DIY: Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love creating simple, easy-to-make handmade details to add to your the holiday table (especially helpful if you’re pressed for time!). Last year, we made leather-cording napkin ties with fresh eucalyptus; this year, we created these super-simple yarn tassels to use as napkin rings. These fun tassels add a pop of color and a handmade touch to each guest’s place setting. We used a light-blue wool yarn for the tassels and stamped guests’ names on mustard yellow card stock—the colors really popped against our black-and-white patterned napkins (“Criss-Crossed” by Hooray Creative). Keep reading for the full tutorial.

DIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring DIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

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DIY: Pumpkin Wine Stoppers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Thanksgiving is upon us—has November flown by or what? I always start the month with big plans to get ahead for the holidays, and every year I’m shocked when Christmas is a month away (whoa!) and I haven’t made a dent on my to-do list. But before I get ahead of myself, there’s Thanksgiving to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting dinner this year or heading out to celebrate with family, these simple pumpkin wine stoppers are the perfect way to add an autumnal touch to your Thanksgiving gathering. They literally take minutes to make, so they’re a great last-minute hostess gift or you could even whip up a bunch and give them as favors to your adult guests. Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep
DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep

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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!

Click through for the free printable and a tasty recipe for sweet potato pie


Throw a Kids’ Friendsgiving Party

Written by Alicia Johnson and Betsey Hodge of  Happy Wish Company

Planning a playdate soon and not quite sure what to do with the kiddos? We’re serving up a big ole’ slice of thanks with this fun Friendsgiving playdate party! When we saw this “A Slice of Thanks” invitation, we knew it would be perfect for our playdate—it’s the perfect opportunity for your children to express how thankful they are for all the sweet little friends in their lives. Keep reading for all of our decor and activity ideas to keep the kids busy and having fun!

Friendsgiving Party Ideas

For the party backdrop, we spelled out “Friendsgiving” in gold foil balloons and layered in a tissue tassel garland in brown, tan, peach, and mint. We filled glass milk bottles with apple cider and used twine to tie on straws. We added tissue tassels to the back of each chair, which adds the perfect pop of color.

Friendsgiving Party Ideas

DIY Flower Arrangement
Make this Friendsgiving playdate a memorable one by setting up an interactive kids’ table decorated just for them! Start with fresh flowers, since they always add color and life to any tablescape. You might even be able to save these centerpieces for your Thanksgiving dinner. Here is a very simple centerpiece DIY that everyone can do.

1. Purchase fall-looking flowers. Here we used kale, hypericum (red berries), safflower (orange), and thistles (purple).

2. Line wooden flower boxes with wet oasis floral foam.

3. Trim flower stems and insert into foam.

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DIY: Wooden-Bead Trivet for Thanksgiving

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

‘Tis the season for entertaining! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home or are headed somewhere else, these wooden-bead trivets are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal. With all of the piping-hot dishes headed to the dining table, chances are you’ll be searching for something to set them on. These simple trivets are easy and inexpensive to make and look great display on the tabletop. Make several ahead of time or set up an activity table to keep the kids entertained while waiting for the meal to be served. You can also create an extra set and package them up as the perfect hostess gift!

Homemade gift idea for DIY wood bead trivets.Wood Bead Trivet DIY

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DIY: No-Sew Thanksgiving “Grateful” Banner

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Thanksgiving prep, for our families, involves a number of things: planning festive holiday-weekend activities, menu planning for the big day, and, above all else, practicing being grateful. Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our busy schedules and reflect on gratitude, and today we are delighted to share this simple fabric banner project showcasing the word “grateful.” This no-sew banner only requires an iron and fusible hemming tape; we used a neutral grey linen for the banner paired with mustard yellow for the hand-painted word.

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Spaces & Places Art Challenge: Special Prizes

We’re excited to announce the Special Prize winners of our Spaces & Places Art Challenge! In this Challenge, we looked for artwork and photography that was inspired by a location. We were in awe of the diverse perspectives and unique interpretations of locations represented in the submissions.

Urban Photography Award

For the best piece of photography inspired by an urban place.
Empire State by Kaitlin Rebesco

Point of View Award

For the most unique interpretation or viewpoint of an iconic place or building.
Sydney Rising by Maja Cunningham

Vintage Edition Award

For the best antique or vintage inspired photograph.
montreal Cafe by kerri dougherty

Diptych Award

For the art that showcases the characters that make up a community.
Palm i and Palm ii by Annie Montgomery

People Make the Place Award

For the art that showcases the characters that make up a community.
Ponte del Ciolo by Sandro Portaluri

Pastoral Award

For the best piece inspired by a rustic scene.
House in the Woods by Ekaterina Romanova

La Grande Fête Award

For the best piece inspired by a festive location or scene.
Sky Coasters by Stephanie Sherman

Behind the Piece Award

For the piece that has the most interesting story.
Silver and Gold by Stephanie Sherman

“This painting is based on a photo I took from the ferry crossing between Seattle and my home on Bainbridge Island. Gray can be overwhelming here in the winter months but I’ve come to appreciate the many shades of gray found in the Pacific Northwest as seen in the green, gold, lavender and blue tones in this piece.” – Kelly Johnston

Winning Shot Award

For the best piece inspired by your favorite sports oriented location.
Santa Barbara Skate i by Kamala Nahas

Tropic of Cancer Award

For the best bright piece inspired by a tropical place.
Looking Far West by sue prue

By Land or By Sea Award

For the best piece that depicts travel from one place to another.
Cite by Emily Coey

Published on November 11, 2016

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2016 Non-Photo & Corporate Holiday Cards: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our No Business Like Snow Business Holiday Non-Photo and Corporate Card Challenge (non-foil and foil). We announced the top-voted winners and Editors’ Picks for these Challenges back in September, and we’re thrilled to share the Special Prizes winners with you now.

Outside the Box Award

For the most innovative non-photo or corporate holiday card that you wouldn’t find on other sites.
Season’s Best by Shannon

Oh Come All Ye Faithful Award

Best religious Christmas card.
Reyes Magos by Belia Simm

Merry Gentlemen Award

Best simple (but still interesting!) masculine design using neutral colors (think blue, black, gray, brown).
Snowfall by Baumbirdy

Home is Where the Heart Is Award

Best design that showcases a specific state or location and could be used as a holiday card and/or moving announcement.
Greetings From by Rebecca Turner

Holly Jolly Award

Funniest card that just makes you laugh.
Obligatory Christmas Card by Christine Taylor

What a Year! Award

Best reinvents the “annual letter” in which families share major milestones from their year.
 12 Awesome Days by merry mack creative

Gratitude Award

Card that best communicates gratitude.
Leaf + Berries by Three Kisses Studio

Company Logo Award

For the best design that incorporates a company logo.
Floral Letters with Cardinals by Four Wet Feet Studio

New Year Cheer Award

Best New Years design and greeting.
Radiant by Aspacia Kusulas

Most Wonderful Type Award

Design that introduces the best font that we purchase and add to the Minted Font List.
Abstract Merry Bright Fir Trees by erika firm

Deck the Halls Award

Best showcases one of Minted’s die-cut shapes.
Holiday Swirl by Julie Murray

Silver Bells Award

Most elegant design that appeals to more traditional customers while still being fresh.
Love, Peace, Prosperity by Susan Moyal

Curvilinear Award

Best design that puts customers’ names or other personalizable details on a curvilinear path.
Snowglobe Terrarium by JeAnna Casper

Copywriter Award

Clever wording to reinvent typical holiday greetings (like “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas”, and “Happy New Year”).
Happy Hibernation by Eve Schultz

Go Tell it Award

Best design incorporating stats & data from the year in a fun way.
Noisette by chocomocacino

Published November 10, 2016


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Recipe: Sawdust Pie with Bananas and Whipped Cream

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, my mind is on PIE! I’ve never been a huge pumpkin-pie fan, so it’s always a good excuse to explore other delicious pie flavors for turkey dinner. One of my favorite pies to make at this time of year is Sawdust Pie—I was first introduced to it a few years ago while browsing Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I made the pie a couple of times that year, including for Thanksgiving at my parents’ house, and I’ve been itching to make it again ever since.

Sawdust Pie is filled with chocolate chips, pecans, shredded coconut, and graham cracker crumbs. Topped with banana slices and fresh whipped cream, it makes a delicious addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table!

I like to think of Sawdust Pie as Magic Cookie Bars in pie form. Magic Cookie Bars are those delicious, ridiculously easy bar cookies made with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pecans on a graham cracker crust, all held together with sweetened condensed milk. They’re a childhood bake sale favorite, and Sawdust Pie captures all of those magical flavors, stuffs them in a pastry crust, and tops them with fresh bananas and piles of whipped cream. Take a walk on the wild side this Thanksgiving  and add Sawdust Pie to your dessert lineup!

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Pin Your Holiday Gift List with Minted + Chronicle Books


UPDATE: Contest extended to 12/3/2016! Happy Pinning!

Move over, Santa. Minted has partnered with Chronicle Books to help make your holiday celebrations a little easier this season. Create and share your holiday gift list with us to enter for the chance to win $1300 in credit from Chronicle Books and Minted.

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