DIY Wedding: Watercolor Ceremony Program (with Printable!)

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

DIY Program

When I’m creating pieces for a wedding, I’m constantly thinking about ways to make them fun and functional, as well as something guests will actually want to take home after the wedding’s over. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never saved a ceremony program from any of the weddings I’ve attended in the past (except my own, of course!). But I thought that adding an artful element to the program cover—like a romantic quote done in watercolor—would transform a functional program into a keepsake your guests might enjoy later, perhaps framing and displaying it at home or pinning it to a bulletin board at work. I’m always collecting inspiring quotes on Pinterest and this is one of my current favorites, and it’s certainly one many soon-to-be-married couples might be able to relate to!

Read on to download the ceremony-program cover and for instructions on how to make your own ceremony-program booklets.

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Kids’ Parties: DIY Musical Instruments

Written by Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon

By Sara & Melissa of  alice & lois

When we’re hosting a kid’s birthday party, we love to have a craft project to keep the kiddos busy. It’s such a nice way for the little ones to be creative—plus, the craft doubles as a take-home favor. We made these sweet spin drums with the girls at a recent music-themed birthday party!

Read more and get the instructions after the jump.

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10 Clever Place Card Ideas For a Summer Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Summer Wedding Ideas

Place cards have always been one of my favorite things to play around with at events and for shoots. You can get so creative and add some really fun touches to your table. And now that summer’s here, there are so many bright and playful options to consider! Fresh items like flowers and fruit are really great (plus, they can even double as a little snack while your guests wait for dinner!). Or, you can get crafty and give guests a small memento that they can take home and display as decor. Here are just a few of my favorite ideas for summer!

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Design to Dish: Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Written by Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

strawberry ice cream sandwiches

One of my favorite things about summer is swimming! Hot summer days practically beg for pool parties, and since pink flamingos are the hottest thing to hit the party circuit this year, a pink-flamingo pool party is in order. Pink drinks, pink balloons, pink lights, and pink treats, with touches of jungle green and pool blue to balance things out.

When you’re feeding a crowd, convenience is the name of the game. These simple ice cream sandwiches are cool and delicious, and they’re made with store-bought cookies and ice cream, so they’re super easy to make. You can make a bunch ahead of time, wrap them in plastic wrap, and store them in the freezer until party time! I used strawberry ice cream and sugar cookies to match the flamingo-pool party theme, but you can use any combination of store-bought ice cream and soft cookies. We’ve tried peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, and brownie cookies with cookies & cream ice cream; they’re all delicious! Read on for the easy recipe!

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Printable Ice Cream Scorecards

By Melanie of  You Are My Fave
ice cream crawl
I’m an ice cream fanatic and as such, feel it my duty to encourage others to intake as many frozen treats as possible during the summer months. If you’d like to join the cause, may I introduce the ice cream crawl? Gather up a group of fellow ice cream lovers, choose 3 to 5 shops to try in your area, bring along the scorecards, eat yourself silly, and declare a winner.

Get the free download after the jump.

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Meet a Mintie: Robin Ott

Name: Robin Ott
Location: Orrville, Ohio
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Mid-century meets organic. Equally adept at painting and drawing.
Occupation: Watch designer turned freelance graphic designer, Mintie, Mom to two little ones.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
My high school was fortunate to have an ambitious art instructor, who introduced his students to so many opportunities related to the arts. He often invited local artists to visit and share their real-life work experiences with our class. I remember very specifically when my “ah-ha” moment occurred after a freelance, graphic designer came to our class and shared her story. I remember thinking that would be my “dream job”. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my dream came true. Anytime I get discouraged or in a creative rut, I remind myself that I’m living my dream.

I went to school for Computer Animation at the Art Institute of Dallas. My 3-D training and feminine style helped me land a job at Fossil, Inc. designing watches and accessories. I collaborated with other designers on brands like Armani, DKNY and Nike. It was so much fun that it didn’t even seem to be “work”. I returned to Ohio and started my freelance business in 2003, and I slowly transitioned to graphic design, forming several long-lasting relationships with clients that I still work with today. 

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Oh Happy Day! Kids’ Birthday Party Invite Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Kids’ birthday party is one of our favorite categories! In the Oh Happy Day! Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to design fun, fresh birthday party invitations that parents and kids would both love. We just love the result! The winners below stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Out of the Box Award for the freshest, most original party invitation you wouldn’t find anywhere other than Minted

Woodland Campout” by Grave Kreinbrink

Grace’s camping-inspired design has us ready to pack our backpacks! We love her illustrated forest from her stylized trees to her winding path and sweet little campfire. The off-kilter signs are such a unique way to provide all the details necessary to party!

Runners Up: “First Festival” by Phrosné Ras | “Did Someone Say Cake” by Amy George | “Mad Scientist” by Pretty Girl Designs

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DIY Gilded Bowls (the perfect hostess gift!)

Written by Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY gilded wooden bowl gift set

DIY gilded wooden bowl gift set

Summertime means loads of get-togethers and if you have neighbors like us—and by that I mean ones who need zero reason to throw a party!—then these DIY gilded bowls are the perfect hostess-gift project for you.

They’re simple and quick to make (plus, they’re an excuse to regift those bowls you received that weren’t exactly your style!). Here’s how:

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