Inspired by their favorite pattern from a pillow in their home, Ronit brought this to me, unsure if it was a “good idea”. As I always say, you can find inspiration in anything! Featuring lime greens and peacock blues for the save the dates then transitioning into purples and charcoals for the invitations and accessories. Keeping the design elements the same, the color shift only made the effect more intriguing. The vellum overlay in Hebrew slipped in for those guests who didn’t speak English. All finished with an elegant laser cut belly band!
With a grand affair at the Lyndhurst Castle, Joscelyn was all about exploring my ideas on capturing the unexpected juxtapositions between modern and classic. I love that she jumped at the chance to have a dramatic black invitation paired with classic gold calligraphy. Focusing on the essence of her opulent wedding, I incorporated hand drawn damask details and crystal chandeliers to create interest and dimension. Her dramatic handmade envelope immediately stood out in the mailbox with the shiny metallic foil detailing. Guests were raving at the beauty.
Welcome! Oh So Beautiful Paper is a leading lifestyle and design blog that makes beautiful design accessible to everyone. Since 2008, we’ve been sharing awesome entertaining and DIY ideas, gorgeous paper goods, beautiful wedding invitations, home dÃ©cor inspiration, and original cocktail recipes. We’re all about bringing an extra dose of fun and beauty to everyday life. Please have a look around â€“ I hope you enjoy our posts and archives! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
About Oh So Beautiful Paper
Launched in 2008, Oh So Beautiful Paper reaches an audience of more than 100,000 unique monthly viewers and is a daily read for creative people around the world. Oh So Beautiful Paper also has a loyal social media following, with more than 150,000 Facebook fans, 58,000 Pinterest followers, 16,000 Twitter followers, and 62,000 Instagram followers. Our pins on Pinterest reach an average of 4.2 million monthly viewers, and pins from Oh So Beautiful Paper reach an average of 435,000 daily viewers.
Oh So Beautiful Paper readers value beauty and fantastic design, and they want beautiful things in all aspects of their lives. Our readers are interested in everyday design, DIY projects, food and cocktails, home dÃ©cor, fashion, travel, and more. 85% of Oh So Beautiful Paper readers are female, and the majority of readers are between the ages of 25 and 34.
Interested in working together? Oh So Beautiful Paper offers sponsored content opportunities (blog posts and social media posts), traditional sidebar banner ads, and styling work (prop and food styling). Weâ€™ve worked with a variety of brands, from small independent stationery and design studios to large â€˜household nameâ€™ brands, including Home Depot, Post-it Brand, Fiskars, and My M&MS. Get in touch with us here for more info!
Photo by Charlie-Juliet Photography
About Founder + Editor Nole Garey
Hi everyone! I’m Nole Garey, and I like to say that I’m a recovering diplomat turned full time creative blogger. I previously worked in international diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State from 2003 â€“ 2010 before leaving to pursue Oh So Beautiful Paper full time. I hold a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University (where I met my husband Andrew), but I’ve been passionate about design and all things paper my entire life.
I fell in love with the world of wedding invitations and stationery while planning my May 2008 Washington, DC wedding and started Oh So Beautiful Paper in large part to help connect other engaged couples with talented designers. Andrew and I welcomed our first daughter Sophie (you can see her awesome birth announcements here) in 2012 and our second daughter Alice (you can see her beautiful birth announcements here) in 2014. We currently live in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with several adorable cats.
At Oh So Beautiful Paper, we believe that stationery is an extension of your personal style. Itâ€™s a nice and all too rare treat to come home to a handwritten letter or card. We believe sending paper â€“ taking the time to buy, write, and send a card â€“ has enormous interpersonal value. Sending handwritten mail has become a signifier: a mark of the importance and value that the sender places on the relationship with the recipient.
We believe stationery has a role to play in a beautiful lifestyle. Our goal is to help you find paper products that represent you and your personality, whether you live in DC or California or Australia, while also helping to support local businesses, small businesses, and eco-friendly businesses. It might not seem so at first glance, but stationery supports all of these goals. We’re not focused on the mass market, but on stationery that is unique and different, just like you and me.
In The Press
New York Times (June 2016)
The Chronicle Herald (January 2017)
Southern Weddings (2010, 2011, and 2014)
Stationery Trends Magazine
The Huffington Post: Caipirinha Recipes You Should Be Downing During the World Cup (06/2014)
The Etsy Blog: Guest Curator, Stationery to Make You Smile (05/2014)
Imbibe: The Summer Rose Cocktail Recipe (03/2014)
The Huffington Post: Brunch Cocktails: Booze Recipes for the Time Between Breakfast and Lunch (08/2013)
The National Stationery Show: Capture Press Attention with Booth Design (03/2012)
The Etsy Blog: Guest Curator (09/2010)
Emily Blistein / Hello Brick + Mortar
Emily Blistein owns Clementine, a little shop in Middlebury, Vermont where she curates an ever-changing collection of goods to help feather your nest, delight your loved ones and swaddle your little ones. She is a letterpress admirer, typewriter enthusiast, recovering lawyer and lobbyist for women’s health, advocate for small businesses and cheerleader for things handmade. She lives with four boys (aged toddler to husband), is an ENFP (which explains why having a brick & mortar is heaven), and she really, really likes to laugh.
View all of Emily’s Brick + Mortar posts right here!
Megan Soh / Behind the Stationery
View all of Megan’s Behind the Stationery posts right here!
Andrew Whitehead / Cocktail Contributor
Andrew Whitehead is a DC-based cocktail enthusiast (and just happens to be Nole’s husband). You can find him on Instagram, where he shares cocktail recipes and a behind-the-scenes peek into his liquorary concoctions.
View all of Andrew’s cocktail posts right here!
About The Design
The design and layout of Oh So Beautiful PaperÂ® was created by Nole with hand lettering and watercolor graphics by Liz Libre of Linda & Harriett and web development by Eli Van Zoeren. For those of you obsessed with pretty fonts like me, I have featured many of of the fonts used on Oh So Beautiful Paper in a weekly column here. If you have any questions or would like to say hello, please email me!
Thanks for visiting!
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner, and I’m thinking about cocktails as we put the finishing touches on our holiday menu. I thought I would quickly share a few favorite holiday cocktail recipes in case you’re in the same situation! We’ve got a few punch recipes, some wine-based cocktail recipes, a couple coffee cocktails, and more. Enjoy!
Okay, let’s start with the punches â€“ the large batch cocktails that will keep everyone happy throughout the night. Our Spiced Winter Punch is one of our favorite recipes and can be made with vodka, rum, gin, or whiskey, you can go traditional with a Hot Rum Punch, or mix things up with a tequila-based (!!) Yuletide Punch. If you’re feeling extra theatrical, you can light the Charles Dickens Punch on fire before drinking (please be extra careful). Fish House punch is just a rather strange name for a Caribbean rum punch, while Allspice Punch is warm and spicy.
If you’re not super into spirits, try a mulled wine for the holidays! We love a good Swedish GlÃ¶gg, which is basically a bottle of wine thrown together with whatever spirits and spices you might already have on hand. We made ours with brandy and white port, but you could easily go with rum, whiskey, or just about anything else. Same goes for the Mulled Winter Sangria, which can be served warm or over ice!
Warm Coffee Cocktails
Warm cocktails are perfect for cold winter nights, and couldn’t we all use the extra energy from a bit of black coffee?? Our Spiced Irish Coffee and Scotch Coffee recipes are basically just variations on a theme, but we added cardamom and rosewater to the Irish coffee while the vanilla bean Scotch coffee has a smokey warmth that I really love this time of year.
If you’re looking for crowd-pleasing small batch cocktail recipes to make over the holidays, these two vanilla-bean smashes â€“ the Pear Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash and Orange Vanilla Bean Scotch Smash â€“ are my absolute favorites. Even if you don’t think you like Scotch or Bourbon, you’ll love these drinks. Promise!
Happy holidays everyone!
If you’re searching for the perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain and make cocktails at home, todayâ€™s gift guide is just for you. We rounded up a few of the things that we love using for making cocktails or entertaining at home, from books to bar tools to my all-time favorite candle. You can also find some fantastic ideas on our gift guides from previous years, which you can check out right here!
1. Absolutely obsessed with this gorgeous platter from Honeycomb Studio, with carvings and gold decorations inspired by tidal movement. So beautiful!
3. Cocktail books! Our current reading list includes Spirits Sugar Water Bitters, a history of the cocktail’s birth, rise, fall, and eventual resurrection by our own DC-based cocktail guru Derek Brown. By the Smoke and the Smell by Thad Vogler takes readers around the world, celebrating the vivid characters who produce hand-made spirits like rum, scotch, cognac, and mezcal. If you love Tiki drinks, check out this modern Tiki cocktail recipe book by Shannon Mustipher.
4. Candles make wonderful hosting gifts. This Santal candle by Brooklyn Candle Co. is my all-time favorite scent, and burns for 70 hours!
5. This little herb stripper is perfect for both cooking and cocktail purposes.
6. Love the colors in this speckled vessel from Oâ€“M Ceramics. I think it would be really beautiful as a kitchen utensil holder!
8. This bartender’s backpack is a wonderful gift idea for serious cocktail enthusiasts. My husband is constantly bringing drinks to dinner parties and gatherings, and this backpack would make things so much easier!
9. The prettiest minimalist tapered candle holders to decorate a table or mantel any time of year.
10. How cute is this ceramic pour over coffee set? You can use it to make a single cup or a small pot for guests, and the colors are absolutely GORGEOUS.