Holiday Entertaining Idea: A Cheese Platter

I am loving this idea for simple and easy holiday entertaining – a super delicious cheese platter! I have a special love for cheese plates in restaurants so in my world this is sure to be a crowd favorite. Lay out parchment paper on a large cheese or cutting board, set out lumps of your favorite cheeses and tasty nibbles, and label everything with a marker and your best penmanship. (My mom recently canned up pickled green tomatoes that we’re loving around the house right now and would be perfect for this!) The ever-fabulous Joy the Baker has loads of suggestions for pairing your cheeses and sides. For me I’d definitely need a good brie, aged cheddar and some delicious goat cheese. Set out stacks of pretty plates and some crusty bread and you’ve got a spread fit for feasting.

{Photos from Joy the Baker.}

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Fall Wedding Inspiration Shoot

I’m loving this fall wedding inspiration shoot featured on Style Me Pretty last year. This past weekend we went to a cookout at a friend’s house where the kids had way too much fun raking up big piles of leaves and wrestling around. Somehow this reminds me of that same carefree spirit. Big piles of leaves, cozy linens and all of the flavors of fall like homemade pie and apple cider. As a Northeast girl, I really can’t get enough of fall!

Vendors –
Concept + design: Jessica Sloane of Love Bird Style / Invitations: Laura Jansen of Red Ribbon Fox / Flowers: Jasmin Trenary of Artisan Flowers / Pies: KT & Ro’s Pie Company / Rentals: Southern Events / Photography: Souder Photography

{Photos by Souder Photography.}

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A 30th Birthday Party in a Box

I love the awesome party in a box that Amanda Jane Jones designed for her husband’s 30th birthday. Realizing most of the people she wanted to invite to the 30th birthday party she really wanted to throw him, she instead bundled up the party and sent it to them! Each package contained confetti, party straws, buttons, jelly beans, paper mustaches, an info-graphic inspired by the birthday boy and instructions to have a party and send photos. Pretty genius, right? I love this idea for celebrating with loved ones far away.

{Design + photos by Amanda Jane Jones.}

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Pretty Thanksgiving Dinner Printables

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! I thought I’d kick off the week by revisiting the pretty party downloads that the lovely Laura Macchia designed for us last year to help celebrate Thanksgiving in style. I’m hard at work organizing all kinds of holiday season goodies for this year, but I still can’t get enough of these gorgeous designs Laura created. See them all here.

Download your Thanksgiving thank you cards | Thanksgiving labels | and tent cards!

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

*Laura Macchia is one of The Sweetest Occasion’s awesome sponsors. This is not a sponsored post.

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Friday Link Love

Hey, everyone! Happy happy Friday to you. I’ve had a pretty awesome week, but I’ve got to say, I’m really looking forward to the weekend! I’ve been working on new projects, drumming up inspiration and looking forward to some much-anticipated house guests. What are you up to this weekend? Hopefully the weather is going to hold out for one final cookout and then I’m going to be ready to jump headfirst into the holidays…just wait until you see what we’ve got cooking around here for the holiday season this year! In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend. I’ll see you here on Monday! xoxo

{Photo by Amanda K Photography.}

A little link love for your weekend…

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