10 Black + White Halloween Ideas

10 Black + White Halloween Ideas

It seems that across the board, this year is definitely the year of black and white for Halloween. I guess maybe we’re all a little tired of the traditional black and orange? (Not that I don’t love me some kitschy Halloween decor, because I do.) Personally I’m loving the whole black and white love affair because it somehow manages to feel spooky, chic, modern and graphic all at the same time. Because I seem to have Halloween on the brain permanently these days, I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite black and white Halloween ideas currently circulating on Pinterest. From printables to no-carve pumpkins to easy crafts, you’re going to have your fill of awesome Halloween decor!

[Eek Halloween printables | Trick or treat printables | Boo paper lanterns | Spook pops | Ghost piñata | Pom pom spiders | Black bat printables | Boo banner | Bedazzled pumpkin | Bat garland + toppers.]


From the Kitchen: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds | The Sweetest Occasion

In between football games, enlisting B’s help in prepping for a big upcoming holiday DIY photo shoot this week, and carving pumpkins, we found time to roast pumpkin seeds this weekend. I honestly had forgotten how much I love them! Thus, this post serves as a friendly little reminder to you that roasted pumpkin seeds are some kind of awesome. And if you’ve never had them? I suggest getting on that. Pronto. After the pumpkin seeds are cleaned (admittedly the most tedious part of the whole process) it’s really simple to do and then you have the most delicious of little snacks. I like to store mine in weck jars because it keeps them nice and crunchy for snacking!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds | The Sweetest Occasion

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds | The Sweetest Occasion Roasted Pumpkin Seeds | The Sweetest Occasion

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Begin by completely cleaning your pumpkin seeds. You’ll want to be sure they’re free of all pumpkin pulp. Once cleaned well, place them in a pot of water with a couple teaspoons of sea salt and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 10 – 12 minutes, then drain. Pat the seeds dry and preheat your oven to 325°. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and then add the seasonings of your choice. This weekend we used a bit of sea salt, cracked black pepper and red curry powder. I’ve done them before with cinnamon and brown sugar – the possibilities are kind of endless! Garlic is also pretty amazing, too. Once seasoned, toss the pumpkin seeds to coat evenly and then pop them into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip them and bake for an additional 10 minutes, being sure to check them regularly so they don’t burn. Once they’re looking slightly toasted and crispy, pull them out of the oven, allow them to cool and crunch away!

Sources -
Wooden serving board from Scout Mob
Similar weck jars at Terrain

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]


Color Palette: Prussian + Spearmint

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Somehow in the midst of a pretty jam-packed weekend full of family stuff going on, I tackled a bunch of prep over the weekend for a few upcoming projects. While brainstorming color palettes for said projects and making shopping and prop lists for upcoming shoots, I stumbled upon this image I pinned a while back and it absolutely served as the inspiration for this morning’s color palette. Paired with rich violet, peppy spearmint and shades of pink and it’s some kind of lovely in my book. Fair warning, next week it’s probably going to be getting all dark and spooky in the color palette department, but for this week let’s keep it good old fashioned pretty, ok? Good. I thought you’d agree.

Color Palette: Prussian and Spearmint | The Sweetest Occasion

[Photos, from top: Sarah Postma Photography from Style Me Pretty | T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Spring 2013 | The Merrythought.]


The Sweetest Occasion in Every Day with Rachael Ray

I was talking with B one day back in July and said something along the lines of, “We should probably start thinking about what we’re doing for Thanksgiving this year!” Insert loads of premature excitement on my part and a well-deserved head shake on his part. Of course, most people aren’t thinking about the holidays during the height of summer, but in this particular instance I had been working on a Thanksgiving piece with the editors at Every Day with Rachael Ray so I had all kinds of turkeys on the brain. A few dozen ideas for easy Thanksgiving entertaining ideas and a few months later, the issue is now on newsstands!

EveryDay with Rachael Ray November 2013

Featuring a select group of entertaining experts and bloggers, including the awesome Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave, the piece opens on page 93 and offers up a whole bunch of ideas and tips for celebrating Thanksgiving with style and ease. I am so happy to be included! The editors adapted these DIY turkey place card holders that the incomparable Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt created for The Sweetest Occasion last year. Many thanks to Every Day with Rachael Ray for including The Sweetest Occasion and for asking me to be a part of this fabulous issue. Be sure to pick up a copy and check it out!

[Cover image by Every Day with Rachael Ray.]


Loving Kids Rooms

Lately I’ve been finding myself really seriously inspired by kids rooms. Specifically of the beautiful, modern and largely neutral-hued variety. Whether it be with Scandinavian inspired black and white or bright white walls with subtle pops of juicy color, I find these rooms to be so much more sophisticated than the primary colored kids rooms of yore, while still retaining a certain charm and nostalgia that I find irresistible. Think of these rooms like a beautiful canvas just begging for little minds to daydream and create. For the record, I want one of these rooms for myself. Yes, including the amazing built-in bunks and star-studded walls.

Beautiful Kids Rooms | The Sweetest Occasion

Because my Pinterest board dedicated to home decor was starting to get a touch overwhelming (with, oh, well over a thousand pins), I recently went through and organized it into several smaller boards, each dedicated to a particular type of room. So you can see all the kids rooms I am loving all in one place! (Oh, and living spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, entryways and work spaces, too.)

[1:  Joe Schmelzer for The Animal Print Shop | 2: Apartment Therapy | 3: Laure Joliet for  A Cup of Jo | 4: Seth Smoot | 5: Karen Mordechai for A Cup of Jo | 6: Lonny | 7: Sissy + Marley | 8: Yvonne Rock from Style Me Pretty Living | 9: Heather Kincaid from The Glitter Guide.]