DIY Wedding: Fresh Floral Table Runner

One of the most daunting tasks when you’re DIY-ing your wedding, in my opinion, is definitely the reception centerpieces. But if you start with a base that makes assembling foolproof, anyone can play florist for the day! There are tricks for vases (like taping the opening to create a grid or using floral foam), and for this fresh flower table runner, there is one unexpected supply that’ll make assembling a cinch. So grab your bridesmaids and test this tutorial out for your big day!

Wedding Flowers

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DIY: No-Sew Valentine Treat Bag

We crafted up this simple no-sew treat bag from using our favorite Valentine’s Day prints in our Minted fabric assortment to send some extra love when passing out classroom Valentines.

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• Fabric  (we used “Brushed Herringbone” by Loree Mayer, “Scattered Arrows” by Aimee Guzman, and “First Crush” by Katherine Roberts)
• Scissors
• Iron
Double-sided fusible tape
• Ribbon


1. Cut a piece 6″x15″ piece of fabric. Your finished treat bag will be 5″x7.5″.

2. Using double-sided fusible tape, place the tape along on long edge, folding it over a half inch to cover the tape and iron to secure.

3. Fold the fabric in half and iron along the bottom edge to find the center of the bag.

4. Starting at the center crease, use another strip of the doubled-sided fusible tape on both sides.

5. Fold your bag in half once more along the crease created in step 3 and iron to secure.

6. Fill with candy and tie closed with your favorite ribbon.

More Valentine’s Day DIYs:
• Valentine’s Day Party Glasses
• No-Sew Valentine Mail Bag
• “Stuck on You” Valentine’s Day Pins
• Valentine Present Toppers


DIY: Valentine’s Day Printable “Eye Candy” Party Favors

We’re thrilled to welcome Melissa Rose of the awesome blog  Design Eat Repeat to our talented roster of Julep contributors. She’ll be sharing all kinds of clever crafts and DIYs—welcome, Melissa!

Showing your love doesn’t have to be mushy, gushy, and time consuming and these “eye candy” party favors are here to prove it! This Valentine’s Day, throw the serious, sappy love letters out the door and opt for something a little more witty, sweet, and eye-catching. With this printable template, you can whip up some tasty treats using your home printer and a few materials you probably have laying around the house.

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Design to Dish: Homemade Blood-Orange Sherbet

Whenever a new year comes around, I start to crave lighter, brighter-flavored treats. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the rich, spice-laden holiday foods—cookies and cakes and candies and baked goods galore—but a fresh start makes me want fresh flavors, too. I love citrus fruits year-round, but they’re especially welcome in the winter, when they offer a bright contrast to season’s heavier flavors. Blood oranges are plentiful right now, and they’re one of the prettiest and sweetest of all citrus fruits. They give this delicious sherbet it’s magnificent magenta color, which pairs perfectly with the gorgeous pink Minted art print featured below!

minted wall art blood orange ice cream dessert sherbet recipeBlood-Orange Sherbet (recipe below) inspired by  Swirls and Strokes by Artsy Canvas Girl Designs

Of course, every recipe I make for this Julep food series tastes good (obviously!), but this sherbet is completely out of this world. It seriously knocked my wooly winter socks off! We devoured the entire batch in one afternoon, and everyone was really bummed there wasn’t more. I’m already planning to stock up on blood oranges next time I go grocery shopping so that I can make this a few more times before the season ends. It’s sweet and tart, smooth and refreshing, all at the same time and I’m sure you’ll enjoy as much as we do.

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DIY: Pop-Up Thank-You Card Printable

I’m more than a bit behind on writing thank-you notes but the procrastination is over. I’ve printed several of these little hedgehog cards to pop in the mail—they’re an adorable way to say thanks.

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Party Glasses

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Valentine’s Day is about a month away, and if you’re like us, you are already planning your red, white, and pink bash! Here’s a great little DIY party favor that works for both a kids’ party or a grown-up Valentine soirée. These adorable Valentine’s Day heart glasses will surely make your guests smile. Fill them with candy and they make the perfect party favor.

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Ways to Decorate the Cocktail Bar

Where’s the first place your guests run to once the ceremony is over? The cocktail bar (to enjoy your signature drinks, natch!). They’ll also return to the bar multiple times throughout the night, which is why it’s the perfect place to dress up with personalized touches and creative wedding details. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways to make your reception’s cocktail bar really stand out.

Ways to decorate your cocktail bar

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DIY: Patchwork Favor Bags

No matter the occasion, cute favor bags never get old. They’re a party staple that never fails to delight, as these DIY patchwork favor bags demonstrate. They are super quick and easy to make, plus you can keep the little ones entertained by having them decorate their own. Bonus: You can repurpose holiday gift-wrap scraps to make this project even more green and budget-friendly!

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Wedding Inspiration: Disco-Ball Details for a Winter Wedding

Disco Balls

If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, one of the first things that comes to mind: disco balls! Sure, you can hang one over the dance floor. But there are so many more creative ways to incorporate sparkly disco balls into your wedding celebration. Here are 10 of my favorites to consider.

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Save-the-Date Challenge: Special Prize Winners

A wedding date is truly a date worth remembering and so a save the date should act as a beautiful bookmark for one of the most important dates in our lives. When we asked the Minted community to send us their freshest, most stylish ways to tell guests to mark their calendars, what we saw in response were save the dates as memorable as the date itself! From subtly splendid to out-of-the-box brilliant, these save the dates put love front and center and will surely be a hit with the couples who say yes to them. The winners from our “One True Love” Save-the-Date Challenge (below) each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations!

Out of the Box Award: For the most creative and innovative take on a Save the Date.
Winner: “In The Flowers” by Lori Wemple
Lori’s colorful and festive design will have guests smiling from the moment they pull it out of the envelope. Her richly ornate florals light up the page against the bright blue background. Her sweetly drawn couple holding the date banner boldly stamp this date into our imagination. 

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