Mix It Up: Coffee Cocktails

Coffee Cocktails | The Sweetest Occasion

You guys know by now that I’m a girl who loves her coffee. The day just doesn’t seem right if I don’t start it off with the kettle on the stove followed by a big steamy mug in my hands. Especially this time of year! As the air cools off and fall settles in, I love coffee even more. It just feels cozy. Does that even make sense? Probably not and B makes fun of me for saying so, but in my head it’s totally true. I guess all of this to say, I think I’m going to jump on the coffee cocktail bandwagon this fall! Served hot or chilled, with bourbon or cognac or amaretto, all of these concoctions just look and sound so tasty in a perfectly seasonal way.

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[Coffee cocktails | 1: Caffè Di Alpi from Some Kitchen Stories | 2: Coffee cognac cooler from Monika Kotus | 3: The Beccacino from Sprudge.]

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Nice Stems: DIY Halloween Flowers

by Chelsea Costa

DIY Halloween Bouquet

It’s October! And you know what that means – things are about to get all spooky up in here. But this year I’m switching it up and instead of good ol’ orange and black, all of my Halloween festivities are going to be black and white. It feels a little bit classy, a little bit glamorous, and still plenty spooky for Halloween. And we’re translating that palette into a simple bouquet of Halloween flowers that you can use as a centerpiece. Just find some seasonal florals in a black and white palette and let’s get to work!

DIY Halloween Bouquet

Supplies -

  • white filler flowers like carnations and stock
  • black or dark purple flowers like dahlias (black lilies would also work!)
  • black accent pieces like black chili pepper plant
  • drooping greenery, like dusty miller
  • vase
  • scissors

DIY Halloween Bouquet

First, when you are choosing your florals, look for interesting shapes and textures. I love the combination of the hanging dusty miller, the ruffly dahlias, and the glossy chili peppers — it feels kind of mysterious. And if you can’t find flowers that are black, go for an inky purple or maroon. Perfect for Halloween!

After you have your florals chosen, start with the white filler stems. Trim the leaves on the lower portion of each stem. Cut the stem at an angle, ensuring that it’s the right height for the vase. Create a few that are a little taller at the center, and a few that are a little shorter around the outer edges of the bunch to get a nice shape started.

DIY Halloween Bouquet

DIY Halloween Bouquet

Once the white flowers are in place, begin to insert the dusty miller around the base of the bouquet, so that it hangs over the sides of the vase. Trim any greenery around the stem and be sure to make a fresh cut before inserting each piece. Continue until you are satisfied with the amount of greenery.

DIY Halloween Bouquet

DIY Halloween Bouquet

Finally, insert your darker pieces. Trim the stems at an angle and remove any low leaves. Start with the dahlias and tuck them into the bouquet, being sure to spread the color evenly around the vase. Finish with the chili peppers, placing them every so often for visual interest.

DIY Halloween Bouquet

DIY Halloween Bouquet

Be sure to look at your creation from all sides and rearrange any uneven parts! Use the centerpiece on your table, or take it as a gorgeous hostess gift to your big Halloween party. I’m looking forward to a glam, black and white season!

DIY Halloween Bouquet

DIY Halloween Bouquet

DIY Halloween Bouquet

[Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.]

Sources -
Gold vase from Target

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Color Palette: Zebra + Topaz

When playing around with today’s color palette, I was first and foremost inspired by this gorgeous shade of topaz. It feels like the ultimate fall color in my book. Paired with shades of khaki and amber with a touch of stripes or zebra print and you’ve got a look that I’m kind of wild about at the moment. (Um, yeah, pun totally intended there.) It should also be noted that I definitely want to give this at-home pumpkin spice coffee a try. We always make our coffee pour over style and the idea of mixing in the pumpkin spices directly with the coffee grounds sounds pretty delicious to me. I’m not a huge fan of the pumpkin spice lattes that seem to send everyone else into a craze this time of year, they’re generally just too sweet for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t want a little pumpkin spice in my life though so I’m definitely going to give this a try sometime this week! Or maybe even this morning. Because Mondays call for delicious coffee, no?

Topaz and Zebra Color Palette | The Sweetest Occasion

[Photos, from top: Woodnote Photography from The Glitter Guide | Pumpkin spice coffee from Top with Cinnamon | Kate Spade earrings at Nordstrom.]

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Friday Link Love

Happy Friday, friends! I don’t know if I’m ever going to stop feeling this way, but I just can’t get over how quickly the weeks are flying by. Are we really heading into the last weekend of September? Already? It kind of blows my mind. We never made it apple picking last weekend so on Sunday it’s off to the orchard! In the meantime this evening and tomorrow are going to be completely unglamorous as I try to catch up on work and finishing some planning for the holiday season. Oh and I might squeeze in some housework and laundry, too. (Told you! Totally glam.) I hope everyone has had a great week and happiest of weekends to you! xoxo

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[Photo by Laura Dart for Kinfolk.]

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Loving Neon Pumpkins

As we ease our way into Halloween and the fall holiday season, I’m finding myself falling in love with brightly colored neon pumpkins, which were a huge trend last fall. It’s such a fun way to add a splash of festive seasonal cheer to your home or front porch without diving headfirst into the classic autumnal shades of brown, red, orange and gold. Whether they be big orange pumpkins or tiny little white gourds, every squash you can think of looks mighty fine with a coat of neon paint or a ribbon of neon studs created with basic craft store fabric paint. These five are a few of my favorites, but however you rock it you really can’t go wrong with a little neon love for your fall pumpkins.

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[1: Sweet C's Designs | 2: A Beautiful Mess | 3: Funkytime | 4: Chatelaine via Poppytalk | 5: Hello Lidy.]

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