cocktails & calligraphy…

June 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy friday, friendships!

Well, with wedding invitation season in full swing, we find ourselves spending a great deal of time thinking about two of our favorite things: calligraphy & cocktails! Oh, of course we’re also thinking a great deal about paper, ink, design & all the other little details of ephemera creation, but we’ve decided that these two C’s really deserve a bit of our undivided attention while we consider the visual direction of our custom suites…& thus they also deserve a post to call their very own!

This is because that although both calligraphy & cocktails are always lovely regardless of their particulars, it’s the specific styling &/or flavor of each that can lend an undeniable sense of personality to a special occasion. Tones can quickly be set by whether a formal 18th century engraving-based style of calligraphy, a modern stylized twist on a classic, or a whimsical swoosh of swashes & flourishes is let loose upon the front of an envelope. And similarly, a sip of a cocktail offers a guest with a sample of an event’s intended flavor; signaling whether this is a spicy chili pepper-laced evening affair or a refreshing citrus berry smash of a summery afternoon garden party.

In fact, we’re thinking of starting all future wedding suite design meetings with “So, what type of cocktail do you want your ephemera to feel like?” or “How should your envelope addressing taste?”  Yes, we do need to work on a better phrasing for these questions, but don’t you agree that the answers would be oddly telling?

Here are some of our current favorites for you:


1} Bon Appetit‘s already Spoon&Sailor-tested picnic hit of a Blueberry Smash

2} Neither Snow‘s breathtaking handwork on one of our very own favorite suites

3} White On Rice Couple‘s  Blood Orange Margaritas of our dreams

4} lyrical letters from Besty Dunlap

5} 101 Cookbook‘s ultimate cocktail starter: Rhubard & Rosewater Sryup

6} Sundwall Type specimen sheet

7} Oh, just a lil’ Vodka-Thyme Lemonade from Martha Stewart

8} the swirls & swashes of Grace Edmands Calligraphy

9} Kari Morris Cho Lula as graciously shared with us by Design*Sponge


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