Bright and Cheery Dessert Party Inspiration from Dena Designs

This is a guest post from our featured artist Dena Designs. Shop her stationery and paper product collection including address labels, notepads and invitations on dena1

Summer is all about outdoor entertaining and what better way to do it than with color! Even something as simple as lemonade paired with delicious desserts can make for a great fete. Just add flowers, some colorful accessories, and paper decor to really make your party pop!

Table decorations are so important for a stand-out summer party. To make your décor unique, use vintage tins as vases. Tip: Put the flowers in a juice glass filled with water and then hide the juice glass in the tin. This prevents any leakage or rust.
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Place cards are also a simple way to make your guests feel special. Take a look around your home to see what you might be able to repurpose for a party. For example, bamboo skewers (also great for summer barbecues!) can be made into cupcake picks with just a little creativity. Those pictured here are made from office tags and leftover craft ribbons Just place the skewer into the center of a cupcake and voila! This is a fun way to make goodies stand out on a table. Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.27.57 PM

Overhead party decorations bring partygoers’ eyes up and make the space really festive. For this party, bowls were hung and filled with fresh flowers.
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Bring the comfort of the indoors outside and make your guests cozy with some throw pillows. You can mix and match shapes, sizes, and textures to add even more color to your party.

Serving trays are also a nice touch and so useful for an outdoor party. This vintage tray was transformed into something new by adding a piece of custom cut glass. You could even decorate a tray with patterned fabric or paper to customize it to fit your own style. On this tray there is even a little stitched applique for a final sweet touch.
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Now on to food! These hand-painted sugar cookies are so easy to create and delicious. To make your own cookie “paints,” follow this simple recipe:

Put 1 tsp corn syrup and 1/4 tsp water into a small cup. Tint with food coloring and stir well. Paint the unbaked cookies before baking using a small paintbrush. Bake according to the cookie recipe. Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.27.41 PM
Now you’ll want a bright drink to match your colorful cookies and pink lemonade is the perfect beverage for a dessert party. It’s so refreshing on a hot summer day. Mix up some of your favorite lemonade or put your own twist on this recipe:
Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.27.53 PM Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice, plus 4 lemons, thinly sliced crosswise, for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
Directions: Bring granulated sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a pan over high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Add lemon juice, superfine sugar, cranberry juice, and 1 1/2 quarts water to a serving container. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 1 day. To serve, add ice cubes to fill and garnish with lemon slices or edible flowers.

Invite your friends or family over to enjoy, there are so many ways to make a summer soiree bright for everyone!

Summer Studio Sale Starts Soon!


The Summer Studio Sale at Let’s be honest, we know you’ve been eye-balling some cute self-inking stamps and personalized notepads for yourself over the last few months.

Well, you are in luck!

Starting June 1st many of your favorite products will be on sale. Save up to 50% off regular priced stationery, stamps, address labels and more during our Summer Studio Sale. It only happens once a year so mark your calendar now and check back soon to grab stationery sale items before they’re gone! Go ahead, we give you permission to splurge.

Make Way For Fresh Stationery Designs

We’re clearing out popular inventory to make room for some fabulous new fall designs and can’t wait to share them in September. In the meantime check out our Summer Studio section to see discounts on:
  • stationery
  • thank you notes
  • address labels
  • self-inking stamps
  • folded notes
  • notepads
  • address labels invitations and more!
Don’t forget to check our Instagram page and here on the blog for some great DIY projects, summer party inspiration and handmade gift ideas for your and your family all summer long.

4th of July Party Decorations


Growing up, I lived in a neighborhood that was made up of 2 acre lots. We were about eight minutes away from a large city, and our town was what you’d call “rural.” We didn’t have a post office, and our fire fighters were volunteers. I loved growing up in that neighborhood for so many reasons, but some of the best memories I have growing up “in the country” (we called it) were the July Fourth parties we had.

Since we were away from the city a bit, we could have fireworks in our back yard. The big stuff, not just roman candles, although they were my fave. We lived pretty close to a lake, and there were two fireworks stands near us that we would excitedly look forward to shopping each year for the coolest new firework.

Of course, we also gathered sparklers, Black Cats and those weird snakes that were really just ashes. We ate hot dogs off the grill, helped turn the handle on the ice cream maker and stayed up past our bedtime to shoot and watch fireworks.

The Fourth of July is magical for me, partly because it falls right before my birthday (on the 6th, just in case you’d like to send me a gift!) and partly because I have such fond memories from my childhood. I look forward to this holiday every year, from planning the party to covering almost everything I own with red, white and blue.

I don’t know about you, but Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find inspiration for a party, and I’ve found countless ideas for a Fourth of July celebration. From outfits to games to crafts and party food, there are plenty of totally doable red, white and blue ideas to create the perfect birthday party for America.

Add a few bursts of color to your household and party décor with easy-to-make crafts! Try a flag pick wreath on your front door.

4th of July Party

Or pick up a handful of red, white and blue bandanas and whip up a color-block tablecloth or simply layer them across the center of your table for a no-sew table runner.

4th of July decorations

Easy DIY paper pinwheels and pom pons (that look like fireworks!) pack a big visual Fourth of July punch for pennies. Add them to the potted plants in and around your home or display them centerpiece-style in vases filled with sand.

4th of July pinwheels

You can’t celebrate the Fourth of July without some yummy cookout classics! Hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob and potato salad are timeless favorites, but it’s easy to add a splash of red, white and blue in your party snacks too.

Dip strawberries in white chocolate, then sugar tinted with blue food coloring or layer on colored icing for a festive treat!

4th of July strawberries

Or add sliced strawberries, bananas and blueberries to skewers to make a patriotic flag fruit platter.

Party treats

No patriotic party is complete without homemade ice cream! We have made this in-the-bag version for a couple years now and it’s PERFECT every time. Jazz it up with colorful blue and red sprinkles.

Ziploc ice cream

Now that you’ve got your food and decorations down, shop for some pieces to coordinate your personal look with the party theme. With nautical styles trending for summer, now is the perfect time to find pieces in red, white and blue for your ensemble.

Navy and white stripes

Nautical stripes

Pair with some red accessories…

Red accessories

Or a custom painted mani can make your Fourth of July look sparkle.

Striped nails

Don’t forget to plan for some fun for after the sun sets. Find yourself a great seat for a local fireworks display or make your own lightshow with DIY glow in the dark fun.

Fireworks in jars

Share your favorite Fourth of July projects, decoration, or food ideas in the comments!

Summer Styles for 2012

Summer 2012 Trends

Put away your sweaters, coats and boots! Summer is almost here, and it’s time to celebrate with new fashions for your wardrobe, home and office. This summer has a lot to offer with bold colors and fun & funky patterns. Here are our top picks for hot summer trends.

Summer Style – Flowers

This year’s fashions prove that flowers aren’t only for your dining room table. Fashion accessories are blooming everywhere, from your personal wardrobe to your stationery wardrobe.

Floral summer styles for 2012

Floral summer styles for 2012

This summer’s breezy floral styles are highlighted with bright pops of color.

Summer style – Hint of the Sea

Cool off from the summer sun with nautical themed trends. Sail through the summer in style with color blocked stripes and fresh from the sea icons.

Nautical summer styles

Nautical summer styles

Summer style – Chandeliers

From interior design to your own personal style, chandeliers in every shape and size give a fresh new look to any décor. Accessorize your home, office or outfit with these iconic pieces.

Chandelier summer styles

Chandelier summer styles

Where have you spotted these emerging summer style trends?