Friday Link Love

Oh, Friday. How I love thee. I’ve got a busy weekend of little projects around the house coming up and some prep for an upcoming photo shoot, but otherwise I am hoping to lay low and just spend some quiet time prepping for the big and exciting things I am hoping to accomplish in 2011. We’re going to try and sneak off and see a movie, too, something we do far too infrequently. What are your weekend plans? Whatever they are, I hope it’s amazing. Happy Friday and I’ll see you on Monday, friends!

Don’t forget! If you’d like to write for The Sweetest Occasion, submissions are due by Monday.

Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses is giving away a $2000 wedding dress! Enter here.

The most commented-on post of the week.

A fun and simple home decor DIY project.

Easy and cute favor bags.

Inspired to gut our kitchen. (Note to self: start playing the lotto!)

Edible favors are always my favorite.

If you loved the skating party featured in December, why not plan a sledding party?

Thinking I should own this quilt soon.

Milk and cookies that would be perfect for a teacher’s gift.

Love this first birthday party!

{Photo from Le Love.}


A Little Letterpress for Your Valentine

I know we hate to admit it, but with the holidays now behind us Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching! I have a pretty busy January planned with upcoming photo shoots, a trip to Salt Lake City for the design conference event of the year, and trying to get some organizing projects tackled around our house so we start the year feeling fresh. So my guess? Valentine’s Day is coming even quicker for me than ever before. That said, the timing is right to start thinking ordering a handful of great Valentine’s Day cards for your loved ones. Here are a few of my favorites that we recently released at Smock, quirky and modern with bright colors on gorgeous paper. My favorite.

{Photos by Smock.}

Please note, I am an employee of Boxcar Press/Bella Figura/Smock. Read more about The Sweetest Occasion’s editorial policies.

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A Winter Themed Toddler Birthday Party

Stephanie from Spaceships and Laser Beams sent over this cute toddler birthday party and I just loved her idea for a sweet, winter-themed dessert table boasting lots of healthier goodies for kids. Spaceships and Laser Beams specializes in great printable and DIY ideas for little boys parties and Stephanie put this dessert table together using a printable party kit now available in their shop. (So, yes, you can recreate this party on the cheap. Love that!)

To help make your party planning even simpler, Stephanie was awesome and shared the sweets that she used for the dessert table…

“No cake” pops – Instead of cake and chocolate, I wanted to offer up a high protein concoction. As two year olds don’t exactly have the most complex palette, I mixed peanut butter with graham crumbs, formed them into balls, piped on a tiny bit of white chocolate and popped these in the fridge to get nice and firm. (But a safer option, if there is any question of allergies, would be almond or soy butter.) For an even healthier base you could crush one of your child’s favorite cereals and use it instead of the graham crumbs. (It should go without saying that the stick should be removed  before giving to the little one. But you always need to say these things.)

Winter Crisp – This is a fruit cup that’s combination of baked apples, blueberries and blackberries. For the crisp part, I wanted something quick, as I find I have no time these days. I crushed some pretzels, a little butter and brown sugar. The salty and sweet taste awesome together. Cumbled granola bars would also work.

Snowmen – I originally saw a version of these guys in Canadian Living magazine. Basically, I put one bocconcini ball on the bottom and cut another in half to use as the mid-section and head. The arms are stick pretzels. The nose is the end of a carrot. The hat is about a 1/4 of a raddish. They’re fastened together using two sharp toothpicks, one through all three cheese balls and one through the radish and into the cheese. (Again, it should go without saying that the toothpick should be removed  before giving to the little one.)

Vegan cupcakes – I’ve been wanting to try my hand a vegan baking for a while. A very good friend of mine owns Goodness Bakeshop and kindly supplied the vegan cupcake recipe. It was an easy way to try something (vegan baking) that felt intimidating.

Thank you so much for sharing, Stephanie! Be sure to check out Spaceships and Laser Beams for more budget-friendly party ideas!

{Photos from Spaceships and Laser Beams.}


Enchanted Farm Wedding Inspiration

There are few words that truly describe this wedding inspiration shoot. Stunning. Magical. Beautiful. Gorgeous. That is certainly a start. Sent over by powerhouse duo Heidi of White Loft Studio and The Sweetest Occasion favorite Kate of Beautiful Days, I am in love with every last detail. A flower girl in fairy wings. Pretty, fresh white flowers and unexpected topiary and Eastern inspired touches. Throw in fabulous stationery from my friends at Gus & Ruby Letterpress and perfect calligraphy from Love Jenna and I’m bowled over with inspired design.

A huge thank you to the following New England wedding vendors for sharing their talents with us -

Venue: Snug Harbor Farm
Event + floral design: Beautiful Days
Photography: White Loft Studio
Stationery: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Calligraphy: Love Jenna
Dress: Madeline’s Daughter
Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Co.
Candles and lanterns: Luna Bazaar
Chocolates: Byrne & Carlson
Food: Robyn Friedman
Hair: Hair That Moves
Makeup: Joya Beauty
Rentals: Be Our Guest
Video: Video Design Films
Flower girl dress: Birdie Handmade

{Photos by White Loft Studio.}


The Sweetest Occasion Seeks Contributing Editors!

Today I’m excited to announce that after much consideration I have decided to consider bringing on a couple of select contributing editors to add fresh talent and new features to The Sweetest Occasion! If you are in love with weddings, entertaining, cooking, DIY, crafting, parties, handmade wares, paper goods or pretty things and you’d like to write for The Sweetest Occasion, I’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with ideas for the column you’d like to write and tell me a little bit about yourself. I can’t wait to hear from you and be inspired by what you dream up!

To be considered: Email me by Monday, January 10 with a guest post indicative of the column you’d like to write for The Sweetest Occasion. Posts should include photos attached as a zip file with all photo credits provided in the body of the email or as an attachment. Be sure to include all of your contact information such as website (if applicable), twitter profile, etc. I’ll select a few favorite posts to share with The Sweetest Occasion readers and will take reader response into account when determining who will be invited to contribute on a regular basis.

The fine print: To start, posts will be unpaid, but contributors will have a bio listed on the site and links will be provided to their website/blog. In the spring or early summer, I’ll be reevaluating and will hopefully be able to extend a per post stipend to contributing editors. Contributing editors must be willing to commit to posting no less than bi-weekly with a preference for weekly posts where possible. Bloggers, writers, designers and vendors are all welcome to submit content for consideration.

{Photo by bonjour celine via Pinterest.}