Merry Christmas!

Hey friends …

So I know it’s not December anymore – but take a look at this fun menu design I created for the Annual NACE Holiday Luncheon at The Duke Mansion!

I loved this design . . .  and THANK YOU to Old South Studios for these amazing photos ~ and isn’t The Duke Mansion SO gorgeous at Christmas . . . . well all year round, really!! xo


my love/hate relationship

So I have to admit – I have a love hate relationship with the US Postal Service.

It’s a necessary ‘evil’ in my world.  Well, in all of our worlds.  But they are especially a thorn in my side …. and event planners & brides …. who are sending out wedding invitations & other pretty paper goodies.

Sometimes they aren’t so pretty once they reach the guests’ hands.

Here’s a few facts that you may not realize….

1. Just because you spent an hour in the post office (which probably doesn’t smell like roses) hand-canceling the pretty postage you just spent a small fortune on, they MIGHT just run them through the electronic canceling machine anyway.

2. The postal workers do not care that you just spent 2 months with a designer creating a masterpiece that might cost $15 a pop.  Sad, but true.  That scenario might go something like this . . . . . .

“Gosh, I am sorry – I don’t know how your envelope got torn to pieces …. but we did put everything in a plastic baggie before sending it on to the recipient.”  True story y’all.

3. EVERY sorting machine is run by a computer.  Computer’s DO NOT care that you spent a small fortune on your invitations.

4. Depending on the guests’ location in the United States (or across the pond) your invitations could go through about 3 to 5 of these awesome computer-run machines.

5. These said machines that sort these pretty little envelopes get hot as FIRE.  Literally so hot they can melt ink that has dryed for DAYS or WEEKS.

WHYYYYYY am I telling you this?!?!? ….. Trust me – there’s a point to all of this. 

1. Using an envelope liner can solve a lot of these problems.  Yup – I am bringing the old school back.  This second envelope can actually provide a layer of protection to your beautiful invitations.  So can Envelopments, and other thicker folding pieces.

2. I PROMISE your wedding stationery gal OR wedding planner IS NOT out to get you OR your invitations.  They were in pristine condition when they were left in the capable hands of the government at the USPS office.  BELIEVE ME when I say, your planner or your paper gal has just as much riding on these beautiful invitations as you do.  And the LAST thing we want is an upside bride or mother of the bride.

3. Reality.  Ladies, if your envelope gets torn, smudged or {God forbid} delivered in a cute little USPS baggie, I promise your guest will still attend the event if they do not have a prior obligation.  They aren’t going to look at it, turn up their nose and talk about you with the neighbor over a cocktail.

4. Just have a real conversation with your planner or your paper gal about how to possibly prevent something like this happening.  BUT please remember, that once invitations have been dropped off, IT. IS. OUT. OF. OUR. CONTROL.

5. Keep it real.  The point of the event that you’re sending this awesome (hopefully Olive Paper) invitation to is about a celebration.  Remember the reason you sent the invitation out.  It is important for things to look nice, but I PROMISE you, it will not ruin your amazingly beautiful, well planned event.

FOR MORE INFO on invitations and paper pretties, shoot me an email!  I would LOVE to hear from you!

xoxo – deb

a little gift certificate anyone?

hey sweets!

so …. the conversation goes a little something like this: he says / then / she says:

…. you’re so hard to buy for ….. you KNOW what i want for Christmas ….. how am i supposed to know what you want – – – i can’t read your mind …. well i mentioned the other day i needed to write thank you notes …. oh, you were talking to me? …. yup – – – sure was …. well can’t you just get those at target or something? ….. no way! i like olive paper’s note cards WAAAAY better.


so here you go – your very own little link to 3 gift certificates.

the OLIVE PAPER shop … available in 50, 75 and 100. 

xoxoxo – deb


Hey friends!

The custom cards for 2014 are up for sale!  Officially!

Olive Paper is offering a custom selection of cards for the 2014 season – but we are still offering a custom design for a small number of clients.  These custom designs will be a first come, first serve basis.

Please check out the OLIVE PAPER shop for more details!

(feel free to click on the SHOP link at the top of the page, too!)

xoxo – deb


July Prosecco of the Month

Hey pretties!

July has been a busy month!  I have been all over the place and one of the places was at Lake Blackshear to spend some much needed time with my childhood bestie, Faith!  So, since there was 2 of us, I felt the need to try out a new Prosecco (pictured left) and added a Brut Rose’ (pictured right) to the mix!


Prosecco july

Here’s the skinny on these two….

PROSECCO :: Foss Marai (Extra Dry) :: $17.50 (750 ml)   DESCRIPTION :: Veneto, Italy – Intense & elegant taste …. aromas of acacia & apple.  Categorized as Dry, Apple, Almond, Full-Bodied

ROSE’ ::  Gruet Rose’  :: $23.99 (750ml)   DESCRIPTION :: United States – Sour Cherry, brioche & melon aromas.  Tastes of orange and lemon zest.  Categorized as Dry, Apple, Floral, Medium-Bodied

Both available at Total Wine

SO … my fav?  Even though this Prosecco was a beautiful bottle, I didn’t really care for this one too much – it was VERY intense … and I didn’t love the after-taste.  HOWEVER …. the Rose’ was AMAZING.  One of my favorite bottles I have tasted in a while … and awfully pretty looking in a glass!

I hope you all had a Happy 4th of July!

xoxo – deb

COLBY & MICHAEL :: 05.31.14

It’s been a busy May & June for me (which is totally awesome!!) but this sweet bride wrapped up my May wedding month and she was the PERFECT bride …. and to boot, Colby so beautiful on the inside and out.

Some of you may know that I am dealing with my Grandparents not-so-great-health issues —–> enter a sweet phone call from Colby the day before she leaves for her wedding in Asheville to ask how they are doing … and then a text from her mom asking the same question.  I kid you not.  This girl has it together.  So, I don’t normally feature full weddings on my blog, but I had to with her.  Why …. well, #1) she’s beautiful … #2) she’s got a heart of gold  #3) her and her sweet mother were amazing to work with.  #4) and last but not least, I really liked how her wedding invitations turned out.

Photographer KATY COOK was so kind to share a few images from Colby & Michael’s big day (which took place at one my my favorite venues: Lionscrest at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina). Check out these lovelies ~ and see all of the OLIVE PAPER details from her Wedding & Reception!  (beautiful florals provided by The Bloom Room)



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