The Sweetest Occasion on Martha Stewart

A couple months ago I was honored to host a picnic for some of my best girls in collaboration with Martha Stewart. Not unlike a lot of  ladies in general and countless lifestyle bloggers specifically, I’ve been a fan of Martha for decades. Even as a little kid I remember watching her on television and flipping through the magazine knowing full well that someday I would grow up and have the prettiest house, all dutifully organized to perfection, to serve as the backdrop for hosting killer dinner parties. While I don’t exactly have that amazing house just yet, I am pretty crazed about making sure my towels and sheets are folded just right, so I’m on my way, don’t you agree? At any rate, today I am over the moon to share that my work is being featured by Martha Stewart! I don’t have many words that sum up how cool that is to me, but “Look, Ma! I did it!” seems to work pretty well. See the feature here!

Martha Stewart Inspired Picnic

Of course, another thank you is owed my amazing mom and also my girls Darlene, Erica, Carolynn and Alice for being a part of the festivities!

[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]


10 Best Summer DIY Projects

10 Best Summer DIY Projects

The last couple of weeks I have been seriously loving summer. The weather has been hot, the sun has been blazing, the humidity has been through the roof. Today is no exception! By 8 o’clock this morning it already felt like a blast furnace outside so I’m not-so secretly hoping I can wrap things up in time to sneak off to the lake for a couple hours this afternoon. I have a heavy project load I’m working on at the moment, so I’m not quite sure that’s going to happen today, but in the meantime I’m loving all things summer. And with summer comes the perfect excuse to get crafty! From coolers to picnic table makeovers to the perfect tie dye sheets, today I’ve rounded up 10 of the best summer DIY projects!

Ready to spice up your summer with a fun craft project or two? Click through for 10 of summer’s best DIY ideas!


Spiked Cherry Limeade

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Spiked Cherry Limeade | by @cydconverse of The Sweetest Occasion

I’ve been a huge fan of DRY Soda Co. for a few years now, ever since Jenny introduced me with these lavender ice cream floats. I love that their sodas are crafted to be less sweet than traditional soda, sweetened with just a minimal amount of pure cane sugar. Plus their flavors (like Blood Orange, Lavender, Vanilla, Cherry and Rhubarb) are a bit more sophisticated and grown up for those of us who like to think beyond the cola. Because of this, DRY sodas make the perfect cocktail mixers! Today I’m excited to be partnering with DRY to share this spiked cherry limeade with you – it may just be the perfect summer cocktail!

Spiked Cherry Limeade | by @cydconverse of The Sweetest Occasion

Spiked Cherry Limeade | by @cydconverse of The Sweetest Occasion Spiked Cherry Limeade | by @cydconverse of The Sweetest Occasion


  • 4 oz DRY Cherry Soda
  • 4 oz fresh limeade
  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • Ice
  • Limes and cherries to garnish

Fill a mason jar or cocktail glass with ice. Add limeade and vodka, top with soda and then add grenadine. Gently stir to combine. Garnish with fresh cherries and/or lime slices and sip away! For the limeade, fresh homemade limeade is best, but you can substitute with a ready made option. (For making limemade at home, I follow this recipe.) To make this spiked cocktail into an alcohol free mocktail, simply skip the vodka and add a little extra DRY cherry soda.

Spiked Cherry Limeade | by @cydconverse of The Sweetest Occasion

Spiked Cherry Limeade | by @cydconverse of The Sweetest Occasion

Spiked Cherry Limeade | by @cydconverse of The Sweetest Occasion

[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Color Palette: Lilac + Hyacinth

Hi, everyone and happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Ours was hectic, but a lot of fun, which seems to be how every weekend is shaping up for us this summer. I’m thinking we need to carve out a few days to just be lazy and sit by the water and not do much more than a bit of kayaking and lemonade sipping at some point this summer. In the meantime I’m not complaining, because I love getting to make so many amazing memories with our family and friends. Now that it’s Monday, it’s color palette time! Right now I’m loving this romantic combination of lilac, scabiosa and hyacinth. Add in a bit of clover and burlap and you have a timeless summer color palette that’s just so pretty.

Color Palette: Lilac and Hyacinth

[Photos, from top: Sunday Suppers | Kate Osborne via BRIDES | This Gal Cooks.]


Three Pineapple Things + Friday Link Love

Hey guys! It’s Friday! Who else is excited? B’s sister and I are up visiting grandma and grandpa with all the kids today and we have a jam-packed day of excitement planned. More specifically we’re loading up seven kids and heading off to the water park for the day, which is bound to be an adventure in and of itself. This gaggle of kiddos is constantly keeping us on our toes. Wish us luck! I didn’t want to run off for the weekend though without dropping the Friday Link Love for you – and a little ode to all things summery and pineapple in nature. Here’s wishing you all a fabulous Friday and an awesome weekend – see you here on Monday! xoxo

Three Summery Pineapple Things

[Pineapple sunglasses | Pineapple still life | Pineapple cocktail.]