A Moody Color Palette for Your Thanksgiving Table

Written by Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

I’ve never been into the traditional holiday color palettes, so when fall comes along, the first thing I do is brainstorm how I can avoid having anything orange in my house (even the pumpkins we buy are never the traditional types!). Well, how the heck do you decorate your Thanksgiving table then? My advice: Get moody. And by that I mean with your color scheme, not with your roommate or spouse. This unexpected palette of matte black, wood tones, grey, copper, and lots of green creates a fall vibe at the table without looking like you brought home all of the orange and brown decorations from the Thanksgiving aisle at the grocery store. Here are my tips to achieve this look.

Thanksgiving Decor Tabletop Inspiration

Keep reading for Lauren’s advice on creative a moody Thanksgiving tablescape

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year’s Challenge: Special Prize Winners

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…let’s get ready to toast to 2016! Each year we see New Year’s cards become a bigger trend among customers who are too busy having fun over the holidays. We asked you, our talented Minted community, to really wow the world with original designs that ring in 2016 with a bang! We’re raising our glasses to all the winners and runners-up – congratulations everyone!

For the most unconventional, unique design 
that you wouldn’t find on any other site

Diamond New Year” by Chica Design

For the best way of displaying the numbers “2016 
2016” by Cass Loh

Runners-Up: Bubbly” by Leah Bisch | “Glass of Bubbly” by GeekInk Design
Mid Century New Year” by Pistols

For the best clever, witty or funny card 
Bubbly Birth” by Lori Wemple

Runner-Up: So Last Year” by Carolyn MacLaren

For the card that uses clever wording to 
reinvent the typical new year’s greeting 
Countdown to 2016!” by Lily Metcalf

 For the most elegant, timeless new year’s design  
New Year Wishes” by Erica Krystek

Runners-Up: Deco” by Fine and Dandy Paperie | “Classic Type” by Kelly Schmidt

For the best design that celebrates what’s
 new and exciting in someone’s life  
New Year, New View” by Bethany Anderson

Runners-Up: From the Crib, No.9” by Frooted Design | “New Story” by GeekInk Design
Ringing” by Lauren Chism

For the best design that showcases multiple photos  
Intertwined” by Ann Gardner

Runners-Up: Engraved Numerals” by Jennifer Wick | “Thatched” by Fig and Cotton Paperie

For the best full-bleed photo card 
Confetti Toss” by Lehan Veenker

Runner-Up: Festive Flourish” by Kristie Kern

For the best design with elements
that would truly shine in foil
Gold Etched” by Erica Krystek

Runners-Up: Gilded Pointillism” by Aspacia Kusulas | Jewel Frame” by Ana Sharpe
a-MAZE-ing” by Kissyfish

For the best design that puts personalizable details on a curvilinear path 
2016 New Year Swash” by fatfatin

Runners-Up: Golden Cheers 2016” by Helen H Wu | Party Hats” by Hanna McShan

For the best design from a first-time entrant  
MMXVI” by Tina Kuczaj

Images created by Leah Conroy

Celebrate Innovation Award – will be announced at a later date

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Throw a Hot Cocoa-Themed Party this Holiday Season

Whether you’re planning to host a holiday tree-trimming party, kid’s birthday celebration, or even a wintry-themed bridal or baby shower, we love the idea of a cozy hot cocoa theme. The party-throwing geniuses over at Happy Wish Company were so inspired by Minted’s “Hot Cocoa Bar” holiday invitation that they created this very merry hot chocolate party. Keep reading for their tips on how to recreate it at home.

Holiday Party Idea: Hot Cocoa


DIY: Thanksgiving Pie Topper

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Whenever I bake a cake or pie, I can’t help but want to top it with some cute decorations. Since Thanksgiving dinner is all about the pie (well, for me it is!) I thought this simple laurel-wreath topper would be just perfect. Use whatever color crepe paper you like, or use neutrals to keep the look simple and modern.

Thanksgiving Pie Topper

Click through for the step-by-step instructions …


Design to Impress Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Just in time for the holidays, Minted pioneered a new printing technique that combines the unmistakable feel and luxury of letterpress with a digitally-printed photo card. We looked to you, our talented Minted community, to create modern designs in bold, vibrant colors that have never been seen before. We were blown away with how many imaginative and fun designs we received! They’re almost too beautiful to mail. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

For the best design using bright, non-traditional colors
Chunky Type” by Aspacia Kusulas

Runner-Up: Bright & Jolly! by Oma N. Ramkhelawan

For the best design featuring bold text or 
thick lines or design elements 
Floral Joy” by Katharine Watson

For the design that best gives the impression of a full bleed photo
Pressed Pine” by Jessica Williams

Runner-Up: “Much Joy” by Paper Dahlia

For the most unconventional, unique design in the
challenge that you couldn’t find on any other site

Pressed for Joy” by Phrosne Ras

Runner-Up: Merry Graffiti by Lehan Veenker

Click through to see more special prize winners from our invitation challenge

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DIY: Thanksgiving Place-Card Snacks

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes & Cutlery

Oh no! Your guests have arrived but the turkey isn’t done yet! Have no fear: These DIY place-card snacks not only point guests to their seats but also give them something to munch on while they wait. Because everyone will appreciate a little pre-game snack before the main course!

DIY Thanksgiving Snack Place CardsSet out these individual snack trays to keep your guests in good spirits
as they wait for dinner to be served.

Click through for instructions on how to make these DIY Thanksgiving Snack Place Cards…


DIY: Portrait Place Cards

Sometimes place cards feel a bit stuffy, but if you take this fun “floating head” approach for your Thanksgiving table, guests will have a good laugh instead of grumbling that they’re not sitting in front of the rolls.

thanksgiving table ideas
place cards

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DIY: Simple Thanksgiving Place Setting

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Now that its November, I’ve got holiday entertaining on my mind. I love hosting dinner parties but always wish I had more time to create a pretty “tablescape” for the meal. What usually ends up happening is that I spend the majority of time cleaning the house and preparing the food instead of decorating. But this year, I’m determined to carve out time to make some simple table decorations. My preference is to incorporate fresh flowers and greenery from my local flower mart and today, I’m sharing a quick and easy way to add a lovely natural element to your Thanksgiving place settings.

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No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

Happy Halloween! If you waited until the last minute to purchase your Halloween candy and pumpkins (hand raised right here!), then skip the time-intensive carving and opt for one of these just-as-creative no-carve ideas instead.

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

1. Gold Confetti Pumpkins via Homey Oh My!

2. Sprinkle Donut Pumpkins via Studio DIY

3. Brushstroke Pumpkins via The Merrythought

4. Mummified Pumpkin via Better Homes and Gardens

5. Spider Web Pumpkins via Woman’s Day

6. Fall Foliage Pumpkins via Country Living


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Chic Halloween Decor in One Easy Step

Written by Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

The older I get, the less I want to decorate my house in traditional Halloween colors. If we are going to have decorations up for weeks at a time, I want it to look great—after all, I’m going to look at it every day! So this month has been all about brainstorming chic ideas with a spooky twist, which lead me to my new secret weapon for Halloween decorating, beakers. They give off a creepy laboratory vibe when paired with moody colors and maybe a spider web or two. Here are a few ways you can update the bar for your Halloween bash if you grab just a few.

Halloween BarBeaker Cocktail Glasses

• I ordered a few sets of beakers on Amazon: the cylinder shape and the flask shape.

Creative Halloween Ideas

Bar Styling Ideas Add treats and snacks in the wide-mouth beakers.

Halloween Cocktails Mix drinks and add stirrers and straws to turn them into the perfect Halloween cocktail glass.

Halloween Cocktail Ideas The larger pieces in the sets make perfect pitchers or vases for flowers!

Beakers Beaker Flower Arrangements

These beakers got my bar Halloween-ready with minimal effort. I did the same things I always do for guests, just in interesting containers! Great for any last minute decorating or putting that finishing touch on your decor.


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