DIY: Fabric-Covered Serving Trays

The next time you’re headed to a party with some homemade treats in hand, don’t let the presentation fall flat by serving them on paper plates. These fun, fabric-covered serving trays look just as good as your goodies and are easy and inexpensive to make (we used our favorite Minted fabrics). Bonus: They make great hostess gifts, too!

fabric covered tray
diy serving tray

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Minted Real Wedding: Angela & Brian in Aspen, CO

Angela Simmen and Brian Kelley, both resident physicians, first met while working in the same hospital. “We would catch each other’s eye while passing each other,” says Angela. After a romantic proposal during a ski trip to Colorado, the Michigan-based couple decided to host an intimate destination wedding and chose The Little Nell in Aspen for their celebration. Upon arrival, their 60 guests boarded a gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain to watch the couple exchange wedding vows, with stunning mountains views and changing leaves as their dramatic backdrop.

Aspen Wedding at The Little Nell

Bride and groom: Angela Simmen & Brian Kelley
Occupations: Resident physicians (her = OB/GYN, him = surgery)
Based in: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wedding date: September 26, 2015
Wedding venue: The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
Number of guests: 60
Minted wedding invitation: “Delicate Dots” by Ashley Hegarty
Wedding gown: “Cassidy” by Amy Kuschel
Wedding planner: Bluebird Productions
Florist: Prema
Cake: d’Elissious Cake Studio of Aspen
Photographer: Rachel Havel

Aspen Wedding at The Little Nell

How did you and Brian meet?
We would catch each other’s eye while passing each other in the hospital, but it was an epic Halloween party that finally brought us together!

Tell us about the proposal!
February 16, 2015! It happened on the gondola during a ski trip to Keystone, Colorado. We had the gondola to ourselves, and I noticed Brian was acting a little strange. Midway up the mountain, he got down on one knee. Of course, I bawled the rest of the way up. It was perfect. Our friends Russell and Lindsay had gotten in the gondola in front of us and were ready to snap engagement photos at the top of the mountain. We loved having them there to share that perfect day!

How did you find your wedding venue The Little Nell?
Courtesy of my amazing older sister, Jen. Brian and I knew we wanted a small destination wedding and Colorado appealed to us for so many reasons. My sister started looking online right away and sent me the link to The Little Nell five days after our engagement. We booked it within a week!

What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
My mom Rosie and my sister planned a full two days of dress shopping in Atlanta. We never made it past the first shop, Kelly’s Closet, where I found my dress!

Aspen Wedding at The Little Nell

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Recipe: Delicious Lavender-Roasted Almonds

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

There’s nothing like a good snack to help get you through the day. While plain almonds are always a quick and easy—not to mention heart-healthy!—snack, sometimes you need something a little more special. These lavender-infused roasted almonds are sweet, lightly salty, and very crunchy—so delicious! They make a great afternoon treat but are also perfect to serve at your next party or gathering. Pair them with some iced tea or a glass of rosé and you’ll certainly be the hostess with the mostess!

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Graduation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our Head of the Class Graduation Challenge! Students and their loved ones will soon be searching for the perfect announcement or party invitation to celebrate one of life’s greatest milestones: graduation. Graduation is a large, important event in our customers’ lives and we looked to you, our talented Minted community, to help us freshen up our collection with the most original graduation designs our customers have ever seen. A huge congrats to all the winners and runners-up!


For the most design-forward, innovative graduation announcement 
Mixed Media” by Alethea and Ruth

Runners-up: Painterly” by Chryssi Tsoupanarias | “Colorful Future” by Simona Cavallaro


For the best design featuring multiple photos
Eight Up” by Hooray Creative

Runners-up: “Calendar Year” by Ashley Hegarty | “Boldly Stated Grad” by Jennifer Wick


For the best design that appeals to the male grad
Ombre Grad” by pandercraft

Runners-up: On Campus” by Bonjour Berry | “The Classic” by Keen Peachy


For the best simple, modern design
Bright Grad” by Bonjour Berry

Runner-up: Hip Type” by Carolyn MacLaren

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DIY: Watercolor-Heart Cupcake Toppers

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Today we’re sharing the quickest (and cutest!) way to decorate just in time for Valentine’s Day. These simple cupcake toppers will add the perfect amount of flair to your festivities, whether you’re planning a party for your kiddo or will be sharing a treat at home with your sweetie. Try these watercolor-heart toppers on mini cupcakes, brownies, or even donuts!

DIY Valentine Watercolor Heart Cupcake Topper | alice & lois for minted

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Roundup: A Guide to Modern Rings

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled a collection of gorgeous, sparkling rings for the love of baubles! Traditional rings are a thing of the past—women have never been bolder in their selection of signature jewelry. Whether you’re married and looking to add on to your stack or you’re a bride-to-be, on the hunt for something unique, or just a gal celebrating your own success, this modern ring roundup is for you. Currently, I am obsessed with colored diamonds, style-defining shapes, and anything rose gold. Happy shopping!

1. The Mrs. Signet, Nora Kogan, $795
2. Diamond Wings, Erstwhile, Catbird, $12,980
3. Supreme, Menashe & Sons Jewelers
4. Eclipse, Vale Jewelry, $1,250
5. Paloma, Nora Kogan, $2,400
6. Odile the Swan, Supreme, Catbird, $2,350
7. Supreme, Menashe & Sons Jewelers
8. Open Element, Savannah Stranger, Twist, $2,540
9. Eva Fehren, Twist, $5,775
10. Mandrel Studio, Twist, $10,566


More Valentine’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Felt Heart Mask
• DIY: Bon-Bon Candy Bowls
• Recipe: Painted-Heart Sugar Cookies
• DIY: Valentine Mail Bag

More from Minted:
• Valentine’s Day Cards
• Classroom Valentines
• Valentine’s Day Stickers & Accessories 

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How Minted Artists Find Inspiration in Faraway Places

We’re far from the first to hype the benefits of stepping out of the your comfort zone. Whether it’s shaking up the status quo with a slightly different routine, taking a hike just a few miles away, or traveling to the other side of the world, new places and new experiences do wonders for creative inspiration.

For this edition of #WhatInspiresMe, when we asked Minted artists Susan Brown and Ana Sharpe how travel inspires their creativity, they sung the graces of their recent vacations.

Susan Brown
The Wisconsinite finds inspiration in Florida every winter

My husband and I spend January and February each year living in a pink house on the Florida Emerald Coast. To say that the vibrant Florida colors provide inspiration is almost an understatement. The sun is so bright and clear that it makes me, a Northerner obsessed with black and navy blue, fall in love with pastels— shutters, furniture, art, clothing, even pastel cars all look chic and sophisticated in this friendly climate. Primary colors are equally compelling: true, pure, saturated, happy.

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Wedding Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners for our Suite Love Wedding Invitation Challenge! Couples who are soon to say “I do” come to Minted to find original, awe-inspiring wedding invitation designs that will help set the tone for their wedding. We looked to you, our talented community, to create designs that were fashion-forward and trending-setting. You all wowed us with the freshest risking taking designs we’ve seen yet. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!


Based on the strength of submissions to this challenge, we selected one designer to receive featured placement in email, catalog, and on-site placement on Minted’s website.
Congratulations Melanie Severin


For the design that best lays the groundwork for a sophisticated, classic wedding
Elegantly Lined” by Robin Ott Design

Runners-up: Darling and Dashing” by Alston Wise
Flourish” by Jennifer Postorino | “Valencay” by Chocomocacino


For the most creative and innovative take on a wedding invitation
Adagio” by Moglea

Runners-up: Prism” by Kelly Ventura
Anthropology Museum” by Amy Payne | “Steampunk” by Katie Zimpel


For the best gender-neutral design that will appeal to both men and women
NYC Style” by Jana Volfova

Runners-up: Bold As Love” by Design X Five
Gold Bars” by Fig and Cotton Paperie | “Simply Dapper” by Jessica Williams

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DIY: Swan Headbands

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Have you ever seen those plastic swan favors in the wedding section of the craft store? Usually they have cheap-looking painted details and are coated in a shiny finish. Despite all this, I knew they had the potential to be so much more. So, I gave them a little paint job, attached them onto a headband, and voila! A simple and modern accessory to wear this Valentine’s Day.

DIY Swan HeadbandsDIY Swan Headbands

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Adorable Real-Life Wedding-Proposal Stories

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered some of the most romantic wedding-proposal stories we’ve heard, all shared to us by our wonderful Minted customers. So, get ready for some serious “Awwws” because whether you’re close to getting engaged yourself or nowhere near walking down the aisle, you’ll love reading about strangers falling in love and how their happily-ever-afters began.

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