February 26, 2014 | by cyd
Hands down one of my favorite ways to deck out a party is with a fabulous cake topper. Want to know a little secret? If I’m pressed for time (or I’m just feeling lazy) I have no problem hitting up the local bakery for a cake. I’ll pick up a cake that’s simply frosted in white buttercream and then top it in some awesome fashion. These fun cake toppers are inexpensive and quick to make, making them perfect for a party cake on the fly. Whether it be for a birthday party or brunch with the girls, withthese beauties in your crafting arsenal, you can’t go wrong.
Would you believe me if I told you that this cake topper is made from recycled calendar pages? Shut the front door! That’s the epitome of genius (and budget-friendly) in my book. Hop over to Paper & Stitch for the tutorial.
I’ve loved balloon animals for as long as I can remember. They’re just the essence of carefree childhood fun. If you can blow up a balloon, you can whip up this cake topper in no time! Visit Studio DIY for the tutorial.
Especially fun for a spring gathering, I love this kite cake topper! It’s easier to make than you think with tissue paper, glue and wire. Hop over to Oh Happy Day for the tutorial.
[Photos, from top: Sarah Eddy for Paper & Stitch | Studio DIY | Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day.]
February 24, 2014 | by cyd
Is anyone else pumped for the Oscars this weekend? Because I always find myself really excited for all the glitz and the glam. I’ll be real upfront with you and admit that I’m a sucker for the red carpet perhaps most of all. Academy Awards fashion is always awe-worthy and completely inspiring to me. So today we’re talking about Oscars parties! How you should absolutely host one and how you can make your shindig completely glam with just a few glitzy touches. Beyond that, it’s really just about a big bowl of popcorn and a few bubbly cocktails and let the star-watching commence!
Ready to take in Hollywood’s biggest night with a bit of glamor? Click through for 10 glitzy DIY Oscars party ideas!
February 24, 2014 | by cyd
The statement I’m about to make may draw into question my sanity, but I’ve decided I’m ok with that. So here goes! This year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid was an utter disappointment for me, for many reasons. Why do I care? I don’t even know. It’s entirely irrational I’ll be the first to admit. But after last year’s home run (oh, you beautiful Emerald, you) I was really just feeling meh about this whole Radiant Orchid thing. (I told you! Utter insanity.) So today’s color palette is all about celebrating the fact that this color is finally starting to grow on me. Paired with other berry and floral inspired shades of purple and pink, I might actually be prepared to say I think it’s outright lovely. It’s like a burst of summer in the late weeks of February. That’s the kind of lovely I like.
[Photos, from top: IKEA | A Little Dash of Darling | BRIDES.]
February 21, 2014 | by cyd
Guys. I’m telling you. It has been one of those weeks. I know you know the kind. The kind that drags on forever and involves all natures of bumps in the road and unanticipated hurdles that leave you feeling positively drained. So needless to say, I’m really really looking forward to the weekend. But not without our usual Friday Link Love! And do you know something that absolutely thrilled me from the top of my head to the tips of my toes during an otherwise trying week? The amazing editors at Better Homes & Gardens selected me as a top five finalist in their first ever BHG Blogger Awards! (*Insert loads of excited cheering and clapping here.*)
Now it’s your turn to chime in and vote for your favorite bloggers – you’ll find me under Entertaining, should you feel so inclined. Would it be absolutely shameless to ask for your support? It would mean the world to me! You can vote here now through March 5, as often as every hour. I’m so excited about this incredible nomination and truly honored to be keeping company with some tremendously talented and creative women for whom I have endless respect. Seriously. Those gals are grade A all the way. Many thanks in advance for your support! Now, enough with my rambling and let’s get on with the link love, shall we? See you here on Monday! xoxo
February 20, 2014 | by cyd
Because I’m deep in the process of packing this week and making arrangements to make The Sweetest Occasion’s very first studio a reality, I figured it was time to share some progress with you! At this point we’re about a week out from the tentative move-in date and things are coming right along. We should take a moment to pause in awe over the power of elbow grease and paint. To refresh your memory (you can check out the background on the studio here), we started with a cool industrial space with great bones that ultimately had loads of potential provided there was some serious TLC involved. Again. Elbow grease + paint = amazing things.
To start we were talking about walls with a fair amount of damage and stubborn, heavy duty adhesive left over from an ill-advised wallpaper application on the lower half of the walls. I immediately knew I wanted to go clean, bright and white with the walls to give me a totally blank canvas to work with when planning shoots and projects. After much debate, I decided on Designer White from Clark + Kensington for the walls, ceiling and all the trim. It’s a very clean white that doesn’t slant too warm or too cool and I think it’s going to be perfect in the space. (My other top contender was Benjamin Moore Simply White, which would have also been amazing, but I wanted to give the Clark + Kensington line a try since it’s new and prime for trying out!)
Originally the hopes were that the original wood floors could be sanded down and brought back to life. As you can see in the top images above, the floors were positively covered with an old sticky paper, likely some kind of adhesive-backed covering that was laid down who knows when and for who knows what. (Seriously, your guess is as good as mine.) After endless sanding the site manager overseeing the reno sent me the above photo showing where the floors were at and I knew that my dream of old, worn yet beautiful wood floors was out the window. Instantly I knew I wanted to paint the floors. I love painted floors so I’m excited to see it come together!
And here we are as of yesterday! When I popped by to check on the progress I was thrilled to see how far it had come. The walls and ceiling are patched, primed and painted. The floors had been primed and were slated for their first coat of paint yesterday afternoon. For the floors I pretty much instantly wanted a gray for the floors, but I did flirt with the idea of a pretty soft mint or a deep, rich navy for a moment. Ultimately though, gray won out for it’s neutral look (better for photography) and for being less likely to show the dust and grime of the navy I was leaning toward for a hot second. I went with one of my all-time favorite gray paints, Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, in a slightly glossy finish to help ensure it will be wipeable when the inevitable spills occur. And honestly? I can’t wait to see it all finished. Even just primed the floors look so much better! Once the floors are finished and the final bit of trim work is done it’ll be moving time! Stay tuned, because it’s about to get good.
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]