3 Easy Tips for a Festive Fall Happy Hour

We love the holidays here at Laura Hooper Calligraphy and are always looking for fun ways to take our family dinners and soirees with friends up a notch. Our custom, hand-lettered holiday collection is the perfect way to add a personalized touch to your holiday decor. Our beautiful {and real!} white pumpkins {these make great additions to your bar cart, centerpiece, or front porch all the way through November}, the white mini-pumpkins {personalized place cards for the win with these little cuties!} and of course the ornaments and other Christmas decorations are all hand-lettered right here in Old Town Alexandria.



Today we’re sharing three easy tips to pull together a quick fall charcuterie and treat display.

Step 1: Use platters of different heights and sizes to add depth to the buffet as well as basic greens to add interest.



Step 2: Pair two – three cheeses with some almonds {we love marcona!}, crackers, and either honey or jam along with a few mini desserts. We like getting an assortment of bite-size desserts so you can have a variety. Plus, they are easier to eat than a full size pie, for example. For a heartier display you can also add in some salami or prosciutto.


Step 3: Add hand-lettered pumpkins & foiled napkins for an unexpected surprise that adds texture to the overall style.



Including simple details like these will elevate the look of your display for any soiree whether it’s a small gathering with friends or a larger holiday meal.



Shop the full LHC Holiday Collection here and don’t forget we offer free pickup for locals from our Old Town Alexandria studio.


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With more than 20 years of calligraphy experience, Laura Hooper, Owner and Creative Director, has produced scripts for hundreds of weddings, corporate clients, and even a celeb or two (yes, stars: they love calligraphy just like us!), handcrafting everything from addressed envelopes to custom signage, all from our Old Town Alexandria studio. At the holidays, we offer custom, handwritten décor items. Laura has trained under three amazing master penman to date; Michael Sull, Vivian Mungall, and Harvest Crittenden, and she is a certified instructor of American Cursive Handwriting. She resides in Mount Vernon, Alexandria. Alyssa, Laura’s sister, joined the company as Director of Operations in 2014, allowing the family business to go around the world with online video courses and in-person workshops. Alyssa runs the day-to-day logistics of Laura Hooper Calligraphy, allowing Laura to focus on the art. She resides in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Looking to learn the art of modern pointed-pen calligraphy? Laura Hooper Calligraphy has got you covered with both in-person workshops {right here in Old Town Alexandria!} as well as a starter kit plus video tutorial for at-home learning. Our online calligraphy shop is fully curated with the supplies we use daily that we know will work well together.


In addition to teaching and sharing calligraphy with students around the world, sisters Laura Hooper & Alyssa Law also serve wedding clients with custom stationery design and production as well as handwritten calligraphy services for envelopes, escort cards, place cards and more.





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Alexandria 22314

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