Recipe: Blackberry, Cucumber, and Mint Popsicles

Looking for ways to beat the heat? Stay cool with these easy-to-make (and super hydrating!) popsicles infused with blackberries, cucumbers, and fresh mint. All you need to do is start with chilled cucumber-mint water (my favorite summertime drink!) and add a handful of your favorite berries to make this deliciously refreshing (and practically calorie-free!) icy treat.

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Baby Shower Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

A beautifully designed baby shower invite is not only functional, but also serves as a baby album keepsake for generations to come. We challenged you, the talented Minted Design Community, to freshen up our collection with the most original baby shower invitations the world has ever seen. We were beyond blown away with the amount of creativity and risks taken in this challenge.
Congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups!

The Trifecta Award based on the strength of submissions to this challenge: Pistols 
We selected one designer to receive guaranteed placement in the Minted catalog,
a homepage banner, and email to help build his or her brand on the site.

Brushed Boy” | “Little Cub” | “Chic Raindrops” | “Barnyard Baby Shower


Collection Award for the designer who is guaranteed at least five total picks across the challenge and other challenges in the baby & kids category in the next year to build a design collection on Minted: Baumbirdy

Oh Baby Dots” | “Owl Girl” | “Over the Moon in Love” | “From the Very Start


For the most out-of-the-box baby shower invitation
Owl Girl” by Baumbirdy

Runners-Up: Hey Baby Baby” by Itsy Belle Studio | “Night Owl” by Susan Asbill
Reef” by Angela Marzuki


For the best design specifically created for one of our die-cut shapes
Elefante”  by Peetie Design

Runners-Up: The Pink Drink” by Anupama | “Little Deer” by Karidy Walker


For the best design for a boy
Baby Names”  by Jennifer Wick

Runners-Up: Team Player” by Loree Mayer | “Ahoy, Boy!” by Erica Krystek
New Buckaroo” by Pedestal Design Studio

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How To: Pack a Picnic Basket Like a Pro

Once upon a time we owned a pricey picnic basket, but after an evening of bocce (and vodka!) on the beach, it ended up either lost or stolen (we’re still not sure what happened). Now, I’m all about simplicity when it comes to picnics—an easy, affordable basket I can quickly fill with boxed sandwiches and some basic outdoor-eating staples. Want to make your own portable spread? Take a peek at my tips on packing the perfect basket for your alfresco meals this summer.


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Valentine’s Day Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

For our Quickfire Valentine’s Day art challenge, we called on our artist community to create pieces that would make the perfect gift for a loved one. For this art challenge, we were particularly looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for men—whether for a husband, father, or brother. We loved seeing the graphic illustrations, unique customizable keepsakes, and modern typographical pieces that you designed. Congratulations to all winners!

Out of the (Candy) Box Award for the most creative and innovative take on a Valentine’s art print
Gold Standard” by Keen Peachy


Perfect Gift for Him Award for the most unique art gift for him
License Memories” by Johanna Phillips Huuva


All you need is Love Award  for the best typographical piece that showcases a quote, piece of poetry, or literature in the public domain
How do I Love Thee” by Fatfatin


Foil-Pressed Award for the best piece incorporating a foil-pressed element
Heart Stripe” by Cindy C Lackey

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The Easiest Party Decorations, Ever

Here’s another favorite tip of mine for throwing a party on a budget: Use pom-pom fringe! It’s so fun and festive on its own, and best of all: no DIY-ing required. All you need are removable hooks, a few strands of pom-pom fringe, and about three minutes—it’s easier than blowing up balloons. And since pom-pom fringe usually goes for about $2.50 a yard, it’s super budget friendly, as well.

pom pom trim pom pom fringe

I bought my pom-pom fringe online in assorted colors from M&J Trimming. You local fabric store will also likely sell it by the yard; several colors are also available on Amazon, as well.

pom pom fringe pom pom party decorations


More Easy Party Ideas
How to Throw a Killer Party on a Budget
DIY Fruity Party Printables (so perfect for summer shindigs!)
DIY Alphabet Crayon Favors 
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Design to Dish: Fresh Fruit Sugar Cookie Bars

red white and blue barsMelt” art print by Lindsay Megahed | Fresh Fruit Sugar Cookies Bars (recipe below)

The 4th of July is coming up this weekend, and we are knee-deep in cousins, BBQs, and family fun! My mom’s side of the family has a big get-together every year on Independence Day, so it was always a major holiday for us growing up, and is still one of my favorites as an adult. As a kid, the 4th of July meant swimming and eating popsicles all day, and sitting in lawn chairs (or more likely on the curb) to watch fireworks on the driveway. As an adult, it means getting to spend time catching up with family from far and near. And, of course, red, white, and blue!

I spotted this red, white, and blue art print from Minted (“Melt” by Lindsay Megahed) way back in March, and it has been on my mind ever since. It looks like bomb pops, one of my childhood 4th of July favorites! I wanted to make a sophisticated red, white, and blue dessert to go with it, and these fresh fruit-topped sugar cookie bars are easy, beautiful, and festive. And let’s not forget the most important thing: they’re delicious!

red white and blue 4th of july treats

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Congrats to the Grad! Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Spring arrives and families across the country look for the perfect graduation design to celebrate this milestone in their child’s life. Graduation is a large and growing category for Minted, and we were stunned by so many unique and original designs. Outstanding work everyone, and a huge congratulations to all the winners!

For the most out-of-the-box graduation design 
Highlighter”  by Lori Wemple


For the best traditional, sophisticated design 
Poetic”  by Fine and Dandy Paperie


For the best design incorporating a photo of the new grad
Caps Off”  by Stacey Meacham


For the best multi-photo design
Fresh Perspective”  by Keen Peachy


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“Let’s Summer!” Checklist (Free Printable!)

We’re officially a week into summer, so how’s your popsicle consumption coming along? And how many water balloons have you thrown? If you’re answers are on the low side, then it might be a good idea to fill out this official summer to-do list so you don’t slack off for the rest of the season.

summer list

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Currently Loving: Oversize Art

A simple way to make a huge design impact in your home? Oversize art. Large-format wall art is the latest home-decorating trend we’re loving—placing a super-size piece in just the right spot immediately injects some serious personality into your space. Ready to go big? Here are some of our favorite takes on this trend.

Home Decor Trend: Oversize Art

1. Above the Sofa
It’s one of the biggest design dilemmas: What do you hang in the space above your sofa? A single oversize piece is an easy solution. As a general rule of thumb, choose a horizontal or square piece that measures at least half the length of the sofa.

Photo: Minted
Shop: “Mornings Away” by Emily Jeffords

Trend Alert: Oversized Art

2. On Its Own
This contemporary living room designed by Pamplemousse Design is anchored by an oversize painting (Phoenicia VIII by Al Held). The crisp lines of the black-and-white piece nicely juxtapose against the curved sofa.

Photo: Via Pamplemousse Design
Shop similar:Untitled B+W #1 2012” by Jaime Derringer

3. Gallery Wall
Place a large, oversize piece adjacent to a gallery wall consisting of multiple smaller works to help provide balance.

Photo: Sean Fennessy
Shop similar: “Off the Coast on the Shore” by Christina Flowers

4. Picture Ledge
If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on gallery wall, then a picture ledge is the perfect in-between. Frame your favorite pieces (Tip: Choosing the same type of frame will help unite the different pieces together), then lean them on the ledge, starting with the largest print, first.

Photo: Minted
Shop: “Hexagon Cluster” by Yao Cheng (left);Desert Diptych” by Annie Clark (right)

Trend Alert: Oversize Art

5. Kid’s Bedroom
To make a small bedroom feel more spacious, choose an oversize print to help draw the eye upward, making the space seem more spacious. And opt for a bright pop of color along with matching accessories to tie everything together.

Photo: 6th Street Design School
Shop: “Hello Cocky!” by Catherine Culvenor

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Recipe: Red, White, and Blueberry Pavlovas

Summer celebrations call for simple treats with minimal assembly. To make the most of berry season, I’m whipping up these red, white, and blueberry pavlovas—they’re miniature, light, and bite-sized. Bonus: They’re the perfect color scheme for celebrating the Fourth.

summer berry pavlova by kelli hall
summer berry pavlova by kelli hall

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