Christmas at The Write Image

Good morning, friends! Can you believe it’s Christmas week already? I have a week full of great last minute inspiration and ideas for you, starting with a fun holiday peek at The Write Image, an awesome stationery store in Salt Lake City. Store manager Lauren sent over these photos and I just can’t get enough of their kitschy, vintage-inspired holiday decor designed by Cathy Brady at Saucy and Kitsch. I secretly dream of one day owning a fabulous little paper store and you can be sure I’d deck the halls in grand style during the holidays. Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

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{Photos by David Newkirk.}

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Christmas Gift Tags Download

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got one more holiday download coming your way before the weekend. The immensely talented Mrs. Limestone of Brooklyn Limestone is treating us to the prettiest Christmas gift tags today, all featuring snippets of lyrics from beloved holiday carols. You can print these on cardstock or label paper and then hole punch or adhere right to your Christmas packages. I cut mine out with fun scissors with different edges for a little extra fun.

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Download your Christmas gift tags and start wrapping!
(Please note: IE users should open the pdf then save as and reopen in Acrobat to view.)

{Design by Sonicstef Design. Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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A Gift Wrapping Party

When Becca of the fabulous blog Birthday Girl sent over this amazing party I almost fell out of my seat. This is genius! Becca teamed up with Michele of Cakewalk Baking and hosted a glorious gift wrapping party complete with a gift wrap buffet featuring pretty wraps, ribbon and embellishments. Loads of festive wintery treats made this party a true celebration of the holiday season. Read on for more from Becca!

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“Wrapping holiday gifts can be a boring chore, often amounting to hours spent on the floor in a sprawl of presents, cursing from the paper cuts and somehow always running out of tape. (Or is that just me?) Now turn that chore into a party, and you’ve got something much more fun and festive. It’s hard to feel frustrated when you’re sipping a cup of hot cocoa, sharing supplies and creative wrapping ideas among friends.

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Last weekend, myself and Michele of Cakewalk Baking joined forces in a collaborative effort to bring this idea to life. We put a new spin on the dessert table by creating a gift wrap buffet of papers, ribbons, tags and accessories, complete with a paper cake! We chose a fresh winter color palette of blue, green, rose and silver, and I purchased the paper goods from Paper Source to make sure the patterns complimented one another. Embellishments included baking twine, cupcake liner flowers, glitter letters, happy tape, antique keys, small mushrooms, metallic markers and a variety of colorful gift tags.

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Michele did all the baking and outdid herself with a gorgeous selection of ginger cookies, fudge, white chocolate peppermint cupcakes, and melt in your mouth butter toffee. (Be sure to check out her blog in the next few days for some of these delicious recipes!) The cake stands and vintage holiday decorations are all part of her enviable personal collection, too. In addition to the sweet treats, we offered an assortment of seasonal beverages including hot apple cider, cocoa and a delicious champagne cocktail – guaranteed to get anyone in the holiday spirit. I created the homemade sea salt & rosemary almonds, packaged in glass jars to take home as favors. The wreath on the tag was a free download from Nonpareil Magazine, and I incorporated my own holiday layout and crafted the tags using a circle cutter.

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It was a perfect December afternoon, and aside from an unfortunate shortage of scissors, a good time was had by all. Perhaps more importantly, we all went home with an item checked off that big holiday to-do list!”

I told you this was genius. Thank you so much for sharing, Becca! I will definitely be stealing this idea in the future.

{Photos by Birthday Girl.}

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The Sweetest Occasion in Nonpareil Magazine

At long last I am excited to tell you about the latest issue of Nonpareil Magazine where The Sweetest Occasion is featured! The ladies at Nonpareil asked a handful of bloggers to provide the inspiration for this issue and then asked each blogger’s dream team of vendors to create an editorial shoot inspired by that blogger’s personal style. I chose a team of Upstate New York wedding vendors – Rebecca Ashby of The Pink Orange, Alisha Clark of Clark + Walker Studio, Kris Ann Elario of Fleurtacious Designs and Katie O’Malley of Katie O Weddings and Events. I love these ladies – they are all incredibly talented and some of the coolest people I know and the vision they came up with is a spot on reflection of my personal style. Pop over to Nonpareil Magazine and check it out! Of course, I won’t leave you hanging – here’s a little sneak peak of what’s in store for you…

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A big thank you to Maddy and Jess of Nonpareil Magazine for including me in this amazing issue! xoxo

{Photos by Clark + Walker Studio.}

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Hostess Gift Holiday Downloads

Good morning, friends! As promised, I’m back with another great holiday download today, this one from one of my BFFs (and new mommy as of yesterday morning) Carolynn of Two Brunettes. The holiday party season really gets cranking this weekend so Carolynn dreamed up an adorable hostess gift card and the cutest Santa gift tags perfect for a bottle of wine to bring along with you. Print on cardstock, then hole punch and tie with twine or print on label paper and adhere it right to the wine bottle. Cute and whimsical, these Christmas designs are one of my favorites yet!

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Download hostess gift cards + Santa gift tags for your upcoming Christmas parties!

{Design by Two Brunettes. Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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