Party Palette: Romantic Purple + Raspberry

For today’s color palette I was really inspired by a color that I personally find somewhat daunting – purple! I think it’s so easy for purple to go wrong so I wanted to show it off in a really romantic, sophisticated way. I think the trick with purple is keeping the colors rich and moody, layering different hues and adding in a really soft, cool gray to mellow the whole look out into something sweet and irresistibly pretty. I love how this color palette turned out!

{top. Kiss the Groom. left. Marlin Munoz via Ruffled. right. Martha Stewart.}

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Backyard Picnic Inspiration

Earlier this summer I visited California and promised to show off the photo shoot that I teamed up on with the lovely Erika of Delphine, photographer extraordinaire Jennifer Dery and Adrianne of Adrianne Smith Floral Design. We envisioned it as a casual backyard engagement party with a picnic menu, great cocktails and a laid back vibe. It’d also be perfect for your upcoming Labor Day gatherings! The best part of this shoot is that after creating the menu, prepping and setting up, we actually enjoyed an incredible evening with friends complete with s’mores after dinner. Working with a preppy color palette of crisp white and blues, Delphine’s Chevron wedding invitations and corresponding party goods took center stage while fresh white and yellow flowers kept everything soft and pretty. Finally, we borrowed a bunch of gorgeous linens and tablewares from the ladies at Bixby & Ball to really bring the look together.

Vendors –
Event design + styling: Sweet Occasions Studio + Delphine / Stationery + paper goods: Delphine (Featured design: Chevron) / Floral design: Adrianne Smith Floral Design / Photography: Jennifer Dery / Decor + tablewares: Bixby & Ball / Styling assistance: Marissa Cool (Delphine intern extraordinaire) + Bekka Palmer of Minted Condition

{Photos by Jennifer Dery.}

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DIY School Days Printables

Hi! It’s Jenny with Hank + Hunt bringing you a little back to school printable party! Henry starts kindergarten on Wednesday so I made this cute little printable collection for his very first day of  big kid school. Download the printables to get started – I hope you enjoy it!

Cut out the banner with a 2-3/4 inch circle punch and attach with brads. I punched small holes for the brads to make them go in easier, a little trick I learned from Brittany of One Charming Party.

Cut out and trim the corners of the photo card. I included  grades K-6, so you can have matching for the whole family or for one child through elementary school.

There are also two sets of cupcake toppers, flags and circles. Remember – you don’t have to put them in cupcakes, here I inserted the wooden stick into the apple.

Included in the set are little lunch notes. Print on sticker paper and decorate sandwich bags or napkins.

So, here are some back to school printables that were made for that very first day. Don’t forget to use them ALL year (just save the “first day” ones for next year.) Enjoy and I hope your little ones have a blast going back to school! xo

{Photos + design by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Sweet Vintage Engagement Shoot

I’m loving this super sweet, vintage inspired engagement session shared by the lovely Haley Sheffield. Trissy and Darrell share a love for vintage fashion and design, which Haley incorporated throughout the styling of this session with a crazy cool retro Airstream camper taking center stage. More than anything else, I love the abundance of love that comes through in each of Haley’s absolutely beautiful images.

{Photos + styling by Haley Sheffield.}

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Lavender Ice Cream Floats

Hi! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a yummy grown-up version of an ice cream float, lavender floats. They are easy, and with just a hint of lavender flavor, a perfect late summer treat. All you will need to get started is some vanilla ice cream and Lavender DRY Soda.

Fill your glass half way with the lavender soda, add two scoops of ice cream, and garnish with a fresh lavender sprig. Instant summer ambience…and you have instant sweet simpicity. Delicious.

{Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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