DIY: 15 Drink Stirrers for Your Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

DIY Cocktail Stirrers

There are plenty of ways to jazz up your wedding cocktails, but I think one of the most fun is with swizzle sticks. They’re a simple enough DIY undertaking that you can have a girl’s night (or guy’s!) and get crafty without having to go overboard. Plus, they’re the perfect way to add a little color or infuse your wedding theme into the reception. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas—have a look and remember that you can switch out colors and seasonal items (like the flowers, for example) to make it suit your big day perfectly!

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DIY: Three Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Snail-Mail Envelopes


Snail mail is always fun to receive (especially if it’s something from Minted, right?). Lately, I’ve been trying to jazz up my envelopes to make them a little more exciting—that way, they stand out from the junk mail and the recipient knows right away that it’s something good. Here are three easy ways to step up your envelope game using everyday office supplies.

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DIY: Witch’s Hat Halloween Party Favor

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

Sure, it’s still September, but we’re starting to get in the Halloween spirit! Our kids are obsessed with Halloween (how could they not be, right?)—candy, costumes, more candy, and spooky decorations. We host a pumpkin-carving party each October with family friends and this year, our kids will be making these super-simple witch’s hat party favors (that are filled with treats!). Keep reading for the DIY instructions…

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DIY: Make a Monster Candy Box!

Our Julep contributor Merrilee Liddiard creates the most whimsical and clever kids DIYs (just like the one right here!), and she just came out with a new craft book! Congratulations, Merrilee!

This Halloween, recycle a simple sandwich-bag carton into a silly, spooky monster! But watch out—he might just eat up all your candy!

To make this monster candy box you’ll need:

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Recipe: Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic

Please welcome the lovely Brandy Brown of  Marabou Design, a longtime Minted community member and our newest contributor to Julep! Brandy, who lives in Seattle, will be sharing her favorite recipes, DIY projects, and styling ideas. Welcome, Brandy! 

A delicious cocktail begins and ends with its ingredients, which is why I always recommend quality over quantity. This new spin on a classic gin and tonic combines rosemary sprigs hand-picked from my garden and locally grown cucumbers—the flavors capture the Northwest in a glass! This cocktail is herbal, refreshing, and effortlessly chic, making it the perfect beverage to enjoy all year-round. Get the recipe after the jump…

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Currently Loving: Luxurious Bathrooms

At the end of a long day, one of my favorite ways to unwind and reset is to pamper myself with a bathroom full of candles, a nice long bath, and yummy-smelling products. Take a peek into some of my dream bathrooms—I’m longing to have one of these gorgeous, luxe spaces (all with vintage claw-foot bathtubs!) of my own.

Featured in Inside Out magazine, interior designer Kali Cavanagh turned her weekend home’s bathroom into a luxe, light-filled sitting room by including a vintage dresser as a vanity and big barn doors to create privacy when needed.

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Design to Dish: The Best Red-Velvet Cupcakes

By Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

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While I was browsing Minted a few months ago, I found this darling invitation for something called a “Red Velvet Revelry.” I love the idea of building a whole party around such a rich, decadent dessert! Everything about red-velvet cake is show-stopping, from the deep color to the delicious, tangy flavor. It’s the perfect centerpiece for a luxe birthday party, bridal shower, or girls’ night out, and it’s a great party theme that works any time of year.

After having a few not-so-stellar red-velvet cake experiences, I just didn’t see what all the fuss was about. The cakes and cupcakes I ate were always dry and a little lacking in flavor. Then, I found a recipe for red-velvet cake that was tangy and rich, with subtle chocolate and buttermilk flavors, and everything changed! The cake baked up light and fluffy and moist—it changed my mind forever about red velvet cake! I’ve modified the recipe a little over the years and now have a go-to red-velvet cupcake recipe that is always a big hit! Read on for the recipe…

Links:
1. Red Velvet Revelry Invitations from Minted
2. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries from The Savage Feast
3. Gorgeous red and pink flowers via Style Me Pretty
4. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe below
5. Red and pink balloons via Snippet & Ink
6. Red Velvet Revelry party decor suite from Minted

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott

For the cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons red food coloring
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

For the frosting:
1 brick cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of salt
cream or half-and-half

Line 30 cupcake tins with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt, and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder and food coloring, and beat the mixture into the main bowl. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, beating until just incorporated, then add 1/2 of the buttermilk, again beating until just incorporated. Repeat until all of the flour and buttermilk have been added. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar, then fold the mixture into the main bowl. Divide the batter evenly among all of the baking cups (I use my ice cream scoop!). Bake 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt, and beat until smooth. Beat in cream or half-and-half as necessary to reach desired consistency. When the cupcakes are completely cool, frost them. You can either pipe on a thin layer of frosting, or spread it on with a frosting spreader.

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Party Inspiration: Planning a Birthday Camping Trip

simple camping trip birthday ideas

camping trip birthday inspirationMy 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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