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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DIY: Watercolor New Year’s Eve Party Hat

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Get ready to ring in the New Year with these DIY watercolor party hats. We love to include the kids in prepping for New Year’s Eve celebrations and these party hats are simple and artistic even for the little ones. What we love about these is that you can pick the watercolors to coordinate with your color scheme for your festivities.

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Kids Stationery Challenge: Special Prize Winners

It’s time we plucked kids from the world of video games, television, and computers and instilled in them a love of the lost art of letter writing. Whether it’s a note from summer camp, a “thank you” to grandma, or formal response to a denied request for a larger allowance, it turns out kids have many uses for their own stationery. We asked the Minted community to give us their freshest ideas for notecards worthy of being passed during 7th period biology and what we saw made us wish we were kids again! This challenge was one big pile of fun and the winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, everyone!

For the Guys Award: For the best design specifically for a boy aged 8-12. Winner: #handcramp” by Stacey HillStacey’s impossibly funny take on modern teens and preteens really hits the nail on the head. Her hashtag with alternating color text is perfect for the avid texter who may not be as verbose in correspondence. The aqua hues and distinct shades of green will no doubt appeal to the boys.

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