A Pool Party

Good morning, friends! I thought I’d kick start the week by sharing a few photos from the pool party my husband and I hosted at our new home over the weekend. I love entertaining and usually take a casual approach when throwing parties. We had about fifteen friends over and I wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable and had lots to eat and drink, but I didn’t want to have to play hostess all day long. Fussy details or complicated food prep wasn’t what I was going for so I set up a big table full of snacks and drinks so people could munch as they chose.



white-sangria-lemonade-dispenserI mixed up big decanters of lemonade and white sangria, and sliced up citrus fruit so guests could pick and choose fruit for their drinks. I arranged mason jars on a tray and set out a big bucket of ice to chill wine and use for cocktails. A cooler under the table held bottled water, soda and beer. Pretty striped paper straws have become a mainstay in our house so I tossed a handful in a crystal jar for sipping sangria.



mason-jars-lemonade-glassessummer-pool-party-entertainingLater in the day after everyone had swam up an appetite, we fired up the grill. Hot dogs, rolls and all the toppings made cooking and serving quick and simple. We also had a couple of great salads made the night before and deviled eggs made with fresh dill from the garden. For dessert I set up a make your own shortcake station with different kinds of biscuits, berries and toppings.




For us I try to keep entertaining easy and fun. I mixed drinks, prepped salads, sliced fruit and baked biscuits the evening before. When guests arrived I was already sipping sangria and had chips with dip, cheese and crackers ready for munching. It was the perfect hot and humid summer day for a pool party and we spent hours floating and splashing around. I think this will definitely become a new tradition for us and our friends.

{Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}


Friday Link Love

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week. Our week has been so very nice and such a great change of pace after the craziness of the last few months. I’ll be sharing highlights of our trip to the New England coast next week, but in the meantime I wanted to share a few Friday links for your weekend. Happy weekend and another huge thank you to all of my lovely friends who dropped by with guest posts this week!

portland-headlightLoving this warm, romantic inspiration board. (And I love champagne and cake.)

A pretty, casual at-home wedding on the family farm. So summery and fresh!

I want to move in here. (via)

Loving these personal and thoughtful invitations.

Another new favorite blog.

Coveting: cute art prints on wood.

A girl after my own heart, feeling inspired by this refinished side table.

Perfect little love notes.

Can’t wait for a trip to the farmer’s market this weekend – I love the fresh produce this time of year!

The sweetest detail for a baby or bridal shower – lacey pink parasols for cocktails or punch.

On the hunt for a great white sangria recipe – something crisp and fresh, not heavy on the peachy sweetness. Any suggestions?

{Photo via Weather Underground.}


Guest Post – Inspired by Summer Berries with Ever Ours

Our final guest blogger this week is the incredibly lovely Lydia of Ever Ours. Lydia was inspired by sweet summer fruits when dreaming up these gorgeous inspiration boards that I just know you’ll love. Thanks for visiting The Sweetest Occasion, Lydia!

Since summer is upon us, fruits are quite possibly the best way to cool yourself down. And they’re healthy too! They make perfect little refreshing snacks at weddings, parties and, well, any type of get together really. I created these little inspiration boards based on some of my favorite fruits for the summer. I kept in mind to make them fun,bright, and cheery – everything that summer is suppose to be. While these are geared towards weddings, there are many a detail you can grab and twist so it fits perfectly for any summer event. Hopefully these inspiration boards and fruits inspire you for your event this summer – many thanks to Cyd for asking me to guest blog!

Bridesmaids – The Perfect Palette
China – Snippet & Ink
Floral centerpiece – Snippet & Ink
Table settings – Green Wedding Shoes
Gown – Dog ‘N’ Bird
Blueberries – From Me To You


Yellow signs on post – Yvonne Wong
Sunflower couple – Stephanie Williams
Napkin and macarons – Snippet & Ink
Invitations/map – The Sweetest Occasion
Candle in jar – Snippet & Ink
Bouquet – Snippet & Ink
Melon – From Me To You

strawberry-theme-partyStrawberry shortcakes – Eat Drink Chic
Table/styling – Eat Drink Chic
Invitation/favor – Stephanie Williams
Hanging photos – Style Me Pretty
Bride and bridesmaids – Our Labor of Love
Strawberries – From Me To You

watermelon-wedding-inspirationLove – The Perfect Palette
Stamps – Cox and Cox
Green dress – Dandelion and Grey
Flower dress – Eat Drink Chic
Couple kissing – Megan W Photography
Table setting/flower centerpiece – The Sweetest Occasion
Watermelon – From Me To You


Rustic Dinner Party Inspiration

Today it’s a great pleasure to welcome the wonderfully lovely Erin of Dandelion and Grey to The Sweetest Occasion. Erin is sharing absolutely beautiful inspiration and ideas for your next dinner party, all inspired by local foods from your local farmer’s market and it’s such a treat to welcome her here today…

Thanks so much for asking me to be a part of your blog while you are away, Cyd! I’m truly honored! I started a new series on my blog called At My Table and I’m so excited to be sharing part of this series on The Sweetest Occasion today!

casual-rustic-dinner-party-1For this table I wanted to create a rustic dinner party vibe, taking inspiration from a local farmer’s market. I’ve always loved growing my own herbs for cooking and wanted the table to reflect that philosophy. This concept is perfect for a rehearsal dinner, anniversary party or a charming twist on the sweetheart table at a rustic, chic wedding! I created a simple menu using local and fresh ingredients. I prepared a spinach ravioli with a sage butter sauce. I originally tried this dish on my anniversary trip and have wanted to re-create it ever since, using sage from my garden {recipe here.} Also on the menu, rustic farm bread with rosemary butter and for dessert, vanilla-lavender cupcakes and fresh mint tea!




I placed my table next to a gallery wall of empty vintage frames. I kept the setting simple, using a piece of rustic wood as a placemat, delicate vintage pink-hued napkins and of course, vintage silverware! Regular glass tumblers were used for wine, to create a casual, understated feel. A barnwood tray is a simple, yet charming centerpiece and it holds champagne & glasses for an after-dinner toast!




I adore the simple french feel of potted lavender. I weathered the terracotta pots to create a vintage feel. It’s so easy, yet has such a big impact on the overall look. Click here for instructions.




Two farm chairs  placed under a garland of vintage botanical prints, hold favors – an assortment of cookbooks for “guests” to take home.



Thank you so much, Cyd, for having me! I hope you are having a great time on your trip. Happy Anniversary! xo

{Photos by Olive Juice Photography.}


DIY Fabric Chandelier

This morning I’m excited to welcome lovely Emilia of Sweet Emilia Jane (and part of the genius behind this gorgeous Inspired Creations Contest entry you all loved so much) to The Sweetest Occasion! Emilia is sharing a beautiful little DIY project from her recent wedding. Thanks for sharing, Emilia, and congratulations!

Fabric is playing a big part in our big day. Jamie of A Desert Fete designed an incredible, elaborate invitation suite for us that combined beige linen and blue and white striped (for a bit of a nautical touch) fabric. I bought a few extra yards and plan to incorporate it throughout the wedding decor as tablecloths, backdrops, etc. After seeing this baby shower from Lollipop Events and Design I knew I wanted to try my hand at a couple fabric chandeliers as well. I took a little bit of a different approach with mine as I wanted to create a more classic chandelier shape.


- One (1) Small and One (1) Large Embroidery Loop
- A variety of fabrics cut into strips of different size widths and a little longer than the preferred length of the chandelier {I used six (6) 1″ strips of the blue and white, ten (10) 1/2″ strips of the linen and five (5) pieces of sparkly lace}
- Ribbon
- String, twine or ribbon for hanging
- Fishing Wire
- Crimping bead (can be found in the jewelry supply section of a craft store)
- Pliers
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Scissors

I think this project would be easier with a buddy – maybe your fiance or someone in the wedding party. I definitely could have used some help making sure everything was even and holding things in place.


1. To begin, heat up your hot glue gun. Unscrew the embroidery loops and carefully bend the metal pieces back flat against the wood loop to keep them out of the way. Glue the wood of the loop together so it stays in place.

2. Decide on the pattern in which you would like your fabric to be around the loops. Glue the ends of the fabric pieces to the inside of the small loop (remember…the glue is HOT!)


3. Glue your ribbon or twine to the small loop in order to hang it making sure to keep each piece evenly spaced. I used six (6) pieces of 3′ pieces of twine.

4. I found it easiest to hang the chandelier from a hook in my kitchen in order to complete the next steps. Tie a knot in your twine or ribbon leaving about 6-8″ of length from the small loop to the knot.


5. Have your project buddy hold the loop so you can decide how low you would like your middle portion to be. With your friend still holding the loop, hold the fabric strips straight down from the small loop and glue to the outside of the large loop. Continue all the way around until each fabric strip is firmly attached.

6. Next carefully glue your ribbon around the outside of both loops. Once you complete the loop, fold the end piece over and glue in place so that there is not a fraying or messy cut.

7. Cut a generous length of fishing line. Tie the line securely around the hanging fabric pieces a little lower than where you want your bottom portion to hang. You may have to untwist the fabric pieces so they hang straight and evenly. Carefully thread the line through the center of the knot you just made and then up through the top of the chandelier. Pull the line until the bottom of your chandelier makes a little bubble shape.


8. This part is a little tricky. Thread the fishing line through the crimping bead. Holding onto the bead, wrap the line around the twine below your knot. Re-thread the end of the line through the crimping bead and pull the bead tight next to the twine. Make sure your bubble is still the shape you want it to be. Using your pliers, squeeze the bead so that it “crimps” around the line to keep it secure. Cut any extra line being careful not to cut the line that is holding your chandelier shape in place.

9. Carefully pull the fabric pieces on the bottom so that your bubble shape looks even all the way around.


10. Cut any extra fishing line at your bottom knot and tie some ribbon around the line to hide it.

11. Cut the bottoms of the ribbon and fabric pieces so they all hang at the same length.

12. To hang my chandelier, I just took some more fishing line and, using my crimping beads and pliers again, tightly secured a line from the house to the fence. You may have to tie the chandelier to the line first (I just tied my twine in a bow) so that you can tell how heavy it will be on the fishing line.



Notes: Though I like the shape very much, my chandelier came out a little on the long side. Again, having a project partner might have helped me see the length better while I was working but I think it will still look awesome hanging in the tent over the head tables. Now I just have to get to work on a 2nd one!