Elements of Style: Island Escape

Escape the winter cold by hosting a destination wedding at your favorite island getaway, where the sand is sugar-fine, the cocktails are ice-cold, and summer temperatures always await.

1. SEND // this invite
Set the mood for a seaside soirée with this “Painted Sea” invitation by Laura Condouris for Minted.

2. SERVE // these drinks
During cocktail hour, have bartenders crack open fresh coconuts and serve them to guests.

3. WEAR // this wedding dress (sans shoes, of course!)
This silk-chiffon gown from J.Crew is flowy and lightweight—perfect for the beach.

4. CUT // this cake
This ocean-inspired confection by Fondant Flinger features fondant ruffles resembling waves and a sugar-sand top tier.

5. TUCK // these into welcome bags
Miniature coconut-milk-and-mango candles will make guests’ hotel rooms feel much more cozy.

6. DECORATE // with these centerpieces
Ask your florist for a mix of dahlias, orchids, and ferns in bright, tropical hues.

7. GIVE // this to your bridesmaids
They’ll adore this island-inspired perfume with notes of ginger, tuberose, and frangipani.

8. EXCHANGE VOWS // right here
Say “I do” beneath a bamboo ceremony structure decorated with chiffon and mokara orchids.

Photo credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

More Wedding Style Ideas:
• Wedding Trend: Dark Florals
• Wedding Trend: Delft Blues
Wedding Trend: Bold Brushstrokes


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Minted Real Wedding: Leah & Mike in Albuquerque, NM

Today’s stunning Minted Real Wedding takes place at Los Poblanos, a historic inn and lavender farm in Albuquerque, where San Francisco-based couple Leah and Mike (who first met as roommates via Craigslist!) hosted a stylish, black-tie destination wedding for their 135 guests.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Bride and groom: Leah and Mike
Based in: San Francisco
Wedding date: July 27, 2014
Location: Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Number of guests: 135
Minted wedding invitation: “Charming Go Lightly” (letterpressed) by Cheree Berry Paper
Photographer: Pat Furey

How did you and Mike meet?
We were roommates in San Francisco—Craigslist!

Tell us about the proposal!
It happened in the garden at my parents’ house.

How did you find your wedding venue?
My family went to Los Poblanos on vacation and fell in love with it. We’re from California and New York, and decided to have a destination wedding there.

Click through to see more details from Leah and Mike’s beautiful wedding

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DIY: Gold Holiday Laurel Leaf

‘Tis the season to dress up your front door or mantel with something merry and festive. But instead of a traditional fir wreath, make this elegant, gilded laurel using foraged leaves and spray paint—it’s an easy DIY project and is guaranteed to make your front door stand out.

DIY Gold Holiday Wreath with Fresh Leaves

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DIY: Printable Family-Trivia Game

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: Kim Dietrich Elam
Where you’re based: Cincinnati, OH
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011
Favorite thing about the holidays: Spending time with family

My dad’s side of our family is rather large—he’s one of ten children!—which means the stories shared at family gatherings are both too numerous to count and too entertaining not to recount. There’s an endless supply of trivia, and since there are so many family members, it’s pretty much guaranteed that no one knows all the answers. Some fun family facts I’ve recently learned: In 1971, my Uncle Jay defeated my dad and his seven brothers at ping pong. My grandmother, Anna Louise, always displayed her nativity set in the fireplace every Christmas. My Uncle Bobby caught the sailfish that hung in my grandparents’ basement.

One year, to preserve all of our family’s wonderful stories, I made little tins for everyone that contained cards printed with family-trivia questions, with the answers on the back. They were a big hit and made such a wonderful family keepsake, and I thought they might make a lovely little tradition in your family, too.  —Kim

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Top 10 Holiday Cookie Recipes

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.

This is the time of year to break out the cookie cutters and load up on sprinkles, and I wanted to share my favorite holiday-cookie recipes with my friends and readers. For me, the best thing about baking holiday cookies is getting to spend time in the kitchen with my two daughters, who are one and three years old. My oldest daughter, especially, loves using the cookie cutters and is very meticulous with her sprinkles! And my youngest enjoys the dance parties we have in our kitchen while the cookies are baking in the oven. Its a win-win for everyone in my house. I hope you enjoy the cookie recipes!  —Kimberly

Click through for Kimberly’s 10 favorite holiday cookie recipes


How To Display Your Holiday Cards: Binder-Ring Flipbook

This simple-yet-genius idea comes to us from Ashley Muir Bruhn of the wonderful blog Hither & Thither. Instead of letting her just-received holiday cards pile up on counter, she corrals them together using a simple binder ring, essentially creating a friends and family flipbook. “My son Hudson loves looking through them,” says Ashley, “and it’s a nice way for me to talk to him about loved ones whom we don’t get to see often.”

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Makers Night: Ornament-Making in Atlanta (You’re Invited!)

If you live in Atlanta, please join us for an evening of making and merriment as we DIY our own holiday ornaments with Chanel Dror from the wonderful blog Camille Styles. We’ll be hosting the event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Minted’s studio space at The Goat Farm, an arts center in Atlanta. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP by emailing rsvp@minted.com. Hope to see you there!

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We Made a Video With Oh Happy Day’s Jordan Ferney!

We’re huge fans of Jordan Ferney’s wonderfully whimsical blog Oh Happy Day and are so excited to share this fun video we made featuring Jordan and her favorite Minted art prints (they make the best holiday gift!). Minted is based in San Francisco, where Jordan and her family reside, and we love spotting her beyond-cute, vintage Fiat parked around town (it makes a cameo in the video, too!). Enjoy our little holiday video—we made it shop-able, so anytime you see a Minted art print, mouse over and click to get the full scoop!


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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Ideas (In Under 10 Minutes!)

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, friends! We’re down to the wire and if you’re scrambling for time, don’t panic. We have six super-simple ideas that will guarantee a beautiful (and stress-free!) Thanksgiving celebration in under ten minutes, flat.

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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.