If you haven’t wandered the scrapbooking aisle at your local craft store, you’re missing out. The scrapbooking supplies I love the most are chipboard letters and stickers—they can be used to customize anything from favors and treat bags to party hats. I found these colorful mini alphabet stickers the other day and, in just a few simple steps, transformed them into cake toppers that can spell out anything you’d like.1 COMMENT
Cupcakes and donuts have had their heyday, so what’s the next all-over-Instagram treat? My vote is for soft pretzels! And to show just how committed to them I am, I’ve designed an entire party around these doughy, chewy snacks.3 COMMENTS
By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois
Summertime means lots (and lots!) of ice cream, which is why we designed these modern black-and-white ice cream cone wrappers. They’re such a fun, easy way to dress up a plain ol’ sugar cone. Download and print them out to use at your next summer gathering—set up a toppings bar for the kids stocked with sprinkles, mini candies, granola, sliced fruit, and whipped cream and just start scooping!
Click through for the free ice cream cone wrapper printable…6 COMMENTS
Now that the temps are rising, beat the heat with these delicious, frosty, summer-inspired cocktails. Serve them ice-cold at your next alfresco dinner party—or even at your wedding reception!—and you might not need the A/C.
Click through for eight more summer cocktail ideas…2 COMMENTS
A beautifully designed baby shower invite is not only functional, but also serves as a baby album keepsake for generations to come. We challenged you, the talented Minted Design Community, to freshen up our collection with the most original baby shower invitations the world has ever seen. We were beyond blown away with the amount of creativity and risks taken in this challenge.
Congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups!
The Trifecta Award based on the strength of submissions to this challenge: Pistols
We selected one designer to receive guaranteed placement in the Minted catalog,
a homepage banner, and email to help build his or her brand on the site.
Collection Award for the designer who is guaranteed at least five total picks across the challenge and other challenges in the baby & kids category in the next year to build a design collection on Minted: Baumbirdy
For the most out-of-the-box baby shower invitation
“Owl Girl” by Baumbirdy
For the best design specifically created for one of our die-cut shapes
“Elefante” by Peetie Design
For the best design for a boy
“Baby Names” by Jennifer Wick
Click through to see more special prize winners from our invitation challenge…2 COMMENTS
Once upon a time we owned a pricey picnic basket, but after an evening of bocce (and vodka!) on the beach, it ended up either lost or stolen (we’re still not sure what happened). Now, I’m all about simplicity when it comes to picnics—an easy, affordable basket I can quickly fill with boxed sandwiches and some basic outdoor-eating staples. Want to make your own portable spread? Take a peek at my tips on packing the perfect basket for your alfresco meals this summer.
Keep reading for my best picnic-packing tips…1 COMMENT
Here’s another favorite tip of mine for throwing a party on a budget: Use pom-pom fringe! It’s so fun and festive on its own, and best of all: no DIY-ing required. All you need are removable hooks, a few strands of pom-pom fringe, and about three minutes—it’s easier than blowing up balloons. And since pom-pom fringe usually goes for about $2.50 a yard, it’s super budget friendly, as well.
• How to Throw a Killer Party on a Budget
• DIY Fruity Party Printables (so perfect for summer shindigs!)
• DIY Alphabet Crayon Favors
Announcing the special prize winners for our Quickfire Children’s Birthday Party Challenge! One of the most joyous memories of childhood is the delight of a birthday party. We were blown away by the many festive designs that truly set the tone for a magical celebration!
A huge congrats to all the winners!
For the best party invite featuring a full-bleed photo
Modern Birthday by Chryssi Tsoupanarias
For the most original, fresh take on a birthday party invite
Pops in the Park by Lori Wemple
For the best party invitation for a 1 year old
Dolcetti by chocomocacino
For the best multi-photo party invitation
Photo Fun by Lauren Chism
Click through to see more special prize winners from our invitation challenge…5 COMMENTS
Channel Carmen Miranda at your next summer party with these bright and colorful fruit printables. Stick ’em on the wall to creative a festive backdrop for photos or your dessert display. Best of all, this look couldn’t be easier to create. Grab the download for seven fun fruits below.
Click through to download the free printable…3 COMMENTS
Back when my husband was in law school, I worked part-time as a party planner throwing everything from baby showers to dinner parties. Throwing a festive shindig while staying on budget was a skill I picked up on the job—let’s just say I learned to make a dollar stretch. The key to throwing a great party on a budget? Keep reading for the #1 best party-planning trick I learned…1 COMMENT