Black-and-White Ice Cream Cone Wrappers (Free Printable!)

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… 

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Roundup: 10 Summer Cocktails to Help You Stay Cool

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.

Summer Cocktail Ideas: Strawberry Smash

1. Strawberry Smash // via The Coveteur

2. Grapefruit Fennel Fizz // via Jojotastic

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Baby Shower Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

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.

Brushed Boy” | “Little Cub” | “Chic Raindrops” | “Barnyard Baby Shower


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

Oh Baby Dots” | “Owl Girl” | “Over the Moon in Love” | “From the Very Start


For the most out-of-the-box baby shower invitation
Owl Girl” by Baumbirdy

Runners-Up: Hey Baby Baby” by Itsy Belle Studio | “Night Owl” by Susan Asbill
Reef” by Angela Marzuki


For the best design specifically created for one of our die-cut shapes
Elefante”  by Peetie Design

Runners-Up: The Pink Drink” by Anupama | “Little Deer” by Karidy Walker


For the best design for a boy
Baby Names”  by Jennifer Wick

Runners-Up: Team Player” by Loree Mayer | “Ahoy, Boy!” by Erica Krystek
New Buckaroo” by Pedestal Design Studio

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

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How To: Pack a Picnic Basket Like a Pro

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

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The Easiest Party Decorations, Ever

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.

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I bought my pom-pom fringe online in assorted colors from M&J Trimming. You local fabric store will also likely sell it by the yard; several colors are also available on Amazon, as well.

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More Easy Party Ideas
How to Throw a Killer Party on a Budget
DIY Fruity Party Printables (so perfect for summer shindigs!)
DIY Alphabet Crayon Favors 
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Quickfire Children’s Birthday Party Challenge: Special Prize Winners

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

Runners Up: “Simple Stars” by Lehan Veenker | “Head Bang” by Carrie O’Neal
“Confetti Pop
” by Jennifer Wick


For the most original, fresh take on a birthday party invite
Pops in the Park by Lori Wemple

Runners Up: “Mountaintop Birthday” by merry mack creative | “All Dolled Up” by Baumbirdy


For the best party invitation for a 1 year old
Dolcetti by chocomocacino

Runners Up: “Our Little One” by Lauren Chism | “This Guy” Baumbirdy |
“She’s One
” by JeAnna Casper


For the best multi-photo party invitation
Photo Fun by Lauren Chism

Runners Up: Photo Collage” by Shirley Lin Schneider | “Sugar Cubes” by pandercraft |
“Party Together
” by Jennifer Postorino

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DIY: Fruity Party Printables

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.

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fruit decorations

Click through to download the free printable

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How To: Throw a Killer Party on a Budget

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…

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DIY: Kids’ Felt Initial Banners

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

When planning our kids’ birthday parties, we love to combine a party activity that doubles as a favor. This felt banner is just that; plus, it’s easy and not too time-consuming to prep. It’s also economical (sometimes party-favor costs can add up so quickly!). All you need: felt sheets, mini dowel rods, glue, yarn, and scissors. Seriously, that’s it! Set up a table at the party stocked with craft supplies and the kids will have a blast making and decorating their own initial banner. 

Keep reading for the step-by-step instructions

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