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.

Click through for all of our last-minute Thanksgiving ideas…

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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.

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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 rsvp@minted.com. Hope to see you there!


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Minted Real Wedding: Grace & Michael at Reif Estate Winery

For today’s Minted Real Wedding, we’re heading to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, where Grace and Mike hosted a farmers’ market-inspired wedding on the grounds of an elegant winery. Beneath the lush canopy of a towering tree, the couple exchanged vows and then celebrated with their 117 guests during their alfresco garden luncheon.

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.

Reif Estate wedding, Niagara, Ontario

Bride’s name: Grace Foo
Groom’s name: Michael Armstrong
Wedding date: July 21, 2013 
Location: Grand Victorian mansion at Reif Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Number of guests: 117
Minted wedding invitation: “White Shadows” (letterpressed) by Jessica Williams for Minted
Photographer: Andrew Mark Photography 

Keep reading to see more details from Grace and Michael’s beautiful wedding.

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Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Kristi Kohut

This month, Minted artist Kristi Kohut of Hapi Art and Pattern gives Domino magazine a tour of her chic, art-filled Chicago home. We’re big fans of Kristi’s bright, bold pieces, and she chats with the magazine’s editors about how she decided to pursue art as career (instead of advertising!), where she draws inspiration, and how she goes about decorating her own home. You can purchase one of Kristi’s bold and beautiful pieces for yourself in her Minted shop, and don’t forget to check out all of the previous Art Home With a Minted Artist features.

Photos: Karen Forsyth of Tallulah Lane

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Elements of Style: Dark Romance

Who says floral prints are only for spring? Taking cues from the recent fashion runways—where dark, painterly flowers were all the rage—luxe, moody florals take root for fall, adding an elegant-yet-edgy undertone that’s well-suited for an autumnal wedding.

Dark floral patterns for a fall wedding

1. SEND // this invite
Floral Chalkboard” invitation by Kristie Kern for Minted

2. PICK // this dress for your bridesmaids
Floral-print knee-length dress from ASOS

3. CARRY // this bouquet
Bouquet of dahlias, chrysanthemums, and dusty miller by the Seasonal Bouquet Project

4. PACK // for the honeymoon
“Opulent Blooms” polycarbonate suitcase by Ted Baker

5. CUT // this cake
Dark chocolate-covered cake with sugar flowers by Jonathan Caleb

6. GIVE // these favors
Dark chocolate and mixed berries chocolate bar by Compartés

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How To: Get Great Family Photos (For Your Holiday Cards!)

Minted’s newest collection of holiday cards is now available (you can also see all of the winning holiday photo-card designs right here!), which means it’s time to start thinking about which card you’ll be mailing out this holiday season. If you decide to go the photo-card route, we know it can be a daunting task deciding on a single photo that perfectly captures your family. To help, I interviewed San Francisco-based kids photographer Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Co.—she photographs our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy’s holiday-card photo every year!—for her best tips on getting beautiful family pictures you’ll treasure for years to come.

1. Find the right photographer.
Make sure your photographer enjoys shooting kids. If you still have last year’s batch of holiday cards, go through the stack and pull a couple of favorites, then ask your friends who their photographer was. “Word of mouth is really the best recommendation,” says Sarah.

See Sarah’s seven other genius tips after the jump…

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Elements of Style: Delft Blues

Delftware, the beautiful blue-and-white pottery that originated from Holland, may be more than 500 years old but it’s totally having a moment right now. In pretty blue shades ranging from vivid cobalt and ultramarine to elegant lapis and navy, these Delft-inspired floral patterns are a fresh and modern way to reinterpret a classic blue-and-white wedding palette.


1. SEND // this invite
“Floral Frame” letterpress invitation by Lori Wemple for Minted

2. WEAR // this wedding dress
Illusion-neckline gown with blue-and-white floral-patterned skirt by Francesca Miranda

3. CARRY // this bouquet
Bouquet of ranunculuses, dusty miller, and viburnum leaves by Stems & Styles

4. PUT ON // these heels
Floral-printed heels by L.K. Bennett

5. CUT // this cake
Blue-and-white wedding cake by Alma Pasteles

6. EXCHANGE  // your vows here
Affix pretty blue-and-white plates to a wall to create a unique, DIY ceremony backdrop

7. GIVE // these favors
Delft-patterned cookies via Pinterest

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Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Kelli Hall

Domino magazine’s monthly tour of a Minted artist’s home just went live and September’s cover girl is none other than our very own Kelli Hall. It’s no big surprise that we’re huge fans of Kelli’s work, from her abstract paintings to her modern-minimalist stationery designs. Head on over to Domino for a sneak peek into Kelli’s clean, bright-white home (those pristine white floors!) and read her Q&A with the editor to find out what’s inspiring her these days and what she counts as her most-prized possession. While you’re at it, check out all of the previous Art Home With a Minted Artist features.

Featured Minted art (above, clockwise from top left): Opus by Katie Craig; St. Paul’s Cathedral, London by 45wall design; Looking Forward by Hannah Perrine Mode; Artisan by Marabou Design; and Sleepy Kitty by Tyler Tea

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Minted Real Wedding: Julia & Deric in Seattle

Today’s Minted Real Wedding took place in Seattle at the elegant Escala building (a.k.a. the real-life setting for 50 Shades of Grey). Julia and Deric—who met while working together at J.Crew!—hosted a sophisticated and formal wedding with lots of black-and-white details with glints of gold.

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’s name: Julia Lara
Groom’s name: Deric Latendresse
Wedding date: February 1, 2014 (which happened to be their seven-year anniversary!)
Location: Escala in Seattle
Minted wedding invitation: “A Glamorous Affair” by Kristen Smith
Photographer: Carina Skrobecki
Calligrapher: Carolyn Kach
Wedding Coordinator: It’s Your Day

Keep reading to see more details from Julia and Deric’s beautiful wedding.

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