cardboard popsicle photo backdrop

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

Tomorrow is the first official day of summer, hip hip! To celebrate I like to throw a party where only frozen treats are served, hot fudge is flowing, and jimmies are plentiful. This year for a little additional fun I thought a photo booth was in order, so I whipped up this festive cardboard popsicle backdrop.


Design Inspiration: Dana Tanamachi’s Chalkboard Art

By Maia McDonald of  Design Conundrum

I’m sure many of you have noticed there has been a huge hand drawn type trend in design the past several years and specifically chalkboard art has been very popular. I personally love the way chalkboard type looks and it can be the perfect way to add a very artistic and independent vibe to whatever it’s used for, I especially love it as installations at weddings and special events. And the queen of this type style, in my opinion is Dana Tanamachi. A Brooklyn based designer and artist, Dana creates some of the most stunning chalk installations for clients ranging from Google, West Elm and Adidas. Below are a few of my favorite works of hers…



Statement Necklaces Under $100 for your Wedding Day

By Lauren of A Fabulous Fete
wedding jewelry

There are so many different directions you can take these days when choosing the jewels for your wedding. And of course, your dress is a huge factor when making that decision. I do love a bride that takes a chance and goes with a modern statement necklace though. Here are a just a few styles that will work with a large selection of dress necklines.


Fourth of July Cupcakes

By Jenny Batt, of Hank + Hunt

Nothing says Fourth of July like red, white and blue. Why not celebrate Independence Day with some red, white and blue cupcakes as the star of your summer picnic?  I recently found some cupcake dividers at my local cake supply shop, but you could make some from card stock and create your own striped cupcakes. To make it easy to fill, put each color in its own icing bag, so you can target your color exactly where you want. Why have ho-hum cupcakes when you can easily add some patriotic fun to your BBQ!


Father’s Day Breakfast Printables

By Kelli Hall, a Minted Community Designer
doughnut flag and newspaper cardSpecial paper details on the breakfast table are the perfect way to surprise your guy for Father’s Day. I’ve created two printables inspired by my husband’s two favorite indulgences: A stack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and his morning paper with coffee. Check out these downloads for a simple way to embellish your breakfast tray and let dad know how much he’s loved.


5 minute backyard flower arrangement

By Kelli Hall, a Minted Community Designer
backyard flower clippingsI don’t have much of a green thumb and am guilty of letting our tiny backyard grow wild—But I love using our overgrown bushes, flowering plants and clipped herbs for a bright spot of color at my desk. Here’s how I create a simple arrangement in under five minutes.

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Simple Painted Candles

By Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry

Nothing says wedding quite like a row of glowing candles, but it can sometimes be hard to find affordable candles that coordinate with wedding decor. Instead buy white tapers in bulk and spend an afternoon painting them yourself. The result is a very artistic display in the perfect color combo for your special day.


dining style.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Isn’t it great how some of our favorite memories and get togethers end up being simple dinners with friends and family in our own homes? With family vacations and visits in full swing this summer, I thought we should touch on one of the best conversation starters for any event — dining room art. A dining room should be both inviting yet chic, and as with any space, it’s always nice to have something lovely to look at whether the art be bright, floral or sentimental family photos. Minted has loads of art print options, and I thought I’d share some inspiration to get your curator wheels turning.

Darcy Miller’s home in architectural digest.


Wedding Trends: Wild Winter

By Celisse, Customer Care at Minted

Planning a sunny Summer Wedding in San Francisco can prove to be a challenge with our beloved fog but why wait until next year to celebrate?  A Winter Wedding is full of mystery and intrigue. Why not let beautiful snow capped peaks, foggy gardens and wild patterns bring warmth and inspiration to your big day.

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5 Calligraphy styles for your envelopes

By Kelli Hall, a Minted Community Designer

main text scriptScript by Flourish and Whim

If an invitation is the first thing a guest will see, then an outer envelope, beautifully penned, is the very first signifier of what’s to come. There’s nothing more exciting than a glimpse of an artfully inked envelope shuffled between the bills. Calligraphy need not be stuffy, and a style can be found to match each event’s vibe. I’ve compiled calligraphy styles from amazing artists, along with info about what inspires their work (Each calligrapher is available for hire too). I’ve avoided all formal classifications and organized them by how the script works with an event. Check out all five styles…And if you’re up for trying your own hand at it, check out Joelle’s post from last week.