Eggnog + Gold Inspiration Board

Christmas may have come and gone, but I love this festive gold and eggnog inspiration board from Snippet & Ink to inspire upcoming New Year’s Eve parties. A simple monochromatic color palette with touches of sparkle and sheen sets the tone for an elegant and warm celebration with soft vintage details. With a glass of champagne in hand, this is a pretty and magical way to ring in the new year.

{Inspiration board from Snippet & Ink. See original post for image credits.}


An All New The Sweetest Occasion!

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend. You may have noticed that things look a little different around here and I’m really excited this morning to introduce an all new look for The Sweetest Occasion! Huge thanks are owed to Ami Price of Edit & Post (and Elizabeth Anne Designs fame) for bringing the new site to life and to Carolynn Giordano of Two Brunettes for shining her talent and inspiration on taking the site design to the next level. Plus, a shout out is due to Leila Brewster for lending her photographic talents to the site, too. There are a lot of new features to check out, so subscribers should be sure to pop over and pay a visit!

Newly organized archives and quick links for real weddings and real parties bring the newest inspiration to your fingertips, and I’m particularly excited about The Sweet Pages, a go-to resource for wedding ideas and party planning showcasing the the best in stylish, modern event design inspiration. (It’s like the yellow pages. Only better.) Check out free party and wedding printables, a selection of fine stationery inspiration, DIY ideas and projects, and (coming soon!) The Sweet Shops, a vendor guide featuring the best independent artisans offering a diverse array of party wares and wedding goods. Plus, the Upstate Vendor Guide and the Sweet Inspiration blog roll have gotten a facelift, too. (We’ve been really really busy.)

Take a look around and spend a little time over your extended holiday break digging in and falling in love with loads of great ideas for your next celebration. Thanks for bearing with me last week (I know there were some wacky things happening around the site and with the feed here and there) and do let me know what you think – I hope you find the new site to be a much improved resource for all of your inspiration needs. Thanks for being here!


Merry Christmas!

After much ado, the holidays are upon us and I am really looking forward to the upcoming time to be spent with family and friends. This morning we are loading up the dogs and the presents and heading home for a few days. I am near giddy with anticipation. I will be posting next week, although on a lighter schedule to enjoy the holiday season, so I’ll see you back here on Monday. In the meantime, I wish you safe travels, full bellies, warm hearts, and the merriest of Christmas celebrations. xoxo

{Photo by Suzanne Duda.}


DIY Gift Wrap

If you’re like me and you’re a last minute gift wrapper, feast your eyes on the loveliest and sparkliest DIY gift wrap I’ve seen in a long time. Simple white art paper takes on a whole new look when tied up with tinsel and sequin and pom pom trim and luxurious velvet ribbons. Visit Grey Likes Weddings for more pretty ideas and a free gift tag download!








{Photos by T & H Photography for Grey Likes Weddings.}


A Christmas Table with Sparkle + Cheer

I love this pretty holiday table and thought it would be great last minute Christmas inspiration for those of you planning dinner or a party this weekend. A mini cake with rings of cranberries and sparkling champagne flutes are sweet and whimsical details, with festive candy cane charm sprinkled throughout. Bright red boys and holiday cheer bring the look together. Don’t you just adore this?







{Photos by Simply Bloom Photography from Style Me Pretty.}