Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part One): The Black Heart

storybook menu styled for halloween cocktailsHands down, Halloween is my favorite holiday. And there’s no better way to celebrate than toasting the season with some spooky concoctions. I’ve created three potent potions that I’ll be serving up to my guests this Halloween—each recipe is super simple, has plenty of creep factor, and is made using basic ingredients you may already have in your bar or fridge. I’ll be sharing the three Halloween cocktails in the next few weeks—first up, let me introduce you to the “Black Heart.”

Setting the scene is key for any Halloween soirée, and spooky details are my favorite place to start. Serving cocktails on their own is perfectly fine, but I always rely on a menu design to help tell a story and set the mood. I love how Jody Worthington’s Storybook menu looks like a page that’s been pulled from a book of spells—it’s the perfect piece to conjure up some cocktail magic.

Black vodka and fig cocktail by kelli hallWith Black Vodka, Fig Vodka, and Creme de Cassis

Keep reading for the cocktail recipe…

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Corporate Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Our corporate customers turn to Minted for fresh, unique holiday cards that will stand out from the stack. So in the Office Wonderland Corporate Holiday Card Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to help them send goodwill and cheer in a joyful, inclusive way. The Community delivered with cards that are sure to appeal to every client, business partner, and customer! The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Most Wonderful Corporate Card of the Year Award for the most original corporate holiday card that you won’t find on other sites: “The Office” by Lori Wemple

Lori’s clever, well-crafted corporate take on “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” put a smile on our faces at the Minted office (we admit it, nice paper is our idea of the perfect Christmas present!). We’re so impressed by how Lori combines fonts, switches up line breaks, and curves the text while still maintaining the flow of the poem so that it’s easy to read. Great job, Lori!

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Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners

The Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge is a favorite at the Minted office because it allows our designers’ talents to really shine, whether they’re in typography, illustration, or graphic design. We looked to the Minted Community to wow us with unique designs that would appeal to all kinds of customers, from classic and traditional to fun and modern, and the results blew us away. The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Innovation Award for the most innovative non-photo holiday card that best exemplifies design risk-taking, while still conveying the cheer and spirit of the holiday season: “Merry Medley” by Angela Marzuki

Hats off to Angela for this thoroughly modern design! Her varying textures, off-kilter lines, and soft pastels are completely unexpected. Still, there’s something about her hand-lettered “joy” and bursts of red and green that keep this out-of-the-box design feeling very in-season.

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Creative Welcome Signs

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

DIY welcome sign

One thing I think is an important yet often overlooked wedding detail is the welcome sign. Your friends and family are traveling to attend your celebration, and they are most likely visiting the wedding site for the very first time. Help them get their bearings and also set the tone for the rest of the wedding day with a gorgeous welcome sign. This makes for a great DIY project, but there are also a ton of pre-made versions out there you can order and customize. Here are 10 of my favorite welcome-sign ideas:

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Design to Dish: Pink & Blue Oreo Pops

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

boy or girl gender reveal baby shower party ideas recipes

Gender-reveal baby parties are all the rage these days! If you haven’t thrown one for a pregnant friend or had one thrown for you, then chances are you’ve probably attended one recently. Between the cute pink-and-blue decorations and the big-reveal moment, these parties—where you share whether you’re having a boy or girl with your friends and family—are tons of fun! Minted has lots of cute gender-reveal baby shower invitations, and I rounded up some really darling pink-and-blue party ideas to go with them. Balloons, confetti, cakes, flowers, and of course, treats galore—all in shades of pink and blue!

I started making Oreo pops a few years ago and couldn’t believe how easy and delicious they were! I made them to give away free with purchases at a pop-up shop I was participating in, and customers started coming by specifically to buy Oreo pops—they wound up becoming my most popular item! They’re just Oreos on a stick that’s dipped in candy melts, but somehow those humble ingredients come together to make a really adorable, gourmet treat. The combination of pink and blue Oreo pops looks especially cute together, and would go perfectly on a dessert table or as party favors at a pink-and-blue baby shower! Keep reading for the recipe…

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DIY: Easy No-Sew Strawberry Halloween Costume

baby halloween costume

Self-proclaimed non-crafters: Don’t dismay, you can make your kid’s Halloween costume! If you know how to use a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun, you can make this sweet strawberry costume in 15 minutes, flat. Put on that DVR-ed episode of Scandal and before you know it, you’ll have whipped up an entire fruit bowl’s worth of berries. 

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Holiday Ornament Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Last year we introduced holiday ornament cards for the first time and customers loved them! With luxe linen ribbon and festive shapes, ornaments are a fun, new take on the holiday card. So this year, we turned to the Minted Community to expand our ornament assortment by being creative, taking risks, and designing the most original holiday ornament cards in the world! We were so impressed by the result, and the winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Great Shape Award for the design that perfectly suits the ornament shape: “Deco Christmas” by Genna Cowsert

Genna’s elegant art deco-inspired pattern of lines and dots fits flawlessly into our new Rose Snowflake ornament shape. The mint and gold color scheme is vintage-inspired while still being modern. The incorporation of the die-cut ribbon hole as one of the dots in the pattern is so clever!

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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…

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