift card ideas: an Airbnb Gift Card to help your favorite creative go on a solo weekend creative retreat, a gift certificate for a manicure at a local nail salon (especially for calligraphers and stationers), And for someone just starting out might really appreciate a gift certificate to a high-end supplier like Artisaire (wax seals) or Pressed Paper (handmade paper), or even to Blick Art Supplies or a local art supply store.

10 – Artist Supplies and Equipment: So many options! Choose from shiny crafting machines like the Minc Foil Applicator or Silhouette Cameo (I have both and LOVE them!), invest in a heavy duty paper trimmer, or keep things simple with paint, paper, and pens. It’s the perfect chance to try something new, like this Artist Pad Collection from Legion Paper with twelve 9×12 drawing and watercolor pads, this Coptic pen set, or this watercolor set from Sakura of America. Oh, and don’t forget a nice bag to carry things with! I’ve had my eye on this Madewell leather tote and this Everlane tote

11 – Books and Magazines: So many great book ideas for artists! Check out the shopping widget below for a few of my favorite suggestions, including The Designer’s Dictionary of Color and The Gift of Calligraphy. A subscription to a cool magazine like Uppercase is also a great gift idea!

12 – Classes and Workshops: Online classes and in-person workshops are a fantastic way to develop creative skills and find new inspiration. Look around for in person workshops in your area, including letterpress printing, screen printing, calligraphy, watercolor painting, paper marbling, weaving, macramé, etc. If in-person classes aren’t an option, look for online classes you can gift – or gift a Skillshare membership! I love the online weaving and natural dyeing classes from Rachel at Smile and Wave, and Simply Jessica Marie offers a range of online watercolor and brush lettering classes.

13 – This amazing Wood Drawing Board and Portable Easel would be such a lovely gift for a painter or illustrator!

14 – This adorable enamel pin by Cami Monet would be a perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite artist!

2018 Gift Guide: Cyber Monday Faves!

OSBP Cyber Monday Faves

Okay friends, it’s gift guide season! I’m working on a gift guide for creatives, a small business gift guide, and some gift ideas for kids that will be coming up later this week. But in the meantime, there are some really great Cyber Monday deals that I wanted to pass along. First of all, I didn’t think this would ever happen, but the Samsung Frame TV is ON SALE over at Amazon!! You can save between $300 and $800 depending on the size, so if you’ve been planning to get one – today is the day! Aside from the Frame TV, Amazon has some pretty fantastic Cyber Monday sales ranging from this robot vacuum for grown ups to this toy chemistry set for kidsWest Elm and the Pottery Barn brand family are also having a pretty fabulous sale if you’ve been thinking about investing in a new sofa or home décor items, and almost everything at Crate & Kids (formerly Land of Nod) is 20% off – including play tents and toys! Gifts at Anthropologie are also 30% off today; I highly recommend this birthstone necklace and this monogram notebook. Just click the images below to go straight to the product page for purchase (and if you’re reading through a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to see the shopping widget)! 

A Master List of Stationery Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday Sales 2018

Illustrated Card by Hoopla Love Co

Card by Hoopla Love Co

**I’m planning a few holiday gift guides for next week, but first – here are all the stationery Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sales! I’ll continue updating this list through Monday, so keep checking back!

 

Amy Heitman – 25% off everything through Monday with code SOGRATEFUL

Artisaire – 15% off through Monday, November 26 with code THANKFUL15

August & Osceola – 25% off everything from wedding invitations to address stamps through Monday with code BLACKOUT

Baltic Club – 30% off this weekend only with code BLACK30

Be A Heart – 20% off all orders and free shipping through Monday

Bourne Paper Co. – 25% off through Friday, November 30 with code CYBERWEEK2018

Cami Monet – Free shipping and 30% off all art prints with code “ap30” on Monday!

Cardtorial – 25% off purchases $25 or more and free shipping through Monday with code THANKS25

Ciarra Claire – 25% off Monday with code BLACKFRIDAY18

Copper Paper Co. – 15% off through Monday with code ENJOY15

Courtney Khail – 10% off everything on Monday with code CYBERMON2018

Daydream Society – 25% off site wide through Monday with code BF2018

E.Frances Paper – 20% off through the weekend with code SHOPSMALL2018

Esther Clark – 20% off with code GIVETHANKS

Euni and Co – 20% off through Monday with code THANKS

Evermore Paper Co. – 20% off sitewide, no code needed

Ferme à Papier – 30% off with code HOLIDAY30

Gold Teeth Brooklyn – 20% off through Wednesday with code THANKS

Gus & Ruby Letterpress – 20% off online purchases on Monday!

Hammerpress – 30% off with code THANKFUL2018

Hester and Cook – 50% off seasonal and non-seasonal favorites, plus up to 75% off some items. No code necessary!

Hip Hip Party Goods – 20% off and free shipping through Monday with code HOLIDAY

Idlewild Co. – Free shipping on purchases $10-49 (code SANTABABY), 20% off purchases $50-99 (code DASHERDANCER), $25 off purchases $100+ (code HOLIDAYCHEER)

ilootpaperie – 15% off all orders of $15 or more through Monday with code ETSYCYBER2018. They will also contribute 20% of November sales from their California Poppy keychain to wildfire relief efforts through the American Red Cross. Thank you ladies!

Ink Love and Paper – 15% off all wood signs and 30% off paper place cards through Monday

Iris and Marie Press – 20% off with code THANKFUL20

Ivy House Design – 20% off on Etsy through Monday 

Lettered Life – 20% off sitewide through Monday with code SHOPSMALL18

Letterfolk – 20% off sitewide – no code needed!

Lovebird Paper – Free shipping on orders over $40 with code MERRYMERRY

Maptote – 25% off all full priced items through Monday with code 

Moglea – 30% off on Monday with code CYBERMONDAY18

Mr. Boddington – 20% off through Monday with code PRESENTS

Odd Daughter Paper – 25% off through Monday with code THANKU25

Olive and Co. Paper – 20% off Monday only with code CYBERMON

Our Heiday – 30% off through Monday with code GRATEFUL

Paula and Waffle – 20% off with code “somalove”

Pinwheel Printshop – 20% off the entire shop with code SMALLBIZSATURDAY!

Red Cap Cards – 25% off with code CYBER25

Ramona & Ruth – 30% off through midnight on Monday with code JINGLE

Seedlings – 50% off sitewide through Monday with code THANKFUL

Seniman Calligraphy – 15% off stationery and semi-custom invitations with code THANKSTOYOU and 15% off Etsy shop items with code ETSYCYBER2018 through Monday

Shannon Kirsten – 20% off and free shipping on Etsy purchases through Monday

Slightly Stationery – 20% off with code GRATEFUL

Sophie and Lili – 20% off everything through Monday with code BLACKFRIDAY20

Steel Petal Press – 30% off Monday only with code CYBERMONYAY

Studio Carta – 20% off through Monday with code grazie18

St. Signora – 20% off with code GIVETHANKS20

Sugar Paper – 30% off sitewide through Monday with code FRIYAY2018

Tara Spencer – 30% off Idyll paper through Monday with code BLACKFRIDAY

The Good Twin Co. – 20% off with code SWEATPANTS

The Great Lakes Goods – 20% off with code THANX

The Grits – 35% off with code JOYFUL35

The Paper Wilderness – 20% off sitewide through Monday!

Underwood Letterpress – 40% off (!!) on Monday only with code WINNING

Wit and Whistle – 20% off with code SHOPSMALL

Worthwhile Paper isn’t offering a discount code, but they are donating 25% of all sales to Volunteers of America and their Adopt a Family program – so definitely support them this weekend if you’re able!

Yao Cheng Design – 20% off with code GOBBLE20

Yellow Owl Workshop – 30% off sitewide through Monday, no code needed!

 

 

 

Friendsgiving 2018

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Are you hosting this year? What about Friendsgiving? We always go up to my in-laws for Thanksgiving, but I have dreams of hosting my entire family someday. And now that my kids are a bit older, we might even be able to pull off hosting a small Friendsgiving gathering! Today I’m teaming up with Wheatley Vodka and a few seriously talented DC-area creatives to dream up my ideal cozy Friendsgiving celebration. And in addition to table inspiration, we’re sharing printable stationery and a couple of holiday cocktail recipes that you can make this holiday season!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

I imagine an informal potluck style dinner with cozy candles, delicious cocktails, and of course some of our closest friends for company. And whether I’m planning a birthday party or a small dinner gathering, I always start by choosing the color palette. Neutrals are perfect any time of year, but I also brought in a few seasonal pops of color like burgundy, rust, and mustard yellow in the flowers and a few of the details. So cozy and welcoming!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

The table settings are pretty simple, which is perfect for an informal gathering. Light gray ceramic plates, woven placemats for texture, some of our favorite glassware, and a couple of vintage brass candlesticks. Lori and Colleen from Wld Wst, a local floral design studio here in the DC area, made the most beautiful fall floral arrangement for our table. I also made a few DIY pom-poms in our fall color palette and wrapped them around knotted dinner napkins in mismatched colors (we used white, light blue, and pink). One of these days I’ll learn how to properly fold a napkin, but for now I’m really liking the napkins this way!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

You know we’re all about the signature cocktail, and the holidays are no exception. Wheatley Vodka is made by the same folks behind Buffalo Trace Distillery, which has been making bourbon whiskey along the banks of the Kentucky River for more than 200 years. That’s more than two centuries of spirit-making knowledge! Wheatley Vodka is crafted in small batches using a one of a kind micro-still, using the same red winter wheat grain used for Weller and Pappy Van Winkle bourbons. The red winter wheat grain gives Wheatley Vodka a smooth, delicate finish that is pure and crisp on the nose, with hints of soft vanilla. It’s pretty much perfect for crafting holiday cocktails!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

We made two holiday cocktail recipes with Wheatley Vodka for this Friendsgiving celebration: a bright and fizzy take on the classic French 75 (served in the coupe glass above and garnished with fresh herbs) and a winter punch that you can make in a huge batch for larger gatherings!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cocktail illustration by Bright Room Studio

Wheatley 75

2 oz Wheatley Vodka
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
1/4 oz Aquavit

Shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a sprig of rosemary or thyme. Enjoy!

The Wheatley 75 is bright, effervescent, and a little bit tart – absolutely perfect for this season! If you’re making this cocktail for a group of people, you can even mix up 2-3 at a time in your cocktail shaker, then just top with sparkling wine in the glass. We used prosecco, but any sparkling wine should work!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cocktail illustration by Bright Room Studio

Spiced Winter Punch

1 bottle Wheatley Vodka
1 bottle Apple Cider (about 64 oz)
3 cups Lemon Juice
1 1/2 cups Cinnamon Syrup
1 1/2 cups Orange Liqueur
6 oz Allspice Dram
48 dashes Cardamom Bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a punch bowl and fill with ice and citrus slices. Serve in punch glasses and garnish with seasonal herbs or a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

We’ve gotten so many requests over the years for an easy winter punch, and I’m beyond thrilled with how this recipe turned out! It’s basically all of my favorite fall flavors in one cocktail. Feel free to adjust the quantities depending on how many people you’re expecting – this recipe will definitely fill up a punch bowl, so cut the ingredients in half if you’re expecting a smaller gathering.

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Another favorite party tip: I always a drink station where friends and family can gather and chat before sitting down for dinner. All you need is a big punch bowl filled with spiced winter punch, a cheese board for snacking, and a floral arrangement – or a vase filled with eucalyptus or foraged greenery. A little bit of greenery can go a long way and helps to balance bottles or punch bowls on the other side of the credenza.

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Lindsey from Bare Ink Co. created these absolutely stunning invitations for our Friendsgiving. I love the way Lindsey’s lettering feels both a bit fancy but also relaxed and informal – perfect for a Friendsgiving potluck!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Lindsey also made food and drink menus and the sweetest little conversation cards that you can place on each plate in lieu of place cards! I’m so excited to offer the menus and conversation cards as a printable download for all of you. Just download the files at the bottom of this post, print on regular letter-sized card stock, then cut out around the black outline! You can add your own text in Adobe programs if you have them, or just drop the entire file into Word. Easy peasy. We printed our menus on both vellum and card stock, and it’s absolutely impossible for me to pick a favorite!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

We also personalized the invitations and menus with a single brushstroke of dark green paint on the left hand side. It makes every invitation and menu feel personalized, and it’s such an easy way to bring more of your color palette into your stationery!

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

I know the food is the heart of the holiday season, but it’s definitely more our style to make a signature drink or two instead of a traditional Thanksgiving dish. I love the idea of giving your guests drink menus instead of food menus at a holiday gathering – especially if you’re doing a potluck style dinner! We placed our drink menus right on the plate so guests could keep them as a reference while trying the different cocktails.

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

And seriously, how cute are these little conversation cards? You can download them through the links at the bottom of the post! We placed them on custom engraved wood coasters by Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy. Michele also engraved one of the Wheatley Vodka bottles with the word “gather” and I can’t think of a better sentiment for this upcoming holiday season.

Cozy Friendsgiving Celebration and Holiday Cocktail Recipes

I hope you all have a wonderful Friendsgiving weekend and Thanksgiving holiday! If you make any of our holiday cocktail recipes, please be sure to tag @beautifulpaper and @wheatleyvodka on Instagram so we can see how they turn out!

 

PRINTABLE FOOD MENU

PRINTABLE DRINK MENU

PRINTABLE CONVERSATION CARDS

 

Creative Direction and Styling: Nole Garey of Oh So Beautiful Paper

Prop Styling: Joanna Carden

Stationery and Calligraphy: Lindsey Swink of Bare Ink Co.

Cocktail Recipes and Vintage Glassware: Liquorary

Florals: Lori Tran and Colleen Rogin-West of Wld West

Wood and Glass Engraving: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Cocktail Recipe Illustrations: Bright Room Studio

Venue: Common Room Studio

Photography: Lauren Louise Collective

 

This post was created in partnership with Wheatley Vodka. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!