DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase

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DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

With holiday entertaining quickly approaching it’s peak for the season, my good friends at Dr. Oetker and I are teaming up today to inspire all of your upcoming Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve festivities with one seriously gorgeous centerpiece! This beauty makes setting the stage for a festive holiday gathering a cinch. Pair this gold confetti vase with the prettiest seasonal flowers you can find and you’re officially in business. You can use this to dress up the table at a cocktail party (where I definitely suggest serving up my latest Ristorante Pizza by Dr. Oetker obsession, the Pizza Spinaci flavor) or at a formal sit-down Christmas dinner. Either way, it’s a total show stopper. (All that gold glitter!) You know, even if I do say so myself.

DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Clear glass fishbowl vase (or similar)
  • Metallic gold glitter in two sizes
  • Spray glue
  • Clear glossy spray sealer
  • Assorted seasonal flowers
  • Scissors or floral snips
  • Floral tape (optional)

DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

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Begin with thoroughly cleaning your vase of choice and allowing it to dry completely. For this particular vase I’m loving this round fishbowl shape, but any glass vase you love or already own will work! (You can find these fishbowl vases at most craft stores if you want to recreate the same exact look.) Once dry, move to a well ventilated area (outdoors is best) and thoroughly protect your work area with newspaper or craft paper. Then use your spray glue to give the vase a thin, light coat of adhesive. I wanted my glitter concentrated at the top of the vase, so I applied the spray glue from the top down, intentionally making sure not to coat the bottom of the vase. Then it’s time to shake on the glitter! I started with a fine particle glitter making sure not to cover the glass entirely.

DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

DIY Gold Confetti Glitter Vase by @cydconverse

Next up, apply a second light coat of spray adhesive directly over the first layer of glitter. Then go back in with the larger glitter and shake it on liberally. You can repeat the process of adding glue and glitter until you get the desired coverage. I wanted to be able to see through the glitter somewhat, but you can do a thicker coverage if you prefer. Once you achieve the look you like, finish up with a quick coat of clear, glossy spray sealer to help lock the glitter into place and allow everything to dry for at least a few hours or overnight.

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

When it’s time to party, fill up your sparkling new vase with the prettiest seasonal flowers you can find! I love this pairing of red blooms, greenery and gold glitter. As is my way, I picked these flowers up at the local grocery store and grabbed a few extra packages of greens to fill everything out and make it look really festive. I simply trimmed down the flowers, placed them in the vase and then followed up by filling in with the greens. It’s as easy as it gets! When in doubt, more flowers is always the better way to go. The volume of flowers will fill everything out nicely and add structure to the arrangement so you don’t have to think too hard. So simple!

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

By now you have a gorgeous centerpiece, hopefully your drinks are on ice and all you have to do is pop a couple of pizzas in the oven (they bake in just 10 – 12 minutes at 425 °F) and you’re ready for guests! (Check out the store locator to find where Ristorante pizzas are sold or put in a request with the manager at your favorite store!) The thin, crispy crust of the Pizza Spinaci (and the abundance of flavorful spinach and mozzarella) make this pizza perfect for a cocktail party, but there are eight other flavors to choose from (like Quattro Formaggi, Pepperoni Pesto and Funghi) so you can find something for every palate. I like cutting it into squares and serving it up on a pretty cutting board to make it feel especially gourmet and just a little bit fancy. It’s a quick and simple extra step that will make your guests feel special, which is what holiday entertaining is all about!

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Centerpiece by @cydconverse

Hosting holiday parties is one of my favorite things to do and it’s something that B and I look forward to all year long. If you’re in the need for quick and easy party snack ideas, definitely hit up the grocery store for a few of these pizzas. Us, the kids and all of our friends have come to love them and they’re always a crowd pleaser! Need even more delicious holiday ideas in your life? Give Dr. Oetker a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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

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Eggnog Cookies

As I’m spending time with our new little one, some of my best blogging buds are covering for me.
Today please welcome the lovely Caitlin and Manda from The Merrythought!

Eggnog Cookies by @themerrythought for @cydconverse

Hi there – we’re Caitlin and Manda from The Merrythought! We’re happy to be here sharing a recipe today while Cyd is enjoying time with her sweet baby girl. We’re wishing their family all the best and hoping they’re managing to get some sleep along with all that baby snuggling! We love the Christmas season for many reasons, one being all the eggnog! Along with enjoying it by the glassful, we try to sneak eggnog flavor into as many holiday recipes as we can. And what could be more delicious and festive than eggnog cookies?!

Eggnog Cookies by @themerrythought for @cydconverse

Eggnog Cookies by @themerrythought for @cydconverse

These cookies are soft and moist with a hint of eggnog flavor and then topped with eggnog buttercream – you can never go wrong with topping cookies with buttercream! These cookies are the perfect treat to take to holiday gatherings or wrap them up for a sweet, homemade gift for family and friends. Enjoy!

Eggnog Cookies by @themerrythought for @cydconverse

Eggnog Cookies by @themerrythought for @cydconverse
Makes approximately 3 dozen

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 
1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 
3/4 cup eggnog
  • 
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or just use un-greased baking sheets. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium-high speed until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Add egg & vanilla, mixing until combined. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg, mix until combined. Mix in eggnog and flour.

Drop by tablespoon on cookie sheets (I used a medium cookie spoon – about 1.5 tablespoons).  Bake 9-10 minutes or until just turning golden and top is set. Cool on wire racks. Once cooled, frost cookies (recipe below). Store cookies in airtight container.

Eggnog Cookies by @themerrythought for @cydconverse

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1-3 tablespoons eggnog
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling (optional)

Beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, nutmeg and eggnog, mixing until light & fluffy (if it’s too thick, add a little bit more eggnog until desired consistency is reached; or if it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.) Spread frosting on cookies, sprinkle with cinnamon.

Eggnog Cookies by @themerrythought for @cydconverse

Eggnog Cookies by @themerrythought for @cydconverse

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[Styling, recipe + photos by The Merrythought for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Color Block Madelines

As I’m spending time with our new little one, some of my best blogging buds are covering for me.
Today please welcome my sweet friend Ashley Rose from Sugar & Cloth!

Color Block Madelines by @SugarAndCloth for @cydconverse

We’re all about adding some color and festive touches to our desserts, especially around the holidays! Plus you can’t really go wrong with adding chocolate to a cookie favorite, right?! Naturally that would lead us to add a pop of fun to a well-loved staple with these color block vanilla bean madelines.

Color Block Madelines by @SugarAndCloth for @cydconverse

Color Block Madelines by @SugarAndCloth for @cydconverse

Color Block Madelines by @SugarAndCloth for @cydconverse

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 room temperature large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Seeds from one vanilla bean
  • 12 ounces of white melting chocolate
  • Gel food coloring in the colors of your choice

Lightly grease a madeleine pan, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and slowly add the sugar and continuing mixing. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, flour, and salt, then slowly add in the egg mixture until you don’t see any clumps. Add in the vanilla and butter until well combined.

Fill each opening of the madeline pan with a tablespoon of the batter, and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Once you remove the cookies from the oven, quickly let them cool on a wire rack.
Melt half the chocolate in a pan, and stir in one of your gel colorings, and stir (we used a tiny bit of green, and a heaping scoop of red). Dip the corner of each cooled madeline in the chocolate and let cool completely on wax paper. Repeat this last step with your remaining chocolate and the second gel coloring.

Color Block Madelines by @SugarAndCloth for @cydconverse

Color Block Madelines by @SugarAndCloth for @cydconverse

Color Block Madelines by @SugarAndCloth for @cydconverse

These are great for just the right amount of sweet for adults, while still being enticing enough for the kids. They can even help dip them or be in charge of a few extra sprinkles on top! Do you all have a colorful twist for your favorite cookie recipe? Be sure to share it with us!

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[Styling, recipe + photos by Sugar & Cloth for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

If you were to ask my mother she would tell you that she isn’t the least bit crafty and that she’s not sure where I get it from. That said, I always thought of my mom as crafty as a kid and remember fondly the times we’d gather around the kitchen table to craft ornaments for the tree each year. That’s probably why I am so partial to really gorgeous handmade ornaments and also why I was so excited to join forces with a bunch of other super talented ladies in a fun blogger ornament swap! I made a whole bunch of these painted gold leaf ornaments (you know me and my love for all things gold leaf), which are perfect for decking the halls, giving as gifts or exchanging as part of an ornament swap. They’re made with inexpensive clear glass ornaments and they’re also just so darn pretty!

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Assorted craft paints
  • Thin ribbon
  • Paint brushes
  • Gold leaf + adhesive

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

The first step is to coat the inside of your ornaments with paint. I chose three shades of turquoise, mint and pale blue, but you could stick to classic Christmas colors, too, if that’s more your thing. Squirt a generous glob of paint into the ornament, then close your finger over the open end and shake and swirl vigorously to coat the inside. Add additional paint as necessary to get a nice even coat covering all the glass.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

Next up, it’s time for the gold leaf! Check the instructions on your particular brand of gold leaf, then use a clean paint brush to apply a thin coat of sizing to the exterior of your ornament. I chose to concentrate the gold leaf on the bottom half of the ornament, but you could easily gold leaf the entire thing. Once the sizing is apply, allow it to dry until tacky, usually about 20 minutes. Then carefully place a sheet of gold leaf on the ornament, wrapping it around the ball and then burnishing it with a second clean paint brush to remove the excess. Apply a light coat of sealer per the manufacturer’s instructions, then allow your entire ornament to dry overnight, minus the top of the ornament, to allow both the adhesive and the paint to dry.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

My ornaments had silver tops so before replacing them, I gave them a quick coat of metallic gold spray paint. Obviously you can’t skip this step if your ornaments come with gold tops or if you don’t mind the silver.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

The final step is to cut a length of thin ribbon and string it through the ornament to create a hook for hanging. Of course, you could use ornament hooks instead of adding the ribbon, it’s entirely up to whichever look you prefer. Then just hang them on the tree or tuck them in a cute little box on a bed of tissue paper and they’re ready for gifting or swapping! I love how these ornaments turned out. I realized the combination of the gold leaf and the green colors kind of made them resemble globes, which wasn’t my intention, but I’m definitely not complaining. Also, you know the drill by now. If you make these or any of my other Christmas DIY ideas, share with me on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestholidays! I want to see your craftiness in action.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

ornament-swap

Want to see what everyone else made for the ornament swap? Pop on over and check out everyone’s tutorials for your fill of gorgeous DIY ornament ideas! We’re also sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #swapthatdiy so be sure to click on over and follow along!

Malissa and Machelle from A Joyful Riot
Jessica, Jenna and Jodi from J. Sorelle
Sara from Tell Love and Party
Miranda from One Little Minute
Christina from Christina Williams Blog
Amy from DIY Candy
Gwen from The Bold Abode
Liz and Sam from The Pretty Life Girls
Laurel from A Bubbly Life

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[Art direction + 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 a maximum of 1 – 2 images from 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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Gift Wrapping Party Printables

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

I’ve made no secret in the past of my love for hosting a good gift wrapping party. (You can see my favorite gift wrapping party from last year to see what I mean!) Here’s the thing about a wrapping party. They’re so simple to pull off (just put out some Christmas cookies and grab a couple bottles of wine) and considering you’ll be wrapping anyway, why not do so with company? Which is where these super cute gift wrapping party invitations designed by the crazy talented Jamie of A Pair of Pears (and the coordinating gift tags) come into play. Just scroll down, click to download, then print and you’re already halfway there to throwing the ultimate gift wrapping party!

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Gift Wrapping Party Printables by @cydconverse

Download the party invitations | Download the gift tags

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[Design by A Pair of Pears | Art direction by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: As with all of our printables, these designs are provided for personal non-commercial use only and may not be distributed, copied or sold in any fashion. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share them, please link to this post directly and do NOT host the file yourself. Thanks so much! xoxo

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