Holiday + Seasonal Party Ideas

Loving A Lobster Boil

Loving A Lobster Boil

Lobster boils, clam bakes, seafood boils – I’m obsessed! (I’ve mentioned this before, I know I know.) Lately though, I’m really hurting for a classic Maine lobster boil. I want the bib, the salt potatoes dripping in butter, the blueberry cobbler to finish it all off. I will tell you that lobster is my favorite food in the entire world other than ice cream. Give me the two of them together in one meal? Holy cannoli. That’s my kind of …

Summer Essentials: A Camping Trip

Summer Essentials: A Camping Trip

I make no secret of the fact that by the time summer comes along I have about zero interest in being kept inside. Once the sun is shining and the days grow long, I’m all about getting outside and enjoying every minute. Give me sunscreen and bug spray and send me out into the woods or to linger along the lake, and I’m about as happy a camper as any you’ll ever find. With at least one, hopefully two, summer …

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

by Kelly Lanza

I’m not too sure how it got to be the middle of June already, but you know what that means… the Fourth of July is right around the corner! I wanted to make some decor that was patriotic but didn’t scream it (if you know what I mean), and I thought this watercolor stripe bunting was the perfect solution! Not only does it work for a July 4th BBQ (strung on tables or overhead), but it could be …

Cinco de Mayo: The Best of Fiestas

Cinco de Mayo: The Best of Fiestas

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As we count on down to Cinco de Mayo this week it only seems fitting to celebrate my love for all things papel picado, guacamole and piñatas! It’s not too late to whip together a little party for you and your favorite pals this weekend so I dug through the archives to bring your three of my favorite fiestas. If you want to get in on the fun, don your favorite sombrero, whip up a pitcher of sangria and party …

Favorites: St. Patrick’s Day Recipes + Crafts

Favorites: St. Patrick’s Day Recipes + Crafts

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While I can’t really figure out where the weeks are going, turns out St. Patrick’s Day is this week! (You know, in case you’re like me and the flurry of green all over Pinterest didn’t tip you off a little sooner.) I haven’t had the time myself to host any St. Patrick’s Day festivities in recent years, but who doesn’t love a good excuse to sip on a Guinness and listen to Irish music? So usually I just throw on …

Pink + Glittery New Years Eve Inspiration

Pink + Glittery New Years Eve Inspiration

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With New Year’s Eve just a few days away, I couldn’t resist loading you up with a bit of pink and glittery inspiration. Because, let’s face it. We all love glitter this time of year, don’t we? This shoot was dreamed up by the dynamic Italian team of Bon Bon Studio and features some of the prettiest details I’ve ever seen. This look would be perfect for any New Year’s Eve party, but it’d be especially perfect for an evening …

Kaylee + Bobby: A Newlywed Christmas

Kaylee + Bobby: A Newlywed Christmas

Do you guys remember this amazing Christmas shoot that the crazy talented Haley Sheffield shared last year? You guys went crazy for it (as did I) and soon enough it was a huge internet sensation. Not a day goes by that I don’t see those photos popping up all over Pinterest and the free world at large. Well, buckle your seatbelts and prepare for something absolutely stunning. Ruffled recently featured this year’s edition of Kaylee and Bobby’s Christmas love affair and it’s …

A Cozy Midcentury Woodland Christmas Fete

A Cozy Midcentury Woodland Christmas Fete

A beautiful and cozy midcentury woodland inspired Christmas party by Anne Sage on The Sweetest Occasion

A Golden Holiday Party for the Ladies

A Golden Holiday Party for the Ladies

Year after year, I love seeing the glittery holiday parties the amazingly talented Kate Martin of Beautiful Days has up her sleeve. Showcasing her beautifully styled celebrations has become a bit of a tradition! (See what I’m talking about by checking out just a few of my past favorites here, here, here, here and here.) This year, Kate hosted her fifth annual ladies-only holiday party, full of gold, sparkle and loads of holiday cheer. Throw a room full of giggling gals, photos from Brea McDonald, a …

Sparkling Holiday Decor from Luna Bazaar

Sparkling Holiday Decor from Luna Bazaar

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This post was sponsored by Luna Bazaar. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that so generously help keep The Sweetest Occasion rockin’!

I’m crazy about beautiful holiday decor so I was really excited to get my hands on a few of these sparkly perfume bottles from Luna Bazaar, one of our awesome sponsors. They come in so many pretty shapes and colors. I think they’d look beautiful along a mantle, clustered together as a centerpiece on the dining room table or scattered around …

Pottery Barn Mystery Box Challenge

Pottery Barn Mystery Box Challenge

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Today I am really excited to tell you about a fun little project I participated in with Pottery Barn - their holiday Mystery Box Challenge! Pottery Barn tapped five party/entertaining bloggers to create festive holiday decor using a box of their beautiful ornaments. The catch? The ornaments couldn’t be used on a tree and we had no idea what we were getting until the box arrive on our doorstep!

To get started, I scavenged a few loose pine tree boughs that I …

A Glam Gold Holiday Table

A Glam Gold Holiday Table

There’s something about gold that I just love for the holidays. Something about the warm metallic glow it gives off just feels so cozy and glamorous. I’m guessing that has something to do with my love for this pretty golden holiday table by the crazy talented ladies of Hey Look. To snag this look for yourself, pair your everyday white dinnerware with cloth napkins, charcoal linens, a sprinkle of gold glitter confetti, and an abundance of gold-dipped candles. For even …