tassle trim favor bags

By Victoria of A Subtle Revelry
Nothing says festive like the addition of bright colorful tassels. They are easy to make and can instantly turn a simple bag into an awesome wedding favor, with a hint of cha-cha. Make the tassels in bunches (with the help of your bridesmaids) and use them to adorn other details of your special day for a festive and fun way to say, “I do”.

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Lighting the Way

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

One of the easiest ways to brighten up any room is to literally add light. With the changing of seasons and days growing shorter, it’s time to update your spaces to accommodate for get togethers after dusk. From geometric to organic shapes and materials, there are so many fun lighting options out there to choose from and here are just a few of my recent favorites.

I love the vintage, bohemian vibe of these Bright Beads lamps by Marz Designs via Contemporist along with the ability for one to stand alone or to group them together, creating an instant collection.

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How To Make Giant Bunting

By Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt

One of my fail safe tricks of the trade when it comes to decorating for parties is to go BIG. Let’s face it, sometimes garland can look lonely all by itself. Whether you make a simple bunting in mini, regular or giant versions the basic techniques stay the same. It is a whole lot easier to fill a space when you go big. Less cutting and taping for you and a grand looking room for your guests is always a win-win situation.

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Top 21-40 ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Challenge Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

Even though the phrase makes most people think of winter, here at Minted we think that September is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Summer was a whirlwind of submissions, critiquing, voting, and file requests, and now we have arrived at the very best part: announcing the winners. Today we begin our ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge announcements with the winning designs that came in ranked at 21st-40th place, as voted on by the community of customers, designers, fans, and friends.

In this, our sixth annual holiday challenge, we received a record-breaking 3,348 submissions from 470 independent designers. Over the five and a half weeks of submission and voting, designs received a staggering 58,876 ‘likes.’ I think it’s safe to say that this was one of our best (and most competitive) challenges yet, which speaks even more highly of the incredible talent demonstrated in the designs listed below.

I want to thank each and every designer who submitted a design, provided feedback, voted in a design poll, or simply cheered on fellow community members. The design community is what makes Minted special and is what allows us to continue to provide customers with the most beautiful and unique designs in the world. So, without further ado, I give you the top 21st-40th place winners. Congratulations to our first batch of holiday winners!

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Designer to Know: Amber Asay

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

If you need a little design inspiration look no further than the stunning graphic design portfolio of Florida-based Amber Asay. I found Amber on Dribbble recently and she quickly became one of my favorite accounts to follow. Her work is always inspiring; I especially love her use of vintage type, but it never feels over the top or too kitschy. I recommend checking out all of her work and getting a little inspiration of your own.

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Custom Patterned Bar Tray

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

I love a pretty serving tray, especially one that’s both colorful and versatile. Check out this simple DIY project for a reusable patterned tray–lined with a paper of your choosing and made to swap prints whenever the right mood (or party) strikes.

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Forest Green and Pink Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

green and pink weeding

Is it really already September? And you know what that means, we are moving away from the super bright palettes to more saturated and fall inspired tones. Now, i’m not a huge fan of the brown and gold that comes to mind when we think fall. Not all color should be thrown in the trash once we get to the cooler months. I think we can still play with color, but use more saturated tones, and definitely skip the neon. With that said, here is one of my favorite color palettes for fall, forest green and pink. I love that the green is very mellow and grounding, but you can still have fun with the pops of pink.

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painted geometric garland

By Melanie of You Are My Fav

It’s a proven fact* that hanging up garlands in your home makes you happier. With that in mind, there’s no need to wait around until there’s a celebration to hang them up. This painted geometric garland is season neutral and can be hung up in a matter of an hour.

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Fun and Easy Kid’s Party Themes

By Alison of The Alison Show

Planning a party is one million times easier if you have a theme to anchor it to! But you don’t have to be a creative genius to come up with a fun theme! A theme can be as simple as a single color or animal. If it’s a color or animal your child loves, the party will be even more fun and special for them. I’ve picked a few of my favorite child’s birthday invitations from Minted, and paired them with some real life party inspiration.

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Color Study: Yellow

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

I’m a huge fan of yellow, it might be my favorite color. Yellow is always so cheerful and inviting I can’t help but be drawn to it. Its versatility is also one of the reasons I love to use it in my design work. A light buttery yellow can be sweet and romantic without being overly girly. Neon yellow is so fun and can make your design feel a little more modern. And mustard yellow adds depth and character. Whatever you use it for, yellow can be a great unexpected design choice that I highly recommend.

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