a palm springs inspired party is my fave

August 5, 2014

from guest contributor Erin Souder

High summer is upon us and nothing screams summer chic more than a retro palm springs style party. Any excuse to kick back, relax, and beat the heat with friends is high on my list and creating an event that is memorable even just for a little get together is so much fun.

serve - bar cart

Getting the vintage vibe is easy! Serve colorful bottled soda on a retro beverage cart.


Relax in the shade under a preppy trimmed umbrella with plenty of cushions for seating and a few of these little guys for ambiance!


Keep cool and look great in a breezy kaftan, big sunglasses, and lawn-friendly wedges!


As the night cools down, get active with a classic croquet set.

Not only do all of these elements come together for form the perfect Palm Springs inspired party, but more importantly, they all help to create a night you and your friends won’t forget! Have fun!

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stamped favor bags are my fave

August 4, 2014

party favor ideas
party favor ideas
Edible treats are some of the easiest and most well-received party favors, but sometimes that Skittles packaging just doesn’t cut it. So I created an easy, two-minute repackaging solution that will turn the treats into party-ready favors. Get the full tutorial right here on Julep.

summer in a box is my fave

July 31, 2014

from guest contributor Chelsea Costa
care package ideas
care package ideas
care package ideas
care package ideas
These warm weather faves would be a fun little package for somebody heading out on a vacay or road trip, or even just celebrating in their own backyard.

-a grownup sippy cup to stay hydrated
-a cute journal and some fun pens to keep track of adventures
-heart-shaped sunnies to protect those peepers
-sweet snacks for munching
-colorful pins to keep hair in place
-a camera to snap the best moments
-nail polish in only the brightest colors
- bon voyage luggage tag for happy travels

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summer is my fave

July 30, 2014

from guest contributor Casey Baudoin
Living in Scotland, where wearing a jacket in June is not uncommon, I crave everything about the warm summer months! In every setting: live, make, drink, wear, do… Here are some of my current summer faves!

1. daybed
2. swimsuit
3. margarita recipe
4. diy beach wave hair spray
5. Tulum vacation
6. outdoor movies

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a popsicle party backdrop is my fave

July 29, 2014

from guest contributor Lexy Ward
popsicle photo booth backdrop
I’m thinking of making popsicles be a part of our main food group all year round. They’re just delicious. And they’re colorful. And they’re fun. Win. Win. Win. Make a simple backdrop with popsicles cut from colorful paper, and your photos will seriously “pop”. (Bad jokes are my specialty.)

popsicle photo booth backdrop

• colorful cardstock
• twine
• scissors and X-acto knife or cutting machine (I used a Cricut Explore, but you can totally do this without!)
• mini wooden clips
• tape
• crazy-eyed baby (optional)

popsicle photo booth backdrop

popsicle photo booth backdrop

Find a simple popsicle silhouette online. I just searched BING and found a zillion. Print the image out and trace it onto your paper. Cut out 25-30 or more depending on the size of the wall you’ll be taping these to.

Once the popsicles are all cut out, attach them to strands of twine with the mini wooden clips. Hang the popsicles in any order you see fit. Stick a crazy kid in front and start snapping the camera.

popsicle photo booth backdrop

popsicle photo booth backdrop

Now, the baby and I are off to find some popsicle treats that won’t effect our waistline.


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a sprinkle ice cream cone holder is my fave

July 28, 2014

diy ice cream cone holder

diy ice cream cone holder

It’s the last week of National Ice Cream month! Live it up with eating a cone a day – guaranteed to taste better when served from a stylish holder. Find the easy instructions right here on Julep.

photos: Jennifer Little

fridays are my fave

July 25, 2014

Yay for Fridays and the fact that I’m not pregnant anymore!

1. Easy paper lanterns (in a pretty great color palette)
2. Wanted: this gelato print for Margo’s room
3. I’d prefer a bagel party over a donut one (so sue me)
4. I wish I had a backyard for this modern nook
5. I bet any meal served at this table would taste amazing (even SpaghettiOs)

Just a note: I’ve got a month of the best guests, faves and ice cream lined up starting on Monday. Leave lots of nice comments for the guests and pep talks for me.

margo jane is my fave

July 23, 2014

I’m so happy to announce that his little gal joined our family on Friday. She was 8 1/2 pounds (we think it’s mostly in her cheeks), 21 inches, has a tiny bit of dark hair, and a scream as loud as her brothers. Her name is Margo Jane and we’re in love.

fruit crisp ice cream is my fave

July 17, 2014

fruit crisp ice cream
fruit crisp ice cream
Fruit Crisp Ice Cream

Start with:
brown sugar ice cream

Mix in:
oatmeal crumb topping

I may have panicked thinking that the baby was going to come this week and by the time I got out of the house again, peach season would be over. So I made a special trip to Costco for a box of the greatest fruit in the world and I will eat them all within a matter of days. And then go back and buy a few more boxes because everyone lied to me and second babies don’t come any earlier than the first.

In conclusion, fresh peaches are the best non-chocolate ice cream mix in.

an ice cream crawl is my fave

July 16, 2014

ice cream crawl

It’s the summer of ice cream on yamf (have I made that painfully obvious yet?). If you’d like to join the cause of consumption, it’s time to organize the annual 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.

ice cream crawl

You can download these scorecards right here on Julep. They make things all official and such.

ice cream crawl

Another way to make things more official is to create maps for each of the guests. Here are the five scoop shops we hit up in Denver this year:

ice cream crawl

Glacier Ice Cream and Gelato – The place to go if you love variety and your ice cream with chunks.
Flavor to try: Funky Donky

ice cream crawl

Nuggs Ice Cream – Solid homemade ice cream but nothing really stood out to me here.
Flavor to try: Stellar Milky Way

ice cream crawl

High Point Creamery – If I opened an ice cream shop, this would be it. Every detail is spot on and the ice cream is the freshest I’ve ever tasted. The ice cream flight is absolute genius (five flavors, specialty toppings, hot fudge or caramel, and a tray that says Eat Your Heart Out).
Flavor to try: Chocolate Orange with Marshmallows or Mango Coconut Lassi

ice cream crawl

Em’s Ice Cream - Super fresh. Super creamy. Super tasty.
Flavor to try: Toasted Coconut (this blew me away)

Sweet Cow - I never met a flavor here that I didn’t like. Plus, pretzel cones!
Flavor to try: Oatmeal Cookie

Pace yourself and enjoy!

Psst, here are the five scoop shops we hit up last year.

scorecard and map design: Kirsten Bingham

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