Recipe: Blackberry, Cucumber, and Mint Popsicles

Looking for ways to beat the heat? Stay cool with these easy-to-make (and super hydrating!) popsicles infused with blackberries, cucumbers, and fresh mint. All you need to do is start with chilled cucumber-mint water (my favorite summertime drink!) and add a handful of your favorite berries to make this deliciously refreshing (and practically calorie-free!) icy treat.

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DIY: Personalized Flower Wrap (Perfect for Mother’s Day!)

If you’re giving your mama a bouquet of fresh-picked blooms this Mother’s Day, take your gift to the next level by ditching the generic packaging and presenting the flowers in a personalized flower wrap. In your best penmanship, hand-letter a meaningful quote, poem, song lyric, or compliment to express your gratitude and love.

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DIY: How to Make Mini “Naked” Cakes

Spring flowers are blooming left and right, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a fun (and inexpensive!) dessert adorned in spring blooms? “Naked” (a.k.a. unfrosted) cakes are huge right now—I’ve created several variations and today, I wanted to share an easy tutorial on making miniature versions of this popular dessert. Once you’re done baking and assembling the mini cakes, decorate them with your favorite spring blossoms!

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Recipe: Golden Lass Cocktail (with free printable coasters!)

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and if you, like me, are in search of a festive libation that doesn’t leave your mouth stained bright green, then this is the recipe for you. Simple and refreshing, the Golden Lass is a delicious, ladylike cocktail that combines sparkling lemonade, Irish whiskey, and honey. What’s even sweeter? Our free, hand-lettered printable drink coasters! They’re the perfect addition to any party.

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DIY: Quick and Easy Heart-Shaped Brooches

If you’re scrambling to find a simple Valentine’s Day craft that you can pull off by Saturday, then this is the project for you. These easy-to-make heart brooches are crafted from wool-blend felt, which is one of my favorite fabrics to work with since it won’t unravel when cut. Whip up a bunch of these heart brooches, then play Cupid this weekend and pass them out to all your sweeties.

DIY: Quick and Easy Heart-Shaped Brooches

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Cupcake Toppers

Spread the love this Valentine’s Day with this simple and stylish DIY craft. Pipe cleaners are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors, styles, and textures, so the options are endless. Impress your dearest by topping off a little treat with these sweet tokens of affection.

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The Perfect Cocktail Party Playlist

If you’re hosting a holiday soirée this weekend but aren’t sure what tunes to cue up, look no further. I’ve compiled the perfect party playlist for those in need of fresh, mingle-ready melodies.

Selecting music is one of the most fun steps when you’re hosting a party—I usually try to pick a mix of songs that are upbeat and festive, but aren’t overly recognizable and distracting. This playlist includes mix of musical genres, and all songs are guaranteed to induce head-bobbing and mingling. Just remember to set the volume at a moderate level—conversation comes first, so keep it low enough to talk easily, yet robust enough to give your gathering a vibrant energy. Print the track list below in case any inquiring minds want to know; you could also give the playlist to guests as a take-home party favor. Enjoy!

Listen to Brandy’s Perfect Cocktail-Party Playlist right here (total listening time: 1hr 10min).

Photo: Cover image via The Simply Luxurious Life

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How To: Throw the Perfect Holiday Party in Five Easy Steps

The holiday season means plenty of gatherings, parties, and hosting duties, all of which can certainly get a little overwhelming. Organization is always key to ensuring a stress-free event. To help you stay on top of things and handle everything with grace, I’ve laid out five easy steps for hosting the perfect holiday party.

This metallic-tinged tablescape inspired me to create some coordinating party elements below.

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Recipe: Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

October is often your last chance to relax before ramping up for the busy holiday season. So, in honor of all things cozy and warm, I wanted to share this delicious homemade buttermilk scone recipe with you. Enjoy them yourself, of course, but don’t forget that baked goodies are a great, inexpensive gift to give—simply attach a thank-you note or include the treats in a get-well-soon basket (just remember to inquire about food sensitivities and allergies!).

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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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