5 Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Graduation Party

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With graduation season quickly approaching it’s the perfect time for us to talk about celebrating the graduate! Today I’ve teamed up with Tiny Prints to bring you my 5 tips for hosting the ultimate graduation party, inspired by Tiny Prints’s amazing collection of graduation party invitations. I’m all about using your paper goods to inspire your entire party design so today I’ll show you how to do that in a few quick and easy steps that will have you partying in no time. Hip hip hooray!

Gold Foil Graduation Party Invitations | The Sweetest Occasion


As a stationery lover from way back, you know I always preach that pretty paper is the perfect way to set the stage for any party. These graduation invitations from Tiny Prints are so cool and I love the extra details like a bit of gold foiling and the awesome graphic patterned backing. These invitations are perfect for high school graduates or college graduates and the glam black, white and gold color palette is right up my alley. You know I love any excuse to bust out a little gold!

Hosting the Ultimate Graduation Party | The Sweetest Occasion

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Personal Notes 001: On Being Stuck

Jennet Liaw | The Sweetest Ocacsion

[Lettering + photo by Jennet Liaw.]

Lately I’ve found myself wanting to share things that are a bit more personal and a bit more real. The rare times I’ve done so in the past I’ve always been grateful for doing so, so I’ve decided to open up more often. In fact, the words of this post have been tumbling around in my head for a while now. For whatever reason, today seemed like the day to get them out of my head and into the world in some manner. Because I feel like I need to give these words shape to help myself process them and also because I feel like where I’m at is a place where many of us end up at some point in our lives, so perhaps my sharing will happen to be helpful for both of us. Or maybe I’ll put all these words out into the universe and an hour later delete this post. That part remains to be seen I guess.

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Color Palette: Driftwood + Sea Grass

You know those beautiful yet kind of moody spring or summer days after a rain storm? This color palette kind of feels like that for me. While in Mexico in November, most of our afternoons fit that bill perfectly. Rain washed and yet still so warm. The kind of days made for lounging around a thatch roofed porch watching the waves and reading a favorite book. If I close my eyes and think about it real hard, the weather here feels a lot like that lately. Minus the waves. And the thatch roof. And still occasionally dipping below freezing. But you get what I mean, right? Cool. So here’s a moody palette that I still find oh so pretty and a happy Monday to you!

Color Palette: Driftwood and Sea Grass

[Photos, from top: Erich McVey from Once Wed | Brookelyn Photography from Entouriste | Pastry Affair.]


Last Minute Easter Brunch Ideas

We’re just a couple days out from Easter now so it’s high time we talk about Easter brunch! While I love a big over the top Easter dinner, I have to be honest and admit that brunch is my favorite meal ever. Whoever invented brunch, I love you. Big time. For Easter in particular, I see a brunch filled with fresh, spring-inspired recipes. Nothing too heavy or overly complicated, just a handful of really delicious dishes, a couple of daytime-approved sips and a big pitcher of lemonade for the kiddos. This is kind of my dream Easter brunch – so yummy!

Easter Brunch Menu | The Sweetest Occasion


[Herbed deviled eggs | Limoncello thyme fizz | Lemon zucchini muffins | Spring herb quiche | Asparagus tarts | Spinach basil pesto | Easter celebration cake | Mango mojitos.]

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Decorate with Flowers

Decorate with Flowers | The Sweetest Occasion

Decorate with Flowers | The Sweetest Occasion

Decorate with Flowers | The Sweetest Occasion

Decorate with Flowers | The Sweetest Occasion

I was so excited to receive an advance copy of Decorate with Flowers a couple of weeks ago and now that this gorgeous book is on sale I had to share it with you today. The latest book release from Holly of decor8 (whom I’ve admired for so very long) co-written by the incredibly talented Leslie Shewring, this book is loaded with so many stunning DIYs and the loveliest ideas for decorating with flowers when entertaining, throughout your home and just because. The images and styling are so pitch perfect and the inspiration so beautiful that I can’t recommend it highly enough if you, like me, are really truly madly deeply in love with flowers.

[Photos from Decorate with Flowers.]