A Christmas Collection

I’ve been collecting a lot of pretty Christmas ideas on Pinterest and thought I’d share a sampling of the shiny things that I am loving right now. If you’re like me and you’re still working on Christmas decorating, baking and crafting, consider this an extra dose of inspiration. I am definitely digging holiday decor that is a little sparkly, a bit time worn and charmingly homespun because it reminds me of all the things Christmas should be – magical, happy, full of tradition, and alive with carefree laughter and joy.


Row 1: sparkly house, DIY snowmen, sugary star cookies
Row 2: winter wonderland ornament, Christmas tree, snowy tree
Row 3: mantle, joy, cookie cutters
Row 4: berries, wreath, vintage ornaments
Row 5: Christmas treats, sugar cookies, snowy wreath


A Holiday Tablescape

With layered red and white linens and simple natural touches, this pretty holiday tablescape is right up my alley. It’s elegant with refined yet casual details like little sprigs of evergreen and twine with a single jingle bell as napkin rings. This would be really lovely for an upcoming holiday dinner party or make a sweet, festive scene for Christmas morning breakfast. Elements of this tablescape were sourced inexpensively from Pier 1 – check out the details on Restored Style.







{Photos from Restored Style.}


Cookie Swap Recipe Cards Download

Hello and happy Monday! I want to jump start the week with the next holiday download, which was actually due last week, but my schedule got the best of me so here it is! (Stay tuned for more downloads throughout the week, too!) I know this is the time in the holiday season when lots of people are baking cookies, attending cookie swaps, and putting together platters of goodies so I’m excited to have these cute recipe cards from Kelly Maron of Paper Stories today. These would also be great to send along with a tray of baked goods as a hostess gift, too.







Download your recipe cards and get baking!

{Design by Paper Stories. Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}


Happy Friday!

Hello hello! It has been a crazy busy week for me (even crazier than usual!) as I prepare for the Boxcar Press Open Studio tomorrow. If you happen to be in the Syracuse area (or even a short drive away) you should definitely come check it out! Come for shop tours, printing demonstrations, free giveaways, a little holiday shopping featuring Smock, refreshments and more. Letterpress lovers of all ages are welcome – we’ll have lots of fun activities for kids, too! I would love to meet you so please come see us and say hi. In the meantime, I have hardly had time to read any blogs this week so I don’t have any link love to share, but check out a little tour of Boxcar’s newly expanded print shop when you have a chance. (It’s really cool.)  I’ve got lots of lovely stuff on deck for next week so have a great weekend and happy Friday!

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Happy + Sweet Birthday Party Ideas

It’s time to switch it up a bit from holiday coverage because today I am loving these fresh and sweet birthday party ideas from Hello Naomi. Pastel cakes and treats, cookies and sweets are perfectly paired with cute party invitations from Imprintables. This would also be great inspiration for a baby shower, wouldn’t it? I adore a simple, pretty cake on a classic white cake stand and dainty flower lollipops are just adorable. Cupcake, anyone?




{Photos from Hello Naomi.}