Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations

If you can’t have a typical destination wedding, why not bring the destination home to you? Sarah from Banter & Charm designed these bilingual copper foil and blind letterpress wedding invitations as a nod to both the English and Spanish heritage of the couple! A delicate blind letterpress printed lace-inspired design was the perfect way to complement the festive copper foil details!

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

From Sarah: Copper foil and blind letterpress with navy accents – it’s no wonder that Geraldine and Salomon’s wedding invitation suite is one of my favorite designs from the past year. Geraldine came to me looking for a custom invitation design to accommodate the bilingual wording she and her fiancé would be using for their New York wedding. Since Geraldine and Salomon were inviting guests that spoke both English and Spanish, they wanted to include both languages in their wedding stationery.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

Instead of having two separate invitations, they decided to go with a bilingual design that incorporated both languages on a single card. Geraldine knew she wanted a romantic design, and really wanted to incorporate a vintage lace graphic with blind letterpress printing. She loved several of the designs from my invitation collection, but we decided to go with a custom design to accommodate the additional wording she needed.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

The final invitation design featured a gorgeous blind letterpress printed lace detail along the bottom edge, with copper foil printing for the text, all on Crane’s Lettra paper in Fluorescent white. With so much text to include, we needed to get creative on the layout. By using italics for the Spanish wording, we were able to distinguish between the two languages while keeping the design cohesive.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

The reception card was also bilingual, and featured copper foil printing for all the elements. I love the contrast of the subtle blind letterpress printed lace on the invitation with the bold copper foil lace on the reception card. To bring in some color, we went with navy ink in flat printing for the response card. The navy ink added a great pop of color, and by using flat printing for the response card we were able to keep costs down.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

I absolutely love the way this suite turned out. Copper is my new favorite foil, and I have a feeling I’ll be using it a lot in the future.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

Thanks Sarah!

Design: Banter & Charm

Banter & Charm is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

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Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations

If you can’t have a typical destination wedding, why not bring the destination home to you? Sarah from Banter & Charm designed these bilingual copper foil and blind letterpress wedding invitations as a nod to both the English and Spanish heritage of the couple! A delicate blind letterpress printed lace-inspired design was the perfect way to complement the festive copper foil details!

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

From Sarah: Copper foil and blind letterpress with navy accents – it’s no wonder that Geraldine and Salomon’s wedding invitation suite is one of my favorite designs from the past year. Geraldine came to me looking for a custom invitation design to accommodate the bilingual wording she and her fiancé would be using for their New York wedding. Since Geraldine and Salomon were inviting guests that spoke both English and Spanish, they wanted to include both languages in their wedding stationery.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

Instead of having two separate invitations, they decided to go with a bilingual design that incorporated both languages on a single card. Geraldine knew she wanted a romantic design, and really wanted to incorporate a vintage lace graphic with blind letterpress printing. She loved several of the designs from my invitation collection, but we decided to go with a custom design to accommodate the additional wording she needed.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

The final invitation design featured a gorgeous blind letterpress printed lace detail along the bottom edge, with copper foil printing for the text, all on Crane’s Lettra paper in Fluorescent white. With so much text to include, we needed to get creative on the layout. By using italics for the Spanish wording, we were able to distinguish between the two languages while keeping the design cohesive.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

The reception card was also bilingual, and featured copper foil printing for all the elements. I love the contrast of the subtle blind letterpress printed lace on the invitation with the bold copper foil lace on the reception card. To bring in some color, we went with navy ink in flat printing for the response card. The navy ink added a great pop of color, and by using flat printing for the response card we were able to keep costs down.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

I absolutely love the way this suite turned out. Copper is my new favorite foil, and I have a feeling I’ll be using it a lot in the future.

Bilingual Copper Foil and Blind Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Banter and Charm

Thanks Sarah!

Design: Banter & Charm

Banter & Charm is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

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Alternative style for the MASKROS lamp

This is my new hacked version of the Ikea Maskros lamp.

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AFTER!

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1. I used spray paint in gold color, to spray paint the whole lamp (before the lamp is put together)

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2. Then the lamp is put together, and hung up.

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3. I glued on “wool felt balls” in black, gray and white (using a glue gun).

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~ June Hernvig Hansen, Denmark

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Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 Days

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysPippa Middleton may best be known as the svelte younger sister of Kate; after all, Pippa left the world buzzing after the way she flaunted her figure as the Duchess of Cambridge’s maid of honor at the royal wedding in 2011. The natural question anyone would have after seeing her perfect, curve-hugging ensemble that April day would be: But how does she keep herself looking so fit and gorgeous?

She may be related to a Duchess, but Pippa doesn’t actually have her own royal title (at least not yet — her engagement last year to James Matthews should eventually give her one, too, according to a House Beautiful article published around the time of their engagement.) She’s authored several books on party planning, and recently she released a cookbook called Heartfelt: Over 100 Quick & Easy Recipes for a Healthy Heart in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

It turns out that the famous younger Middleton is actually a total health nut. She’s cycled across the United States and run marathons, including the Great Wall Marathon in China to support the BHF, according to reporting by Elle. And if she eats anything like the diet she’s laid out in her new cookbook, it’s clear she puts health above pretty much everything else.

And good for her! I totally support that, and, honestly, I wish I could do a better job of eating healthfully and exercising the way I know I should. But, there is one question that any flavor-obsessed food writer like myself has to ask: How does the food taste? So, I obtained a copy of Heartfelt (the proceeds are going to charity, after all!) and decided to test some of Pippa’s recipes myself to see if I could cook and eat exclusively from her book for three whole days.

Day 1

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysI went shopping on a Friday after work so I could start my project over the weekend. I have to say, my first observation was that cooking heart-healthy at home and totally abstaining from any restaurant or prepared foods was going to mean some serious work, so beginning on a Saturday would give me some much-needed time to properly prep and cook multiple meals.

Breakfast

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysI decided to make my first recipe a relatively simple one: Pippa’s Good Morning Green Juice. I’d started feeling a little under the weather on Friday and woke up feeling extra gross on Saturday, plus it was snowing buckets outside. So a homemade green juice concoction seemed like the perfect refreshing, vitamin-packed breakfast I needed.

This was crazy-easy — a little peeling and chopping of some of the larger fruits that go into this one, like apple and kiwi, but after that, it’s just a blitz in the blender with some fresh greens and other ingredients until everything is liquefied. It didn’t require an actual juicer, which is a plus, because who wants to buy any expensive, fancy equipment they don’t need? It also means the fiber from the fruits and veggies is still in the finished beverage. Does that actually make this a smoothie and not a juice? I’m not really sure. But I do know that it tasted almost entirely sweet and fruity, and not like greens at all, despite its bright color. So I would definitely try this again. So tasty!

Lunch

Since I’m feeling icky, I decide that a big, steaming bowl of soup is just the right thing for lunch today. I flip through Heartfelt for a soup recipe that looks satisfying but also relatively quick and easy to make. I land on one with butternut squash and apple.

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysWhile I’ve been disappointed with some celeb-approved cookbooks in the past, I have to say that so far, Pippa is proving herself to me. This soup was easy to throw together — again, a little peeling and chopping to prep the squash and apple, but that was by far the hardest part of this recipe. After that, the whole thing comes together in about 20 minutes, and despite the fact that there isn’t a single grain of salt in this soup (NOT ONE — this is a heart-healthy book, remember), the spices and the vegetable stock give it great flavor.

Another win here! If you ever happen to pick up a copy of this book yourself, I’d suggest paying attention to Pippa’s note on this recipe, and making a double batch of and freezing a bunch. It’s delicious, and with about a 40-minute investment of your time, you could have lunches for WEEKS. Just sayin’.

Dinner

A quick note on how this book is organized: It isn’t just divvied up my meal type, but by occasion, so there’s no “dinner/main course” section. But there are chapters for occasions like date night, family meal and entertaining. Since it is Saturday night, after all, and we are not going out, I plan to whip up something semi-special from the date night section: Chinese Salmon Parcels.

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysThis is a dish with Asian flavors prepared using a French technique. Cooking fish in parchment paper packets is one of my favorite ways to make seafood (you cannot ruin it this way, I promise you — it’s foolproof!), so I’m already on board with the idea. Again, the seasoning is simple, with the only salt coming from some low-sodium soy sauce, and the fish is topped with tons of fresh veggies, like mushrooms and bok choy.

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysIt’s SO good. Seriously, you guys, like, surprisingly, amazingly good! Even my boyfriend, who loves spicy, strong flavors and anything hearty, carby, meaty or cheesy, totally approved of this one and polished off his plate in no time. YES!

Day 2

Breakfast

Again, I pick something for breakfast that sounds super simple, but I have to say that going into this, I’m a little skeptical. I love me a little toast and homemade jam, but the jam in this cookbook (or conserve, if we’re being proper) is a no-cook version, made with uber-trendy chia seeds. Are they for real? Is this just a stunt to work in fashionable ingredients, or will this actually be good? I’m about to find out.

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysI get to pull out my little stick blender for this one, which, I’ll admit, I’ve used maybe once since I got it a year ago, so that’s exciting in itself. After soaking the chia seeds in coconut water (another obviously trendy ingredient) until they plump up, I combine them with frozen raspberries and a little sweetener, then blend the crap out of them.

The verdict? I hate to admit it, but I kind of love this stuff. It’s super fresh, it took me five minutes, and it’s outrageously good on top of some warm banana bread I pulled out of the freezer, sliced and toasted in the oven. OMG. I’m sorry I ever doubted you, Pippa.

Lunch

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysMore squash-apple soup. I’m sick, okay? Cut me a little slack. Besides, even though I did not make a double batch (this time around, at least), there are still lots of leftovers.

Dinner

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysMore fish! Again in the form of another meal that can be made almost entirely in the oven — YAY. This one takes a little longer, as the bed of potatoes and fennel the cod will bake on top of needs a lot more time in the oven than the fish itself. But again, it’s pretty simple, with minimal chopping and prep work, and an easy enough method for just about anybody to tackle.

Sadly, this was probably my least favorite of the dishes I tried, though it certainly wasn’t bad. The cod came out perfectly cooked, and the lemony dressing on top was tasty. But I’m a Midwestern girl who LOVES potatoes, and a potato-based dish without any salt just felt a little bland and sad to me. Not a total fail, but also not a favorite I’d come back to over and over again, unless jazzed up with some other kind of spice or seasoning to give it some zing.

Dessert

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysSince I’ve been good and sticking to the diet plan all weekend, I think I deserve a little dessert. The fruity crumble in here looks divine (whoever did this food photography knows their stuff — I’m salivating!). It also still sounds relatively healthy: a little brown sugar and butter (or butter substitute) in a crumble made mainly with oats and whole-wheat flour. It’s basically oatmeal with warm fruit, all served up with some Greek yogurt and fresh mint to finish.

I’m surprised, but this is totally satisfying. Even the Greek yogurt — a much healthier, protein-packed substitute for ice cream — actually satiates my craving for something sweet, and I don’t miss the ice cream at all. How is this possible?!

Day 3

Breakfast

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysOvernight oats are a pretty regular part of my breakfast rotation during the winter anyway, so trying Pippa’s version seemed like an obvious choice. Flavored with some mashed banana and nut butter mixed right into the oats, this easy breakfast was sweet and flavorful, without a lot of added sugar or a lot of prep work. It’s a little different from my usual overnight oats formula, and I’d definitely work it into my rotation for a little variety.

Lunch

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysMORE SOUP! Okay, I know, but honestly, I’m still not sick of it. It’s delicious.

Dinner

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Cooked Like Pippa Middleton for 3 DaysMore cod and potatoes. Sorry, folks, but there was so much! There’s no way we could eat all that in one sitting.

However, there are so many other delish-sounding recipes in this book that I can’t wait to try. Cooking from this celebrity-endorsed book was actually a surprisingly awesome experience. I’ve picked up plenty of cookbooks by famous authors, and most of them have turned out to be more than a little disappointing, but this one delivers. Everything I tried was pretty easy to make, healthy, tasty and satisfying — basically everything you’d want in a solid cookbook that you’d use for years to come. I know I’ll be going back to it regularly when I’m in need of a fast, good-for-me meal that doesn’t make me feel totally deprived.

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The 10 Best Things We Ate at the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalAfter a four-day marathon of eating and drinking alongside your favorite chefs and stars at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it’s safe to say that we. are. full. But as we look back on this sunny weekend along the Miami shore, we can’t help but crave a few particularly memorable dishes that we were enjoying mere hours ago. From an over-the-top-cheesy burgers at Burger Bash to a sweet treat of Trisha Yearwood’s coffee cake at her Southern Kitchen Brunch, these are 10 of our favorite tastes of SOBEWFF.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWhen it comes to cheese, we’re of the mindset that more is always more, and at the Italian Bites on the Beach event, the team from Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar & Pizza, which is based in Ft. Lauderdale, made sure that was the case. After hollowing out a wheel of Parmesan, they tossed the hot pasta with a mushroom-based sauce right inside, allowing the heat to gently melt the nutty cheese and become one with the pasta. Before serving, they plated the pasta with pieces of crispy-skinned porchetta to create a deeply savory presentation.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalHot to the touch and plenty sticky with truffle honey, this sandwich, a Coccoli from Miami Beach’s Prime Italian restaurant, brings together the best of salty and sweet flavors in a balanced way. For us, the key was the smear of creamy stracchino cheese on the bread — it helped marry all the tastes together.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWe like to think of this dish as the Italian take on a meat-and-potatoes plate, but instead of potatoes, there’s cheesy risotto. This hearty presentation from Dolce Italian restaurant in Miami Beach featured succulent red wine-marinated short ribs as the beefy star of the plate, and the meat was so tender that it fell apart with the touch of the fork. And see that sauce draping the short rib? It was an au jus that proved to be every bit as rich and savory was we wanted it to be.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalAt Friday night’s Oyster Bash, we had our pick of the plumpest, freshest oysters you can find in the water — fried, grilled and simmering in sauce. But for us, the best way was also the simplest way: raw. We set up camp at the Island Creek Oysters boat where the team from this Massachusetts-based operation was shucking their East Coast beauties on the spot. We squeezed a bit of lemon onto the half shells and threw back oyster after oyster.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalMuch like slurping strands of spaghetti and gnawing on the bones of baby back ribs, we love getting both hands around a burger and eventually feeling the juices run down our arms as we go in for bite after bite. When you indulge in the Emmy Burger from Brooklyn’s Emily restaurant, that messy fate is all but guaranteed — and we’re so happy about that. The Emily team served the eatery’s signature burger — built with the requisite orange-hued “Emmy sauce,” of course — at Friday’s Burger Bash, and we appreciated every last bite of this flavor-packed creation.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWhile we count the Emmy Burger among our favorite dressed-up burgers, the beauty pictured above from Little Jack’s Tavern in Charleston, South Carolina, is everything we love in a wonderfully classic, always-in-the-mood-for-you kind of burger. Moist, juicy and just salty enough, this meaty masterpiece is draped with gooey American cheese and served on a sesame bun — with fries, of course. That’s just the way we like it. It’s no wonder this won a top honor at Burger Bash.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalDuff Goldman hosted Saturday’s Decadent Dessert Party, and, of course, this master of all things sweet brought nothing less than an epic ice cream sundae bar for his station. He let guests choose from among several crispy-cookie bases and ice cream flavors, then handed over the towering plates so fans could finish their sundaes with their choice of toppings. We can’t resist the chocolate-peanut butter combo, so we opted for a few scoops of chocolate ice cream, then piled on the peanut butter cups and a sprinkle of crunchy chopped peanuts for added taste and texture.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalFamed baker Joanne Chang, of Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe, is known for her expert take on sticky buns — she even out-baked Bobby Flay in a sticky bun Throwdown in 2007 — so we were excited to get a taste of her creations at Duff’s party. She brought Sticky Bun Butter Breton to the late-night tasting, and indeed these cinnamon-scented kouign-aman were light, flaky and ideally sweet. We liked them so much that we managed to take some back to the hotel for Sunday’s breakfast after Joanne gave us a few of the pastries that remained.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWhen it comes to Southern comfort food, Trisha Yearwood is a go-to gal for down-home recipes, so you can be sure that her Southern Kitchen Brunch on Sunday was full of hearty, tried-and-true fare. While she offered fans both savory and sweet picks, we were especially wowed by her Coffee Coffee Cake. Laced with ground spices, this buttery, moist treat was finished with a cinnamon crumble. Bonus: She recently prepared this recipe on an episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, and you can find it right here.

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalWe’ll admit that we hardly ever take the time to make fried chicken at home, so when we found that Art Smith was serving it as his booth at Sunday’s brunch, we were thrilled. Tender on the inside with a golden, crispy exterior, this juicy bird was finished with creamy gravy and served atop hot sauce. We’re big fans of heat over here, so we were happy to get an extra drizzle of the tangy hot sauce to balance the richness of the gravy.

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Oscars: Disney sweeps animation and visual effects categories with ‘Zootopia,’ ‘Piper’ and ‘Jungle Book’

Oscars: Disney sweeps animation and visual effects categories with ‘Zootopia,’ ‘Piper’ and ‘Jungle Book’

Disney swept the animation and visual effects categories at Sunday’s Academy Awards. The studio’s smash “Zootopia” won for best animated feature; Disney/Pixar’s charming “Piper” won for animated short; and Disney’s CGI/live-action hybrid “The Jungle Book” won for visual effects. “Zootopia” filmmakers Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer emphasized the degree to which politically divisive […]

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