DIY School Days Printables

Hi! It’s Jenny with Hank + Hunt bringing you a little back to school printable party! Henry starts kindergarten on Wednesday so I made this cute little printable collection for his very first day of  big kid school. Download the printables to get started – I hope you enjoy it!

Cut out the banner with a 2-3/4 inch circle punch and attach with brads. I punched small holes for the brads to make them go in easier, a little trick I learned from Brittany of One Charming Party.

Cut out and trim the corners of the photo card. I included  grades K-6, so you can have matching for the whole family or for one child through elementary school.

There are also two sets of cupcake toppers, flags and circles. Remember – you don’t have to put them in cupcakes, here I inserted the wooden stick into the apple.

Included in the set are little lunch notes. Print on sticker paper and decorate sandwich bags or napkins.

So, here are some back to school printables that were made for that very first day. Don’t forget to use them ALL year (just save the “first day” ones for next year.) Enjoy and I hope your little ones have a blast going back to school! xo

{Photos + design by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Sweet Vintage Engagement Shoot

I’m loving this super sweet, vintage inspired engagement session shared by the lovely Haley Sheffield. Trissy and Darrell share a love for vintage fashion and design, which Haley incorporated throughout the styling of this session with a crazy cool retro Airstream camper taking center stage. More than anything else, I love the abundance of love that comes through in each of Haley’s absolutely beautiful images.

{Photos + styling by Haley Sheffield.}

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Lavender Ice Cream Floats

Hi! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a yummy grown-up version of an ice cream float, lavender floats. They are easy, and with just a hint of lavender flavor, a perfect late summer treat. All you will need to get started is some vanilla ice cream and Lavender DRY Soda.

Fill your glass half way with the lavender soda, add two scoops of ice cream, and garnish with a fresh lavender sprig. Instant summer ambience…and you have instant sweet simpicity. Delicious.

{Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Party Palette: Pretty Woodsy Pastels

For this week’s color palette I was feeling something soft and romantic. Something with a touch of woodsy elegance, pairing rustic woods with the beauty of classic white roses and big puffs of baby’s breath. I love loads of white and ivory with shades of pink and green for a color palette that’s quietly elegant.

{top. Christine and Ian via Oh So Beautiful Paper. left + right. Austin Warnock via Style Me Pretty.}

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DIY Shortie Ruffle Apron

Oooh la la! It’s Chelsea from Lovely Indeed, cooking up a cute little DIY for you! I’ve been seeing these darling little shortie aprons lately in some of my favorite shops, so I decided to figure out how to make one and share it with you gorgeous people. Let’s make an apron.

Now don’t be scared – this is a sewing project. But being a beginner seamstress myself, I can attest to the fact that this is completely doable, and totally fun.

Supplies –

  • various colors and patterns of cotton fabric
  • grosgrain ribbon
  • sewing machine with thread
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • iron

Start by cutting and hemming all of your pieces. From one fabric, cut a piece 22″ by 18″. Make a 1/4′ hem on all four sides of this piece by folding over a 1/4″ of fabric on all four sides, ironing it down, then sewing it down with a straight stitch. This will serve as the base for your apron.

Decide which fabrics you’d like for your ruffled layers, and cut out 7 pieces that are each 44″ long and 3 1/2″ wide. Make a 1/4″ hem on each of these pieces on three sides (both short sides and the bottom long side).

Then, ruffle each of these pieces with the following method: Set the straight stitch on your sewing machine to its longest length and sew across the unhemmed side of each piece of fabric. Leave a long tail of thread at both ends, and don’t backstitch on either side. Then, tug gently on the top thread with one hand while gathering fabric with the other – it should start to create a ruffle. Work the fabric together until the ruffle is about 22″ across – long enough to span the width of the apron base.

Next, decide the order of your fabric ruffles and pin the bottom ruffle onto the apron base, lining up the two hems. Readjust the stitch length on your machine to a medium length. Sew this ruffle down with a straight stitch.

Pin the next ruffle above the bottom one so that the hem of the second ruffle will hide the place where the bottom one is stitched to the apron base. Sew this ruffle down.

Repeat this process with each ruffle until you reach the top hem of the apron, which should line up with the top of the final ruffle.

Take a length of grosgrain ribbon long enough to wrap around your waist and make a bow. Hem the ends of the ribbon so that it doesn’t fray. Pin the ribbon down over the stitched portion of the top ruffle and sew the ribbon over it with a zigzag stitch. After the ribbon is sewn down, trim any stray threads.

Congrats! You did it! See? Not so tricky, is it? I’m thinking this apron would make an adorable gift for a bride who loves to cook or bake, or even a fantastic little hostess gift. Heck, I might even make another one to keep for myself. Happy sewing!  xoxo

{Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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