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.
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!
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.
from guest contributor Chelsea Costa
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
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!
from guest contributor Lexy Ward
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.)
• colorful cardstock
• scissors and X-acto knife or cutting machine (I used a Cricut Explore, but you can totally do this without!)
• mini wooden clips
• crazy-eyed baby (optional)
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.
Now, the baby and I are off to find some popsicle treats that won’t effect our waistline.
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
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.
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.
brown sugar ice cream
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.
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.
You can download these scorecards right here on Julep. They make things all official and such.
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:
Glacier Ice Cream and Gelato – The place to go if you love variety and your ice cream with chunks.
Flavor to try: Funky Donky
Nuggs Ice Cream – Solid homemade ice cream but nothing really stood out to me here.
Flavor to try: Stellar Milky Way
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
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