I discovered new-to-me blog The Merrythought a couple of months ago and since then have been loving literally everything that Caitlin, Manda and Marla share. Which neatly sums up why I’m thrilled to be sharing their recent end of summer s’mores party with you. It’s the perfect celebration of the end of summer, a bittersweet farewell to long sunny days and nights spent crowded around a bonfire. They invited a big band of friends and family to join them for the ultimate s’mores-centric celebration. We’re talking every kind of chocolate you could ever possibly want, bowls overflowing with marshmallows and even a teepee for the littlest guests to enjoy. (Come on! A teepee! Love.) Oh, and sparklers. Don’t forget the sparklers!
Isn’t this the perfect bit of summer heaven? I really think so. For more, pop on over to The Merrythought and be sure to get lost in all of the gorgeous images.
[Photos by The Merrythought.]
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Luna Bazaar has been one of the most loyal sponsors of The Sweetest Occasion in recent years and I know you guys have heard me wax poetic about their incredible selection of wedding and party decorations before. From tissue paper pom poms to honeycomb balls, paper lanterns, favor bags, and more, they have a huge collection of colorful party wares. Which is why I am so excited to be teaming up with them today to bring you a quick and easy DIY idea for a backdrop perfect for your next celebration.
- Assorted tissue paper pom poms (I used an assortment of 20″, 15″ and 10″ poms)
- Double stick non-permanent adhesive (Such as double stick tape, 3M Command Strips or Glue Dots)
Begin by unwrapping each of your pom poms, being sure to leave the white ribbon tied around the center of each. Then it’s a simple process of pulling apart the layers of tissue, working from one side to the other. Once all the layers are separated, give them a good fluffing with your finger tips to get the pom poms look nice and full and symmetrical. It might take a bit of working with the poms, but soon you’ll have them all ready to go!
Next up, determine where you’re hanging your pom poms. I chose to hang mine over a small bar table, which would be a great focal point at any kind of dinner party or birthday bash you might be hosting at home. For a larger scale event such as a wedding, this would be great as a photobooth backdrop, behind the cake table or dessert buffet, or as a ceremony backdrop. (Be sure to buy more pom poms if you’re working with a larger space!)
After you know where you want to hang your poms, it’s as easy as it gets! Starting with the larger of your poms, simply attach your double stick adhesive to the back of your pom pom and then directly to the wall. (This is why it’s key to use a non-permanent adhesive so it’s not damaging to the walls!) I worked with the largest poms, then added the next smaller size and finally filled in with the smallest pom poms, creating a fun asymmetrical shape. You can reposition as you go along and just play with it until you have an arrangement that you love. It’s that easy!
And there you have it, friends! A super simple and yet extraordinarily festive backdrop for your next shindig. I personally kind of love it and want to create a permanent tissue paper pom pom installation in our home. For more of the awesomeness that is Luna Bazaar, pop over to check out their collection of tissue paper pom poms, paper lanterns, and honeycomb decorations!
[Photos + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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If you guys remember my ladies night last month, you may remember that Skinny Cow is challenging me to take on three missions this summer, all designed to encourage us ladies take a little us time amidst the hustle and bustle of the every day goings on. For my second mission, I got to take my mom on a spa date! Talk about an amazing time. Skinny Cow sent us to The Marcy Spa in my hometown of Watertown, New York where we were treated to massages and pedicures. Can you believe that my mom has never had a pedicure before? I think she was a little skeptical at first but as soon as her feet hit that water she was a total convert.
Following our time getting pampered, we went off to grab a bite to eat at our favorite place for lunch, Coleman’s Corner. It’s the simple menu of really amazing food that keeps us going back over and over to this hometown favorite. So, as is our way, we sipped on pinot grigio and I got my favorite scallop salad. (Seriously, it’s so simple but it’s loaded with the perfect pan seared scallops, goat cheese and almonds and it’s heavenly!) Mom always gets the tuna carpaccio and she didn’t skip a beat making sure to order it this time, too.
You know what I loved most about our day? Sure, sure the massages were amazing. But mostly I loved having the chance to give a gift like this to my mom. She works so hard, as a business owner of over 30 years, and she’s always had my back in life. No matter how bad a day I may have, I can always count on my mom to be there to help pick me up. And after a few hours of pampering and lunching, I think we both felt lighter and less stressed. It’s amazing how pretty, freshly painted toes and a body smelling of the perfect essence oils can really change your whole mood and leaving you feeling revived.
I know a spa day isn’t in the budget for a lot of people – heck, it’s usually a stretch for me just to keep up with my pedicure obsession! That said, the fact remains that we all could use a little extra indulgence now and then. So why not have a spa day at home? Whether you’re flying solo or invite your mom or your best friend to join you, whip up a great foot scrub, an avocado face mask and give each other pretty updos so you’re looking gorgeous while you watch your favorite chick flicks. However you pull it off, I definitely encourage you to give a spa day a go. You’ll be so glad you did – I know I can’t wait for my next date with my mom!
[Top photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion | 1: Honey coconut milk body wash by Sincerely, Kinsey | 2: Citrus foot soak by Henry Happened | 3: Avocado face mask by Sincerely, Kinsey | 4: Easy updo from The City Sage.]
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August 27, 2013 | by stephanie
by Stephanie Gerber
Remember Cyd’s indigo love not long ago? Well, she’s not the only one crushing on the dark moody blue. Recently I played around with indigo dye, trying out several traditional Shibori techniques on pillow cases, sheets and hand towels. This is definitely a project you can’t mess up – the results look cool no matter how it turns out! Just remember to wear big rubber gloves. Because blue Smurf-like hands are not so cool.
- Indigo Tie Dye Kit
- Something to dye like pillow cases, sheets, hand towels – pretty much anything works!
- Rubber gloves. (Use big dishwashing gloves instead of the ones that come in the kit. Trust me. The blue takes forever to come off your nails.)
- Rubber bands
- Popsicle sticks
- Beads or rocks
First set up your indigo vat. Follow the package instructions to get the dye ready, and while it is settling (takes about 1/2 an hour) you can prepare the material. This is the fun part! You can fold, tie or bind the material in lots of different ways.
To make circles, pull the fabric into a point and put a rubber band around it. I used a few different sized wooden beads to vary the circles. You can also use rocks or beans or put more than one rubber band around the fabric.
I also tried the accordion method, which is a simple back and forth fold of the fabric. After folding, place wooden blocks or popsicle sticks on the outside and clamp in place with rubber bands. Again there are a ton of ways to vary the folding and clamping, and each one produces a different result.
The instruction kit has great pattern ideas to get you started, and you can also use basic tie dye methods. Just roll the fabric and use rubber bands to resist the dye.
Now you’re ready to dye! Note that this is best done outside as it can be a bit messy. Wet the fabric first and then, with your gloves on, submerge it into the dye bath. Keep it in the dye 1-2 minutes, moving it around gently. Take out the fabric and watch as it goes from green to blue as oxygen hits it. So cool! Let it oxidize for about 20 minutes and then rinse, untie and wash.
Two things to remember. First, if you want darker shades of blue you can dye the fabric more than once. Also, the indigo vat keeps for several days. I went back about a week later and dyed a pair of old white jeans – and they came out a gorgeous shade of blue.
So keep the dye around a few days because the more you look, the more things you’ll find that just might look better a moody blue. No old sheet is safe!
[Photos by Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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Hooray! Today I’m excited to announce that the exclusive DIY bracelet kits I collaborated on with Darby Smart and Jewelmint are here! Have you guys checked out Darby Smart yet? They offer the coolest DIY kits, with all the supplies you need for every project, designed by some of the best bloggers and trendsetters going. Which kind of explains why I was thrilled to create two kits for them, each featuring a different Jewelmint bracelet jazzed up with simple supplies like paint, ModPodge and glitter to create really gorgeous and unique pieces you’ll love wearing. Each kit sells for $34, which includes the bracelet itself and everything you need to make it a show stopping statement piece.
The Rose Glitz Cuff is a gorgeous faceted, geode-inspired cuff all decked out in shimmery rose gold. I’m kind of crazy about it and plan to sport mine on the regular. You can buy the kit here to have your very own!
The Covet Cuff plays on one of my favorite design trends of late – black and gold! I love the chunky links of the bracelet and the hit of black just makes it extra cool. I can already see this bracelet as my go-to piece for dressing up jeans with a graphic tee. You can buy the kit here!
Beyond including all the supplies you need in one convenient kit, I love how simple each of these projects are. You’ll be looking and feeling like a rockstar in no time. Pop on over, check out the kits (here and here) and let me know if you pick one up. I’d love to see how your bracelets turn out! (Oh and the kits are available for a limited time only so don’t miss it!)
[Top photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. All others by Darby Smart.]
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