February 4, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
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Last year around Valentine’s Day, I teamed up with my friends at Lindt to bring you some super cute printables inspired by my undying love for my favorite Lindt LINDOR milk chocolate truffles. (Can’t stop, won’t stop, guys. The love affair is real.) Needless to say, me and my sweet tooth were more than happy to jump on board when they asked me to share a little Valentine’s Day love with you again this year, this time with their new LINDOR Strawberries and Cream truffles at the forefront. You guys. Heaven! These things are so delicious and, as it turns out, they also make a perfect cup of hot chocolate. Strawberries and cream white hot chocolate, to be exact.
This hot chocolate is so yummy, trust me when I say it’s the perfect treat to make for your valentine! Alternately, you can pile a bunch of strawberries and cream truffles into a mason jar or berry basket and use these amazing hand painted printables designed by my crazy talented friend Erika Firm to put together the sweetest Valentine’s Day gift for your girlfriends or your coworkers. You could even write the hot chocolate recipe on the back of one of the gift tags and then tie it to a jar full of LINDOR truffles so they can really treat themselves!
Makes 1 serving
- 1 cup milk
- 3 – 4 Lindt LINDOR Strawberries and Cream truffles
- 1 teaspoon strawberry syrup
- Fresh whipped cream (optional)
Bring milk to a simmer over medium heat until hot. Meanwhile, unwrap truffles, chop roughly and place in a heat safe carafe or pitcher. Once heated, pour milk over the truffles then whisk until the truffles are melted and well combined. Add strawberry syrup and whisk again until combined. Serve in a mug topped with fresh whipped cream. Sprinkles optional. (Although highly recommended.) Yum! (Scale the recipe up to make a few cups at a time.)
Inspired by the strawberries and cream flavor of the LINDOR truffles (and the gorgeous berry pink packaging), Erika hand painted a collection of adorable little Valentine’s Day gift tags in two sizes exclusively for The Sweetest Occasion readers! You can download them here. Then just print, trim and tie to a package with a bit of ribbon or twine. So so sweet. (Yes. Every single pun absolutely intended.) For more sweet ideas from Lindt this Valentine’s Day, follow along on Instagram and Pinterest!
Download the Berry Sweet printables | Share them with me on Instagram with the hashtag #thesweetestDIY!
[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Printables by Erika Firm | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
The fine print: As with all of our printables, these designs are provided for personal non-commercial use only and may not be distributed, copied or sold in any fashion. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share them, please link to this post directly and do NOT host the file yourself. Thanks so much! xoxo
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February 3, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
I seriously love getting to share gorgeous parties and today’s engagement party is particularly special because Bay area photographer Krista of Krista Marie Photography was not only behind the lens but also one of the guests of honor! Krista and her fiancé Jon met when they were just 12 years old and have been best friends for over half their lives. They started dating in 2012 and were engaged a few years later after a cross country move from Florida to California and over a decade and a half of memories. To celebrate they worked with Kara Garavatti of Styled with Life to plan a stunning dinner party with an elegant, organic vibe featuring loads of greenery, touches of metallic gold and rustic wood finishes. We’re talking a nearly 30′ farmhouse table with an incredible eucalyptus garland as the focal of the festivities and one very sparkly Badgley Mischka dress. Amazing.
With its gorgeous historic buildings, rose beds, and walking paths, Elizabeth Gamble Garden in Palo Alto was the perfect venue for Krista and Jon’s celebration. Guests mingled over cocktails, played cornhole and followed up dinner with a plethora of desserts. At the end of the night, everyone took home custom champagne bottles as favors. (Can we talk about how much I love those? Sipping champagne straight from the bottle with a straw is always a yes in my world.) Because Krista and Jon are both wedding photographers, Krista got busy taking loads of photos after her hair and makeup was done. Then she put on her dress and partied the night away. Ahhhh how much fun is that? For even more photos and details (and to see more of her gorgeous work), visit Krista’s blog!
I can’t get enough of this party. That eucalyptus garland is everything. And I really really want to plan a party now. Thanks so much to Krista for sharing and huge congratulations!
Vendors + Sources –
Photography: Krista Marie Photography | Venue: Elizabeth Gamble Garden | Styling + florals: Styled with Life | Hair + makeup: Melissa Hoffmann | Rentals: Williams Party Rentals | Desserts: Susie Cakes | Cake topper: Better Off Wed | Calligraphy + stationery: Katie Michelle Designs | Dress: Badgley Mischka’s Fifth Avenue Showstopper dress from Rent the Runway | Groom’s outfit: Shirt from J.Crew and pants from Banana Republic
[Photos by Krista Marie Photography.]
February 2, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Hi, friends! I’m popping in on Tuesday afternoon with the post I had full intentions of having up on Monday morning and have been struggling to finish up. Having a baby? Totally humbling. It turns out, I’m not half the woman I thought I was! Kidding. Sort of. At any rate, I’m bringing back a new/old column today, one I started a couple of years ago that never fully got off the ground. Monthly favorites! On the first Monday of each month (or, Tuesday, as the case may be) I’ll be sharing a bunch of my favorite things from the previous month. The format and content will probably change and evolve each month depending on what’s going on behind the scenes and what I’m into at the moment, but basically it’s going to be a whole mishmash of links, products, articles and more that I’m loving that month. I’d love for you to chime in with your favorites! Obviously you guys are the coolest people I know so hit me up in the comments and tell me what you’re obsessed with right now. Without further ado, let’s do this!
Let the record reflect that I love a good Valentine’s Day craft project! Or two. Or thirteen. While I really don’t understand or get on board with extravagant, expensive Valentine’s Day gifts, I am more than totally in love with old school grade school-esque Valentine’s Day sentiments. Give me all the pink and all the conversation hearts you can throw my way! Are you feeling me? Here are a handful of my favorites this year!
Favorite Valentine’s Day DIY Ideas | Row 1: DIY XO Valentine’s Day mug | DIY geometric fringe heart | Row 2: Printable 80s inspired valentines | DIY conversation heart rings | Row 3: DIY anti conversation heart sweater | DIY envelope liners
I’m planning to write a handful of posts about life with our little love nugget (pictured above, holy crap she is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen) and how it is completely knocking my entire world off it’s axis at the moment. In loads of awesome ways and in some ways that are a struggle for me, too. (I’m going to be sharing the real deal stuff, guys. No glitter. Even though I love glitter.) In the meantime, I kept tabs on the posts and articles written by other parents that I really loved this month. I am eating this stuff up right now. Any recommendations?
January 27, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Way back when I first shared that we were expecting a little one, I also mentioned that there seemed to be a bit of a baby boom going on all around us. Today I’m thrilled to keep the boom alive with the baby shower of Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker! Andrea is not only a longtime friend around here (she’s contributed loads of great cocktail recipes and DIY ideas over the years), but she’s also a wonderfully talented event designer and her shower left no detail to chance. I can’t thank her enough for sharing her gorgeous celebration with us!
Andrea’s stunning and tropical inspired shower was planned in part by her good friend Allison Palestrini of Type A Development and was held in a gorgeous light-filled private dining room at Pacci. They hosted a sit down lunch with mimosas, bloody marys, flat breads, chicken, beet, and mozzarella salad, sandwiches and lemon ricotta pancakes. The color palette of black, white and gold mixed with loads of beautiful greenery evoked a sophisitcated tropical feel, which was highlighted by the floral arrangements that Andrea’s team put together the morning of the shower. Another of Andrea’s close friends, Samantha Sanford, designed the stationery, while Meredith Stroud of Lowcountry Paper Co. added the finishing touch to the envelopes with her beautiful gold calligraphy.
Andrea and her mother assembled sweet little favors, small bottles of iridescent ivory and gold jordan and chocolate covered almonds. They also ordered cupcakes from Gigi’s, and had them sprinkle on edible gold dust in keeping with the day’s color palette. A pair of stunning emerald chairs from Savannah Vintage Rentals were used as the focal point of the festivities while opening gifts and the day was all captured by Mackensey Alexander Photography. With an A-list team of friends and vendors combined with the excitement of the little guy’s upcoming birthday and you have one heck of a celebration on your hands.
Vendors + Sources –
Photography by Mackensey Alexander Photography | Venue: Pacci | Invitations + menus: Samantha Sanford Design | Calligraphy: Lowcountry Paper Co. | Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes Savannah | Cocktail napkins: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Vintage chairs: Savannah Vintage Rentals | Florals: Gray Harper Event Maker | Balloons: Knot & Bow | Cupcake toppers: The Little Pop Shop
[Photos by Mackensey Alexander Photography.]
January 25, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
I think Valentine’s Day is easily one of my favorite excuses to get crafty! I’m basically adamantly opposed to the super commercialization of Valentine’s Day, but I L.O.V.E. the sweet sentiment behind the holiday so some adorable little handmade gesture or two is right up my alley. While I’m working on a few fun new Valentine’s Day ideas to share with you over the next couple of weeks, here are a few of my favorites from the archives!
[1: DIY Pipe Cleaner Heart Toppers | 2: DIY Photo Strip Valentines | 3: DIY Banana Valentines | 4: DIY Chocolate Heart Wall | 5: Love Sweet Love Printables | 6: Blood Orange Pink Lady | 7: Love You More Printables | 8: DIY Mini Bouquets.]