from guest contributor Brittni Mehlhoff
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!
Here’s what you need to make your own:
-Foam Sheets (which you can buy on Amazon or at a local craft store)
-Wood Skewers or Lollipop Sticks
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.
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 post, a DIY watermelon piñata, watermelon slushies, and these cupcake toppers.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
from guest contributor Amelia Markgraf
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.
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.
Movie Night Ice Cream
homemade peanut butter ice cream
chocolate covered pretzels
If it’s wrong to think that popcorn would be good in ice cream, I don’t want to be right.
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.
from guest contributor Ashley Rose 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?
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!