A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

I have to admit that I’ve always held picnics up on some sort of nostalgic, romanticized pedestal, pretty much my whole life. One of my favorite picnics to date was adventuring off into the back field behind my friend’s house for a girls-only picnic one summer afternoon following the third grade. Her grandmother had helped us pack up our basket with lemonade, little sandwiches, a gingham blanket and mini heart-shaped brownies and it was one of the best afternoons in the history of ever. I can’t even tell you exactly why, but since then picnics have always felt sort of magical to me. So a couple of weeks ago when I had the chance to plan a picnic for a few of my favorite ladies and my awesome mom, you can bet I jumped on that pronto!

A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

Tomato Pimenton Deviled Eggs | The Sweetest Occasion

Summer Picnic Recipes  Fresh Fruit Salad with Wildflower Honey

Summer Picnic Ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Summer Picnic Ideas from The Sweetest Occasion Summer Picnic Ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Grilled Tomato Bread

A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

Summer Picnic Ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Fresh Pea Hummus

Summer Picnic Ideas from The Sweetest Occasion Summer Picnic Ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Summer Picnic Recipes from The Sweetest Occasion

Summer Picnic Ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

Summer Picnic Ideas from The Sweetest Occasion

The folks at Martha Stewart offered to let me take some of Martha’s gorgeous summer picnic wares from Macy’s for a test drive and my mother and I spent the evening before prepping all of the food. We tried a few new recipes and also rocked out some old favorites like fruit salad served up with wildflower honey. Of course I’m pretty sure no picnic is complete without a cheese board of some kind so you know I didn’t let that slide. Otherwise, it was just a group of the best girls on the face of the planet, sunshine, lemonade, wine and one wonderful afternoon I absolutely want to relive again sometime soon!

p.s. Here are all the yummy picnic recipes we made for the day! While everything was amazing, the fresh pea hummus was a major hit in a big way. You have to give it a try! It’s so easy to make and perfect for summer parties and picnics. Oh, and the deviled eggs. Those were a crowd favorite, too!

Oh, and of course a huge thank you to my awesome mom and also my lady friends Darlene, Erica, Carolynn and Alice for celebrating the sunshine with me! xoxo

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[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Martha Stewart Collection White Wicker Picnic Basket
Martha Stewart Collection Star Spangled Melamine Storage Containers
Paper straws from Shop Sweet Lulu
Wooden serving board from Scout Mob

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Announcing Summer Advertising Specials

Summer with The Sweetest Occasion

[Photo by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures for The Sweetest Occasion. See more here!]

As the weather is warming up and B and I are looking forward to all things summery (camping, s’mores, bonfires, parties, boating, and all the good stuff), I’m also hard at working planning loads of fun and pretty things to share here on The Sweetest Occasion throughout the summer season. Recipes, cocktails, DIYs, party inspiration, travel inspiration and basically all of my favorite things. With that in mind, today I’m excited to announce a pre-summer advertising special if you’d like to team up and be a part of The Sweetest Occasion this summer! The Sweetest Occasion readers number in the many thousands and they’re smart, savvy, fashionable and utterly awesome women that would love to hear what your business has going on to help inspire their summer vacations, parties and adventures. Email me at cyd@thesweetestoccasion.com for details on special summer savings if you book a campaign between now and Memorial Day!

p.s. And to all of you aforementioned awesome readers, thanks for supporting everything I do and helping make The Sweetest Occasion the best job a lady could ever ask for – you’re all amazing. xoxo

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Color Palette: Ocean + Caicos

Hi, guys! Happy happy Monday! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day. B and I had a busy weekend of celebrating our awesome moms and the weather finally took a turn for the decidedly warm and spring-like. Hooray! After weeks of cold, rainy weather the grass has finally been cut for the first time this season, the trees are budding, flowers are growing and we’re making loads of plans for summer. After the winter that was this past one, we’re so excited about the promise of spending summer camping, boating and fishing. Today’s color palette is certainly an ode to all that. Summery things like tropical vacations, messy top knots worn with bathing suits and funnel cakes scored at the county fair. Sign me up!

Color Palette: Ocean and Caicos

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[Photos, from top: Love, Blair | Lindsay Madden via Style Me Pretty | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.]

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Scenes from Charleston

Now that I’m finally feeling a bit more human again, I had a chance early this morning to sift through all of my many photos from last week. Seriously, I took a ridiculous number. Rather than bore you though I’ve culled it down to just a handful of favorites to share with you. If you recall, I started my week in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, a city I love so much and the home of my best girl Erika. We had business to tend to all week, but that didn’t keep us from taking a few hours on Monday afternoon to get lunch and stroll the cobblestone streets. As an architecture lover, Charleston absolutely captivates me with all of her historic beauty. And the flowers! Say no more. I’m certifiably in love. Have you ever visited Charleston? This was my second time there since Erika relocated back to Charleston following a ten year stint in California and I’m telling you it’s a pretty magical place. I’m already dreaming up excuses to return as soon as possible.

Charleston | The Sweetest Occasion

Charleston | The Sweetest Occasion Charleston | The Sweetest Occasion

Charleston | The Sweetest Occasion Charleston | The Sweetest Occasion

Charleston | The Sweetest Occasion

Charleston | The Sweetest Occasion Charleston | The Sweetest Occasion

A major focus of my time in Charleston was hosting a social media workshop for a fabulous new bar service and special events rental company in Charleston. It was so much fun and such an awesome experience. We held the workshop at Erika’s home and as I was prepping slides and notes the day before, Erika set to decking out her dining room with pretty plates and flowers so we could all enjoy nibbling on pastries and sipping coffee and mimosas throughout the day. We ended the day with our ladies of honor showing off their mixology chops by whipping up the most delicious pineapple margaritas! Fresh squeezed pineapple, tequila, all the good stuff.

Social Media Workshop | The Sweetest Occasion

Ranunculus Centerpiece Pineapple Margarita | The Sweetest Occasion

Pineapple Margarita | The Sweetest Occasion

Social Media Workshop | The Sweetest Occasion Social Media Workshop | The Sweetest Occasion

Social Media Workshop | The Sweetest Occasion

And that, friends, is my time in Charleston in a nutshell! Of course I have so much to share with you from the second half of my week, spent glamping in Montana. I literally split the week between opposite sides of the country in two vastly different and yet equally gorgeous places. Needless to say, adjusting to real life this week amidst the exhaustion of traveling nearly 6000 miles last week and running a low grade fever for the better part of Monday and Tuesday is kicking my butt. I sound like such a creep. I swear I’m not complaining. More, I’m in awe of how fortunate I am that my work takes me so many amazing places and allows me to meet and work with such fabulous people. Seriously. I’m a lucky lucky girl.

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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A Coffee + Donut Bridal Shower

I’m a coffee lover from way back so today I’m thrilled to be sharing this sweet coffee and donuts bridal shower with you! Shared by Gabrielle of Showerbelle (a new blog dedicated to helping you plan the prettiest bridal showers ever), this shower was designed with a casual modern vibe in mind. We’re talking cake platters stacked high with pink donuts, a coffee bar with all the fixings and donut hole favors tucked away in pretty kraft paper bags. Add in a gaggle of girlfriends and one lady of honor and you have yourself a pretty sweet bridal shower! My favorite part is how easy this shower would be to pull off while still feeling super unique and special. The best of both worlds in my book! Of course, many thanks to Showerbelle for sharing these beautiful images from Jessica Fey.

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A Coffee and Donut Bridal Shower | The Sweetest Occasion

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Photography: Jessica Fey Photography | Coordination: Amy Huth of Design In Mind Events | Styling: Event 29 + Showerbelle | Venue: Patrick O’Shea’s Irish Pub

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