Loving Sugar & Charm

In my very early blogging days, I met the super sweet Eden Passante online and instantly fell in love with what she was doing with her blog, Sugar & Charm. Since then, Eden has become a mommy (soon to be of two – hooray!), a super successful entrepreneur, and along the way Sugar & Charm has evolved into one of my all-time favorite blogs. It’s sort of an oldie but a goodie for me that just keeps getting better. Over the years I’ve featured her parties and work here many times, plus Eden has also graciously guest posted in the past, so it seems a shame to just now be taking a moment to give this incredibly talented lady an official shout-out. If by chance you guys are not yet following her, full stop. Jump over there and get digging into her treasure trove of entertaining ideas, recipes, party tips, cocktail recipes and more! These are just a very few of my favorite posts of hers (links below), which clearly show evidence of this lady’s insane domestic prowess.

Sugar & Charm | A blog loaded with entertaining ideas, recipes, party ideas, cocktail recipes, and more!

Elsewhere, be sure to follow Eden on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest! And on Snapcaht, too! (Her username is sugarandcharm.) Tell her I sent over to say hi and be sure to stay awhile. She’s as sweet and friendly as she is talented and gorgeous, which is a combination that is pretty hard to resist. For more blogs I’m loving, people I’m following and design trends I can’t resist, click here.

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[Row 1: Boozy strawberry snow cones | Summer nice cream recipes | Row 2: Blueberry crunch icebox cake | Row 3: Cold pressed watermelon soda floats | DIY Fabric Marbling | Row 4: DIY fruit sodas | Row 5: Layered ice cream pops | Baked chocolate donuts | Row 6: DIY watercolor plates.]

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Cool Off with These 10 Frozen Cocktail Recipes

Frozen Cherry Cosmo Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

There are few things I know with absolute certainty. The fact that I will surely have melted into a puddle of my former self by the end of this week? That is one of those things. The heat and humidity has been stifling much of the last two weeks, but today Mother Nature decided to take up a few notches. It was pushing 90 by the time I had coffee this morning and, friends, in a land where most people do not have central a/c at home, the 90s are just too much for our little Upstate New York hearts. Unless, you’re on a boat. Or, unless you’re sipping something icy cold. So, today, I’m here to help everyone cool off with 10 seriously amazing frozen cocktail recipes. Prefer a virgin drink? Just skip the booze! All of these would be equally delicious as a mocktail. Good luck not melting. Cheers!

1. Frozen cherry cosmopolitan [above]

Frozen Pisco Sour Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

2. Frozen pisco sour

Lava Flow Cocktail Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

3. Lava flow (aka a Miami Vice)

Boozy Coconut Hot Fudge Milkshake Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

4. Boozy coconut hot fudge milkshakes

Gin and Juice Slushies Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

5. Gin and juice slushies

Frozen Peach Bourbon Mule Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

6. Frozen peach bourbon mule

Rosé Wine Slushy Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

7. Rosé wine slushy

Sangria Swirl Frozen Margarita Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

8. Sangria swirl frozen margarita

Peach Ginger Mint Slushies Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

9. Peach ginger mint slushies

Coconut Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe | Cocktail recipes, summer entertaining ideas and party tips from @cydconverse

10. Coconut raspberry daiquiri

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The Weekend To Do List

It has been forever since we properly wrapped up the week and kicked off the weekend, so today we’re kickin’ it old school. Also known as, I am working really hard right now between being mommy full time and having just moved in the midst of renovating a house to get back into our usual groove around here. As we approach the stage where she’s mobile, little miss Baby E will likely be transitioning into at least part time daycare to allow me to ramp up my work load again, but I’ll share a lot more about that soon. In the meantime, I’ll quit rambling and just thank you for sticking by me as I figure out how to make this whole working mom bit work best for me and this sweet little girl I have the great honor of hanging out with everyday. And with that, here’s to Friday and a whole bunch of fun ideas for what you should be making, eating and drinking this weekend! xoxo

The Weekend To Do List | Party ideas, DIY projects, recipes, cocktail recipes and more from @cydconverse

1 | Try This
This two-ingredient all natural tinted lip balm is yours for the making! I love those bright, fun colors. [Photo by Paper & Stitch]

2 | Wear This
Your summer wardrobe just got super easy with these fun t-shirts with cute, fruity pockets. [Photo by Damask Love]

3 | Sip This
Because the heat and humidity are making everyone grumpy this week and a watermelon cocktail is just what the weatherman ordered. [Photo by Salt & Wind]

4 | Drizzle This
My salad game has been seriously lacking lately, so this homemade avocado cilantro dressing is where it’s at this weekend. [Photo by Pinch of Yum]

5 | Do This
Tackle a little home decor project this weekend and create your own printable art canvases. So fun! [Photo by Dream Green DIY]

6 | Make This
Spruce you your summer wedding wardrobe with this super cute DIY patterned clutch. [Photo by Sarah Hearts]

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Classic Gimlet Recipe with Honey and Sage

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

When I was in college my father introduced me to the delicious beauty of a gin and tonic, and it quickly became my go-to cocktail, especially in the heat of summer. I’d come home from a long day working my summer internship and we’d convene on the back deck with a cocktail each, feet propped up as the day melted into night. It wasn’t until several years later that I met the gimlet, which is arguably the gin and tonic’s older, slightly more sophisticated cousin. It’s traditionally made with sweetened lime juice, gin and soda water, but occasionally makes an appearance with fresh sage or even basil. This gimlet recipe is a version that I love! It uses fresh lime juice sweetened with a bit of honey and sage to give it a delicious balance. It is simple and refreshing in the way that good summer cocktails are. Much like the vodka martini with a twist, this is a good one to have in your repertoire!

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet

  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • Honey to taste
  • 2 – 3 fresh sage leaves
  • Soda water
  • Lime wedge to garnish

Fill a cocktail glass with ice, then pinch/bruise sage leaves before adding to release the oils. Add gin and lime juice, then a drizzle of honey to sweeten to your liking. Stir well to combine Alternately, add all of the above to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously before pouring into the cocktail glass. Top with soda water, garnish with a wedge of lime then just sip and enjoy! You officially have summer in a glass.

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Honey Sage Gimlet Recipe | Cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

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

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12 Summer DIY Ideas for Lazy Beach Days

DIY Beach Coverup | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

I am precisely 100% sure I want nothing more these days than to spend them lounging on the beach. As in, every day. All day long. I have a case of summer vacation that is strong and real right now, friends. No joke. For some reason this year I am feeling really nostalgic about the summers of my youth. Backyard picnics, days spent reading thick books, toes buried in the sand, bathing suits worn under every outfit, hair bleached out from excessive use of Sun In. Ok, ok, I would skip the latter this time around, but the hot sunny lazy beach days? I’d take all of those. Today it’s an ode to the beach with these 12 beach-ready DIY ideas. Bring it on, summer! I am so ready for you.

1. DIY pom pom beach coverup [above]

DIY Beach Hat | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

2. DIY watermelon beach hat

DIY Cooler Makeover | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

3. DIY cooler makeover

DIY Beach Dress | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

4. DIY off the shoulder beach dress

DIY Beach Umbrella | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

5. DIY beach umbrella

DIY Sun Hat | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

6. DIY embroidered sun hat

DIY Beach Towels | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

7. DIY graphic beach towels

DIY Summer Nail Art | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

8. DIY summer nail art

DIY Picnic Basket | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

9. DIY picnic basket

DIY Tassel Tote Bag | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

10. DIY tassel tote bag

DIY Pom Pom Bikini | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

11. DIY pom pom bikini

DIY Picnic Blanket | DIY ideas for summer beach days and other fun summer ideas from @cydconverse

12. DIY embroidered picnic blanket

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