If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. I am a grade A, certified lover of all things floral. Turn those blooms into a gorgeous fresh flower necklace made simply in a few minutes with velvet ribbon and, well, I’m crazed. In a totally good way. Today our awesome gal pal Andrea of Gray Harper Event Maker is showing us how to make just such a piece of beauty, with stunning photos from the always awesome Jade and Matthew. Whip up one of these pretty bloom-festooned necklaces for your next party or to don at a summer wedding!
- Greenery or herbs
- Velvet ribbon
- Sparkly ribbon
- Floral tape
Begin by cutting your velvet ribbon to the desired length. A long piece looks particularly pretty for this project, but you can play with different lengths to achieve the look you’re going for – there’s no wrong answer!
Next up, remove any leaves or greenery from your flowers and cut down the stems. You’ll want to leave the stems about 1-1/2″ or so in length. Mix up the colors and varieties of flowers to suit your outfit or personal preference. Heck, you could even pluck blooms from the backyard! Anything goes. At the same time, trim down any greenery or herbs you might like to include, keeping them at the same length as your floral stems.
Using your floral tape, wrap the stems of your flowers and greens together, forming a small bouquet. Then wrap the mini bouquet with the velvet ribbon you’ve already cut for the necklace, using floral tape to keep the ribbon and flower bouquet attached.
Continue to use your ribbon to cover the stems, completely covering the floral tape. Then pull out your sparkly ribbon (or an accent color of your choice) to ensure the remainder of the floral tape is covered and then tie it to secure it to the necklace. You can even tie it in a bow for an extra pretty touch!
And there you have it, friends! A really gorgeous statement necklace that will look as fabulous with a button front shirt as it would with your favorite summery dress. Huge thanks to Andrea and also Jade and Matthew for sharing this beautiful tutorial with us!
[Design + styling by Andrea of Gray Harper Event Maker | Photos by Jade and Matthew Take Pictures.]
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!
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
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!
[Photos, from top: Love, Blair | Lindsay Madden via Style Me Pretty | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.]
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.
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.
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.]