Personalized Holiday Cards from Two Brunettes

My good friend Carolynn of Two Brunettes recently unveiled her 2010 holiday collection, featuring these adorable personalized holiday cards. Needless to say, I’ve been chomping at the bit to share these with you since she originally shared them with me a month or so ago. Each card is illustrated with your likeness and that of your family including spouses, kids and even pets! They are digitally printed and come paired with bright red envelopes perfect for the holiday season. I love a custom holiday card and these are the perfect alternative to the holiday photo card. You know your mom would love to get one of these from you. (Seriously, my mother would die to see her granddogs on one of these cards – too cute!)

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{Photos from Two Brunettes.}

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A Tractor Birthday Party

The lovely Rebekah of Wild Ink Press was sweet enough to share the incredible birthday party she recently planned for her adorable son Cameron, loaded with fun tractor-themed details perfect for a little boy. In addition to being an all-star design and letterpress duo, Rebekah and her husband Matt’s family are rice farmers in California so the party was held at the family ranch during rice harvest. The warehouse was strung with balloons and bunting with fun games like “pin the wheel on the tractor” for the little ones.

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All of the party goers were treated to tractor rides and a big spread of yummy food, including individual meals for each kid packed in a little basket. A homemade birthday cake boasted a toy tractor cake topper and alternating layers in bright John Deere inspired colors.

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Isn’t little Cameron the cutest?
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Thank you so so much for sharing, Rebekah, and a big happy birthday to Cameron!

{Photos by Stella Steen of Eikon Photography.}

*Wild Ink Press is a sponsor of The Sweetest Occasion. This is not a sponsored post.

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Thanksgiving Invitations

I realize Halloween was all of two days ago, but it’s really never too early to think about Thanksgiving, which is only a few weeks away. These pretty Thanksgiving invitations by FINA Art & Paper are available for download through their shop and feature the prettiest combination of clean sans serif type, soft muted fall colors and simple Thanksgiving-inspired illustrations. I love the idea of kicking off the holiday season by sending a pretty invitation to ask your loved ones to you in giving thanks and these are just perfect.

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{Photos from FINA Art & Paper.}

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A Little More Fall

Halloween has come and gone and with every passing day the long, warm days of summer seem long gone. Can you believe it’s already November? The air is cold this week, the leaves have all but fallen and I know our first real snowfall is only weeks, if not days, away. I am really loving the sights and sounds and flavors of fall right now. There is such warmth to fall and such a lovely energy in anticipation of the holiday season. Do you love fall as much as I do? I just can’t get enough.

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{Photo by Elena Gold via It’s Mary Ruffle.}

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{Photo by the chesire smiles.}

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{Photo by Olive Juice Photography from Dandelion & Grey.}

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{Photo by honey & jam.}

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A Parrott Design Studio Bridal Shower

I always love when a reader emails me to share a beautiful celebration, but when that reader is the wonderful Sarah Parrott, it’s a really exciting day in my world. Sarah was married earlier this fall and over the summer her sister, Jessica Parrott Robitaille of Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott, and their mother Janet planned Sarah a beautiful shower at her aunt’s waterfront home in New Hampshire. The look and feel of the shower centered around an eclectic mix of Sarah’s favorite things – vintage finds, French design, farmhouse details, birds, and flowers. Jessica used a bright array of colors including pinks, browns, corals, yellows, and oranges and baked up a gorgeous dessert buffet featuring a strawberry cake, carrot cake, Parisian macarons, whoopie pies, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate button lollipops.

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Many of the flowers came from Sarah’s parents’ garden, including the gorgeous pink and yellow dahlias. The centerpieces on the tables were made by Minott’s Flowers and consisted of smaller vases with the same flowers. Each guest took home a vintage teacup, all thrifted by Sarah’s sister and mom, with homemade madeleines and a bag of tea.

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Sarah’s family, including her now sister in-law Deb Bianculli created an incredible menu for the shower, including bruschetta, spanakopita, orange-infused asparagus, bread-stuffed artichokes, lobster tea sandwiches, “Thanksgiving Day” sandwiches (compete with Tofurky for the bride), Cape Cod chicken salad, grilled chicken and mango pitas, roasted veggies and hummus pitas, Caesar salad, and spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette. For cocktails they served pomegranate and blueberry bellinis and pineapple martinis.  Sounds amazing!

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Isn’t Sarah’s shower so bright and fun? I love the festive colors and all of the sweet, personalized details. I love seeing a bride’s loved ones come together to throw such a beautiful celebration. Thank you for sharing, Sarah!

{Photos by Dad Parrott for Parrott Design Studio.}

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