An Italian Country Christmas

This pretty Christmas inspiration shoot comes from a trio of talented ladies all the way from Italy this morning, and it is simply filled with sweet country Christmas ideas. A pretty buffet of Christmas desserts, stockings hung from a ladder with care, balls of colorful yarn, and beautiful embroidery hoops strung from tree boughs have a charming homespun look perfect for the holiday season. Christmas cookies iced with delicate embroidery patterns and jars of jam topped with scraps of embroidered fabric are the perfect finishing touches. Thanks so much for sharing, Chiara, Valentina and Michela!

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{Design and photos by Chiara of Le Frufrù + Valentina of Cut and Paste + Michela.}

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A Monday Morning Update

A quick note this morning – please excuse any little glitches you might see happening around these parts this week. Behind the scenes we’re working on a whole new look for The Sweetest Occasion with brand new features and some exciting changes. I know you’re going to love what’s coming, but in the meantime please excuse any strange happenings around the site. An all new The Sweetest Occasion is coming soon!

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{Photo from Bespoke Press.}

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Christmas at The Write Image

Good morning, friends! Can you believe it’s Christmas week already? I have a week full of great last minute inspiration and ideas for you, starting with a fun holiday peek at The Write Image, an awesome stationery store in Salt Lake City. Store manager Lauren sent over these photos and I just can’t get enough of their kitschy, vintage-inspired holiday decor designed by Cathy Brady at Saucy and Kitsch. I secretly dream of one day owning a fabulous little paper store and you can be sure I’d deck the halls in grand style during the holidays. Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

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{Photos by David Newkirk.}

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Christmas Gift Tags Download

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got one more holiday download coming your way before the weekend. The immensely talented Mrs. Limestone of Brooklyn Limestone is treating us to the prettiest Christmas gift tags today, all featuring snippets of lyrics from beloved holiday carols. You can print these on cardstock or label paper and then hole punch or adhere right to your Christmas packages. I cut mine out with fun scissors with different edges for a little extra fun.

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Download your Christmas gift tags and start wrapping!
(Please note: IE users should open the pdf then save as and reopen in Acrobat to view.)

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

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A Gift Wrapping Party

When Becca of the fabulous blog Birthday Girl sent over this amazing party I almost fell out of my seat. This is genius! Becca teamed up with Michele of Cakewalk Baking and hosted a glorious gift wrapping party complete with a gift wrap buffet featuring pretty wraps, ribbon and embellishments. Loads of festive wintery treats made this party a true celebration of the holiday season. Read on for more from Becca!

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“Wrapping holiday gifts can be a boring chore, often amounting to hours spent on the floor in a sprawl of presents, cursing from the paper cuts and somehow always running out of tape. (Or is that just me?) Now turn that chore into a party, and you’ve got something much more fun and festive. It’s hard to feel frustrated when you’re sipping a cup of hot cocoa, sharing supplies and creative wrapping ideas among friends.

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Last weekend, myself and Michele of Cakewalk Baking joined forces in a collaborative effort to bring this idea to life. We put a new spin on the dessert table by creating a gift wrap buffet of papers, ribbons, tags and accessories, complete with a paper cake! We chose a fresh winter color palette of blue, green, rose and silver, and I purchased the paper goods from Paper Source to make sure the patterns complimented one another. Embellishments included baking twine, cupcake liner flowers, glitter letters, happy tape, antique keys, small mushrooms, metallic markers and a variety of colorful gift tags.

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Michele did all the baking and outdid herself with a gorgeous selection of ginger cookies, fudge, white chocolate peppermint cupcakes, and melt in your mouth butter toffee. (Be sure to check out her blog in the next few days for some of these delicious recipes!) The cake stands and vintage holiday decorations are all part of her enviable personal collection, too. In addition to the sweet treats, we offered an assortment of seasonal beverages including hot apple cider, cocoa and a delicious champagne cocktail – guaranteed to get anyone in the holiday spirit. I created the homemade sea salt & rosemary almonds, packaged in glass jars to take home as favors. The wreath on the tag was a free download from Nonpareil Magazine, and I incorporated my own holiday layout and crafted the tags using a circle cutter.

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It was a perfect December afternoon, and aside from an unfortunate shortage of scissors, a good time was had by all. Perhaps more importantly, we all went home with an item checked off that big holiday to-do list!”

I told you this was genius. Thank you so much for sharing, Becca! I will definitely be stealing this idea in the future.

{Photos by Birthday Girl.}

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