2016 Holiday Cocktail Party Playlist

While you’re opening gifts, frosting cookies, and mixing eggnog, cue up some holiday cheer with our annual Yuletide playlist. This year’s compilation includes a nice mix of genres to encourage good cheer, mingling, and merriment. The playlist features songs from one of my favorite Seattle bands, Deep Sea Diver, as well as classics from Run-DMC. Enjoy!

Listen to my 2016 Holiday Playlist right here (total listening time: 1hr 5min).

Photo: Cover image via Anthropologie

 

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Printable: Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels

Thanksgiving is synonymous with delectable desserts, loved ones, and—of course—leftovers! We created these fun pie-box printables just for you and they’re sure to be the cherry on top to your Thanksgiving celebration. Just print the labels out and affix them to slice-shaped boxes so your guests can enjoy any leftover desserts the following day. Bonus: We’re sharing a favorite recipe for sweet potato pie (via Real Simple). Enjoy!

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DIY: Easy Balloon Garland

Life is a series of celebrations and if you, like me, enjoy the pomp and circumstance of party decorating, then this simple project is for you. All you need is a great color theme and about an hour to create this balloon garland—the fanciful cluster is the perfect party backdrop and livens up any area in need of a bright dose of color.

Supplies:
• Hand-held air pump
• Balloons
• Twine
• Scissors

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for something for your lovely mama this Mother’s Day? My curated Mother’s Day gift guide has pretty presents for every personality, whether you’re shopping for your own mom, your best friend who just became one, or even yourself! Show the mom in your life how much you appreciate her with one of these thoughtful gifts. Happy Mother’s Day!

Resources:
1. Mother Love card, $5.50, Moglea
2. Grapefruit Oleander Laurel Glass, $41.50, Illume
3. Laguna necklace, $210, History + Industry
4. Zodiac foil-stamped wall art, $31, Annie Clark for Minted
5. Coco Rose Lip collection, $49, Herbivore
6. Bodum Chambord Copper French press, $50, Crate & Barrel
7. Geometric Emma clutch $104, Son Of A Sailor
8. Bronzing oil, $40, French Girl Organics
9. Olive Leaf cuff, $124, Mejuri
10. Coffee Snob coffee mug, $14.50, Waiting On Martha


More Mother’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Rustic Wood Jewelry Dish
• Mother’s Day Breakfast Printables
• Printable: Personalized Flower Bouquet Wrap
• Printable: Mother’s Day Treat Box

More from Minted:
• Fabric
• Stickers and Labels
• Name Labels

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Roundup: A Guide to Modern Rings

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled a collection of gorgeous, sparkling rings for the love of baubles! Traditional rings are a thing of the past—women have never been bolder in their selection of signature jewelry. Whether you’re married and looking to add on to your stack or you’re a bride-to-be, on the hunt for something unique, or just a gal celebrating your own success, this modern ring roundup is for you. Currently, I am obsessed with colored diamonds, style-defining shapes, and anything rose gold. Happy shopping!

1. The Mrs. Signet, Nora Kogan, $795
2. Diamond Wings, Erstwhile, Catbird, $12,980
3. Supreme, Menashe & Sons Jewelers
4. Eclipse, Vale Jewelry, $1,250
5. Paloma, Nora Kogan, $2,400
6. Odile the Swan, Supreme, Catbird, $2,350
7. Supreme, Menashe & Sons Jewelers
8. Open Element, Savannah Stranger, Twist, $2,540
9. Eva Fehren, Twist, $5,775
10. Mandrel Studio, Twist, $10,566


More Valentine’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Felt Heart Mask
• DIY: Bon-Bon Candy Bowls
• Recipe: Painted-Heart Sugar Cookies
• DIY: Valentine Mail Bag

More from Minted:
• Valentine’s Day Cards
• Classroom Valentines
• Valentine’s Day Stickers & Accessories 

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The Perfect Holiday-Party Playlist

A holiday party is the perfect excuse to wear your favorite lipstick, shake up a signature drink, serve up some tasty snacks, and make merry with your nearest and dearest. Set the stage for a swinging night with this upbeat soundtrack of soulful sounds mixed with holiday classics that I put together just for you. Just remember to dim the lights, lower the music volume to promote conversation, and make sure every guest has a beverage. Happy merrymaking!

Listen to my Perfect Holiday-Party Playlist right here (total listening time: 1hr 12min).

Photo: Cover image via Fork Knife Swoon

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DIY: No-Sew Fabric Apron

I’m all about easy, last-minute solutions to tackle your holiday gift list. This fun, no-sew fabric apron would make for the perfect hostess gift, cookie-party favor, or everyday kitchen accessory. I always love making useful presents and this craft is very easy (no sewing machine necessary!). Plus, Minted has so many amazing fabric patterns to choose from, the options are endless.


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DIY: Fabric Coasters

Get creative this holiday season and pair your holiday cocktails with these simple no-sew fabric coasters. They’re a festive and budget-friendly way to add some personality to your party (they make great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers, too). Choose your favorite pattern from Minted’s collection of fabrics and then whip up these fun coasters in 10 minutes, flat (I promise!).

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Recipe: Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Looking for a simple, crowd-pleasing cocktail recipe to serve throughout the holiday season? Try this refreshing spin on a classic! It’s a cinch to make since it only requires two ingredients: dark rum and ginger beer. My friend introduced me to this cocktail during a weekend getaway to the Oregon coast and that’s all she wrote! I’ve been mixing this deliciously easy-drinking recipe ever since. (Fun fact: The original Bermudian method from 1800s calls for Gosling’s black rum and includes a great seafaring story.)

Dark and Stormy Cocktail
Makes one cocktail 

• 2 ounces dark rum (such as Kraken Spiced Rum)
• 3 ounces ginger beer (such as Bundaberg Ginger Beer)
• ½ ounce fresh lime juice (preferably organic)
• Ice

Place several ice cubes in a glass. Pour lime juice, followed by ginger beer. Top with dark rum; add a lime wedge and gently stir.

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DIY: Fringed Party Horns

Festive and full of fun, these little noisemakers will add instant flair to your next party. Hand them out to guests as they arrive at your celebration or display them at each place setting. Best of all, these party horns are easy to make and can be customized to complement any party theme.


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