November 13, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
One of my favorite party tricks is to dress up a simple white layer cake and turn into something really schmancy by adding a fun cake topper or other embellishment to make it shine. It makes dessert look really grand, when in reality it doesn’t cost a ton of money or require much skill. And your guests? They automatically think you’re the next Martha Stewart when you bring out something sweet to pair with coffee after dinner, especially when it also looks like a million bucks. So that’s what we’re talking about here today!
This DIY falling leaves cake topper is a little something I dreamed up recently and it has just such an effect. It looks so pretty, but it’s basically just an upgraded version of a kindergarten construction paper craft. I love that.
The basics here are colorful card stock, scissors, Glue Dots (or hot glue) and floral wire. It’s honestly about that easy! Print, cut, glue, stick wires into cake. Done, done and done. This cake topper is perfect for Thanksgiving (at least in my world) or any fall celebration. A birthday. A dinner party. A brunch you’re hosting for your best lady friends. You really can’t go wrong.
Ready to get started? Pop over to Momtastic where I’m sharing the full tutorial!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for Momtastic.]
November 12, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Not surprisingly, I’m not alone in my love for yesterday’s harvest feast. It’s just so gorgeous and at the end of the day it’s a surprisingly simple look to pull off on your own at home. Perhaps that’s why I love it so much? With that in mind, today I’m bringing you the goods so you can style the look on your own. These aren’t the same exact pieces, but they have the same overall vibe so you should absolutely first look to your own cabinets to see what you can use to recreate a similar look at your own harvest feast or Thanksgiving dinner. I always preach that you can’t go wrong with buying a set of simple white dinnerware because it’s perfect for weeknight dinners as well as for entertaining. Paired with inexpensive gold chargers, those basic white plates take on a whole new look! Stay tuned later in the week for even more from this harvest feast, because the photos are just too gorgeous and I can’t resist.
[Style the Look | 1: Gold chargers | 2: Glass tumblers | 3: Wood cutting boards | 4: Gold flatware | 5: Cheese knife set | 6: White dinnerware | 7: Gray linen napkins.]
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November 11, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
I am so excited about sharing this gorgeous harvest feast today. With a simple, seasonal menu boasting the likes of homemade veggies galettes and salted caramel dipped pears, there is not a single thing not to love here. Dining al fresco at a picnic table draped in simple white linen and pretty flowers? Even better! Captured by the immensely talented Britt Chudleigh with flowers by Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers and featuring the food and styling of Ann Whitaker, I find this little gathering to be the perfect inspiration for a fall dinner party. I love this kind of party! Great food, a bit of gold, a line of ivy down the table and easy, yummy food. Of course, you can never go wrong with a fig and cheese plate waiting at the ready when friends arrive. (But that’s coming from a self-professed cheese addict, so take that for what you will.) This, in a nutshell, is my favorite kind of entertaining.
p.s. See more from this feast here and see how to style the look for your next dinner party!
[Food + styling by Ann Whitaker | Flowers by Sarah Winward | Photos by Britt Chudleigh.]
November 10, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Ready or not, it’s that time of year again! This Friday will mark the start of my holiday gift guide posts. What?! How did that happen so fast? This year I thought I’d do things just a tiny bit differently and ask you what you want to see. Usually I hit all the major categories like hostess gifts, gift ideas for men and kids, and great stocking stuffers. Maybe that works for you? Or maybe you want more specific ideas like gifts for teens or gifts for those impossible to shop for friends who have everything. So this is where you come in! Leave a comment below letting me know what you’d like to see from this year’s gift guide – I would love your input! Additionally, if you have a great shop and would like me to check it out for possible inclusion in the guide, feel free to leave a comment with a link and I’ll be sure to check it out. Buckle your seat belts, friends! The holidays are coming and we’re so going to be ready.
p.s. This DIY duct tape gift wrap is one of my most popular holiday DIYs! You can find the original tutorial here.
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]
November 10, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Happy Monday, sweet friends! I hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a nice start. I have a seriously busy week coming up, but it’s an exciting one, too! I had some last minute project requests come in last week and I’m so happy about the additional holiday content I’m going to be able to produce for you because of those projects. That said, my schedule is getting turned upside down because of it, but I’m going to make it work. And drink a lot of coffee in the process, I’m sure. So today we’re talking about this gorgeous denim and cranberry color palette! Paired with rich espresso and sage, it’s just so pretty. Fall colors aren’t just orange and red, friends!
[Photos, from top: Silvana di Franco via Snippet & Ink | A Beautiful Mess | Hungry Girl por Vida.]