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

(image above)


Getaway Dresses

playful and mod getaway dress by kate spade One of my favorite wedding traditions is definitely the getaway dress. While I’m not a huge fan of swapping dresses mid-celebration, I love the idea of donning a short shift for a couple’s big exit. Historically, the custom arose from necessity, as newlyweds would leave for a honeymoon immediately following the reception. Now, its less about tradition and more about a celebratory spirit and a stylish send-off.


Wedding Confetti Launchers

If you are looking for fun ways to encourage guests to say a festive good-bye at your wedding these push-up confetti launchers are the perfect fit. They are fun to use and simple to make with the use of old fashion ice cream pop-ups. Plus, they will leave behind great treats to enjoy all summer long.


Designer to Know: Eva Black

I always really love the clean and whimsical designs by LA based graphic designer Eva Black. Eva clearly spends a lot of time getting to know her clients because each project looks so organic and effortless, which as a designer I know is not easy to do. She also incorporates a lot of handmade details like hand-drawn type or watercolor backgrounds, which always gives a more personal feel to a design. Her work is a good example of how just a few simple elements are all you need for good design, so next time you need a little inspiration take a peek at her site or blog.