Baked Eggs with Spinach + Mozzarella

Baked Eggs with Spinach | Brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party recipes and more from @cydconverse

This easy, baked eggs recipe was created as part of our kid-approved holiday brunch menu. You can prep it in minutes, bake it while you’re sipping coffee and it will be a huge hit with the whole family! Guaranteed. Click here for the recipe!

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[Recipe, styling + art direction by Cyd Converse | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Citrus Cranberry Muffins

Citrus Cranberry Muffin Recipe | Brunch ideas, entertaining tips, party recipes and more from @cydconverse

These delicious citrus cranberry muffins were created as part of our kid-approved holiday brunch menu. You can bake these the night before to make morning prep a cinch, plus they’re as wholesome as they are tasty! Click here for the recipe!

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[Recipe, styling + art direction by Cyd Converse | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Holiday Pine Printable Gift Tags

Holiday Pine Printable Gift Tags | Christmas ideas, Christmas printables, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Offering up a bunch of festive, holiday printables is a bit of a tradition around here! For at least five years now they’ve been a cornerstone of the posts I plan during the Christmas season. In part because I’m a stationery junkie from way back, in part because I love really beautiful gift tags when I’m gift wrapping, and in part because I love extending a sweet little sentiment to all of you for being here throughout the year. These holiday pine inspired printable gift tags, designed by Sarah Brown, are simple and sweet and the perfect way to top a gift or tie around a bottle of wine. You can click here to download them, then just print on plain white card stock, trim and you’re ready to go! Make it even simpler on yourself by having them printed by a print shop or office supply store such FedEx Kinko’s, Staples, or OfficeMax where it only costs a dollar or two per sheet. Enjoy, friends!

Holiday Pine Printable Gift Tags | Christmas ideas, Christmas printables, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Holiday Pine Printable Gift Tags | Christmas ideas, Christmas printables, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Holiday Pine Printable Gift Tags | Christmas ideas, Christmas printables, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Holiday Pine Printable Gift Tags | Christmas ideas, Christmas printables, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

Holiday Pine Printable Gift Tags | Christmas ideas, Christmas printables, entertaining tips and party ideas from @cydconverse

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[Art direction by Cyd Converse | Design by Sarah Brown | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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The Sweetest Occasion’s Holiday Wine Guide (Under $25)

The Sweetest Occasion's 2016 Holiday Wine Guide | What wines to buy for the holidays, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

I’m so excited today to share this fun little holiday wine guide that my sister Ash and I put together for you! Make no mistake, neither of us claims to be a sommelier, but we are both avid wine enthusiasts and enjoy finding and exploring new favorites. Because we know wine can be a little daunting for some people, we thought it would be a fun idea to put together a really great wine guide that will get you through every holiday occasion, from hosting a full turkey dinner to gifting your mother in-law to sipping while you binge watch Love Actually and The Holiday on repeat. I’m not going to talk to you about the specific notes or flavors, I’m not going to fill your shopping cart up with expensive selections (all of these are well under $25) and I’m not going to make you feel intimidated with how cool and sophisitcated we are. (Although, I do personally think we are both of those things.) Instead we’re just two wine loving girls serving up some of our favorite wines that won’t bust your budget, but very well may just blow some minds. Also, we want to know your favorites, too, so chime in below!

Keep reading…

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Homemade Irish Cream Holiday Gifts

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Each year during the holidays, I like to spend time making homemade Christmas gifts for a handful of people on our gifting list. One year it was homemade after shave for the gentlemen. Another year it was homemade vanilla extract. Most every year I make homemade body scrub for the ladies. (Like this one or this one!) This year I was inspired by some of my lady friends in our neighborhood to make homemade Irish cream! Poured into a cute bottle and paired with our sweet printable tags (designed by one of my BFFs, super talent Erika Firm), this is such a good idea as a sweet little hostess gift, or gifts for your co-workers or the mail carrier. (We have the best mailman ever and he’s definitely getting a bottle!) Also, it tastes really delicious so make make enough or yourself, too!

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Irish Cream

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 14 0z sweetened condensed milk
  • 112 cups whiskey
  • 14 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth, about thirty seconds. Alternately, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth on high. For a richer, thicker Irish cream, substitute heavy cream for the half and half, but be sure not to over blend so the cream doesn’t start to turn into whipped cream. Bottle and give as a gift, or sip over ice or in your coffee!

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

To top off your gifts, print our free printable gift tags (or snag the black and white version) on white card stock, then just trim and attach with a bit of pretty ribbon or baker’s twine. I found these bottles at Michaels, but you could also use simple mason jars. Bob and I sipped some from our personal stash in our coffee on Thanksgiving morning and it was incredible. Just as good, if not better, as the non-homemade kind if you get my drift. Oh, and a whole lot less expensive than to buy! If you give this or any of my holiday ideas a try, share with me on Instagram using the hashtag  #thesweetestholidays! I want to see what you’re baking, making and crafting this holiday season. xo

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

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[Art direction by Cyd Converse | Printables by Erika Firm |Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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