Sarah’s Glam 30th Birthday Bash

So it turns out, I’m turning 30 in a couple of weeks! It’s been creeping up on me for some time now and I guess it’s just now hitting me that the big milestone birthday is quickly approaching. That said, I’m pretty comfortable with marking this new decade, although I know it freaks a lot of people out. (It probably stems from the fact that most people in my inner circle are already in their early to mid-30s so I’m the baby of the crew anyway and always will be. Muhahahaha!) All of that said, there’s a birthday party in the works and while it’s not intended to be nearly as amazingly glamorous as the 30th birthday of  Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio in Palm Springs last year, Sarah’s party has me totally inspired. Why shouldn’t we all turn 30 (or 40 or 50) in high style?

Glam 30th birthday party

30th birthday party invitations

Bow place setting Modern dinner party style

Painted gold flamingo Birthday party cake flags

30th birthday party invitations

Sarah’s all black and white birthday party was fashioned after a modern Palm Springs twist on Alice In Wonderland. Love! The touches of gold (including the birthday girl herself decked out in flashy gold sequins) add that touch of glam that I absolutely adore. Sarah designed all of the papers goods and even the textiles herself. Throw in oversized bows at each place setting, a rockin’ Smilebooth and the perfect cocktails and you’ve got, well, a perfect evening in my book.

Birthday party menu Graphic polka dot table setting

Graphic dinner party table setting

Graphic dinner party table setting

Polka dot place setting Gold mylar party bunting

Black cat party mask photobooth prop Party animal mask photobooth prop

Gold + black table setting

Birthday party cocktail bar Liquor in stopper bottles

'Drink Me' wine glasses Lemon cupcakes

Sequin party dresses

Birthday party photobooth

Birthday party photobooth

Palm Spring birthday party

Palm Spring birthday party

Uh huh. Now who’s ready to go rock the town in some sequins? Count this girl in. Many thanks to Sarah for allowing me the pleasure of sharing her awesome party!

Vendors -
Event design + decor: Sarah Sherman Samuel | Stationery + paper goods: Smitten Studio | Photography: Mike Carreiro of Studio Eleven | Textile designs: Sarah Sherman Samuel |Venue: Casa Verona in Palm Springs, CA | Catering: Food Mechanic | Makeup: Ximena Rolfe | DJ: Sven Barth

[Photos by Mike Carreiro of Studio Eleven.]

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The Sweetest Occasion Is Hiring

This has been a long time in coming, but I’m so excited to officially announce today that The Sweetest Occasion is hiring! Try though I might, this little blog has become a bit too much for one gal to handle and I’m really excited about building The Sweetest Occasion team and taking my passion for parties, design and beautiful things to the next level. Would you like to work with me? (Say yes, say yes!) Scroll on down for the details! Oh, and if you know someone who would be awesome for the job, send em on over. xoxo

Awesome workspace and photo by Ering Jang of The Indigo Bunting

Advertising Sales

The Sweetest Occasion is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated and friendly advertising salesperson to help develop and grow our existing advertising programs including but not limited to banner ad sales and sponsored content campaigns. This is a remote, commission-based position with flexible hours so everyone is welcome to apply! (You know, so long as you can be available on a regular basis during East coast business hours to work with me on projects and planning. And talk to me about things like cupcakes and puppy dogs. It’s bound to happen.) For the right candidate, there is ample opportunity for future growth and advancement. A candidate with online advertising sales experience is strongly preferred. Oh, and whoever you are, I’m really excited to work with you! I thought I should mention that part.

The Details

  • An enthusiastic, positive attitude is a must! You must also love working with people by phone and via email.
  • Must be very comfortable with cold calling/emailing and researching/following up on leads
  • Good writing skills, impeccable email/phone etiquette and a friendly demeanor are required
  • A strong knowledge of blogs (particularly those within the design/lifestyle/entertaining sector) is critical
  • Must have reliable and consistent access to internet during business hours
  • Must be available for goal-setting and strategic planning phone calls
  • Solid familiarity with Gmail and Google Docs is a must. Bonus points for experience with WordPress!

To Apply

Send your resume and a cover letter introducing yourself to cyd(at)thesweetestoccasion.com with ‘Application’ in the subject line. Please also include a brief summary of sales accomplishments and accounts you’ve worked on at previous positions. I would also love to know a bit about you personally! Like your dog’s name and your favorite color. Or, really, whatever else you’d like to share with me that you believe will help demonstrate why you’re perfect for the job. I can’t wait to hear from you!

[Photo by Erin Jang/The Indigo Bunting. See more of her awesome work space here.]

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Brunch with Minted

If you follow along with me on Instagram then you likely saw snippets of last week’s brunch hosted by Minted that I attended in New York last Tuesday. A small group of magazine editors and bloggers were invited to partake in delicious food and share in the excitement of some of Minted’s latest and greatest products and services. (Which I’m telling you, you’re going to love.) And today I have all the gorgeous photos to share with you from the event! From the decor to the venue to the gorgeous flowers, everything was just beautiful and I loved having a chance to catch up with old friends over a meal of food. (What’s not to love, right?)

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Wedding invitations by Minted

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Are you in love yet? Because you should be. As part of the day’s festivities, Minted shared that they’re reintroducing letterpress wedding invitations, new super luxe options for flat printed invitations and taking their party decor offerings to the next level. All of the party decor came from their Matthiola collection created by Moglea and was styled by my home girl from way back, Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt. Which basically means, if you love this brunch, you’ll be able to recreate the look yourself at your next celebration. From the bunting to the drink flags to the gorgeous paper mobile and the dramatic wall of paper fans, Minted is bringing you only the most stylish of party offerings. As a design-minded company, Minted is bringing that passion for design to you in a way that will make it so simple to coordinate every element of your event. I love that.

Calligraphy place cards by Minted

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Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Wedding stationery + menus by Minted Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion Cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

Minted wedding + party decor | The Sweetest Occasion

I don’t know about you, guys, but I’m in love. I could have sat there all day soaking in all the gorgeous decor. In fact, I was mighty tempted to do just that! Many thanks to Minted for inviting me to be a part of such a wonderful celebration! (And many thanks to the great folks at The Little Owl for rocking an amazing event!) Stay tuned because I’m sure you’ll be hearing a whole lot about Minted in the coming months as they keep on keepin’ on bringing the awesome party and wedding design.

Vendors -
Brunch host+ planning: Minted | Party decor: Moglea for Minted | Party styling: Hank + Hunt + Minted | Photography: Charlie & Juliet | Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Venue: The Little Owl | Flowers: Maggie B. Hollingsworth of The Little Owl | Calligraphy: Barbara Callow

[Photos by Charlie Juliet.]

This is not a sponsored post. Travel accommodations were provided by Minted. I received no compensation for either attending the event or writing this post. Read more about our editorial policies.

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Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

I was so excited to have Meghan share this beautiful engagement shoot and I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it, too. Jackie and Matt met and fell in love in Los Angeles but have since relocated to Melbourne, Australia. Over the holidays they returned home to California for their wedding where they rented a sweet little mid-century house for their stay. Oh and they also got together with Meghan a couple of days before the wedding to shoot these beautiful photos. I love everything about them. From the gorgeous light to their time spent wandering an adorable little book store. Everything about these images just makes me smile.

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

Jackie + Matt: A California Engagement

[Photos by Floataway Studios.]

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Color Palette: Ruby + Blood Orange

Howdy, folks, and happy Monday! How was your St. Patrick’s Day weekend? As predicted, mine was a mix of relaxing and productive, which was much needed. As a side note, I swear I’m never going to be done unpacking, but I suppose that’s neither here or there at the moment. So here we are and it’s Monday and I’m serving up a crazy dose of gorgeous, saturated jewel tones. That striking shade of ruby? Paired with blood orange and emerald? Stop it. They are so so pretty it’s like they’re meant to hang out and be best friends. I approve.

Ruby + Blood Orange | The Sweetest Occasion

[Photos, from top: How Sweet It Is | A Beautiful Mess | Greg Kadel for Vogue Spain.]

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