Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall Festivities

Ahhh, Fall is in the air! Fall is one of the most fun times of the year to have parties or get togethers, there are just so many things to celebrate! If you are looking for a fun reason to have a few friends & family members over for a laid back, casual gathering, a Pumpkin Carving party would be just the way to go! Carving pumpkins is so much fun and ever so festive.

Grab some cheap pumpkins at your local pumpkin patch or market, brew up some homemade apple cider and invite your friends over with these fun Pumpkin Carving Party Invitations!

It's so easy to whip up some great snacks as well, like caramel apples or some amazing pumpkin cream cheese muffins. The tablescape above is the perfect setting for an outdoor party, even if you have to drag your dining room set outside!

This is such a fun season to celebrate, so go grab some pumpkins & get creative! :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Festive Fourth

Fourth of July is right around the corner & it is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate!! I love all of the festive colors & foods. It's SO easy to decorate for as well, one of my favorite centerpieces are mason jars filled with sand with either sparklers or firework sticks/straws in them as shown on the Martha Stewart site! So casual, beachy & fun!!

{Images via Martha Stewart,, Flikr, Country Living & AllRecipes}
Everybody loves a great 4th of July bash!! Spend the day outdoors with friends, food, fun & fireworks! What are your plans this year?
These Fourth of July invitations, along with others, can be found here on j&paper!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sweet Summertime

With summer in full swing, it's time for backyard BBQ's & outdoor living! One of the best things about the warm weather is that your living space can become much larger when expanded to the outdoor area.

Whether it be a small patio just a table & chairs or a large backyard lined in trees with lots of seating & string lights, any outdoor space can be perfect for a Summer Kickoff party!
Check out more party invitations for all of your summer entertaining needs at j&paper on Etsy. If you have a party in mind that you may need a custom invitation, I'd love to create something for you!

{Images via Pottery Barn & Coastal Living}

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Navy + Yellow Baby Showers

One of my FAVORITE color combos right now is Navy & Yellow... I love the contrast & how sophisticated it looks. If you're looking to throw a non-traditional baby shower, maybe a bit more fun & modern, try a color combo like this! Pastel blues & pinks are so 9 months ago! :)

Yellow Chicken Cake Pops via Bakerella (such AMAZING work!), Tablescape via InStyle Weddings, Floral Arrangement via Martha Stewart & Nursery via Project Nursery.

These summery, slightly nautical baby shower invitations use this stunning color combo to give a great first impression to your guests! Check them out here!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Who is j... & what is the paper?

Hi! I am EXTREMELY excited to start the j&paper Blog! Thank you so much for stopping by & I hope that you enjoy all of the future posts to come!

My name is Jessica & I am the creator of j&paper.
This is me. The one who is not wearing a rooster costume, of course.

I was born & raised in Iowa, moved to Florida after my college graduation & then married my high school sweetheart in 2008. We are loving the beautiful beaches & sunny skies but miss the seasons & our families in the Midwest.

I LOVE anything festive. And where does that all begin? With invitations! Whether it is custom stationery that is festive in itself, or an invitation to a birthday party, baby shower or wedding, I think it's important to make a great impression with paper!

After designing all of the paper products for my own wedding in 2008, I really discovered my passion for design & knew that it was time to follow my dreams.

In October of 2009... j&paper was born! In my etsy shop, you will find personalized stationery, invitations & all things paper!