How To: Get Great Family Photos (For Your Holiday Cards!)

Minted’s newest collection of holiday cards is now available (you can also see all of the winning holiday photo-card designs right here!), which means it’s time to start thinking about which card you’ll be mailing out this holiday season. If you decide to go the photo-card route, we know it can be a daunting task deciding on a single photo that perfectly captures your family. To help, I interviewed San Francisco-based kids photographer Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Co.—she photographs our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy’s holiday-card photo every year!—for her best tips on getting beautiful family pictures you’ll treasure for years to come.

1. Find the right photographer.
Make sure your photographer enjoys shooting kids. If you still have last year’s batch of holiday cards, go through the stack and pull a couple of favorites, then ask your friends who their photographer was. “Word of mouth is really the best recommendation,” says Sarah.

See Sarah’s seven other genius tips after the jump…


Currently Loving: Indoor Foliage

By Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

Now that it’s autumn, I’m brainstorming ways to bring the outdoors in by adding indoor plants and trees to different rooms in my house. I love how they add a dose of nature that can be enjoyed all year round.

The schefflera tree (depicted above) is also known as an umbrella tree; I love the lush, tropical feel of the foliage and the sculptural qualities of the stems (they can be braided together to form a piece of living art!). Photograph via Javado Plant.

See more of my favorite indoor foliage ideas after the jump…

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Elements of Style: Delft Blues

Delftware, the beautiful blue-and-white pottery that originated from Holland, may be more than 500 years old but it’s totally having a moment right now. In pretty blue shades ranging from vivid cobalt and ultramarine to elegant lapis and navy, these Delft-inspired floral patterns are a fresh and modern way to reinterpret a classic blue-and-white wedding palette.

1. SEND // this invite
“Floral Frame” letterpress invitation by Lori Wemple for Minted

2. WEAR // this wedding dress
Illusion-neckline gown with blue-and-white floral-patterned skirt by Francesca Miranda

3. CARRY // this bouquet
Bouquet of ranunculuses, dusty miller, and viburnum leaves by Stems & Styles

4. PUT ON // these heels
Floral-printed heels by L.K. Bennett

5. CUT // this cake
Blue-and-white wedding cake by Alma Pasteles

6. EXCHANGE  // your vows here
Affix pretty blue-and-white plates to a wall to create a unique, DIY ceremony backdrop

7. GIVE // these favors
Delft-patterned cookies via Pinterest


DIY: 15 Drink Stirrers for Your Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

DIY Cocktail Stirrers

There are plenty of ways to jazz up your wedding cocktails, but I think one of the most fun is with swizzle sticks. They’re a simple enough DIY undertaking that you can have a girl’s night (or guy’s!) and get crafty without having to go overboard. Plus, they’re the perfect way to add a little color or infuse your wedding theme into the reception. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas—have a look and remember that you can switch out colors and seasonal items (like the flowers, for example) to make it suit your big day perfectly!

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DIY: Three Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Snail-Mail Envelopes

Snail mail is always fun to receive (especially if it’s something from Minted, right?). Lately, I’ve been trying to jazz up my envelopes to make them a little more exciting—that way, they stand out from the junk mail and the recipient knows right away that it’s something good. Here are three easy ways to step up your envelope game using everyday office supplies.


DIY: Witch’s Hat Halloween Party Favor

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

Sure, it’s still September, but we’re starting to get in the Halloween spirit! Our kids are obsessed with Halloween (how could they not be, right?)—candy, costumes, more candy, and spooky decorations. We host a pumpkin-carving party each October with family friends and this year, our kids will be making these super-simple witch’s hat party favors (that are filled with treats!). Keep reading for the DIY instructions…


DIY: Make a Monster Candy Box!

Our Julep contributor Merrilee Liddiard creates the most whimsical and clever kids DIYs (just like the one right here!), and she just came out with a new craft book! Congratulations, Merrilee!

This Halloween, recycle a simple sandwich-bag carton into a silly, spooky monster! But watch out—he might just eat up all your candy!

To make this monster candy box you’ll need:


Recipe: Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic

Please welcome the lovely Brandy Brown of  Marabou Design, a longtime Minted community member and our newest contributor to Julep! Brandy, who lives in Seattle, will be sharing her favorite recipes, DIY projects, and styling ideas. Welcome, Brandy! 

A delicious cocktail begins and ends with its ingredients, which is why I always recommend quality over quantity. This new spin on a classic gin and tonic combines rosemary sprigs hand-picked from my garden and locally grown cucumbers—the flavors capture the Northwest in a glass! This cocktail is herbal, refreshing, and effortlessly chic, making it the perfect beverage to enjoy all year-round. Get the recipe after the jump…

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