rustic halloween apple cider bar

Happy Halloween, Script Squad! Meg here, and thought I would jump on to share my holiday spread in case anyone else is preparing for a Halloween happy hour Tuesday!

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For those of you who have known me since my Bliss Lettering days, you have probably heard me talk about how I discovered my love of lettering shortly after the purchase of our first home in 2014.  I immediately discovered my love of hosting and how much adding details like little lettered touches throughout elevated even the most casual of get-togethers. While I still can’t cook to save my life (leave that up to my Mom, in-laws, and hubby), my stash of place cards, menu signs and cocktail napkins has grown to be quite impressive for every holiday I now insist on hosting.

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This Halloween is no different, although bittersweet because we sold our house this Fall and will be moving out at the end of November so it’s our last official holiday in this house. For the past 4 years we have hosted a neighborhood Trick or Treat “pregame” where our family, friends and neighbors come over for pizza before taking the kiddos out trick or treating. I usually make an apple cider sangria as well as hot apple cider (with caramel vodka!) in the crock pot and send the adults out with to-go cups to keep warm while the kids are on the candy hunt. I love that everyone has come to look forward to this tradition and I plan to carry it with us to our next home too!
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hanging indoor rustic ladder with lights and mason jars

This sunroom-turned-bar room will be one of our most missed rooms of this house! The bar my husband and family friend built for our wedding fit perfectly in here so hoping we get as lucky in our next home too. The ladder pictured I change out seasonally, and also is recycled from our wedding where it hung over our head table. It’s conveniently located right next to our front door so it’s the perfect spot to pass out candy right next to where everyone always gathers!

Looking forward to sipping cider sangria in here tomorrow for our last house holiday, and wishing everyone else a fun and happy Halloween too! Cheers!halloween candy decor bowl


Urban Grape Boston sip & script class partner

Calligraphy and wine pairing? Yes please! This week we taught an Intro to Calligraphy class at Urban Grape, an award winning wine, craft beer, and spirits store located in the South End. 

Urban Grape Boston South End

18 Ladies gathered around the beautiful high top table for a fun collaboration as part of their Geek Out learning series. Urban Grape’s Ali Innes curated 4 bottles of wine that had a fun spin on ink and calligraphy. A certified Sommelier, Ali shared some awesome selections with the group. 

Julie Mancini teaching calligraphy at Urban Grape Boston's South End

Urban Grape South End Boston wine tasting and calligraphy

Wines for the evening:

1.  Scribe Riesling, 2015

2. Can Rafols dels Cajs “Terraprima”, 2013

3. Judith Beck “Beck Ink”, 2015

4. Graffito Malbec, 2014

Urban Grape Boston South End Sip & Script calligraphy class

Julie’s top pick: The Terraprima was my favorite! Very intense taste.

Meg’s top pick: I loved the Scribe Riesling! I’m usually a Sauv Blanc fan, but this riesling was amazing. Will definitely go back and restock when I finish the 2 bottles I purchased that night!

Urban Grape Boston's South End calligraphy class

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canvas and kale sip & script

We have been dropping hints here and there but finally SO excited to announce our official Sip & Script instructor and licensee, Jessica Glazier of Canvas and Kale! Jess is beyond talented, so sweet and deserves major credit for being so patient with us while we got our expansion plan up and running. We first met and started emailing this past May when she applied for the internship position but we had different plans in store for her! After our first meet up in person we knew it was a match made in calligra-friend heaven.

Read more about Jess:

Jess Glazier has owned and operated Canvas & Kale since December of 2014, serving clients with hand calligraphy and lettering work for weddings, showers, events & more. Jess’ love for lettering was apparent early on. She would sneak into her mom’s home office and use an original feathered calligraphy pen that was used for her parents wedding. She has always had a love for art, and a love for creating pretty things.

Jess grew up in a small, quintessential New England town in Connecticut, with her parents and sister, and has always been considered the “artsy one” in the family. She studied Elementary Education, at Southern Connecticut State University, and after graduating, she moved to Boston, MA to pursue her Masters in Education at Boston University. Although teaching was what Jess always pictured her “grown up” job to be, she took a leap of faith on her true passion, calligraphy,  and opened Canvas & Kale.

Most days, you’ll find Jess in her home studio, drinking kombucha, and watching reruns of One Tree Hill as she completes orders. She loves yoga, coffee shops and exploring with her Fiancé and fur-baby, Berkeley Kale. Catch up with her on Instagram @canvasandkale, her Etsy shop, or through her website

Jess will now be booking and running her own Sip & Script classes throughout Boston and beyond. We have been working all summer long on launching our expansion and script squad program to grow our community of creatives. We want calligraphers with their own businesses to be able to supplement their envelope jobs or seating charts with teaching Sip & Script classes wherever they please!

When we started teaching classes, one of the aspects we loved most was getting to write alongside likeminded calligraphers as a break from the traditional 10+ hour envelope jobs alone at home. Although sometimes there’s nothing more zen than making a killer playlist, lighting a candle and hammering out place cards or envelopes, we quickly realized how much joy it brought us to simply be at a table with pointed pen and wine glass in hand, next to fun and creative people. It brings a welcomed social element to an otherwise individual hobby!

What started out as a what we thought was a one-time holiday card making class, is now something we can share with a whole crew of talented letter lovers and we could not be more thankful. We can’t wait to share more, but in the meantime, stay tuned for Jessica’s classes you won’t want to miss!

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