Party Inspiration: Planning a Birthday Camping Trip

simple camping trip birthday ideas

camping trip birthday inspiration My little guy’s 3rd birthday is coming up, and we’re planning an overnight family camping trip to celebrate. Inspired by Paper and Parcel’s Pow Wow invite, the party vibe I’ve pulled together is a little bit Wilderness Explorer, a little bit Boy Scout, and a lot of simplicity. We’re foregoing the fuss, leaving the extras at home, and making an escape into the wild (well… sort of—a toddler still needs a bathroom nearby!). Take a peek at my inspiration for our wilderness getaway, along with some of the fun details that we’ll pack along to keep things in the birthday spirit.

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Minted Home Tour: Nautical Playroom

We love seeing how our customers incorporate Minted pieces into their lives and homes, and today we have a real treat: a beautiful-yet-functional playroom with a fun nautical theme. Interior designer Kirsten Krason of House of Jade Interiors, who masterminded this airy space, share her best ideas, tips and tricks, and shopping resources.

If you’ve worked Minted pieces into your home, we’d love to see it! Please email a brief description and a link to photos of your space to  heather@minted.com.

Above: Vintage Schoolhouse Play Table and Vintage Steel Play Chairs

The project: Create a whimsical play space for the couple’s three young children
Location: Utah
Interior designers: Erin Morgan and Kirsten Krason of House of Jade Interiors
Photographer: Jylare Smith Photography

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Halloween Puppy Chow Recipe

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

Oh yes, the beloved puppy-chow snack we all know and love gets a ghoulish twist in my monster-themed version! The kids will flip for this stuff, especially since this spooky version has Jack-o-Lantern and bone sprinkles mixed right in…

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Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Kelli Hall

Domino magazine’s monthly tour of a Minted artist’s home just went live and September’s cover girl is none other than our very own Kelli Hall. It’s no big surprise that we’re huge fans of Kelli’s work, from her abstract paintings to her modern-minimalist stationery designs. Head on over to Domino for a sneak peek into Kelli’s clean, bright-white home (those pristine white floors!) and read her Q&A with the editor to find out what’s inspiring her these days and what she counts as her most-prized possession. While you’re at it, check out all of the previous Art Home With a Minted Artist features.

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DIY Stamped Leather Escort Cards

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Escort Cards

It’s pretty much impossible to avoid all of the fall inspiration floating around the web, even if it’s still unseasonably hot outside where you live. But one thing I love about this time of the year is the fact that leather makes its comeback. The warm colors and buttery-soft textures have a luxurious and rustic vibe, all at the same time. Keep reading to see how you can incorporate a little leather into your wedding day—this DIY escort-card idea is perfect for a fall or winter celebration.

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Currently Loving: Pretty in Pink

By Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

There’s something special about the color pink. Whether the shade you love is bold or more subdued, pink never fails to capture your attention and trigger emotions. Case study #1: Neon pink. You can go from ordinary to extraordinary with a pop of bright, neon pink. Use it sparingly though, because it is so bright and can quickly overwhelm.

Clockwise from top left // Hot Pink Doors in Spain via pinterest // Cute Neon Pink Skirt by LuLus via Hello Fashion // DIY Spray Painted Flatware by Sania Pell via Creature Comforts // DIY Neon Pinecone Placecard Holder by Camille Styles

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Guest Judges’ Picks

It is with great pleasure that we announce our Guest Judges’ Picks for the this year’s Let it Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge. A big thank you to our guest judges Oma Blaise Ford of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Jeffrey Alan Marks of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, blogger Stephanie Morgan of Modern Parents Messy Kids, and Elaina Sullivan of Domino magazine for their stellar selections and for taking the time to comb through the thousands of photo-card entries that were submitted this year. In addition to being included in Minted’s 2014 holiday assortment, all of the winning designers will also receive an additional $500 prize. Congratulations! 

Oma Blaise Ford
Oma Blaise Ford is the Executive Editor for Better Homes and Gardens. Prior to taking up that post in 2011, she headed up the magazine’s Home Design department for nine years. When not busy wielding her editor’s pen and keyboard, she’s an inveterate dinner party host and can usually be found in the kitchen mixing up a casual meal and a great cocktail for friends.

“What can I say, I’m a sucker for that tag shape and I love the unexpected dark background for a holiday card,” says Ford of Snow & Ivy‘s Chalk & Holly card. “The design nicely frames the photo—I suspect it could even elevate a less than fabulous shot—and I love that it could be used as an oversize gift tag as well as traditional card. And the hole at the top just begs to be pinned to your bulletin board or strung on the tree, and not tossed in the recycle bin.”

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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

September is a favorite of ours—from the crisp, cool weather to the cozy fall wardrobe to the seasonal harvest. When we were kids, we would go apple picking with our family and we loved coming home with a mound of apples, fresh apple cider, and tasty caramel apples. A jar of homemade caramel sauce is the perfect hostess gift for a fall gathering—read more for our caramel sauce recipe and tips!

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Minted Real Wedding: Julia & Deric in Seattle

Today’s Minted Real Wedding took place in Seattle at the elegant Escala building (a.k.a. the real-life setting for 50 Shades of Grey). Julia and Deric—who met while working together at J.Crew!—hosted a sophisticated and formal wedding with lots of black-and-white details with glints of gold.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Bride’s name: Julia Lara
Groom’s name: Deric Latendresse
Wedding date: February 1, 2014 (which happened to be their seven-year anniversary!)
Location: Escala in Seattle
Minted wedding invitation: “A Glamorous Affair” by Kristen Smith
Photographer: Carina Skrobecki
Calligrapher: Carolyn Kach
Wedding Coordinator: It’s Your Day

Keep reading to see more details from Julia and Deric’s beautiful wedding.

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