Winter Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Hello hello and happy Monday, friends! I know the Monday after a long holiday weekend is never especially fun so I thought I’d start the week with some truly lovely winter wedding inspiration to get us all in the spirit of the holiday season. Think lots of sparkle, hot cocoa, a pine cone cake topper, a roaring fire and pretty rustic details reminscient of holidays in New England. Sent over by Henry & Masci Photography, this is just the thing to chase away the post-Thanksgiving Monday blues.

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Katherine from Henry & Masci Photography shares, “We set up this inspiration shoot to show how beautiful winter is and how easily you can create some great DIY projects around a winter theme – living in New England, we had to take advantage of the beautiful snow. The bow wreath was a DIY project made from satin ribbons tied simply around a wire frame. The candle holders were made with sticks that were covered in glitter and glued to a clear container. The napkins were tied with ornaments found at Crate & Barrel. Simple ribbon tied on the mugs added some interested and matched the wreath. When it came to the food we stayed with a mostly white palette and included donuts, frosted cupcakes and of course marshmallows.” Isn’t this just sweet? Thanks for sharing, Katherine!

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Photography: Henry & Masci Photography
Make up: Jessica Sarah Taylor
Dress: BCBG
Hairpiece: Brenda’s Bridal Veils

{Photos by Henry & Masci Photography.}

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Thanksgiving Link Love

Well, friends, it has come time to set my Mac aside and take off for a few days of quality holiday time with family. I have a full day today at the office and then tonight my husband and I will be loading up the doggies and headed to my mom’s house. This will be baby Colby’s first Thanksgiving and her dad is already talking about sneaking her something good from the table so we should have a lot of fun. What are your holiday plans? If you’re still on the hunt for some last minute inspiration, I’ve rounded up a little Thanksgiving link love for you…

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Cute printable napkin rings

The sweetest kids table ever

There is a whole lot of fall in this pie

While you’re baking tonight, the kids can get crafty

Really lovely inspiration for your Thanksgiving table

Oh, and don’t forget your Thanksgiving goodies here on The Sweetest Occasion, too.

And with that, Happy Thanksgiving! I will be back on Monday with a week full of great parties and ideas including a great winter skating party and the winner of the holiday card giveaway. (p.s. There is still time to enter!) See you then! xoxo

{Photo from Fiskars via Amy Atlas Designs.}

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Favorite Holiday Cards – Part I

Woohoo! It’s that time again and, I’ve got to say, I’m really excited! I know, I know. Some of you are going to hold out until Friday to officially start welcoming in the holiday season, but this girl rolled out her welcome mat weeks ago. So without further ado, it’s time to kick off the holiday cards favorites! Some of my favorite letterpress shops and stationery lines have put out the coolest cards this year so I’ll likely be sharing more favorites than in years past to which I say, happy holidays!

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{Hello Lucky at Luxe Paperie.}

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{Jack & Ella.}

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{one canoe two.}

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{Starshaped Press.}

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{Egg Press at Luxe Paperie.}

So many more awesome holiday cards to come – stay tuned!

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Holiday Cards from Invitation Consultants

UPDATE: Congratulations to Giselle on winning 50 photo holiday cards from Invitation Consultants!

I’m really excited today to have an awesome little giveaway for you! Invitation Consultants is giving away 50 photo holiday cards with coordinating liners and return address seals from their Red Leaf Papers holiday collection to one lucky reader! Antoinette at Invitation Consultants sent me a bundle of samples of my favorite designs to check out and I have to say, so many of their designs are just adorable, in bright modern colors that are incredibly festive. All of their holiday designs come with cool patterned backing for an extra special touch with coordinating liners, return address seals and inserts available.

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To enter: Check out the Red Leaf Papers holiday collection and then comment here to tell us about the photo you’d use on your holiday cards if you won. Tell us all about it (and the special memory it evokes) between now and 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, November 28th and Invitation Consultants will be picking a winner early next week. Good luck!

{Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Thanksgiving Treats

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving week already? I am really looking forward to a four day weekend and can’t wait to get home to spend time with my family. We’ll be eating at my mother’s like we usually do and it’s always my job to help with sides and sweets. I’m a little behind on menu planning this year so I thought I’d share some of the recipes I am considering. Don’t these look amazing?

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{Boozy mulled cider.}

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{Cookie-crusted sweet potatoes via Design Crush.}

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{Chocolate hazelnut mousse squares.}

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{Thin crust pear tart.}

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{Molasses cookies.}

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{Cranberry thumbprint cookies.}

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