Succulent Escort Cards

I love this idea for including budget-friendly succulents in an unexpected way at your celebration. Wrapped in kraft or parchment paper they become perfect little escort cards. Clustered in an old wooden tray they become earthy and beautiful centerpieces. Check out the details from Mary Swenson for Project Wedding.

{Photos by Mary Swenson from Project Wedding.}


Party Girl: A Nautical Getaway

Today I have a special treat for you! The amazingly talented Jess Tierney, lead graphic designer at Bella Figura and a good friend of mine, is sharing her inspiration for her dream party. Jess officially has me dreaming of long summer days and preppy nautical stripes. You’re going to love this! Jess also has a fabulous blog so check it out!

My perfect party would be a nautical inspired weekend getaway with my closest friends to a dreamy beach house right on the ocean. I am all about celebrating in style with a fresh twist on the classic seaside color palette infused throughout preppy nautical décor. Just a few close friends clad in stylish outfits, sipping cocktails and enjoying a warm summer breeze with our toes in the sand – that’s my kind of party!

  1. Dress – J.Crew
  2. Sandals – Urban Outfitters
  3. Aqua ring – Mod Cloth
  4. Straw bag – Urban Outfitters
  5. Napkin rings – India Mart
  6. Dinnerware – Anthropologie
  7. Cocktail glass – cb2 photo via LA Times
  8. Outdoor chair – Ikea

I love Jess’s color palette picks for a fresh, seaside wedding or party. I can’t wait for sunshine and summery cocktails! Thanks for sharing the incredible inspiration, Jess!

{Top photo from Marina Yachting.}

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The Anatomy of a Cupcake

I know I’m not the only one who loves a good cupcake, so I had to share this super cool print with you titled The Anatomy of a Cupcake. My architecture and engineering roots love seeing this flow chart style breakdown of the composition of a cupcake. Check out a video of the making of the print and buy your own here.

{Photo by Allen Hemberger via Oh! Cupcakes.}


An Outer Space Birthday Party

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was a combination of both really busy on Saturday and really lazy on Sunday. Just how I like it! I thought I’d start the week with this fabulous birthday party that the amazing Kate of Beautiful Days planned for her son Wyatt. To say that Wyatt turned four in fine fashion would be an understatement! Kate made all  of the favors and decor and set up a coloring station using spacemen crayons she scored on Etsy. Paper lanterns were turned into planets and formed a solar system overhead for a party that is bright, cheerful and full of child-like wonder.

Thanks so much for sharing, Kate! For more of Kate’s party planning and floral design greatness, check out these past features on The Sweetest Occasion –

{Photos by Geneve Hoffman.}


Stunning Dresses from Monique Lhuillier

I loved the dresses that Monique Lhuillier designed for Mandy Moore at the Oscars and I’ve basically been obsessing over her gorgeous dresses ever since. Her pre-fall 2011 collection featured some absolutely knock-out dresses. Rich jewel tone colors that would be stunning for a wedding. Ombre, sequins, confetti-inspired color, perfectly lady-like silhouettes and incredible draping. These dresses are the stuff my little girl dreams were made of. (And, for sure, they’re the stuff my big girl dreams are made of, too.)

{Monique Lhuillier from via La Dolce Vita.}