February 18, 2014 | by cyd
I was feeling like another dose of bright and sunny color today so let’s do it, ok? Specifically, we’re talking awesome birthday party ideas for kids. My favorite kind of birthday party is simple. Great food, a yummy cake, and one or two bold details that give that wow factor. Like a giant birthday cake poster. Or the perfect colorful garland or oversized balloons with streamers. Love! Here are a few of my favorite birthday party ideas at the moment.
[1: Giant birthday cake poster | 2: Mini kite invitations | 3: Fox cake | 4: Mini marquee sign | 5: Giant balloon with streamers | 6: Party hats | 7: Mokkasin.]
February 17, 2014 | by cyd
Good morning, friends, and happy Monday! We’re kicking off this week with a big ‘ol punch of juicy color, the winter citrus way. I love citrus season. While I may not live in sunny Florida, both of my siblings do and each of my parents travel back and forth regularly. So those big ripe juicy oranges and grapefruit plucked fresh from the tree in the backyard that end up in my kitchen here in upstate New York are my favorite this time of year. This color palette is all about channeling a bit of that sunshine and sharing it with you wherever you are. I know a lot of people are off today so I’m going to take some time to work on a few things that need tending to to prepare for the upcoming studio move, but not before wishing you all a fabulous start to the week!
[Photos, from top: Olivia Rae James for Gardenista | Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty | Liz of Zested for Mowielicious.]
February 14, 2014 | by cyd
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Oh, and happy Friday, too! A day of love on a Friday. There’s not a single thing to hate about that, now is there? I couldn’t resist sharing one last handful of Valentine’s Day ideas. From super easy decor to yummy treats and printable cards, there’s still time to pull off a little something fun for your sweetheart today if you’re in a pinch. When in doubt? A really sweet card with a little love note penned inside is always a good way to go. If you’re still wanting more ideas, bounce over to Pinterest where I’ve got loads of Valentine’s Day ideas at the ready. Sending you all loads of love today! xoxo
[Heart sugar cookies | Honeycomb heart | Printable Valentines | Conversation gum | DIY xoxo gift wrap | Croissant sundaes | Giant balloon heart | Sprinkle heart cookies.]
February 13, 2014 | by cyd
Making up big pots of mulled wine is a longstanding holiday tradition in our family. A direct connection to my stepfather’s German heritage, there’s just something about that warm, spiced wine that I absolutely love. Today we’re putting a twist on the classic with pomegranate mulled wine! It’s one of those perfect winter drinks that would be an awesome addition to your Valentine’s Day or just a great way to feel all warm and cozy if you’re currently one of those battling the snow and ice along the East coast. It’s so easy to make and you can prep it in advance so why not give this one a try? Many thanks to Justina Bilodeau for sharing!
- 1 bottle of red wine (a cabernet or pinot works well)
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 3 star anise pods
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Slowly warm over low heat, stirring frequently to dissolve the honey. Do not let boil. Keep over heat for 40 minutes before serving. Serve warm. Garnish with cinnamon stick and star anise.
[Photos by Justina Bilodeau Photography.]
February 12, 2014 | by cyd
I wanted to take a quick moment today to revisit one of my favorite Valentine’s Day printables created for The Sweetest Occasion by the amazingly talented Morgan of Miss Wyolene. Featuring Morgan’s signature hand lettering, all you have to do is click below to download, print onto card stock, cut and stick it in an envelope. Instant Valentine’s Day card? Boom! As a bonus, the printables also include the sweetest little cupcake toppers. Use a piece of washi tape to attach them to a popsicle stick or toothpick and use them to top whatever sweet treats you feel like whipping up (or, um, picking up at the bakery) and you’re good to go.
[Design by Miss Wyolene | Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]