10 of Summer’s Best Beer Cocktails

10 of Summer's Best Beer Cocktails from @cydconverseIs anyone else a huge fan of beer cocktails? They’re slightly unexpected because I think people think of beer and just imagine it straight out of the bottle or sipped from a glass. Turns out though, beer makes for an incredible cocktail! Beer cocktails are particularly appropriate for summer because they tend to be a little lighter and crisper than many of their boozy counterparts. That said they can still go sweet or spicy or take on whatever happens to be your favorite flavor profile.

It’s Wednesday. Maybe you’re already thinking about Friday happy hour? Beautiful. You’re covered. Click through for 10 of summer’s best beer cocktails!

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DIY Watermelon Print Napkins

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

There are few things that say “summer” quite like watermelon and I’m a big, big watermelon fan. I like munching on it fresh off the rind, I like it juiced into cocktails, I like watermelon print plastered all over, well, everything. So today we’re keeping with all things summery and crafting up these super cute watermelon napkins. They’re equally perfect for parties and weeknight dinners, while adding a little punch of something cute and summery to your patio table.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

supplies

  • (2) foam paint brushes
  • (1) small detail brush
  • Craft pack in watermelon, green + black
  • Scissors
  • Household sponge
  • Marker or pen
  • White cotton napkins

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

Begin by using your marker or pen to draw the shape of a wedge of watermelon onto an inexpensive household sponge. I bought my sponge in a 2-pack for about a dollar. Keep in mind you’ll need the actual wedge of the watermelon flesh and the rind as two separate pieces. If you’re not comfortable freehanding it like I did, you could first find and print a watermelon clip art image, cut it out and trace it onto your sponge. Then use your scissors to cut out each of the shapes individually. You may need to clean up the edges a little bit, keeping in mind this will act as your stamp so any rough edges will translate to your final print.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

Now it’s time to start stamping! Place your cloth napkin over a protected work surface. I chose to work over a scrap piece of cardboard. Then, load up the wedge-shaped sponge stamp with watermelon colored craft paint. I found it easiest to use a foam brush to apply the paint to the stamp without making a huge mess. Then just get jiggy with it, stamping a bunch of watermelon shapes all over the first of your cloth napkins. You can work pretty quickly at this, keeping the pattern random, just keep in mind that you’ll need to space them far enough a part to accommodate for the rind in the next step.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

Repeat the process using green paint on your rind-shaped sponge stamp. When you add the rind to each watermelon shape, pay attention to leave a small gap between the two, allowing for the white band you’ll typically see between the rind and the watermelon fruit. Add the rind to each watermelon, taking care not to drag your arm or hand through the areas you’ve already stamped.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

Allow your watermelon shapes to dry for a few minutes and then it’s time to add the seeds! The paint doesn’t need to be completely dry before you start this part, but I found allowing for a few minutes of dry tie in between helped with this part. Then just use a thin detail brush to add small little seeds shapes of black paint scattered across the watermelon. Don’t over think this part! Just dip the paint brush into the black paint, dab off a bit of excess and then press the brush against the fabric and it will pretty much form the perfect seed shape without any extra work on your part. Repeat the entire process for as many napkins as you’d like to make and allow them to dry overnight.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

And there you have it, friends! The cutest watermelon print napkins you ever did see. This technique is super simple so if you have slightly older kiddos they can definitely get involved in helping with the stamping. You could also use this same technique on a tablecloth instead, which would be kind of awesome even if I do say so myself.

If you give this project or any others a try, I’d love to have you share with me! Use the hashtag #thesweetestDIY on Instagram so I can take a look! xoxo

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[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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Baby Talk – Tell Me What You Want

Hi, friends, and happy Monday! A quick post this morning to talk about baby talk. As in, tell me what you want! Considering this is my first time growing a human and therefore such matters have previously been largely irrelevant around here, I’d love to know what you’re most interested in my sharing over the next few months. For sure I’m planning to share about the nursery, some about the baby shower and maybe a few DIYs along the way. Would it be helpful to know what I’m registering for? Do you want weekly or occasional updates on how my pregnancy is going? Spill the beans! I want to know what is of greatest interest to you so I can try to work in the baby topics you find most interesting without inundating you with baby talk 24/7.

DIY Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Onesie by @cydconverse

From my perspective, I’d also really love to know if you happen to be expecting, too! How far along are you? What awesome advice have you received so far? Is this your first pregnancy? Do you have other kiddos or step kids? Tell me all the baby things! Today we are precisely four months out from my due date and I have a feeling the next few months are going to go really really fast. Anyone else expecting a November or December baby? Ok, ok. I’ll stop rambling. Pipe up in the comments though and let’s get this baby party started!

DIY Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Onesie by @cydconverse

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[Art direction, design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

P.S. Get the scoop on making these super cute DIY shibori onesies!

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5 Summery Tropical Treats + Friday Link Love

Howdy, friends, and happy Friday to you! Is anyone else really ready for the weekend? I had a long meeting yesterday that totally wiped me out (definitely one of the finer joys of being pregnant) so today I’m looking forward to some down time over the next couple of days. Next week I thought I’d share a little baby-growing update with you and solicit all of your advice while I’m at it so get ready to lay it on me! In the meantime, I’ve rounded up five summery tropical treats and a whole bunch of link love to kick off your weekend. See you here on Monday! xoxo

5 Summery Tropical Treats from @cydconverse

[Grapefruit popsicles | Sake fruit cocktails | Mango paloma cocktail | Rosemary watermelonade | Mango pops.]

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10 Scrumptiously Sweet Coffee Recipes

10 Scrumptious Coffee Inspired TreatsI’m pretty sure it’s not going to be any big shocker to anyone here, but coffee seriously seems to be taking over the world lately. Am I complaining? Consider that a big fat, emphatic no. I am a coffee lover at heart, any time, day or night. Add in a killer sweet tooth and you might be getting an inkling as to why we’re talking about all things coffee today. Specifically, the yummiest dessert-inspired coffee recipes you’ve ever tasted. Milkshakes, ice cream, cake, popsicles and more!

Even if you aren’t as obsessed with coffee as I tend to be, there’s enough other good stuff going on here to satisfy whatever sweet craving you might be feeling. So giddy on up and click through to check out what may just be the best coffee recipes!

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