a birthday countdown is my fave

May 28, 2014

I love birthdays and I love advent calendars so it really only made sense to combine the two.


To make your own birthday countdown you’ll need:
birthday advent download
craft matchboxes
– scissors
– double sided tape

All you have to do is print, cut, and adhere the labels to the top of the matchboxes. Then fill with mini prizes such as confetti, balloons, birthday candles, and candy.

PicMonkey Collage

Everybody loves getting attention on their birthday (my dad excluded), give them fifteen days of it.

design: Kirsten Bingham

a printable father’s day card is my fave

May 27, 2014

free father's day card

Dads seem to be pretty straight forward when it comes to gifts. Give them meat, a nap, tell them they’re manly – and they’re happy. This printable card is ready for them to spin the wheel of wish lists and decide just what they want most for Father’s Day.

Get the download and how-to right here on Julep.

design: Kirsten Bingham

fridays are my fave

May 23, 2014


1. Pom pom upgrade
2. Still obsessed with cookie packaging
3. Are double balloons as cool as double rainbows?
4. A grown-up birthday cake with sprinkles (and a funny birthday list)
5. Dine with dots on dots on dots

macaron making is my fave

May 21, 2014

macaron making party

Yes, I know macarons have been replaced with donuts as the it dessert but I’ve wanted to try making them for years (mostly because it pains me to pay $2 a piece for them). I’ve looked at numerous recipes and articles but usually give up when I get to the part where the author states that they are notoriously finicky. I decided if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right. I contacted Emily (who I swear knows every person in the Denver area) and she connected me with Samm Sherman, a local pastry chef, who was willing to spill her secrets. So I gathered up some lady friends and we made a little party out of it.

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how to make a macaron
how to make a macaron
how to make macarons

Samm used a basic recipe for the cookie. Here are a few tips she shared in the process:

– use a scale for accuracy in measuring out your ingredients
– do not skip the sifting step
– the trickiest part is folding in your dry ingredients, be careful not to overmix
– after piping, let the batter sit until only slightly tacky (about 10 minutes) before baking

how to make a macaron macaron making party
macaron recipe

She also treated us to two different fillings (that’s where the flavor comes in), a chocolate ganache and caramel macchiato buttercream  made with Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caramel Macchiato.

how to make a macaron
macaron box

It’s easy to pull together a party when it’s centered around an activity that can triple as the refreshment and favor. I had these boxes set out to fill with finished macarons for the taking.

macaron making party

We learned. We chatted. We munched and sipped. A perfect little lady gathering. After seeing how simple it was all to put together, I’ve resolved to make it a regular occurrence.


Bonus! I’ve put together a box to go along with this party. And it’s up for grabs today! It includes:

– theo chocolate bar
– stripe twist scarf
I Love Macarons
textured mug
macaron card
– $25 Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ coupons

To enter, simply comment on this post before eod Friday, May 23rd. Winner will be randomly chosen then notified by me via email. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company. All opinions are my own.

photos: Jennifer Little

honeycomb gift toppers are my fave

May 19, 2014

honeycomb gift toppers

honeycomb gift toppers

Wrapping a gift with paper is not my forte. I can never get the corners to lay flat and use way more tape than is socially acceptable. I’d much rather have a good box or bag and slap something cute on top. Enter: honeycomb gift toppers. Get the full tutorial right here on Julep.

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