November 13, 2018

Holiday Shopping

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Of course, we find ourselves working on plenty of letterpressed holiday cards this time of year, but we also offer several fun gifting items for those that are letterpressed obsessed or paper fans.

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Surcies (a little surprise gift just because) a staple in the South, but of course a Surcie needs to be beautifully presented as well.  So, we created our surcie tag set (available on letteredolive.com), which are perfect to dress up Secret Santa/office gifts, hostess gifts, and other surcies of the season.  Who doesn’t feel even more special when they receive something, no matter how small, when it’s beautifully packaged?

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Our oyster salt and pepper cellars are a must for any hostess… super chic and unexpected..

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Another popular item that we were printing often for our weddings were matchbooks. We thought it could be a great addition to homes around the holidays having their own custom matchbooks for the hearth or candles, parties, etc.

Lettered Olive cocktail napkins

Of course, there are your must haves for entertaining year round… Linen cocktail napkins would be a perfect surcie to gift, and a perfect companion for any hostess’ collection.  I have an affinity for cocktail napkins, so I have a wide variety of different designs, colors, etc.  You can definitely mix them up at your parties, put fun different colored ones at the bar or with the drinks, and mix complimentary ones throughout the food set ups.

Lettered Olive drink stirrers

A fun addition that you may not think about but will sure make a difference to your guests are cocktail stirrers (can also be used as food picks). Definitely a nice little touch, and the good thing is that they last forever, so you can stock up and not worry…

November 6, 2018

Talking Table Numbers

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Table numbers… just the name seems very self explanatory and boring maybe? But, we have been fortunate enough to have clients and planners who are open to new and different ideas, and the results sure have paid off.  Here are some of our favorites sure to inspire you to try something new!  For a Christmas wedding miniature wreaths were hung by the chairs by embroidered numbered ribbons…

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a wedding with updated and upscale rustic features, mini clipboards with painted glass tiles were prettily displayed on the tables.

photos by Liz Banfield, Melanie Mauer, and Corbin Gurkin

Of course, using just a different shape or material for your numbers can make a small but noticeable detail.  Painted agate slabs, cut copper sheeting, and wooden or ceramic tiles are some of our favorites.

photo by Liz Banfield

For an eclectic and layered tabletop designed by Tara Guerard, silver trays were painted to add a vintage element.

photo by Perry Vaile

Loved these table number hurricanes … we had the most exquisite marble paper that we just had to use. So, after painting the table numbers on them, we wrapped them around candle hurricanes.

October 30, 2018

We Love Working With Wood

photo by Melanie Mauer

We have found ourselves working a lot more with wooden elements lately, especially this time of year…Whether through custom guest boxes, or paper elements that can be incorporated throughout the details. If you have been thinking about using wooden designs in your event, hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you.

photo by KT Merry

For these signature welcome boxes, the top was lined with a custom paper, and tied with embroidered ribbon featuring the couple’s monogram.

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Melanie Mauer

We love wooden paper pieces, and they can be used in so many ways from formal to casual.  The first set sees a lighter shade of wood (the wedding took place in spring time)  imprinted with gold foil for a couple’s welcome party.  For a winter wedding rehearsal dinner, different species of wood was coordinated and printed for some of the weekend events.  Finally, for a rehearsal dinner on a farm in Kentucky, wooden envelopes were just the thing for the rustic chic invitations.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a wedding with wooden paper elements peppered throughout, the sparklers to be used for the send off were passed out to guests in custom letterpressed sleeves.

photo by Perry Vaile

For a different twist on dinner menus for a wedding dinner, marble and vellum menu cards were secured using mini wooden clipboards!

photo by Corbin Gurkin

And finally, for a rustic wedding in Aspen, Colorado, laser cut wooden cards were used as table numbers… Love these for the tables b/c they add such a layer and texture on such a simple note.

October 23, 2018

Upping Your Bar Ante

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We have been working with clients and planners for years now, and as we have learned, it’s all in the details.  Every little single detail matters, and makes such a difference to clients and guests alike.  One area that we are still seeing tons of requests for new details in is the bar and or cocktail embellishments.  Above, for passed drinks at cocktail hour, trays decked with our custom printed paper tray liners carry drinks with wooden drink stirrers and custom cocktail napkins.  At the very basic level, these are two thoughtful, affordable, and easy pieces for you to order and have.

photo by Gayle Brooker and Liz Banfield

We love these embellishments and want to see more of them used! These are our custom champagne collars…. They work best on the couple style glasses, but we can design them around any type of stem or flute.

photo by Gayle Brooker

For a wedding serving only beer, wine, and a speciality cocktail, the designer really wanted to make sure that there were plenty of design details for the bar. So, we created custom wine labels for all of the bottles being served and relabeled them ourselves…

photo by Liz Banfield

We have also had many clients who have nice wine collections that they like to serve and display, so even just sweet little handwritten tags provide a handy and pretty detail.

photo by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

Our letterpress coasters have been a huge hit! Ways we have designed them in the past is with the couples name or monogram, or cute sayings or phrases like “Please Dont’ Take My Drink, I’m Dancing”… For one wedding, the groom’s grandmother’s Russian Tea Recipe was served in the reception tent, so we printed the recipe on coasters. So many creative options here!

photo by Gayle Brooker and Liz Banfield

Of course, we are big big big on signage.  So many ways you can do this, but some of our favorites we have done in the past… For a vintage styled wedding, antique mirrors were hand painted with the drink options.   For another wedding, acrylic signs are calligraphied with the menu offerings and hung above the bars.

photos (1,2) by Corbin Gurkin

Another big hit are custom matches… Love the throw back to big service restaurants that offered their printed matches on the bar or Maitre ‘d Stations, but brides are going crazy for this, and we are thrilled to accommodate.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, pretty trays still make a great impact, but here we also embroidered aprons for the servers to wear while passing drinks.  A thoughtful detail that guests loved seeing.

 

October 16, 2018

New Vintage

photo by Elizabeth Messina

Webster’s dictionary gives this meaning for the word “vintage” of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality CLASSIC. We love this meaning, as over the course of the past several years with the popularity increase of Pinterest and wedding blogs, Vintage has kind of morphed into it’s own thing. Yes, there are elements reminiscent of “classic” but with lots of other more trendy pieces added. So, we’re sharing many recent designs that were delivered with vintage sensibility. 

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Fan programs became very popular with outdoor weddings a while back and in our opinion could be soooo pretty without a popsicle stick attached to it. We created die cut fan shaped programs which were letterpressed on our thick luxurious paper… Giving new life to a vintage design.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this invitation suite, a classic black and white handwritten design gets a fresh update with a custom printed envelope liner. But, perhaps the most nostalgic piece on this set was the vintage Elvis stamps on the reply envelopes.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Other places were we have created a new look to vintage pieces can be seen on tabletop items. Custom embroidered cocktail napkins are used as coasters at the dinner table. These can become vintage treasures for the couple and family for generations. Menu cards are also a way to achieve a vintage look, here gold foil adds delicate detail to a classic black and white printed card.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We think it could be said from any perspective that velvet is a material with vintage notations.  Imprinting a custom wedding monogram into the velvet backing, and then letterpress romantic handwriting turns this suite into a vintage glam design.

photo by Liz Banfield

Of course, you can’t get more vintage than ending the night departing by classic car.. our simple “just married” sign added the sweetest detail that’s anything but dowdy…