What To Wear: Stars and Stripes

With the 4th of July coming up next week, it’s definitely time to chat about a little patriotic fashion. While I don’t necessarily condone donning stars and stripes head to toe, I am absolutely an enthusiastic advocate of busting out a little red, white and blue for your July 4th celebrations! I usually like to pair a navy sundress or maxi with a great striped scarf, but this year I’m also loving the idea of pairing a swingy striped tank with bandana print cut-off denim shorts. Or just adding a fun star printed chambray headwrap to your ensemble. So cute! These are just a few of the Americana inspired fashions I’m eyeing at the moment. Which one do you love best?

Stars and stripes fashion for the 4th of July

[Shop |1: Stars + stripes infinity scarf | 2: Striped tank | 3: Red wedges | 4: Bandana shorts | 5: Striped iPhone case | 6: Red eyeglasses | 7: Rope bracelet | 8: Chambray star headwrap | 9: Striped tote bag | 10: Star spangled bathing suit.]

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Melanie’s Surfside Oyster Boil 30th Birthday Party

If ever there were a celebration that spoke to my soul, this one is just that. Oh gosh, does that sound horribly over the top? The thing is, it’s really true! This party honoring the 30th birthday of Melanie Duerkopp, designed by Amanada O’Shannessy Creative, took place at Hog Island Oyster Co. With a casual picnic table boasting a feast fit for kings, pretty ticking stripes, gorgeous flowers and a surfside location that can’t be beat, this is 100% my dream party! It’s the kind of party where you could show up in your cutest dress and end the evening barefoot frolicking on the beach with salt water all up in your hair. The perfect pairing of beautiful little details and weather-worn wood aged by years of ocean breezes. This party is how I want to be live my life. Again with the over the top metaphors. Only it’s real and true and I’m in love. Many thanks to Melanie for sharing these beautiful images she captured of her amazing 30th birthday party!

Surfside 30th Birthday Party

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Surfside 30th Birthday Party

Surfside 30th Birthday Party

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Surfside 30th Birthday Party

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Surfside 30th Birthday Party

Surfside 30th Birthday Party Surfside 30th Birthday Party

Surfside 30th Birthday Party

Surfside 30th Birthday Party Surfside 30th Birthday Party

Surfside 30th Birthday Party

Surfside 30th Birthday Party

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Photography: Melanie Duerkopp | Location: Hog Island Oyster Farm | Flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs | Design & Styling: Amanda O’Shannessy Creative

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Tips + Tricks: How to Grill Corn

How to Grill Corn | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

For some reason I think grilling corn is one of those things that is at times unnecessarily intimidating. There are all of these options about what to do with the husks and who even remembers how long you’re supposed to soak it if you do leave the husks on? And doesn’t that whole process just seem really complicated? I’m not down with complicated. So today I’m sharing with you how to grill corn, the super duper easy way. This is our go-to method of grilling corn. The best part? You can prep the corn in the morning before a big barbecue or the night before if you’re heading out for a weekend camping trip. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s fuss-free. Just the way I like it to be.

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Color Palette: Turquoise + Twilight

One of my favorite parts of summer is evening walks and sipping drinks on the patio at twilight. Better yet if you’re able to spend a few such evenings at the beach or along the shore at the lake! You may remember that last week I was daydreaming about a tropical summer vacation, and it turns out that’s still the case. (No surprise there!) Well this week’s color palette is the twilight version of that same daydream. Long slow sunsets over the water, yummy lavender mojitos and all the awesome relaxed, serene, lazy things. Oh, and of course, a pretty vintage bike with a basket full of flowers never hurt anybody. Of course.

Color Palette: Turquoise and Twilight

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[Photos, from top: Brumley and Wells from Once Wed | Sugar & Charm | Ashley Dang Photography from Wedding Sparrow.]

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Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

Hi friends! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend. We spent a lot of ours working on yard work and a few things around the house, but that felt really good actually.  We’ve been so busy we needed a weekend to just stick close to home and take care of domestic things. On Friday night we got together with some friends and I whipped up these strawberry cheesecake pudding shots as a special little boozy treat. It’s strawberry season! It’s officially summer! All good reasons to make these immediately. Have you ever had pudding shots? They’re kind of like dessert and a mini cocktail all in one. Also known as utter perfection.

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

pudding-shots

  • 1 package of instant cheesecake pudding
  • (1) 8 oz tub of whipped topping
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2/3 cup of vodka
  • 1/3 cup of strawberry syrup
  • Graham crackers
  • Fresh strawberries

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

In a medium mixing bowl, begin by mixing your pudding per the package’s instructions, using the above combination of milk, vodka and strawberry syrup in lieu of the called for milk. Allow the pudding to set until thick (usually about five minutes) and then fold in the whipped topping. Place in the freezer and allow to chill for 30 minutes or until nice and thick. In the meantime, crush up a couple of graham crackers and sprinkle a spoonful into the bottom of a large shot glass or any small glass you might have. Top with pudding, sprinkle with more graham cracker crumbs and garnish with a slice of strawberry.

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

Voila! The yummiest dessert shooter you ever did eat. Well, until I lay a couple more varieties on you between now and the 4th of July! Stay tuned for another pudding shot recipe this week and one more next week so you can rock that July 4th bbq you’re planning or attending. These were a huge hit this weekend! Oh, and if you make too many or just want to stock up the freezer, these freeze really well. You can make them up in those little plastic cups with the lids and enjoy them whenever you feel like having something a little sweet.

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[Recipe + photography by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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