Recipe: Peanut Butter Fondue

The holidays are just around the corner and that means lots of great opportunities for entertaining. My trick is to have a few tasty treats prepared beforehand so that they’re ready to go, like this twist on traditional chocolate fondue. Peanut butter is always a crowd pleaser, and this sauce tastes like liquid peanut butter fudge. Best of all, the peanut butter fondue can be made up to two weeks ahead and stored in the fridge, so once your party guests arrive, all you need to do is heat and serve.

Keep reading for the full recipe…


Recipe: Pumpkin Loaf Cake

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

November means one more month of shameless pumpkin plugs (without judgement!), so I decided to take advantage of that fact with this pumpkin loaf cake recipe. It’s simple to make and a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving Day spread—keep it out on the kitchen counter so your dinner guests can help themselves to a slice (or two!).

Keep reading for the recipe after the jump…

pumpkin loaf cake recipe

pumpkin loaf cake recipe


Wedding Inspiration: 10 Easy Ways to Use Rubber Stamps

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Decor

Back when I was a kid, I was a little obsessed with rubber stamps. I used them on scrapbooks, notes for my friends, you name it. I’m sure we all had a little fun with them, right? And then we grew up, but that doesn’t mean the stamping fun has to end. These rubber stamps—some are store bought and some are custom made—are the perfect way to add an easy, DIY touch to your wedding day. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to use them on your big day.


Design to Dish: Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Shortbread Cookies

By Melissa of Lulu the Baker

chocolate dipped spiced shortbread cookies

My October wedding anniversary might make me biased, but I just love fall weddings! Spring and summer tend to be the most favored, but autumn is a lovely and beautiful time of the year to get married, too. You can easily incorporate natural elements and rustic textures that are so season-appropriate, and I think fall strikes the perfect balance between cozy and glam—a fabulous combination for a wedding, don’t you think?

Today’s recipe, Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Shortbread Cookies, was inspired by the flavors of fall: warm, heart-warming spices like cinnamon and cloves, paired with rich, decadent chocolate. They are so irresistible! I meant to make a big batch to give to friends, but we ate them all by ourselves!

Keep reading for the recipe…


DIY: Fall Leaves Garland

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Turn your fall leaves into a gorgeous gold garland

This autumn has been an epic one for fall colors in Crested Butte, Colorado (where Melissa lives!), and I wanted to find a way to hang on to the season all year long. I gathered some beautiful aspen leaves on a hike recently and decided to create a simple-yet-festive fall garland. You don’t need very many supplies at all to add a pretty autumnal touch to your home with this golden-leaf garland.

Keep reading for the DIY instructions.


Minted Parties: “Where the Wild Things Are” Halloween Bash

Happy Halloween! Isn’t it so great that it falls on a Friday this year? Halloween is one of our favorite holidays—no pressure, no gift giving, no traditions, just fun, costumes, and endless creative possibilities. Which is why we love this low-key backyard Halloween bash thrown by Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic—it’s full of clever “wild things” costumes, delicious food, and (of course!) creative Minted party decor pieces.

Read on to see all the adorably dressed-up “wild things” and all the party details…


Recipe: Halloween Miniature Candy Apples

Halloween is pretty laid-back at the Hall house—we order take-out, dispense candy to hordes of kiddos, and watch scary movies. To keep things festive, though, I usually add one easy homemade treat, like these pint-sized candy apples. Don’t worry, I’m not handing them out instead of Snickers bars (doesn’t everyone have bad memories of the candy apple- and popcorn ball-dispensing neighbors?). No, these are strictly for the grown-ups, a sweet treat to prevent you from raiding your kid’s candy stash, plus just the right amount of Halloween nostalgia.

Get the recipe for these mini candy apples after the jump.


DIY: Cotton Candy Thank-You Card Printable

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Showing your gratitude is even sweeter when it takes the shape of this fairground favorite. Even though the party’s over you can still treat your guests to one more surprise when your thank-you note hits their mailbox. With our printable template, you can craft up this unique cotton-candy card from a just a few simple materials you probably have already.


Big News: Fabrics and Stores!

Today, I’m excited to announce that Minted is expanding into textiles and has opened more than 1,000 stores for competition-winning designers and artists, turning Minted into a platform-enabled marketplace and providing Minted’s customers more direct access to the world’s best designers and artists.

Over the past seven years, Minted has focused on creating beautiful one-of-a-kind paper goods – stationery, party décor and art – and starting today, you’ll be able to find the same high-quality, highly unique assortment you’ve come to expect from us in fabrics, sold by the yard.  In order to assemble the gorgeous assortment of fabrics you can now find on Minted, we quietly held a design competition and received 1,400 breathtaking submissions by independent artists around the world – from Cape Town, South Africa to Milford, Michigan.  The winning design, Sweet Leaves and Berries, was created by Erin McManness of Atlanta, Georgia.  And that’s just the beginning!

In other news, we are also announcing that more than 1,000 winning designers have been invited to open their own stores on Minted. Going forward, if you win a prize in a Minted design challenge, you will be invited to open a store on Minted where you can launch your any art prints and fabric designs you choose without going through the competition process, using Minted’s back-end fulfillment and customer service to operate your business.  You can easily upload your art print, for example, and sell large format prints, framed, directly to consumers – with Minted handling all of the printing, framing, and customer service.

As I sat here writing this blog post tonight, I saw countless art prints being launched to the site.  In fact, Erin McManness (mentioned above as our fabrics design challenge winner), coincidentally launched this quite adorable art print, “French Flower Shop” as well the beautiful “Little Terrarium Succulent Illustration” while I was writing about her!

Finally, in order to help designers and artists continue doing what they do best – create beautiful, one-of-a-kind goods – and in order to help us do what we do best – make and ship their creations on-demand  – we’re happy to also announce that Minted has raised $38 million in a Series D round led by Norwest Venture Partners, with participation by Technology Crossover Ventures.

To our customers – we thank you for your patronage and we continue to strive to serve you better each year.

To our community of designers and artists – thank you for your continued support, you make Minted special and we are honored to have you be a part of our curated marketplace.