The Sweetest Occasion Reader Survey

Update: Thank you for all of the amazing participation! We’ve reached the maximum number of respondents so the survey is now closed – the gift card winner will still be announced on Friday, April 7. Thank you!

It’s that time again – time for the 2011 reader survey! Early 2011 has brought some exciting changes and opportunities for The Sweetest Occasion and in order to best curate content and features in the coming months, I’d love for you to chime in! The survey is short (just 10 questions) and one lucky respondent will win a $50 gift card to J.Crew. You can use it toward something fabulous, like one of these Sea Bags totes that I just adore. (They’re made from recycled sail cloth in one of my favorite places on earth, Portland, Maine.)

Take the survey and be sure to leave your email address to be entered to win the J.Crew gift card! (Only completed surveys will be eligible to win.) The survey will be open through Thursday, April 7th and the winner will be announced on Friday, April 8. Happy surveying! xoxo

{Photos by J.Crew.}

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DIY Paint Chip Easter Egg Garland

This DIY idea is pretty brilliant, I’ve got to say. Go to Home Depot or Lowes (or your home improvement store of choice). Pick out your favorite paint chips in pretty rainbow hues. Cut into cute little eggs, fashion them into a garland with a bit of string and make the Easter bunny happy. Oh. All for about $0. Like I said – brilliant. Check out the tutorial on Modern Parents Messy Kids to make your very own.

{Photos + tutorial from Modern Parents Messy Kids via Ohdeedoh.}

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Party Palette: Pink + Navy

For this week’s color palette I wanted to do something moody, but still really pretty and feminine. I love the mix of dusty navy blues and soft romantic pinks. It’s the perfect blend of masculine and feminine and it feels super sophisticated. Navy and pink can also be preppy with a lots of white and a dash of stripes. I love the versatility of these colors, perfect for both summer weddings and winter fetes.

{top. Shanna Murray. left. Vogue Italia via Fashion Gone Rogue. right. via The Cinderella Project via Style Me Pretty.}

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The Sweetest Occasion in Styled

Another day another chance to tell you about a fabulous feature! Victoria of A Subtle Revelry just launched Styled magazine today, an online magazine loaded with gorgeous party and wedding inspiration. I was honored to have her ask me to contribute to a feature she calls 140 Characters – illustrated tablescapes inspired by a handful of wedding bloggers giving their inspiration in 140 characters or less. I love everything Vicky put together and am so happy to have been able to be a part of this amazing project of hers. Check it out at Styled magazine. (And for more of me in 140 characters or less, you can follow me on Twitter.) Thanks, Vicky! xoxo

{Images from Styled. Illustrations by Amanda Waggoner.}

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Goldilocks + The Three Bears Birthday Party

I have to say that this storybook inspired birthday party is easily one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time. The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears takes center stage with treats like baked porridge topped with maple frosting and cinnamon and a trio of bear silhouettes takes center stage hung over a dessert buffet in shades of bright aqua and citrus orange. A four poster bed was converted into a cute kids-sized table and little goodies were propped up on miniature wooden chairs. Don’t you just love this? Designed by Frog Prince Paperie, you can catch all of the details at Amy Atlas’s Sweet Designs.

{Photos by John McLaughlin and Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie.}

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