An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station

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An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, it’s officially time to chat about holiday parties! In particular, quick and easy holiday party appetizer ideas that will make your guests really really happy without making you go crazy in the process. Are you feeling me? You know you are! By now you’re well aware that beautiful, yet casual entertaining is my favorite way to go and that has never been truer than this year with a newborn joining our midst just in time for the holidays. Enter my new favorite Le Bon Dip flavors from Alouette! Paired with veggies, crackers, crusty bread or chips, they are seriously out of this world delicious.

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

This holiday season, I am loving the idea of putting together a super simple but seriously scrumptious dip station that takes your basic cruité to the next level! All you have to do is pick up a few flavors of Le Bon Dip (the Fire Roasted Vegetables variety is my personal favorite, but the Basil, Zucchini & Parmesan takes a close second) and serve them up with a big pile of fresh veggies and your favorite crunchy snacks. Toasted crostini, pita chips, tomatoes and scallions make my favorite dippers, but this stuff is also delicious spread thick on a big hunk of crusty French bread. Trust me! Just set out a stack of plates and let guests serve themselves while you pour drinks. We’re talking a major win-win all the way around here, friends!

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

The best part about a dip station is just how quickly it all comes together! Even if you decide to have guests drop over last minute, you can run to the store and be ready to go in no time flat. Or if you keep your favorite Le Bon Dip stashed in the fridge throughout the season, all you have to do is pull it out and serve it up when friends stop over unexpectedly. Crack a beer or pour a glass of wine and you’re good to go! (But seriously, try the Fire Roasted Vegatables, it’s one of the tastiest things I’ve tried in a long, long time!)

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station by @cydconverse

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

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Cute + Cheeky Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

Ever a sucker for a great set of printables, today we’re talking about Thanksgiving! More to the point, we’re breaking it down with these super cute printables designed exclusively for you by the super talented Jamie of A Pair of Pears. Thank you cards decked out in turkeys? Yup, we got those. Labels perfect for sending guests home with leftovers? Yup, we got those, too! Or you could use them to label desserts or dishes on the buffet. Totally acceptable!

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

Clearly I’m biased, but these are quite easily the cutest Thanksgiving printables that I ever did see, wouldn’t you agree? Click below to download, then just print and trim! Hint: The thank you card pairs perfectly with a bottle of a wine as a super cute hostess gift! (Because nobody likes to show up to dinner empty handed, am I right?)

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[Design + illustration by A Pair of Pears | Art direction + styling 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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Baby Talk: 39 Weeks + A C-Section Date

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been MIA this week, but I swear I have a good excuse! A good excuse in the form of a little baby on the way and a ton of stuff I’m trying to check off my list so I can take full advantage of all her cuteness when the time comes without worrying about work for a little bit. This is officially the part where I share that we are scheduled for our c-section bright and early Monday morning! (Actually, it will be dark for hours yet when we arrive at the hospital.) In the meantime, I’m sharing my last official pregnancy update! Next week while I’m busy cuddling, I have posts already pre-scheduled to help inspire your Thanksgiving celebrations and this year’s edition of The Gift Guide will kick off, too. Guys, there is so much happening all at once! Ahhh! I’ll be sure to share (most likely on Instagram) once our little girl is here, but in the meantime here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend and a truly beautiful Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and more than your fair share of pumpkin pie! xoxo

DIY Baby Onesie from @cydconverse

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Once upon a time I found out we were having a baby and then woke up the next day at 39 weeks pregnant and about to have a baby! Or, so it seems. I can’t believe I am writing my final pregnancy update post! The last several months have been such a whirlwind. Some days I still wake up shocked that I’m even pregnant and now we’re just a few days out from welcoming our sweet little babe.

Symptoms
Pretty much everything has been about the same for the last week or so! I do think the baby has continued to drop because I’m feeling more and more low pressure every day. I’m also absolutely exhausted this week! (Which in part explains the far fewer posts than usual.) I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve run myself a bit ragged over the last couple of months (or really even this week as I frantically finished things up around the house to be photographed for a nursery reveal and mini house tour) or if it’s my body’s way of knowing I need to slow down and rest. Either way, I took three naps yesterday. Not even exaggerating. Otherwise I’m still dealing with a bit of swelling, but nothing major. It has pretty much been smooth sailing!

Emotions
This week I have been a bag of emotions, running the gamut from anxious to excited and literally every shade of emotion in between. To think that by this time three days from now we’ll have a baby?! Mind boggling. On so many levels it still hasn’t sunk in and I imagine this is one of those deals where it won’t even for a long time after she’s here. One of my good friends (who happens to be married to my cousin) was due a week ahead of me and had her little guy on Monday and that made everything feel really real and overwhelming. I actually spent much of Monday kind of freaking out, but since then I’ve calmed down and gotten more peaceful about things. I’m sure by Sunday I’ll be pretty nerved up again, but I also can’t wait to meet this tiny human.

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If you’re not already, be sure to follow me on Instagram! I anticipate this is where I’ll be sharing quicker little updates here and there over the next few weeks as we’re juggling the newest addition to our family with the craziness that is the holiday season. You’ll find all of my baby-related updates and posts there using the hashtag #thesweetestbebe. Guys, this is really happening. We’re having a baby!

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[DIY Shibori Onesies | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet

Sometimes it makes good sense to start the day with something super pretty. When it’s the week before Thanksgiving and that something happens to be in the form of a gorgeous Thanksgiving table and the yummiest looking dessert buffet you ever did see, well, then it’s even more appropriate. Today we’re talking about this beautiful Thanksgiving table styled by the ladies of Cacao Sweets & Treats. This elegant Thanksgiving spread was inspired by their amazing desserts, featuring a long organza table runner studded with sweets and treats. I love the idea of allowing the food at your Thanksgiving feast to take center stage! Considering it’s such an integral part of the celebration, I think it’s an amazing way to set the stage for breaking bread with family and friends. Add in loads of pretty greenery and gilded pears as place card holders, and you have a look that is just so lovely.

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse

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An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet from @cydconverse

For those of you in the Chicago area, Cacao Sweets & Treats is an organic bakery in the northern suburbs and their desserts are over the top. We’re talking pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin and bourbon pecan pies, salted caramel cake with salted caramel sauce and chocolate chip pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Insane. My mouth is seriously watering. (For the record, if baby and I are stuck in the hospital over Thanksgiving I’ve requested an ample supply of pumpkin pie be delivered. Priorities, friends, priorities.)

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Vendors –
Baked goods + styling by Candice Hunsinger of Cacao Sweets & Treats | Photography by Melissa Becker | Floral design by Tania Cubberly

[Photos by Melissa Becker.]

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Dear Santa Christmas Wish List Printables

Dear Santa Christmas Wish List Printables by @cydconverse

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, we’re definitely entering the height of holiday shopping season! Is anyone else working on making your list and checking it twice? As of a few days ago I’ve gotten a lot more serious about starting to organize our Christmas shopping endeavors, because I have a feeling things are going to sneak up on me this year, especially with a baby joining us any day now. Enter these adorable Christmas wish list printables! They’re the perfect way to let Santa know all about whatever your little heart desires this year. Or, you know, have the kids let Santa know. Whichever!

Dear Santa Christmas Wish List Printables by @cydconverse

Dear Santa Christmas Wish List Printables by @cydconverse Dear Santa Christmas Wish List Printables by @cydconverse

Dear Santa Christmas Wish List Printables by @cydconverse

Aren’t these the cutest wish lists ever? Designed by our old friend Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt and inspired by my love for one of my favorite items from my super talented friend Erika Firm‘s stationery line of yore (you can see her most recent work here), you can download them in black and red or with a pop of green. If you use them, share with me on Instagram! We’ll be using the hashtag #thesweetestholidays all season long to help spread the cheer and I’d love to see what you’re crafting, baking, gifting and wrapping! xoxo

Dear Santa Christmas Wish List Printables by @cydconverse

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[Design by Hank + Hunt | Styling 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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