Thunder-and-Lighting-and-Thor Party

I always get a lot of questions about unique and fun birthday party ideas. This super cool thunder-and-lightning-and-thor birthday party definitely fits that bill! With totally rad paper goods and favors designed by the lovely Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting for her nephew’s fifth birthday, this party is anything but run of the mill while keeping the fun completely age appropriate. Temporary tattoos? Heck, this is a party I’d like to go to! Catch all of the party action here. (And congratulations to Erin on welcoming her brand new baby boy last week! xoxo)

{Photos from The Indigo Bunting.}


A Little Bungalow Inspiration

I’ve mentioned a handful of times over the last few months that this summer was one of great change in my life. One of those changes involves moving this upcoming weekend so I’ve been doing lots of packing and sorting and, of course, digging up inspiration for the new digs. Honestly, as I head into the week, decorating and settling in are about the only things on my mind. The house is a little bungalow with a distinct cottage vibe. Think original hardwood floors, box beam ceilings, a brick fireplace in the living room and little bedrooms with tiny little closets that are so teeny they basically defy the definition of a closet entirely. I am so excited about this next chapter and can’t wait to share photos in a few weeks when things are unpacked and feeling like home. In the meantime, here’s a little glimpse into my daydreams this morning…

Photo credits: Attic beds / kitchen / hallway / living room with fireplace / bedroom / workspace / dining room / summer porch / dog bowls.


Friday Link Love

TGIF, friends! I am so ready for the weekend, aren’t you? We’re looking at a cold, rainy weekend, which sounds like the perfect equation for a weekend of movies and cuddling up inside. I’m also in the midst of a move, so if I’m smart I’ll dedicate a big chunk of time to sorting through boxes of treasures to decide what stays and what goes. (Which is a nice little way of making moving sound like fun, which we all know it is decidedly not.) What are you up to this weekend? I hope you make time for enjoying a bit fall, even if it’s just swinging by Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte and hiding out inside to avoid the rain like I’ll be doing. See you Monday! xoxo

Love this look: what to wear to a bridal shower.

A pretty rooftop dinner party.

Fun little DIY for your next party.

Really beautiful hand-dyed scarves. (Congrats on your new shop, Jess! xoxo)

It’s time to go apple picking.

{Photo by Marchorowitz.}


Loving Party Cocktails

I’m so pumped that it’s finally Friday! I feel like I’ve been waiting for the weekend all week this week. Admittedly, I’m ready to kick my feet up, mix up some cocktails and usher in the weekend. I love a pretty party cocktail served up in a fun glass with a colorful garnish and a paper straw. (No, really. I drink out of paper straws on a daily basis at home. I love them that much.) Here are a few of the cocktails that are serving as inspiration for my Friday happy hour…

From top left: Aaron Delesie via Style Me Pretty. / Tim Halberg for Santa Barbara Chic. / Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty. / Lauren Ledbetter via Style Me Pretty. / Jose Villa via design*sponge. / Jesse Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love via Once Wed. / Tim Halberg for Santa Barbara Chic. / White On Rice Couple.

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Holiday Advertising 2011 (Limited Time Offer!)

It’s hard to believe it but the holiday shopping season is swiftly approaching. (I am not complaining  – I love the holidays!) This year, we’re switching things up a bit and offering exciting new holiday advertising options geared specifically toward small businesses, indie artisans, Etsy shop owners and the handmade sector. Want to maximize your holiday exposure, but don’t have a huge advertising budget? Now is your chance to partner with The Sweetest Occasion to get your brand in front of thousands of design-savvy brides, newlyweds, moms, hostesses and handmade lovers. We’re offering limited edition advertising options at special budget-friendly pricing for the holiday season, but you’ve got to get on it while it’s hot. Inquire for rates and details today (or no later than October 15, 2011) to take advantage. Happy holidays!

{Photo from Confetti System.}