baby shower message board

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fav

Last weekend I co-hosted a baby shower where over 60 people came! While I knew an organized activity was out of the question (not that I’m a fan of traditional baby shower games anyway), I wanted to create a way where guests could feel like they were participating in some small way and the mama-to-be could remember who attended. So I created this well wish board and placed it by the entrance. Here’s the easy tutorial.


Designer’s Workspace

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

As a freelance designer who spends the majority of my time working from home, it’s important for me to create the most visually stimulating environment I can. Whether you work from home or not, your workspace can make a huge impact on your life, since, if you’re like me, you tend to spend a majority of your time at the office. So I thought I would round-up a few of my top picks for office supplies that serve double duty as beautifully designed objects to keep you inspired.

Links after the jump….

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DIY Gold Leafing Wedding Invitations and Envelopes

By Karly of Oscar and Emma, a Minted Designer

Including touches of gold accents to your wedding invitations and envelopes is the perfect way to add a little extra elegance without a lot of cost.  On a recent trip to the craft store, I came across a gold leafing pen and I knew I had the perfect project in mind.  Here are some ways you can do it yourself…


Gifts for Summer Newlyweds

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Newlywed gifts

Yes, we know newlyweds create their registries so that they can get the quality items they need to start a home. But I think that sometimes couples forget about the small statement pieces that really add that flair to their home. Pieces that show their personality. So i’ve wrapped up a few items that I think are perfect for your friends getting hitched this summer.

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DIY Giant Geometric Streamers

By: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt

Sometimes those party staples just won’t cut it. I love classic party decorations, but I usually like to make them a smidge more modern and fun. These geometric streamers are bigger, better and have diamonds cut out of them,  instantly updating those old standbys, the crepe paper streamers. Crepe paper folds are available in a variety of colors and you can find them online or at your favorite party store. Making your own streamers takes only minutes, I made all of these in less than 5 minutes,  and the result is simple yet extra special, perfect for your next party.



Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

Even though it’s still May for one last day, it’s really starting to feel like summer now that my son is done with school for the year. Like many parents, I’m racking my brain to figure out how to entertain him all. summer. long. Luckily for us, the internet has a bazillion genius + cheap ideas to keep little hands and legs busy outside.

Here’s a roundup of some fun outdoor activities to try with your kids this summer:

A water party for those hot summer afternoons

Make an obstacle course in the yard or park with easy stuff around the house (image above)

Help them tie dye their bed sheets!

Butterfly catching at the park

A beach scavenger hunt

Make a delicious and fun giant banana split for all the neighborhood kids to join in on


Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors


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Gatsby Inspired Glasses

Gatsby Wine Glass DIY

If you want to add a little 1920s glam to your wedding or your next dinner party, these gorgeous glasses will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into a scene from The Great Gatsby in no time.

Pearls, sequins and glittery jewels are all you need to make your glasses sparkle…


Kids Paper Strip Monogram Art

This paper strip monogram artwork is sure to be a keepsake with the help of your little one’s handiwork. Not only will they love identifying with their own initial, but they’ll love that they made this with their own hands.

To make this you will need…


DIY Wedding Envelope Addressing Tips

By Joelle of A Charming Occasion

I am so excited to be here today to share some wedding envelope addressing tips for you. As someone who has addressed my fair share of envelopes (I offer hand lettering services through my etsy shop), I have learned a lot about this seemingly simple process.

Depending on the type of wedding you’re having, you may evaluate whether or not you want to hire a calligrapher to address your envelopes for you. This cost can get pretty high up there, so don’t worry if it isn’t in your budget! I am a firm believer that anyone can master the art of handwriting, if you just practice. Here are a few tips to take into consideration when addressing your own invitation envelopes…


Note from the Editor

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We’re all about dusting off the BBQ and ushering in summer in simplistic style while honoring our troops with family and friends. Celebrations in either the backyard, the beach, or at a cozy campsite. Here’s to a carefree start to summer!

Here are a few fun Memorial Day ideas:

Patriotic printables for your BBQ

A grill themed party with mini grill cake pops!

Medallions to hang from your porch

Taking hot dogs to the next level with a full service hot dog stand


Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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