Tropical Wedding Welcome Gift and DIY Treat Bags

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

For my sister’s wedding in Panama, I crafted a tropical welcome gift for her guests: Complete with little details unique to the couple and paper goods to celebrate their beach destination. We included fun Latin-themed pieces like a Spanish phrase card, found creative ways to tackle the hurdle of stuffing all the boxes in my carry-on and even managed to add in a treat from their beloved dogs who stayed stateside. Check out my post for more on the process and a quick diy for mini treat bags…



By Celisse Muller, Customer Care Lead at Minted

Not quite pink, but not quite purple either, Radiant Orchid was announced as Pantone’s 2014 color of the year:

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.


Snazzy Swizzle Sticks: DIY Disco Ball Drink Stirrers

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt.

You might not have seen it coming but I am calling it now, disco balls are hot. I’m sure your Pinterest feed is filled with them. Stay on trend and add a touch of sparkle and fun to your bar cart or next party and make these easy disco ball swizzle sticks. I found mini (teeny tiny) disco balls at my local party store which also carries a variety of disco balls and goodies for displays. These tiny disco balls have real tiny glass squares for extra sparkle. The squares are on a styrofoam ball so attaching them is really simple.These would pair nicely for Valentine’s Day with this heart disco ball last week.

You will need:

tiny disco balls (1 1/8″ diameter) *note for searching, these are also called mirror balls.

bamboo skewers


Step 1: Figure out how many stirrers you would like to make. The assembly goes really easy so if you want to give these out as hostess gifts, you can make a bunch really fast.

Step 2: Pull out the hanging cord. These will come out super easy. Enlarge the hole by pressing the flat end of the skewer into the hole. Be careful not to push in too deep or you will pop out the other side. If this happens, just press the popped out part back in. Pull out skewer.

Step 3: Place a drop of glue, just regular old school glue works great, on the flat end of the skewer.

Step 4: Press the glued end into the hole on the disco ball. Let Dry. Repeat for remaining skewers.

Step 5: I used full length skewers for these disco ball drink stirrers. This is so I can trim them to the size I need depending on the glasses I use. Trim the bottom of the skewers with really sharp kitchen shears or leave long for a great pitcher stir stick. Swap the skewer out for acrylic sticks and you have party stirrer that you can use over and over.

I just think disco balls are fun and add the tiniest bit of sparkle to your party. At this size, they aren’t too over the top, but still make even your everyday glass of wine just a little more special.



Eraser Stamp Christmas Tree Cards

By: Merrilee Liddiard, of Mer Mag

We love to make handmade Christmas cards for teachers, friends and neighbors and this simple eraser stamp Christmas Tree card is just the thing to bring handmade merry cheer to all!

Step one: Download the Christmas Tree Card template and print it out on card stock or paper. It also works perfectly on 5″ x 6.5″ white blank cards (found at your local craft store). Fold and trim card as needed.
Step two: Using a pencil eraser and stamp pad, begin stamping ornaments, lights or boughs of evergreen onto the card.
Step three and four: Continue until you are satisfied with your stamped tree. Have fun with different colors (think twinkle lights on evergreen boughs) or go monochromatic with reds like we did here.
Step five: The front of your card is complete! Just don’t forget to write tidings of good cheer for all inside.

Enjoy sharing your custom card for friends and family!


DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia Gift Toppers

By: Jenny Batt, of  Hank and Hunt

So, I haven’t quite finished all of my shopping yet, but I have already started wrapping. Since my wrapping paper theme this year is all about the merry and bright, I knew I needed something fun for the top. I love working with crepe paper to make flowers and I wanted to try to make a poinsettia. It is quick and easy and since I am using crepe paper streamers, incredibly cost effective. I love the off-white cream shade with a pop of gold tinsel in the center.


Artful and Sweet Gallery Wedding

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

paper runner covered lamp shades This past summer, I styled a wedding in a beautiful historic spot-turned-art gallery. The inspiration and theme were drawn from art-inspired media and surfaces: Ink, marbled paper, and watercolor washes. Check it out for all the details, along with a handful of tips on how it came together.


Sweetheart Table Candle Holder DIY

Sweetheart Table Decor

If you are planning a holiday wedding and are looking for some last minute table decor, here is a simple way to add a lot of sparkle. You can place these candle holders at your sweetheart table, or even at your place settings at the head table. Read on for a super easy 3 step DIY!


A Typographic Home

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Lately it seems that many of the spaces I save as inspiration all have one thing in common – pops of beautiful and graphic typographic decorative elements. I’ll them all – the vintage metal letters, oversized, or paired with others. Like the “L A D” seen above from photographer Seth Smoot, using letters as accent pieces around your home or office is a great way to bring unique visual elements to a space that could spell out meaning, or hold a more abstract message.