watermelon cake toppers are my fave

August 13, 2014

from guest contributor Brittni Mehlhoff
watermelon cupcake toppers

I love, love, love all of the party inspiration on You Are My Fave, so I wanted to create a kid-friendly project that would be great for birthday parties or summer get-togethers. And since I’m kind of obsessed with watermelon at the moment (case and point), I thought watermelon cupcake toppers would be fun to make. To give them more of a playful vibe and make them more exciting for kids, I used bright colors and cut the shapes out of foam sheets. So easy!

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Here’s what you need to make your own:
-Foam Sheets (which you can buy on Amazon or at a local craft store)
-Scissors
-Craft Glue
-Wood Skewers or Lollipop Sticks

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Start by cutting out a half circle from one of your foam sheets. You can do this by tracing a small bowl and then cutting the circle in half or just free handing it. Then cut a smaller half circle, from a different color foam sheet. This will be the inner ‘melon’. Next, cut some small seed shapes from foam.

Once all the cutting is finished, it’s time to start glueing everything together. Using a basic craft or school glue (strong glues like super glue may eat through the foam, which is why I’m recommending basic craft glue). Glue the smaller melon shape onto the larger melon shape and then glue the foam seeds on in a haphazard pattern.

Once the glue is completely dry, flip your melons over and glue a short wooden skewer or lollipop stick onto the back. Wait for it to dry. Then, poke into a cupcake or cake and you’re ready to celebrate summer.

watermelon cupcake toppers
watermelon cupcake toppers

Instant Party: Go all out and throw a watermelon themed party with the following party items: these Erin Jang watermelon party invitations from this YAMF posta DIY watermelon piñatawatermelon slushies, and these cupcake toppers.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

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a summer night in a box is my fave

August 12, 2014

from guest contributor Amelia Markgraf
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The temps are still going up, my friends, and the chances of sleeping well in the hot, hot heat are going way down. Thank goodness the secret to heavenly sleep on a hot summer night can be found in a box full of these goodies: lavender soap to use in a cold shower, and a breezy cotton nightgown to slip into afterwards; a candlestick, a fragrant bouquet, and a glass jar of icy water for the nightstand to keep things feeling fancy and fresh while you (try not to) sweat like a hog; a good book to help you doze off, and a cute pillowcase to doze off onto; and, last but not least, a cold, creamy treat. Go ahead. No one’s gonna judge you for eating ice cream in bed when its 95 degrees outside. No one.

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sources: nightgown, pillowcase, soap, book

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tubs of cookies are my fave

August 11, 2014

party favor ideas
party favor ideas
I can’t think of any occasion where a tub of cookies wouldn’t be appreciated. Except maybe a Weight Watchers meeting. Get the free printables right here on Julep then set the butter out to soften.

PS A chocolate chip cookie taste off

Design: Kirsten Bingham
Photos: Jennifer Little

movie night ice cream is my fave

August 8, 2014

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Movie Night Ice Cream

Start with:
homemade peanut butter ice cream

Mix in:
toffee bits
hot fudge
kettle corn
chocolate covered pretzels

If it’s wrong to think that popcorn would be good in ice cream, I don’t want to be right.

watermelon is my fave

August 7, 2014

watermelon diys

Apparently I missed National Watermelon Day which was August 3rd (man, the things you let slip when you have a newborn..) but I’m still awfully fond of this summer fruit.

1. poster
2. cake
3. blank cards
4. party picks
5. diy welcome mat
6. illustrated art print
7. popsicle
8. card
9. diy piñata
10. desktop wallpaper

frozen yogurt bon bons are my fave

August 6, 2014

from guest contributor Ashley Rose bon bons recipe frozen yogurt bon bons I was so excited when Mel asked me to write a little something for YAMF because as a party and kid friendly blog, I have to make zero excuses for covering everything in sprinkles. Not that I make a lot on my own blog, it’s just that if anyone can back me up on sprinkles needing their own food group title it’s the little ones, am I right?

Good news is kids and adults alike will rejoice over this frozen yogurt bon bon recipe (sprinkled or not), because they’re a super easy way to make a lower calorie (and fewer sugared up children) version of the infamous ice cream dessert we all know and love…

Ingredients:

  • Plain yogurt
  • Honey
  • White chocolate chips for melting
  • Sprinkles
  • Frozen fruit (optional)
  • Gel food coloring (optional)
  • Ice cube tray
  • frozen yogurt bon bons

    In a bowl, pour in just enough yogurt to make the amount of ice cube sized bon bons you’ll want. Next, squeeze in a little bit of honey and stir. You can add more or less honey depending on how sweet you want the bon bons to be. You can also blend a few fruits into the yogurt if you’d like to create mini smoothies almost. I added strawberries and bananas to one row of yogurt cubes but I ended up eating those before I actually finished the end photos, so don’t judge me.

    Once your ice tray is filled, let it freeze for several hours until completely frozen solid. Next, melt your white chocolate and add in any food coloring you’d like. Dip the frozen yogurt cubes into the the chocolate one by one and immediately dip them in a small bowl a sprinkles and place on a plate sprinkle side down in the freezer until ready to serve.

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    bon bons recipe

    They turn out to be a really cute way for a grab and go summer refresher without the guilt. I think I’ve clearly showcased that by eating all of the strawberry bananas ones before they got their glamour shots, but then again this is coming from the girl that sprinkles everything.

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    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.

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

    decorate

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

    wear

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

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    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
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    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
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    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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