Celebrating Christmas

When Kate Martin from Beautiful Days (and ice skating party fame) shared this latest batch of photos with me, I immediately knew that this talented lady and I are truly kindred spirits. Her crafting, decorating and cooking endeavors know no bounds and I just adore everything she creates. Today Kate is sharing a little glimpse at how her family celebrates Christmas, with love and laughter and crafts and big dollops of whipped cream atop hot cocoa. The holidays officially get started when Kate, her husband Daytes and their son Wyatt go out to cut down a tree…

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Kate then crafted paper chain garlands and wrapped candle holders in colorful patterned papers from Gus & Ruby Letterpress.

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Clusters of lanterns and candles are sprinkled throughout the house and baskets full of ornaments add sparkle and color.

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Wyatt gets involved in the crafting fun, making homemade gift wrap with stamps and glitter alongside his friend Sage (daughter of photographer Geneve Hoffman).

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And the whole house shines with sparkle and Christmas glow…

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Talk about an inspiration! I love seeing a home filled with holiday spirit and a family that celebrates together in the simplest yet most meaningful of ways. Thank you so much for sharing, Kate!

{Photos by Geneve Hoffman.}

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A Pretty Winter Table

For winter weddings or holiday entertaining, I love this pretty country chic table. Simple DIY centerpieces are made from inexpensive paper bags, fresh cranberries and elegant taper candles while a mix of textured linens and plaid lend undeniable warmth and a touch of comfort. Casual sophistication shines bright with this sweet, winter fresh design, perfect for all of your upcoming winter celebrations.

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{Photos from Project Wedding.}

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An Italian Country Christmas

This pretty Christmas inspiration shoot comes from a trio of talented ladies all the way from Italy this morning, and it is simply filled with sweet country Christmas ideas. A pretty buffet of Christmas desserts, stockings hung from a ladder with care, balls of colorful yarn, and beautiful embroidery hoops strung from tree boughs have a charming homespun look perfect for the holiday season. Christmas cookies iced with delicate embroidery patterns and jars of jam topped with scraps of embroidered fabric are the perfect finishing touches. Thanks so much for sharing, Chiara, Valentina and Michela!

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{Design and photos by Chiara of Le Frufrù + Valentina of Cut and Paste + Michela.}

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A Monday Morning Update

A quick note this morning – please excuse any little glitches you might see happening around these parts this week. Behind the scenes we’re working on a whole new look for The Sweetest Occasion with brand new features and some exciting changes. I know you’re going to love what’s coming, but in the meantime please excuse any strange happenings around the site. An all new The Sweetest Occasion is coming soon!

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{Photo from Bespoke Press.}

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Christmas at The Write Image

Good morning, friends! Can you believe it’s Christmas week already? I have a week full of great last minute inspiration and ideas for you, starting with a fun holiday peek at The Write Image, an awesome stationery store in Salt Lake City. Store manager Lauren sent over these photos and I just can’t get enough of their kitschy, vintage-inspired holiday decor designed by Cathy Brady at Saucy and Kitsch. I secretly dream of one day owning a fabulous little paper store and you can be sure I’d deck the halls in grand style during the holidays. Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

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{Photos by David Newkirk.}

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