Loving A Lobster Boil

Lobster boils, clam bakes, seafood boils – I’m obsessed! (I’ve mentioned this before, I know I know.) Lately though, I’m really hurting for a classic Maine lobster boil. I want the bib, the salt potatoes dripping in butter, the blueberry cobbler to finish it all off. I will tell you that lobster is my favorite food in the entire world other than ice cream. Give me the two of them together in one meal? Holy cannoli. That’s my kind of day! Over the last couple of weeks B and I have really been wanting to try grilling our own lobsters (this recipe looks amazing) and this weekend may just be the one where we get the job done. So naturally it’s Wednesday and it’s all I can think about today. You’ll have that. Anyone else wanting to jump on hosting or attending a seafood boil this summer?

Summer Lobster Boil Inspiration

[1: What Katie Ate | 2: Mark Roper for Saveur | 3: David Tsay of Kate Ryan | 4: Buzz Media Company via Style Me Pretty | 5: Charlotte Jenks Lewis via Oh So Beautiful Paper | 6: Tanver Badaal | 7: Corbin Gurkin via Inspired By This | 8: Grazier Photography via Style Me Pretty | 9: Dot & Bo.]

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Fab Tropical Summer Finds

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Do you guys know Fab? Because if you’re like me and you love to shop, but equally love a great deal on really high quality stuff that’s beautifully designed, you need to know about Fab. A carefully curated shop offering fresh modern designs in home, decor and fashion (among so much more), Fab brings you the hottest trends at amazing prices. With a number of summer events coming up shortly (parties, weddings, photo shoots, business trips, you name it), I’ve been on the hunt lately for a few key new pieces to add to my wardrobe. In particular I’m looking for a handful of new accessories and jazzy additions in bright, tropical colors and Fab is delivering on the goods with some serious style!

Tropical Summer Finds from Fab.com

While playing around checking out the gorgeous collection of summer wares and wears that Fab has to offer, I had no trouble rounding up a whole bunch of pretty little things I definitely want to make mine. In particular, this Koi fish scarf would be the perfect little addition to my ever-growing collection of scarves. (I swear it’s not time for an intervention. Yet.) And paired with a cute pair of shorts and these great sandals, the look could easily transition perfectly from day to night for an upcoming business trip I have where I’m going to be going from workshop during the day to business dinner at night without time to get back to the hotel to change.

To start your own love affair with all things tropical and summery, pop on over to Fab and be sure to sign up so you can receive the latest news on their freshest designs and sales. Oh and don’t forget to pick up a cute owl tank top or bright pink backpack while you’re at it! You so deserve a little something fab this summer.

[Shop | 1: Koi fish scarf | 2: Red beaded necklace | 3: Mini yellow pouch | 4: Pink backpack | 5: Owl tank top | 6: Double wrap bracelet | 7: Sandals.]

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Party Popcorn Three Ways

Over the last year or so I’ve developed quite a love affair with popcorn. I was never a huge fan when I was younger, but lately it’s one of my go-to snacks. And you want to know a little secret? Popcorn makes such an easy party food, too! You can pop up a few bags, gussy it up with a few ingredients you may already have in your fridge or pantry and serve it up in your favorite serving bowls so guests can grab and munch at will. Today I’m sharing three ways I love to jazz up popcorn to take it from ordinary to pretty gosh darn tasty in no time flat.

Rosemary Black Pepper Popcorn

Rosemary Black Pepper Popcorn Rosemary Black Pepper Popcorn

Rosemary Black Pepper Popcorn Rosemary Black Pepper Popcorn

Rosemary Black Pepper Popcorn

Inspired by a recipe that my girl Erika emailed me one day, this popcorn is my new favorite crunchy treat when hanging out watching movies at home! It’s simple but a really fun twist on the classic butter and salt popcorn combination. All you need to do is pop up a bag of popcorn, drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil into the bag, add dried rosemary and fresh crack black pepper to taste and toss to coat. Then pour it into a pretty bowl and you’ve got instant party fare with about zero fuss!

Campfire Popcorn

Campfire Popcorn Campfire Popcorn

Campfire Popcorn

Next up, campfire popcorn! A playful twist on s’mores with a nod to trail mix, this is such a fun yummy way to serve up snacks by the campfire! (And it’s especially perfect for kids, just saying.) Pop up a big bag of popcorn and toss it in a bowl with mini marshmallows, little pieces of chocolate and tiny graham crackers. You could also add other fun things like chocolate covered raisins or almonds. I prefer to let the popcorn cool a bit before adding all the goodies so they don’t melt, but you can make yours right away for a slightly gooey option if you prefer. Either way, this is a crowd favorite! I like to serve mine up in these great little kraft paper cups from Garnish for individual servings made easy.

Sriracha Popcorn

Sriracha Popcorn

Sriracha Popcorn

Sriracha Popcorn

Last but not least, a treat for those with a taste for the spicy! Around here our spice of choice is generally in the form of sriarcha, which is a Thai red chili sauce that makes an awesome condiment or addition to any kind of sauce you can dream up. In this case we’re rocking sriarcha popcorn! Just drizzle your freshly popped popcorn with a couple of tablespoons of oil (if you want to keep it authentic Asian try sesame oil!) and then add your sriarcha. I’d start with just a tablespoon per bag of popcorn and then build the heat from there to suit your individual taste.

And there you have it! Three quick, easy and super tasty ways to rock the popcorn craze at your next party. Have a favorite way you like to eat your popcorn? Please share!

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes

by Kelly Lanza

DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes

Has anyone else noticed that everyone seems to be moving!? I suppose summer is the season for that, after all! Knowing how tough moving can be, I always think it’s a nice little touch to greet new neighbors with some homemade, sugar-filled unpacking motivation. Am I right? So I whipped up these paper punched treat boxes that you can pack up a few sweet treats in and send on their way with a nice note to the neighborhood’s newest additions. These would also make great hostess gifts for summer BBQs and dinner parties! You’ll always be the favorite guest when you show up with cookies!

DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes

Supplies -

  • Kraft treat boxes (I got mine from Garnish)
  • Colored cardstock
  • Circle punch
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Stamp set + ink (optional)

DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes

To make the circle punch treat boxes, slip your circle punch over the center of your boxes lid and punch through.

DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes

Cut a piece of colored cardstock the same size as the lid of your box and adhere it to the back of the lid with your glue stick. While the box is still unfolded, stamp a little message in the circle you created, and write a note on the inside of the box!

DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes

For the polka dot box, take your hole punch and go crazy punching holes all along the edge of the box lid. Just as before, cut a piece of cardstock the same size as your box’s lid and adhere it to the back. Write your note and you’re done!

DIY Punchy Kraft Treat Boxes

Line the box with parchment paper, fill it up with some homemade treats and win over your new neighbors, or your party host, instantly!

[Photos by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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The Weekly Dozen vol. 1

In light of my recent upgrade to my camera gear, I’ve decided to start a new little photography challenge for myself as I get acquainted and really comfortable with my new camera. Anyone up for joining me for the challenge? Say yes, say yes! The challenge, which I am dubbing The Weekly Dozen, is pretty simple. Essentially, each week I’m going to commit to carrying my camera with me as often as possible and shooting as much as I can. At the start of each week I’ll share twelve photos I’ve taken in the past week. In particular, it has been a really long time since I’ve shot manual outdoors with any regularity and it’s definitely an area where I feel my photography skills need work. So this week it was all about capturing our summery outdoor adventures!

Antique Chris-Craft | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion

Welcome Aboard | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion Antique Chris-Craft | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion

Antique Century | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion Antique Chris-Craft | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion

Walt's Diner | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion

Sam Adams Summer Ale | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion Deer Mount | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion

Moose River | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion The Strand | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion

Summer Campfire | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion Mini Charcoal Grill | Photo by Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion

This weekend we spent Saturday wandering around Old Forge, driving through the Adirondacks and hanging out around a campfire with friends. Along the way I made sure to keep my camera handy and shoot as many photos as I could. We unexpectedly stumbled upon an antique boat show, which was all kinds of awesome. B and I spent hours checking out each and every boat, chatting with the owners and basically gazing in awe at the gorgeous wood construction of the old Chris-Crafts. I’ve not-so-secretly wanted one for years after spending my high school summers working at marina on the St. Lawrence River. They’re just so beautiful! (And incredibly expensive…a girl can dream, right?)

Want to join me in The Weekly Dozen challenge? All you have to do is make a commitment to shooting as many photos as you can each week, with the goal of improving either your photography skills or the volume of photos you’re capturing of everyday life. Shoot with your “fancy” camera or shoot with your iPhone. The goal and objective is yours to make and we’ll do it together!

  • Keep your camera handy and aim to shoot as many photos as you can each week!
  • Share your 12 favorites (The Weekly Dozen) on your own blog or Facebook page
  • Once you’ve shared your dozen, send me a tweet using the hashtag #weeklydozen with a link to your weekly collection and I’ll share images from each participant on The Sweetest Occasion’s Facebook page with a link back to your post!
  • The challenge will run through September 15

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]