DIY Cupcake Escort Cards

Today I have the pleasure of sharing two fabulous Inspired Creations Contest entries from Tammy Golson. The first up is the sweetest little idea for escort cards – cupcakes! (No pun intended.) My husband and I are both fanatical about sweets and baked goods so I love the idea of a personalized escort card display like this. Tammy and her team – Ana Dolan, Betsy from Nine Cakes, and Jen Huang – chose to shoot at a local restaurant (a great budget-friendly venue option) and named tables after favorite ingredients to tie in the foodie theme.


Tammy found inspiration in snapshots found on friends’ facebook pages and used them to create playful escort cards, personalized with each guest’s face instead of their name. What a fun way to find your seat!

To create the cards:

- Print photos on photo paper and table names on cardstock

- Use a circle punch to crop faces

- Use larger circle punch to create cardstock circles

- Affix faces to one cardstock circle and table name to the other

- Using adhesive, glue to popsicle stick and stand up in center of cupcake

Photo-Guest-Book-1Using the same fun photos of guests, they created a cute DIY guest book where friends and family would locate their photo and sign next to it in lieu of a traditional guest book. I love this idea! It reminds me a high school yearbook.

Unique-Escort-Card-Ideas-Cupcakes-03For many more photos and details, visit Elizabeth Anne Designs. And stay tuned today for another awesome Inspired Creations Contest entry from the talented Tammy Golson!

Vendors -
Stationery – Ana Dolan Couture Invitations and Paper Items
Cupcakes – Nine Cakes
Photography – Jen Huang Photography
Styling – Tammy Golson Events
Venue - Bino Brooklyn

{Photos by Jen Huang Photography.}

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Inspired Creations – Fabric Inspired Wedding Reception Ideas

I always love the idea of finding inspiration in the things around you and using that to color your ideas when planning your wedding or party, which makes today’s Inspired Creations Contest entry especially fabulous in my book. April Foster Events and Megan W Photography used a piece of fabric to influence all of the design elements and special little details that make this inspiration shoot incredibly festive. The pear green and sky blue color palette is modern and refreshing, while all of the layered fabrics and white peonies add an elegant touch. The fabric pattern makes many appearances from the cake to the custom matted framed photos to the paper goods to the cute paper pinwheels and fabric flower garland. It’s a chic budget-friendly design that has a truly custom look and feel.













modern-green-blue-wedding-cake-cupcake-barFor many more photos, details and DIY how-to instructions, visit Elizabeth Anne Designs.

Vendors -
Concept, design + stationery – April Foster Events
Photography – Megan W Photography
Flowers – JP Parker Flowers
Venue – Laurel Hall Indianapolis
Cake + cupcakes – The Cake Stand, Cheryl Blessing
Macarons and meringues – Circle City Sweets
Rice treat pops and dipped cookies – April Foster Events
Calligraphy – Penned and Pretty

{Photos by Megan W Photography.}


DIY Kraft Paper + Baker’s Twine Save the Dates

Good Monday morning, everyone! I thought I’d start off the week by sharing these fabulous DIY save the dates that Ashley of the chic line designed and created for her upcoming July wedding. She used her wedding color palette of black, white and apple green as inspiration and then mixed in kraft paper, striped baker’s twine and little vellum envelopes holding photo magnets that she made herself using a photo from their engagement session and adhesive-backed magnets from Office Depot. I love the casual elegance of these save the dates and the layers of colors and materials. For all of the DIY details visit the chic line – thanks for sharing, Ashley!



diy-kraft-paper-save-the-dates{Photos from the chic line.}


Dingbat Press Letterpress Giveaway

The lovely Adrienne of Dingbat Press emailed me to share the letterpress wedding invitations giveaway she is offering in support of her little neighbor, Adam, to help his family cover his medical expenses. Adam is just 18 months old and is currently in the hospital fighting for his life.


The details of the giveaway from Adrienne -

“I am offering a FREE set of one hundred 2- color invitations and reply cards – or baby announcements and thank you cards - for every $2,000 raised on Adam’s behalf.That means if we raise $10k there will be (5) FIVE people who could win.

Each person will receive one giveaway entry for every $10 they contribute, so the more money donated per person, the higher their chances of winning.  This is going to help pay hospital bills for a humble family in need and a sweet child fighting for life.”

Pop over to the Dingbat Press blog for all of the details and the make your contribution to Adam’s fund. This is not only a chance to help a sweet little boy but also an opportunity to win yourself some really beautiful letterpress invitations.

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2010 Reader Survey (Win a $25 JCrew Gift Card!)

Since relaunching late last year, 2010 has been a busy year for The Sweetest Occasion! After much growth and evolution, it feels like a good time to check in with everyone who is coming to visit every day – I would be incredibly appreciative if you could take a few moments to take the 2010 reader survey so I can make The Sweetest Occasion an even better place to come and spend a part of your day. And, if that’s not incentive enough, I’ll be giving away a $25 JCrew gift card to one lucky survey participant! Take the survey here. And thank you thank you thank you for making writing this blog so very enjoyable.

(Please note that you’ll need to provide an email address at the end of the survey in order to be entered in the drawing.)

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