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Our Housewarming Party Menu

This post was sponsored by Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! When we were planning our recent housewarming party, I was determined to come up with a couple of really killer appetizers to accompany the Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza that was the star of our menu. With Virtuoso’s …

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Our Cozy Fall Housewarming Party

This post was sponsored by Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! Approximately a million years after closing on our house (or, you know, five months), we finally had a chance recently to host a sweet little housewarming party for a handful of good friends. We were thrilled to …

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An Elegant Al Fresco Engagement Dinner Party

I seriously love getting to share gorgeous parties and today’s engagement party is particularly special because Bay area photographer Krista of Krista Marie Photography was not only behind the lens but also one of the guests of honor! Krista and her fiancé Jon met when they were just 12 years old and have been best friends for over …

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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 …

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Host a Ladies Night Dinner Party

This post was sponsored by Skinnygirl® Cocktails. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! Back in March when I was in New York at the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Influencer Summit along with a bunch of other awesome ladies, we had the opportunity to take a really fun cooking class and enjoy lunch together …

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A Glam Galentine’s Day Dinner Party

I was so excited to see this gorgeous Valentine’s Day dinner party from Nicole D Photography hit my inbox, because it’s a whole lot of things I love. Drawing inspiration from the now ubiquitous Park & Rec Galentine’s Day party episode, Nicole went totally glam and girly when pulling this celebration together. It’s all about your best friends, …

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A Gorgeous Seasonal Harvest Feast

I am so excited about sharing this gorgeous harvest feast today. With a simple, seasonal menu boasting the likes of homemade veggies galettes and salted caramel dipped pears, there is not a single thing not to love here. Dining al fresco at a picnic table draped in simple white linen and pretty flowers? Even better! …

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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 …

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A Summer Picnic with Martha Stewart

I have to admit that I’ve always held picnics up on some sort of nostalgic, romanticized pedestal, pretty much my whole life. One of my favorite picnics to date was adventuring off into the back field behind my friend’s house for a girls-only picnic one summer afternoon following the third grade. Her grandmother had helped …

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A Casual Rooftop Dinner Party + Potato Soup

While I love a colorful glittery party more than any 31 year old woman should admit, I have a confession to make. In all honesty, it’s casual yet beautiful at-home entertaining that is my true love. You don’t need balloons. (Although I really really love balloons.) You don’t need fancy garland or oversized piñatas. (Although …

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