Buenas Noches Fiesta Dinner Party

Friends Emily and Hannah recently hosted a buenos noches fiesta themed dinner party as a part of their dinner club. (Basically an excuse to get together, host a great party and then cook, decorate, and photograph to their heart’s content. Love this, don’t you? We should all start a dinner club.) For this dinner party they either thrifted or handmade all of the party decor and served up lots of sangria and Dos Equis.

The place settings were particularly fun with cool glass Coke bottles filled with small plastic pinwheels, DIY Shrinky Dink mustaches Emily crafted the afternoon of the party and little pennants with each guest’s name in silly Spanglish to assign seating for the party. They then used bangles and bracelets of all different styles and colors as large napkin rings, and included sparklers at each seat for a little after dinner fun.

Leaving no detail to chance, each seat was covered in a brightly colored shawl or South American inspired vest and a sombrero. The gentlemen were gracious enough to lend the ladies a hand and strung lights and DIY tissue pom-poms above the tables, as well as stringing a bandana bunting (tied-together bandanas) around the back patio door. After dinner there were sparklers, a pinata, a big bonfire and blankets to cuddle up.

A huge thank you to Emily and Hannah for sharing their fabulous party with The Sweetest Occasion and inspiring me to start a dinner club. Anyone else feeling like sangria about now?

{Photos by Emily O. Photography.}


Groundhog Day Cupcakes

Originally spied on Hip Hip Hooray, I thought these groundhog cupcakes were too cute not to share this morning. Meredith of Lily Jane Stationery made these awesome little cupcakes – some with shadows and some without – to celebrate Phil’s venture outside today. Visit Meredith’s blog for the how-to and for a printable groundhog so you can make your own cupcakes. Adorable, right?

{Photos from Lily Jane Stationery.}


DIY Arrow Cupcake Toppers

Hi! Jenny again from Hank + Hunt. My two little guys are finally old enough to really enjoy celebrations so this year will be the first that we will really decorate and have a little party for Valentine’s Day.  For a second little topper treat (see my ruffled cake toppers,too), here is a cute little Cupid’s arrow.  A shot to the heart with some serious sweetness. I’m so excited to share these goodies with you – thank you so much, Cyd, for having me! xo

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Cut two pieces of felt into a small rectangle, about 1.5” by 2.5” (about 3/4″ by 1″ for toothpicks) Layer them on top of each other, and trim the corners off one end, to create point. Cut opposite end at the same angle, cutting a triangle out of the end. Open and separate the felt pieces. Run a line of hot glue at the end of the lollipop stick. Glue to one piece of felt. Run a second strip of hot glue and press top piece of felt down. Press all around stick to secure down, open and add more glue as needed to cover stick and secure. Once cool, cut two diagonal lines on each side, stopping short of the stick, following the lines of the point. Now, cut a line straight into the center to the top of the diagonal lines. This creates a small triangle notch, when finished you will have two on each side. Enjoy! Use these in cupcakes, as drink stirrers (on a bamboo skewer) with cherries or in a heart shaped brownie bite (on a toothpick.)
{Photos by Hank + Hunt.}


Birthday Party Inspiration Shoot

When talented children’s photographer Christy Rimrodt of Studio Christy shared this gorgeous birthday party inspiration shoot, I was pretty giddy. (Please note an abundance of cute toddler dimples and you’ll see what I mean.) Shot on location at a hazelnut orchard outside of Portland, Oregon and styled by Kimberly Brandt of Billede Design, I love the sweet and easy details. When planning a party for kids, you can’t go wrong with bright colors and yummy treats.

{Photos by Studio Christy.}


Inspired Creations Contest #2: Glitter and Glam

If you’ve been reading for a while you probably remember the knock your socks off amazing inspiration of the first Inspired Creations Contest last spring. If you’re a new reader, let’s just say – you are in a for a treat because the second Inspired Creations Contest is officially on! Along with Elizabeth Anne Designs, The Sweetest Occasion is proud to host Inspired Creations Contest #2: Glitter + Glam. That’s right, this time we’re switching things up and asking wedding pros to incorporate a little glitz and glam when dreaming up their great ideas. Sparkle and sequins are all the rage for 2011 weddings and celebrations, but we want to see how talented event pros can make this trend their own in fresh and unique ways. Surely the result will be nothing short of brilliant.

For complete contest rules and requirements (and details on the sweet prize packages) visit the official Inspired Creations Contest page. Remember, wedding vendors of all experience levels are invited to participate! If you’re just launching your career or if you’re a seasoned pro, we encourage you to bust our your glitter and get brainstorming. We can’t wait to see what you dream up!