March 10, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
I had my first Irish car bomb in college, as I’m sure many of us did. Let’s be real classy here for a second and allow me to admit that I love a good Irish car bomb. If you’re not familiar, a car bomb is essentially a shot of 50/50 whiskey and Irish cream that is dropped into a pint of Guinness and chugged straight down. While not very dainty, they are actually seriously delicious. Enter the Black Velvet. It’s very definitely my favorite of all the St. Patrick’s Day drinks and I choose to think of it as the older, more sophisitcated sister of the car bomb, made with stout and champagne. It’s a cinch to make, it looks super elegant served up in a champagne flute (aka you’ll impress your guests) and it could not be tastier. Hosting a St. Patrick’s Day shindig at some point in the next week? Keep scrolling because a bunch of my best blogger buds and I have teamed up for a little drink swap today! I’m linking to all of their recipes at the bottom of the post so be sure to click over and check them all out. Bottoms up!
- Stout (I prefer Guinness)
- Champagne or bubbly (I prefer a brut)
- Champagne flutes
Begin by filling a flute half full with bubbly. It’s easiest if you pour slowly so you don’t overfill the glass or spill over the top. Then slowly top off with Guinness to finish filling the flute. Ideally you’re looking to achieve a good head on the glass, similar to if you just pour a pint glass of Guinness. And that’s it – clink glasses, sip and enjoy!
Don’t forget to jump on over and pin the rest of the drink up concoctions! Whether you’re a party of one or hosting a whole crew this St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got you covered. Join in the fun and show us what you’re mixing and shaking this weekend at with #partybloggerbash!
Inspired by Charm’s Leprechaun Kiss Martini
Freutcake’s Lucky Leprechaun Rum Punch
Sugar & Cloth’s Marbled Creme de Menthe Ice Cream Shots
Lovely Indeed’s Irish Mule with Edible Gold Ice Cubes
Studio DIY’s Rainbow Cereal Milkshake
Pizzazzerie’s Mojito Sherbet Punch
Sugar & Charm’s Irish Pear Mule
Julie Blanner’s Shot of Gold
[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
March 9, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Little Baby E has been fighting a cold for about a week now (and/or possibly we have some early teething going on) so she has been needing some extra hugs and snuggles this week. I’ve got a really great cocktail recipe coming your way tomorrow in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day, but in the meantime I wanted to go old school today with a quick little post sharing some of the things I’ve been recently pinning. Pinterest is still my go-to social media platform and I admit that if I’m going to open an app on my phone and just scroll, scroll, scroll it’s almost always going to be that. Do you follow me there? Here’s a little peek at some of the pretty in pink things I’ve been pinning lately, plus you can follow me on Pinterest to keep tabs on everything I’m loving in the moment!
[Row 1: Roasted strawberry smoothie bowl | Gorgeous white kitchen | Row 2: Enjoy today | Blackberry lavender chevre ice cream | Row 3: Champagne raspberry popsicles | Dining room.]
March 7, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Back in my early days of blogging (circa 2008), Vané of Brooklyn Bride fame became one of my first blogging buds. Fast forward eight years later and Vané now has an incredible new book on shelves (Weddings in Color) that is loaded with wedding inspiration in her signature clean, modern style. Even cooler than that, in November we gave birth to a little girl and a little boy just one day apart and have been passing emails back and forth for months about the finer points of swollen ankles and nap time woes. (Namely, how neither of our children care much for napping with any regularity so good luck trying to plan anything. Ever.) All of that being one very long-winded way of saying that I am so happy to have the privilege of sharing Vané’s beautiful, modern baby shower with you today! Held at iCi Restaurant and featuring stationery and paper goods from Paper+Cup Design along with stunning images from Brklyn View Photography, you’ve got party inspiration for days here, friends.
The graphic, black and white color palette was carried throughout all of the details from the table linens to the flowers to the black and white cookies packaged up as favors for guests. Nine Cakes rocked out the most amazing mint chocolate chip cake and Vané’s hostesses even arranged for a photo booth that doubled as a guest book. (Why didn’t I think of having a guest book at my baby shower? I love that idea!) I love every last little detail. For even more, pop over to Vané’s lifestyle blog, Brooklyn Living!
Vendors + Sources –
Photography by Brklyn View Photography | Venue: iCi Restaurant | Cake: Nine Cakes | Photobooth: Shake & Share Media | Flowers: Flowermuse | Stationery + paper goods: Paper+Cup Design
[Photos by Brklyn View Photography.]
March 4, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
It’s onto the weekend we go, friends, and in honor of the first week of March, this weekend’s to do list is an ode to all things green. Share with me what you’re trying, making and doing this weekend over on Instagram with #theweekendtodolist so I can take a peek! Hopefully these recipes, drinks and craft ideas will get you started as you kick back over the next couple of days. Scroll down for this week’s salute to some of my fellow bloggers who are doing and announcing awesome things this week. And without further ado, have a great weekend and I’ll see you here next week! xoxo
1 | Sip This
I mentioned earlier this week, that I want to try out the current matcha craze and this iced coconut match latte looks like just the right way to give it a whirl! [Photo by Sprinkle of Green]
2 | Craft This
Boasting itself as the easiest St. Patrick’s Day garland ever, this sweet shamrock swag is the perfect way to add a touch of green to your decor. [Photo by Pictilio for A Subtle Revelry]
3 | Make This
Feeling a touch more ambitious with your Irish pride? Make this green ombré cake you’ll sufficiently wow just about 100% of people you know. [Photo by I Am Baker]
4 | Try This
My idea of the perfect Sunday afternoon is making homemade pasta for dinner that night. This asparagus ravioli recipe looks like one definitely worth trying! [Photo by Nicky & Max]
5 | Eat This
Have you jumped on the smoothie bowl bandwagon yet? It’s definitely a trend worth trying! This green smoothie bowl would make a great weekend breakfast plus it’s loaded with spinach. [Photo by Lauren Caris Cooks]
6 | Download This
My lovely friend Maddy of Splendid Supply Co. designed this gorgeous art print exclusively for The Sweetest Occasion readers last year about this time. Download it here!
March 3, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Just in time for the end of the work week, Samantha and Chanda of Zest It Up are sharing the perfect cocktail recipe to kick off weekend happy hour. (Also, do you remember these chocolate covered vodka cherries they shared before? Yum!) We’re talking a fresh, citrusy, Meyer lemon inspired drink they’ve dubbed the lemon thyme blueberry spritzer. Yes, yes and yes, please. This is the type of drink you can make by the pitcher so it’s perfect for casual entertaining after work on a Friday or for brunch on a Saturday. Plus, Meyer lemons. Precisely 100% of things made with Meyer lemons are delicious and this cocktail is one that is sure to follow suit.
Makes 1 pitcher
- 1 cup blueberries
- 3 Meyer lemons
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 bottle dry white wine
- 3 cups tonic water
- 8 – 10 sprigs of fresh thyme
Start by zesting your lemons, then squeeze lemons and separate seeds from juice. Next muddle your blueberries. The ingredients above will make a full pitcher, but to chill make in a large cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour equal parts white wine and tonic water into shaker over ice. Shake. Next pour into pitcher and repeat until all wine and tonic water is mixed and chilled. Add sugar, lemon juice, zest, muddled blueberries and thyme sprigs to pitcher. Keep refrigerated or serve immediately. Alternately, if you’d like to make in advance simply make wine and fruit mixture ahead then add tonic water just before serving.
[Recipe by Zest It Up | Photos by Anya McInroy.]