Cocktails & creativity: hand lettering

Cocktails & creativity: hand lettering

Hand lettering is hot right now. It can be a little trickier than it looks, so watch our Cocktails & Lettering episodes below if you’re ready to learn more about the art of lettering. It’s also a great excuse to invite a few friends over, so we’ve included party ideas, finger-friendly party food, and cocktail recipes to help you host the perfect get-together or girls’ night in.

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Hand Lettering Party Tips & Supplies  

How to Hand Letter Names & Words  

How to Hand Letter Inspiring Quotes  

Hand Lettering Tips & Hints  

Ready to host your own hand-lettering party? Here's what you'll need:  

  • Assortment of pencils, pens and markers (from thick to thin)
  • Tracing paper
  • Hand lettering alphabet for tracing
  • Lettering tips printable from Hallmark Lettering Artist Lynn Guinta
  • Lined or graph paper to use as guides (check out these lined paper templates from my friend Ana)
  • Finger-friendly snacks and cocktails (recipes below)
  • Hostess tip: Give each guest a copy of our lettering tips to get those creative juices flowing.

Finger-friendly snack recipes  

Smoked Brisket & Blue Cheese Cracker Appetizer Recipe

Smoked brisket and blue cheese crackers

Smoky and savory + sweet and simple = Shannon’s crazy good cheese and cracker appetizers! This easy recipe features five layers of goodness: Ritz crackers, BBQ sauce, smoked beef brisket, smoked blue cheese and a drizzle of honey.

Mini bacon cheese balls recipe

Mini bacon cheese balls

Cream cheese, bacon, jalapeños, ranch seasoning and pretzel sticks combine to create these perfectly poppable mini cheese balls. If you don’t want to roll out all the balls, you can spread the mixture in a dish and top with the pecan-bacon mixture for easy dipping. If you’re SUPER lazy, you can just mix it all in a bowl and eat it with a spoon. #worthit

Spaghetti and meatballs on a stick recipe

Spaghetti and meatballs on a stick

Mix things up and give these fun spaghetti and meatball skewers a whirl. This is a one-bite appetizer, depending on how big your mouth is. But getting all the flavors together is worth a try. Simple, saucy and oh-so good!

Cocktail recipes  

Moscow mule recipe

Moscow mule

This is the perfect drink for summer—bright, bubbly and best served colder-than-cold. Keeping it chill is part of the reason to serve it in a copper mug—the metal also heightens the flavors.

White sangria recipe

White sangria

This is a sweet, boozy pitcher full of summer. Eat every last bite of the fruit—don’t let that goodness just sit in the glass.

Shannon combines some of her favorite things in "Cocktails & Creativity": friends, creative projects, cocktails, snacks, and her chihuahua, Pita. She's a hard-core foodie, zombie fan, loud laugher, and mom to two boys and four tiny dogs.