Party Palette: Clover + Persimmon

I love these color palettes because I get to continually switch things up. I have such a love for color. In fact, picking out paint colors has been my favorite part of renovating our first home and I’m actually pretty bummed that I’m down to the final few paint color selections. Today’s palette was inspired by colors reminiscent of the desert – crisp plant-like greens and warm shades of rust and orange.
{top. Pam Sattler. left. Erica Ann Photography via Ruffled. right. Heather Bullard.}

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Announcing the Inspired Creations Contest Top 10!

After much ado, it’s time to announce the top 10 finalists in the Inspired Creations Contest! Once again, Ami and I were blown away by the creativity and talent that some of the nation’s most talented vendors brought to the table when dreaming up their entries. Narrowing the field from 30 incredible entries to just 10 finalists was no small feat! Below, the top 10 finalists are presented in random order. Winners will be announced on Friday so chime in with which entry was your favorite!

Glittery Ballet-Inspired Bridal Shower
{Photo by Bon Bon Studio.}

Red, Navy + Copper Americana
{Photo by Mathieu Photography.}

Pink + Gold Glittery Wedding Ideas
{Photo by Benjamin Edwards.}

Brunch Wedding Inspiration Shoot
{Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography.}

Dreamy Loft Wedding Inspiration
{Photo by Kellie Kano.}

Pretty in Punk
{Photo by Katie McGihon Photography.}

Glamorous Wedding Style Under the Trees
{Photo by Lavender & Twine.}

Plum + Bronze Wedding Glamor
{Photo by Diana Marie Photography.}

Burlap + Bling
{Photo by Kristyn Hogan.}

Pretty + Understated Luxury Wedding Style
{Photo by Stevi Savage of AveryHouse.}

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Sweet Idea: Host an Ice Cream Party

I love ice cream about as much as I love anything. It is, hands down, my favorite food on earth. That said, I love the idea of a party revolving around ice cream treats. A pretty make-your-own sundae station stacked high with toppings, colorful glass bowls and an assortment of cones are all it takes to bring a festive touch to your next shindig. This ice cream party inspiration shoot was shared by an incredible team of vendors from Italy where their love for gelato knows no bounds. (These are my kind of girls.)

Vendors –
Event design, styling + coordination: Jessica Di Giacomo / Stationery: Susanna Mancini / Photographer: Catalina Alvarez / Jewelry: Miriam Ventura / Venue: Monteveglio, Bologna

{Photos by Catalina Alvarez.}

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The Weekend: Memorial Day

Hello, friends! How was your weekend? I hope everyone enjoyed a nice long holiday weekend. One of my goals for 2011 was to get back to my old habit of documenting more of everyday life so I kept my iPhone at the ready this weekend as we celebrated Memorial Day home with family. Sunday marked our fourth annual margarita party at my mom’s house on the lake. Think fresh homemade guacamole, a make-your-own taco station, big pitchers of margaritas and crisp mojitos at the ready. We started the day by opening up the guest house for extra overnight visitors and finished the festivities with a bonfire and a late night rummy marathon. Here’s a little sneak peek at the weekend. How did you mark the unofficial start to summer?

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

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National Stationery Show 2011 (Part IV)

One of the true highlights of the show for me this year was meeting Elijah and Rhonda of Figs & Ginger and falling madly in love with their work. Inspired by forests and woodland creatures, they debuted a truly beautiful new collection of wooden wedding and party wares. Think lovely silhouette cake toppers, wedding signage, jewelry and pretty hangers for brides and bridesmaids. (I may or may not have left the show wearing the ‘C’ necklace pictured below.)

Another awesome letterpress line, I loved checking out the fun cards of Cleanwash Letterpress. Where there are unicorns involved, I’m a happy camper. Throw in a little letterpress bunting and you really can’t go wrong in my book.

My good friend Tara, the brilliant designer behind Ink + Wit, debuted more of her lovely rubber stamps this year and expanded her offerings of great letterpress colors and quirky, cool gift wrap. She also introduced new pillows and the prettiest mobile, which will be available soon.

Heartfish Press had really great interactive letterpress cards, like these fun crayon-loving love notes. Decorate your own Christmas tree cards? Also a win with me.

Last but not least, Kelly at May Day Studio featured the prettiest notebooks, art prints, coasters and cards. Soft, whisper-like colors, great pattern and hand set type sets May Day’s work apart from a sea of awe-inspiring letterpress.

Well, that’s it for me for NSS this year! For much more extensive show coverage, I defer to the mighty Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper where you’re sure not to miss anything worth seeing at the show. To everyone I didn’t have a chance to come visit, I hope to catch up next year! xoxo

{Photos by Cyd Converse.}

The National Stationery Show is a sponsor of The Sweetest Occasion. I am an employee of Boxcar Press/Bella Figura/Smock. This is not a sponsored post. Read more about The Sweetest Occasion’s editorial policies.

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