DIY: Thanksgiving Turkey Macarons

While they may not be ready to assist with Thanksgiving dinner prep just yet, your littlest guests can help decorate the table with these DIY turkey macarons. This project is simple enough for kids big and small—they’ll have a ton of fun making (and eating!) them while the turkey’s still in the oven.

DIY turkey macarons

DIY turkey macarons

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Recipe: Classic Cranberry Sauce (With Printable Gift Label!)

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Susan Brown
Where you’re based: Menomonie, WI
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011
My favorite thing about the holidays is… having our son and his fiancé home for a few days.
This year, I’m thankful for… good friends, good books, and gold foil!
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving unless… my family fights over the dark meat.
Stuffing—love it or loathe it? Love it (especially mine!).

There is little that signals the approaching holidays better than the bright red cranberry bogs along Wisconsin’s highways. Since Wisconsin is the biggest producer of this versatile berry, it seemed only natural to share this simple Thanksgiving recipe for fresh cranberry sauce with you. And if you’ve never made this tasty, tart sauce before, I hope it will become a tradition in your family, too.I like to make an extra-large batch of cranberry sauce and spoon it into small canning jars to give as a parting gift. That way, when I’m passing out Thanksgiving leftovers for guests to take home, I include a jar so everyone can enjoy turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce the next day.  —Susan

Keep reading for Susan’s easy-to-make cranberry sauce recipe…


Minted + Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Giveaway!

At Minted, we’re all about celebrating your children’s milestone moments, which is why we love our friends at Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. They carry the cutest baby and kids’ products—everything from nursery bedding and felt-animal mobiles to play room tents and furniture. Their products are the perfect complement to any Minted party and I had so much fun dreaming up three themed celebrations (featured below): a race car-themed birthday party, baby’s first year, and a birthday party campout.

We also teamed up with them to offer an amazing $500 giveaway exclusively for Julep readers: one lucky winner will score a $250 gift card to Minted + $250 gift card to Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. Click through below to find out how you can win!

Celebration #1: Race Car Birthday Party
1. The perfect party invitation: “The Right Track” by Kelli Hall for Minted.
2. A vintage race car for your littlest driver: Roadster Scoot from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.
3. Turn the drinks table into a fuel station with these free Juice Box printables by Kelli Hall for Julep.
4. Top simply frosted cupcakes with these black-and-white checkered flags.
5. Cherry-flavored lollipops make the perfect party favor.
6. This garage-themed playhouse from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child is guaranteed fun.


Design to Dish: Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

By Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons. It happens during the fall, my favorite time of year, there are a million delicious things to eat, and it’s a simple holiday focused on family, love, and gratitude. I’ve always wanted to host a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner filled with mouth-watering food and beautiful details. Some of my favorites—including my grandmother’s delicious pumpkin muffins recipe (perfect for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning!)—are featured below.

thanksgiving breakfast harvest pumpkin muffins

I decided to go in a slightly new direction with the recipe for this post. When we think of Thanksgiving, we always think of dinner, but what about breakfast? For lots of us, Thanksgiving means house guests, and who wants to make a huge breakfast right before making a huge dinner? At the same time, something quick and easy like cold cereal isn’t quite special enough for a holiday or for out-of-town company. These delicious pumpkin muffins are a happy medium: they are quick and easy to make, and taste amazing. If you make the full recipe, there will be enough muffins to feed the army of relatives camped out in your living room!

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DIY: Printable Advent Calendar

diy advent calendar
I love advent calendars. I’m not sure if it’s the excitement that Christmas is near or the promise of a piece of chocolate every day, but each year I look forward to coming up with a new way to enjoy the countdown.

This year’s advent calendar is Scandinavian-inspired and comes ready for you to print and make at home. Get the free download after the jump…


Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels (Free Printable!)

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? We’e celebrating the holiday with friends and family in L.A. this year and are busy planning all aspects of the epic meal (side note: Did I order the turkey yet?! Eek!). After the turkey has been carved and the pumpkin pie completely devoured, you’ll eventually need to pack up the leftovers and send them home with your dinner guests. Do this in style using the free printable label we created just for you.

Keep reading for the instructions and Thanksgiving leftovers takeout-container printable…

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Day Planner, Notebook, and Address Book Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re big believers that it never hurts to have a notebook handy for your to-do lists, notes-to-self, and, of course, those brilliant ah-ha! moments. When we asked our Minted community of designers to show us their visions for new notebook designs, we wanted them to create something worthy of being carted around through life’s everyday moments. The results were more lovely than we could have imagined! From fanciful color palettes to refined fonts and typefaces, there’s truly something for everyone. The winners of the One For the Books! Day Planner, Notebook, and Address Book Challenge listed below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations!

Perfect Pic Award for the best design that incorporates one photo in a minimalist or full-bleed design: “Tabbed Monogram” by Teresa Lang

Proving once and for all that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication, Teresa’s “Tabbed Monogram” is a gorgeous use of one large photo to showcase an elegant monogram. The distinct outline draws the eye into the photo, while the typographic colorblock adds a bold focal point.


Currently Loving: Cozy Modern

As the winter months approach, I feel more and more like going into hibernation mode. Preferably curling up in one of these spaces—they’re cozy and intimate, and done in perfectly soothing shades of gray to keep you warm all season long. They don’t feel quaint or old fashioned, though, instead they feel modern and sleek, like your favorite cashmere sweater. Like this image above —a beautifully classic egg chair paired with wonderful Scandinavian materials and textures. I could sit here by the fire and watch the snow fall for hours.

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Makers Night: New York City (You’re Invited!)

New York City, you’re next! Last week, we kicked off our brand-new Maker Nights series in Atlanta, where a lovely group of folks gathered for an evening of making, crafting, and merriment. This week, we’re coming to the Big Apple and you’re invited to join us this Thursday (November 13) in the West Village at Little Owl – The Venue. The wonderful Vané Broussard of Brooklyn Bride is hosting our New York City Makers Night and everyone in attendance will be making their pinboard from Minted frames and our new fabrics—they’re perfect for displaying this year’s batch of holiday cards. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP by emailing Hope to see you there!