Video Tutorial: DIY Pinwheels

Hi all! Continuing with our adventures in DIY week, check out the video below to see yours truly – Chelsea from Lovely Indeed – break down the makings of a pinwheel. Have fun! xoxo


Printable U-Color-It Party

Good Monday morning, friends! While I’m off at the National Stationery Show, our DIY gurus Jenny and Chelsea are leading the charge this week with DIY Week! Look forward to tutorials, how-to videos and free printables all week long. Without further ado…

Hi! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a cute little DIY for the kiddies. If you have ever tried to set up a party for wee ones, you know that they are DYING to help. I wish I had that kind of energy! So I was inspired by the idea of getting the kids to help with the decorations. What do kids love to do? Color. How special would it be to have custom printables made by the family’s favorite little person?

Older kids can assemble the whole kit, younger ones can color and have mom or dad put it together. If you are crazy about certain colors, just hide the non-matching shades of crayons (ahem…brown) or like magnets they will end up in the party. I might have learned that the hard way – you can’t explain to a three year old not to use brown or black…

Print these out on cardstock and color to your little heart’s content. How perfect is this for a parent’s or grandparent’s birthday? The set includes cute bunting flags, mini “hooray” garland, paper chain/water bottle wrappers, cupcake flags and buffet tent cards. Download your printables and get coloring – enjoy!

(By the way, I have been informed that this says SALSA. Kids!)

{Design + photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}


Friday Link Love (NSS Edition)

I can’t believe it, but it’s time! I’m currently in New York City working on last minute preparations for the 2011 National Stationery Show. The show kicks off on Sunday and is not only a little piece of heaven on earth for a paper junkie such as myself, but it’s also the time of year when I get to meet and catch up with some of my very loveliest friends. I can’t wait! Naturally, I’ve been planning dinner dates and outfits for months. (And, no, that’s not an exaggeration.) However, worry not! While I’m gone next week, fearless DIY gurus Jenny and Chelsea will be leading the charge with The Sweetest Occasion’s first ever DIY Week! Plus, I’ve got a couple of amazing guest bloggers lined up so don’t miss it – happy weekend!

In honor of the National Stationery Show, this week’s Friday Link Love is a celebration of paper!

An incredible collaboration. (And an incredible color palette!)

On the hunt for fabulous wedding invitation ideas? Look no further.

Already pretty sure this stationery line is going to be a new favorite.

Attending the show? So are we. Come see us! (Booth 2241.)

Envelopes that surprise and delight.

More first birthday party invitations that make me smile.

Congratulations to my friend Audrey on the launch of U + U!

Simply divine paper party decorations.

If you’re walking the show, you might want to visit these people.

And definitely pick up these goodies.

{Photo by bliss! – stay tuned for more of this shoot next week!}

The National Stationery Show is a sponsor of The Sweetest Occasion. I am an employee of Boxcar Press/Bella Figura/Smock. Read more about The Sweetest Occasion’s editorial policies.

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Pretty Ombre Escort Cards

There are a few things I’m loving right now and just can’t get my fill of – ombre, watercolors and everything chevron top that list. These ombre calligraphy escort cards are just beautiful. Gorgeous paper subtly died beautiful shades of peach and vanilla, and finished with the lovely calligraphy stylings of Neither Snow are enough to make a girl swear off boring white paper forever. Even better, you can get the DIY instructions on Once Wed to make your very own.

{Photos from Once Wed.}


Sponsored Post: Scratch Weddings

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{Photos from Scratch Weddings.}

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