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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Inspired Creations – Rooftop Picnic Wedding Ideas

Another day, another gorgeous Inspired Creations Contest entry! Today’s design is from the talented team of Catie Ronquillo Photography, After Yes Weddings, The Left-Handed Calligrapher and Emily Hudspeth, and features a gorgeous urban rooftop picnic at Off The Grid, boasting tremendous views of the Dallas skyline. For me, this shoot is all about the mix of colors and materials pairing a cool urban vibe with the laid back approach of a fun rustic picnic. The mixed and matched glass and galvanized tin containers paired with bright yellow gingham, kraft paper and bright summery flowers set the perfect tone for a really vibrant and chic celebration.
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yellow-white-wedding-lemon-meringue-tartsFor many more photos and details of this amazing inspiration shoot, pop over to Elizabeth Anne Designs and a huge thank you to this incredible team for inspiring me to run off and plan an amazing picnic party!

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Photography – Catie Ronquillo Photography
Planning – After Yes Weddings
Stationery and Calligraphy – Nicole Black, The Left-Handed Calligrapher
Hair and Makeup – Emily Hudspeth
Location – Off The Grid
Floral – Earth Blooms Florist
Linens – Event Linen Solution
Accessories – Ink and Button
Gown – ‘Dahlia’ by Stephanie James Couture, from The White Gown Showroom
Bridesmaids dress – Alyn Paige
Models – Ashley Vasicek, Jessica Baker, and Jacob Reding

{Photos by Catie Ronquillo Photography.}

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DIY Crepe Paper Flower Pomanders

Tissue paper pomanders have become a wedding mainstay over the last few years, showing up just about everywhere you look. While I still love them, I think it’s time we make room for their updated counterpart, the crepe paper flower pomader. How adorable are these? They’d be perfect as decor, for flower girls or the flowers could even be used to create budget-friendly DIY centerpieces.

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Check out all the details and the great DIY tutorial over at House of Smiths.

{Photo from House of Smiths via How About Orange.}

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4th of July Party Downloads

I don’t know about you, but with the 4th of July just around the corner I am in full-on summer party mode! I just love great summer parties. In the backyard, at the beach or at a local park, summer entertaining ranks high on my list of loves. With that in mind, I worked with my good friend (and super talented designer) Rebecca of The Pink Orange to create some cute 4th of July goodies to add an extra little touch to your upcoming 4th of July celebration. Fire up the grill, make a pitcher of yummy drinks, grab the bocce ball and you’re ready to go!

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fourth-of-july-party-ideasReady to plan your own 4th of July celebration? Download your free July 4th party invitations | straw flags | and buffet signs, created especially for The Sweetest Occasion readers by The Pink Orange. Thanks, Rebecca! xoxo

(Please note that the buffet signs are editable so you can make as many as you want for the foods you will be serving. The font used is Honey Script and is available for free download.)

{Designs + photos from The Pink Orange.}

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Lemonade + Sunshine Birthday Party

In celebration of the first week of summer, I couldn’t resist sharing this Lemonade + Sunshine themed birthday party. It is loaded with the prettiest, summer details that will just bright your day. A big jug of pink lemonade, tin cans filled with pink and yellow flowers, vintage dishware and linens, aqua mason jars and a whole bunch of dainty sweets and treats. This is so perfect for a girly birthday party, but it would also make great inspiration for a bridal shower, too!
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{Photos from Pen & Paper Flowers.}

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