Deck the Doors

B and I daydream regularly about building a house in a couple of years. It’s a goal we’re in the very early stages of working toward right now, but of course it’s something that makes me excited just talking about. One thing I know is that a really fabulous front door is a must for me, whether we eventually build or buy and fix up a house. Should you need an explanation as to why, these beautiful holiday doors are about to set you free from all doubt. Is there anything prettier or more inviting than a gorgeous entry all decked out in holiday cheer? Whether it be a single stunning boxwood wreath or swags of fresh pine garland, I think we should all pledge not to forget to deck the doors this holiday season. Even if you don’t celebrate, a bit of greenery will have your front door looking cheerful and beautiful through the winter months! (p.s. There’s still time to enter the West Elm giveaway! Follow me on Instagram to get the scoop on each day’s giveaway throughout the entire 24 Merry Days extravaganza.)

Green Door with Pine Garland and Wreath

In the Fields

Boxwood Wreath

Nicole Franzen

Holiday Door with Snowflakes

Small Measure

Red Door with Silver Wreath

Design Mom

A Yellow Front Door with Wreath

Inspire Me

Pair of Red Wreaths on Double Doors

Doug Hickok




Cranberry Smash Cocktail

In my undergrad years, my go-to cocktail of choice was always a vodka cranberry. While my palate has changed some and I’m more of a tonic girl now, there’s something undeniably awesome about cranberry paired with vodka. The two just go. So today we’re mixing a festive holiday season drink that brings a sophisticated twist to the staple of my college years. I call this one the cranberry smash. A couple of weeks ago Absolut sent along one of their pretty limited edition Andy Warhol designed bottles of vodka, which was the inspiration for today’s drink. As it were, I’ve been an Absolut drinker since back in my college days and it’s still my vodka of choice. So let’s get mixing!

Cranberry Smash Cocktail by @cydconverse


  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1-1/2 ounces Absolut vodka
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 6 ounces ginger ale

Muddle cranberries, orange juice and brown sugar in a cocktail shaker until the cranberries are sufficiently smashed but still somewhat lumpy. Add vodka and ice and shake until cold. Pour mixture over ice, top with ginger ale and stir gently to combine. Garnish with additional cranberries if desired.

Cranberry Smash Cocktail by @cydconverse

Guys, this one is seriously yum! It’s tart and sweet, and just plain tasty. Also, I think the Absolut Andy Warhol bottle would make an awesome holiday hostess gift, too. It even comes in a really awesomely designed box. That’s a hostess gift I can get behind for sure! And this cocktail is one I can get behind, too.

Cranberry Smash Cocktail by @cydconverse


[Photos, recipe + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

Sources -
Andy Warhol bottle from Absolut
Coasters + twizzle sticks from The Pink Orange
Glasses from West Elm (no longer available, similar here)

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6 Favorite Christmas DIY Ideas

Now that it’s December we’re officially on the Christmas bandwagon around here! The holiday season is my favorite time of year to get crafty and I have lots of pretty things in the works to share with you over the next few weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to take a quick minute today to share six of my all-time Christmas DIY ideas from years past. As you can tell, I’ve got a thing for pretty wreaths and glitter. Lots and lots of glitter. I know you’re feeling me on that one. For more glittery, festive inspiration, check out the full Christmas DIY archives!

DIY Mini Holiday Wreaths from @cydconverse

DIY Mini Christmas Wreaths

DIY Sugarplum Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Colorblock Glitter Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Colorblock Glitter Ornaments

DIY Snow Globe by @cydconverse

DIY Snow Globes

DIY Gold Nutcrackers by @cydconverse

DIY Golden Nutcrackers

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland


[Top photo by Lovely Indeed | All others by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]


Color Palette: Juniper + Mulberry

If ever there were a seasonal color palette that I absolutely loved, I think this would be that one. I’m outright obsessed with this rich, gorgeous shade of juniper at the moment and when paired with mulberry and midnight blue, it’s just stunning. Plus it feels really festive and merry, don’t you think? Also, I really think I need a fancy taffeta skirt like this one. I love a pretty, fancy skirt! While we’re on the subject of all things festive and fabulous, don’t miss today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway over at Say Yes where Liz is giving away an amazing prize package from Public Bikes. Hooray! (p.s. There’s still lots of time to enter yesterday’s West Elm giveaway, too, so don’t miss it!)

Color Palette: Juniper and Mulberry from @cydconverse


[Photos, from top: Inspired by Elizabeth | The Dust Dances Too for The Clothes Horse | Luisa Brimble.]


24 Merry Days Giveaway with West Elm

Good morning, friends! Today is the day. We’re kicking off the week with the first giveaway of this year’s 24 Merry Days extravaganza. I’m honored to be jump starting the fun this year with an amazing giveaway from the awesome folks at West Elm! No lie, West Elm is one of my favorite retailers and I’m so jealous of today’s giveaway because one of you is going to win a $400 gift card. Eek! You can use it to knock a few people off your holiday shopping list in their holiday gift shop or treat yourself to something really fabulous. I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a whole huge handful of my favorite West Elm wares to inspire you, because that’s how we roll around here.

24 Merry Days Giveaway with West Elm from @cydconverse

So many pretty things! And one of you is going to get to indulge in an awesome little shopping spree. I’m so excited for you! Here’s the deal. The Rafflecopter widget below includes many different ways to enter the giveaway. The more little tasks you complete, the more chances you get to win. And that’s that! It’s that easy. A huge massive thank you to West Elm for offering this incredible prize. I can’t wait to see who wins!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note that this giveaway is open to readers in both the U.S. and Canada. For other international readers, there are a bunch of giveaways that will be open to you, too, so just keep an eye open! The winner will be displayed here at the close of the giveaway in one week and will also be contacted via email. Happy entering!


[Photos from West Elm.]