The Sweetest Occasion on Instagram

I’ve mentioned it in passing a couple of months ago, but over the holidays I decided to start doing things a little differently over on Instagram. When Instagram first became I thing, I primarily used it on more of a personal level and truthfully, I’ve always been way more of a Pinterest junkie over everything else. Then it became very obvious that people are completely Instagram-crazed and I realized that I had kind of missed the boat and that maybe The Sweetest Occasion needed a dedicated Instagram profile. So, that’s what I did! You can now follow The Sweetest Occasion on Instagram, where I share all kinds of DIY, food, recipe, decor and travel related things. Also, don’t forget that all year long I’ll be stalking the #thesweetestoccasion hashtag and randomly selecting a follower each month to win a fun little giveaway! So follow along, tag me with your recipes and DIY creations or just share your favorite everyday moments. So pop over and say hi, would ya? I’m excited to hang out with you there!

Follow @cydconverse on Instagram

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[Photos from The Sweetest Occasion on Instagram.]

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Happy Monday + Link Love

Hi, friends! I hope you had an awesome weekend. I spent a lot of time trying to get caught up on projects that I fell behind on while I was sick with the flu and I’m hoping by this time next week I’m back on track. My energy level is still way down from usual so I very definitely snuck in a nap yesterday. Because I’m currently working on finishing up a few posts to share with you later in the week and because I’m also going to be traveling for business this week, I thought we’d ease into things with a bit of link love! These are the things I’ve been seeing and loving around the web over the last couple of weeks. Here’s wishing you a fabulous Monday and a great week ahead! xoxo

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks

[Recipe from Half Baked Harvest.]

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Welcome Spring with Tacos + Cocktails

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Turns out, February was the coldest months on record ever for our area. We’re talking more than 20 days of below zero temperatures and only a single day that even hit freezing. But as cold as we’ve been, there is no denying that spring is on the way. The days are getting longer, the sun is definitely coming around more often and soon enough (I hope) we’ll be wearing flip flops! Today I’ve teamed up with Simply Juice Drinks to share with you some easy tips and ideas for hosting a fun, casual party designed to welcome spring. We’re talking tacos and cocktails – two of my favorites! This is the easiest way to invite friends over for a little spring celebration that is sure to be a hit.

Welcome Spring with Tacos and Cocktails from @cydconverse

Welcome Spring with Tacos and Cocktails from @cydconverse

Today we’re talking about one of my favorite ways to entertain, which basically revolves around a food station and a cocktail station. That way guests can come and go throughout the afternoon or evening and nibble and sip as they please. Specifically, it’s all about the taco today. Mind you, we eat all kinds of taco-inspired fare around here all year long, but tacos are fun and easy to make and sure to be a crowd pleaser, which sort of fits with a party designed to celebrate the return of warmth and sunshine, don’t you think?

Welcome Spring with Tacos and Cocktails from @cydconverse

Welcome Spring with Tacos and Cocktails from @cydconverse

My favorite way to host a party is to work with everyday items you already own and style them in fun ways to make your party look really fun and special without having to run to the store to buy a bunch of stuff. So here I lined the table with newspaper and then laid all the taco fixings out using my standard white serving platters, mason jars and prep bowls. Something as simple as transferring the salsa from the store bought jar to a mason jar just makes it look that much better. For my taco bar I focused on all of my favorite fillings like black beans, rice, tomatoes, homemade guacamole, salsa, cheese, scallions, olives, the works. I did include chicken, recognizing that some people do prefer a meat option in their taco. The easiest way to do that and keep it super simple? Stop off and get one of those $5 rotisserie chickens at the grocery store. Done and done!

Welcome Spring with Tacos and Cocktails from @cydconverse

Welcome Spring with Tacos and Cocktails from @cydconverse

Simply Tropical Margarita from @cydconverse

Of course no party is complete with a few good cocktails. That’s where the new Simply Juice Drinks come into play! These new flavors (Fruit Punch, Tropical and Mixed Berry) lend themselves perfectly to crafting really delicious cocktails that all of your friends will love! I am personally loving the Simply Tropical (made with real pineapple and mango juice) made into a really delicious margarita. Just add orange liqueur or triple sec and a good silver tequila, shake and pour over ice. There is nothing better with tacos than a super yummy margarita!

Simply Juice Cocktails from @cydconverse

Make Your Own Cocktail Station from @cydconverse

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Mixed Berry Gin Cocktail from @cydconverse

Not surprisingly, the Simply Mixed Berry is my favorite of the flavors! I have a serious love for berries, and pairing the Mixed Berry with my favorite gin and a bit of elderflower liqueur ended up being a very good idea. Serve over ice and load it up with fresh berries and you have an instant party in  a glass. You also need to give the Simply Fruit Punch a try with a splash of good bourbon and a wedge of lemon. All three of these drinks are taking up permanent residence in my cocktail rotation. The Simply Juice Drinks are bursting with real fruit taste and they’re made with simple, all-natural ingredients, making them perfect for whipping up fresh, tasty cocktails your friends will love.

Welcome Spring with Tacos and Cocktails from @cydconverse

Welcome Spring with Tacos and Cocktails from @cydconverse

The last thing you need is to add a little extra color to your table before your guests arrive. Of course, I’m talking fresh flowers! I spent $10 on inexpensive grocery store flowers (yes, my favorite, we all know) and then trimmed them down and tucked them in a quart size mason jar. They look so pretty and it takes all of five minutes to do. If you buy big flowers that have more than one bloom to a stem, they’ll largely do the work for you when arranging. Choose a monochromatic palette like I did here, with two or three shades of the same color and all you have to really do is plunk them in a jar without a lot of effort and they’ll look so pretty.

Make Your Own Cocktail Station from @cydconverse

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Is anyone else totally pumped for spring now? When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with tacos and cocktails. For more recipe ideas, flavor combinations and inspiration, follow along at the Simply Facebook page!post-line-before-credits

[Design, styling + photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Color Palette: Bubble Gum + Clementine

I think it would be foolish to say that spring is almost here, considering we got more snow and freezing rain a few days ago, but ever so slightly I can feel a shift in the atmosphere this week that tells me that spring is on the way. If you live in a climate with really intense winters, you probably know what I mean. It will still be incredibly cold with snowbanks taller than you are, but something about the time of day the birds come around and the angle of the sun let’s you know that the end is somewhere in sight. Today’s color palette is all about bubble gum pink, clementine and pineapple. Bright, sunny shades that have me feeling excited for spring. Fingers crossed it’s not too far out!

Color Palette: Bubble Gum and Clementine from @cydconverse

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[Photos, from top: Lark + Linen | A Lacey Perspective | Heidi Geldhauser for Paper & Stitch.]

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So Lucky to Have You Printable Art Print

While I’m continuing to recover from the flu, my sweet friend Maddy of Splendid Supply Co. was a gem and created this awesome printable art print to share with you guys. I just love it – thanks, Maddy!

So Lucky to Have You | St. Patrick's Day Art Print from @cydconverse

Hello, everyone – Maddy from Splendid Supply Co. here. My dear pal Cyd is a little under the weather (thanks, never ending winter!), so I’m stepping in to help out since pretty homes and pretty parties are sort of my “thing.”

I can’t believe it, but we’re in March already! MARCH. What?! That means, of course, it’s time for St. Patty’s. Now, I love the green and gold pairing that happens around mid-March every year, but let’s face it: St. Patrick’s Day is only one day. I wanted to gift you guys a little somethin’ that was perfectly seasonal but, at the same time, could be used year round. So here it is: my So Lucky to Have You printable poster, exclusively for The Sweetest Occasion. (Click here to download.) Fresh shades of green for the holiday, paired with soft watercolor textures and lovely calligraphy typography to make it perfect for everyday. Enjoy!

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[Art print design by Splendid Supply Co. for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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