DIY Ruffled Cake Toppers

Today is another exciting day here at The Sweetest Occasion as I welcome our second DIY Contributing Editor, Jenny Batt! Jenny writes the blog Hank + Hunt and keeps an Etsy shop stocked full of the coolest handmade goods for parties and weddings. Jenny will be stopping by regularly to show off her DIY prowess and keep you inspired with great ideas for all of your entertaining needs. Read all about Jenny and please give her a warm welcome!

Hello darlings! This is Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a pretty little DIY project for you today. These lovelies are pretty simple and pretty quick to whip up. Once you master the quick ruffled flower technique, you could use them all over – I even have some as magnets on my fridge.

lollipop sticks
fabric scraps (about 3” x 12”) in coordinating colors
needle and thread
hot glue gun
pinking shears

Trim your fabric scraps into 2.5” x 10” with your pinking shears.  Save the leftover squares at the end.

Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise. Thread your needle and double or triple knot the end of the thread, so it doesn’t pull through. Take the needle and thread and sew a gathering stitch, basically a running stitch, down the folded side, about ¼” from the edge.

Pull the thread taut, producing the gather.

Once fully gathered, tie the two ends together and well knot.  Trim the ends.

Separate the two layers of fabric and attach a lollipop stick with hot glue.

Hot glue buttons in the center or cover the back with fabric circles (cut from the leftover squares). Enjoy!


Loving Watercolors

I’m loving the watercolor trend emerging in design and stationery right now and had to share a few favorites. There is something so quietly beautiful about the sheer colors of watercolor paint that lends a wonderfully special touch to invitations, envelopes, save the dates, business cards and whatever assorted paper ephemera might be your flavor of the day. A soft wash of color and a great textured paper are my latest stationery obsession.

{A watercolor study from Parrott Design Studio.}

{Watercolor holiday cards and envelopes from Jordan Ferney.}

{Custom watercolor map and save the dates from Swiss Cottage Designs.}

{Watercolor calendar from Courtney Khail Stationery.}

{Watercolor paper chains from Jordan Ferney.}

{Watercolor business cards from Dingbat Press via Oh So Beautiful Paper.}


Cake Toppers and Bunting from Ready Go

Over the last year or so I’ve become outright obsessed with simple, single tier cakes decked out with a bit of pretty bunting, a bunch of fresh flowers, colorful pinwheels, or a great personalized cake topper. It’s easy to make the cake on your own or just grab a plain cake from a local bakery and then make it your own with sweet and easy decorations. So, let’s just say, the personalized bunting, banners and cake toppers from Ready Go are right up my alley. As in, I love them. (You will, too.)

{Photos from Ready Go discovered via The Inspired Bride.}


A Glittery Second Birthday Party

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I am honored to bring you Tova’s second birthday party today! Tova’s mom Kallie of Kallie Brynn Photography did the most amazing job planning all of the pretty details and it’s a joy to have her share the party here on The Sweetest Occasion where Tova’s owl themed first birthday party was a huge hit last year. (Actually, the fiesta birthday party she planned for her husband was a huge hit, too.)

So onto the party! Kallie was inspired by metallics and the timing of Tova’s birthday near the new year and let shimmer and sequins take center stage. She baked vanilla cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream frosting, and made a mini smash cake just for Tova. Everything is glittery, pink and festive in a sophisticated yet totally girly way. I have to say, this is my kind of birthday party.

Kallie made the cake banner from sparkly ribbon attached to lollipop sticks and drink twizzle sticks were made from lollipop sticks with wooden balls glued to the top. She then glued sequin trim in gold and silver around them. The silver ‘T’ and little hearts are also wooden forms with sequin trim glued on and the shimmery gold party hat is Confetti System from Urban Outfitters. I love the mix of DIY projects and affordable little extras like the cake candles, pink sugar, cupcake liners, and cupcake stars all from Bake It Pretty. It just makes the party so special. Kallie served raspberry lemonade and sweet tea, and guests were treated to dinner before diving into the baked goods. Just lovely isn’t it?

Seriously, Kallie’s party planning skills (and amazing photography) rock my socks off. A huge thank you, Kallie, for sharing – can’t wait to see what you dream up for Tova’s third birthday!

{Photos by Kallie Brynn Photography.}


Friday Link Love

Hello, hello! Another Friday. Wow! That came fast for me this week. I have a crazy busy weekend coming up, including a photo shoot that I have high hopes for – I can’t wait to share details with you in a few weeks! As I prep for that, I imagine I’ll be spending most of tonight cranking out my DIY skills and watching movies. Do you have any big weekend plans? Have a great one and happy Friday!

Don’t forget! You have until Monday to enter the Two Brunette’s giveaway.

Check out the first post – DIY fabric boutonnieres – from our new DIY Editor!

I am in love with this gorgeous real wedding.

All the Valentines Day inspiration I need.

Obsessing over these pretty chalkboard details.

Perfect stickers + gift wrap.

Such a cool idea for a party.

Another wedding I love.

{Photo by Bonjour Celine.}