5 Great Summer Baking Ideas

5 Summer Baking Ideas with Great Packaging from ExpressioneryWhether you’re attending a backyard barbecue or whipping up a sweet treat for family, summer is a great time to explore new delicious desserts. Our friend and designer Laura Kelly has partnered with some amazing bloggers and The Bakers Party Shop to bring you plenty of fun recipes to try in your own kitchen. Here are just a few of our favorites, complete with DIY gift tags and fun packaging to give your baked good the perfect handmade touch.

Great Summer Baking Ideas For Any Party with #ExpressioneryBakes

The next time you need to bring a sweet treat to a gathering, take a look and find some inspiration from one of these four great summer baking ideas.

1. Watermelon Treat bakers-party-expressionery1 Nothing says summer like a tasty watermelon, but these watermelon rice Krispie Treats look just as sweet! Get the full instructions on the Housewife Hellraiser blog here and recreate this treat for yourself. Use the Baked With a Lot of Love Expressionery stamp paired with fun pink cookie bags and baker’s twine from The Bakers Party Shop to seal your cookies before delivery. Yum!

2. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches Ice Creamcookies Who doesn’t love ice cream at the end of a hot summer day? Ice cream + cookies = one amazing summer dessert sandwich! Head to Sparkle Living to learn how to make these delicious chocolate ice cream sandwiches from scratch. Use an ice cream cone cookie cutter from The Bakers Party Shop for added cuteness and a personalized tag using a personalized Expressionery stamp to recreate the fun packaging.

3. White Chocolate Sprinkled Popcorn white-chocolate-popcorn-gift-tagTechnically a snack turned dessert, popcorn is a treat that travels well and loved by all ages. To make this colorful version look to the lovely ladies of LollyJane for the complete how-to. You’ll want to stock up on white chocolate, colorful sprinkles, this domed lid and cup set from The Bakers Party Shop as well as Tasty Treat self-inking stamp for the tag.

4. 4th of July Cereal Treat july_4th_dessert Independence Day is right around the corner and these red-white-and-blue nautical themed cereal treats are a great dessert to bring along to the fireworks show. Head over to Michelle’s Party Plan It for all the details and a full list of supplies, including our popular Baked with Love self-inking stamp to add a personal touch.

5. Spectacular Sea Inspired Sugar Cookies How-to-decorate-seashell-sugar-cookies-772x1024 If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at fancy sugar cookies, visit Make Life Lovely for a master class on these seahorse and sea shell cookies.

Bakers, don’t forget to snap a photo of your finished goodies and be sure to tag #ExpressioneryBakes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. Save 25% sitewide using code SUNSHINE25 too, so grab a stamp and start baking!

Even More Inspiration

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?

Summer wedding themes

Summer wedding themes

Summer wedding themes

This year’s summer weddings are about small, intimate gatherings of your closest friends and family. Whether the wedding is set in a quiet park in your hometown or far away on a remote beach, nature is the perfect backdrop for your big day.

So what’s the theme? Brides are looking to a more eco-friendly wedding experience, no matter the destination. They are focusing on vintage, repurposed and home-grown decorations in natural, elegant surroundings.

Vintage wedding themes

Vintage wedding themes

Vintage wedding themes

From a beautiful back yard to an old barn, there’s no wrong place to serve up a vintage-inspired wedding. Picnic tables at the reception and wooden benches during the ceremony add a rustic look to vintage décor. Choose neutral wedding colors like champagne and khaki for a warm, inviting look. Add in dusty pink or aqua blue flowers, candles, cakes and sashes to add a splash of color.

Engagement photos in sepia or black and white are great additions to the tables at your reception. You can print them on the back of the menu, or use them as favors for all the guests who are attending your big celebration. Shop in antique stores to find unique, vintage centerpieces like vases and candleholders to fit your wedding theme. Monogram embossed napkins and ivory tones can help you achieve a vintage look for the reception.

When it comes to your wedding gown, browse thrift stores and online boutiques, or check with your friends and family. Your ideal gown may be stored in an antique hope chest in a friend’s attic!

For the bridal party, parasols and lacy gloves can add those extra special vintage touches to otherwise ordinary attire. For the groomsmen, classics like a black suit and tie or a tuxedo can be easily transformed with simple touches like handkerchiefs or pocket watches – it’s all about the details.

Beach wedding themes

Beach wedding themes

Beach wedding themes

Brighten your summer with an oceanfront wedding! Start with the fresh, cool colors of the ocean and sand, then add a splash of color like coral pink. Or go bright with the hottest color of 2012, Tangerine Tango, offset by bright blues that really pop. There’s no better way to have fun and be comfortable than with super cute flip-flops for the bridesmaids (and even yourself), paired with light fabrics for the men in fresh khaki colors.

Use sand in the bottom of vases and bright flowers to decorate the reception tables. Place cards shaped like starfish, seahorses or shells can add a touch of whimsy to the reception décor. A little brown sugar on the cake or the cake table and on dinner plates makes sweet, edible “sand” for dinner and dessert.

Flowing, breezy gowns with mists of tulle are perfect against an ocean backdrop. Or go extra casual with a shorter dress and flip-flops for super comfortable style. Tropical flowers and small details like umbrellas in drinks can lend a fun beachy feel to your wedding reception without costing a small fortune.

Garden wedding themes

Garden wedding themes

Garden wedding themes

If your wedding is going to be a day at the park, think bright! Hot pink with bright purple, green or dark blue makes for a romantic and elegant outdoor wedding. Something as simple as a hot pink napkin or a bright purple flower arrangement set against bright white linens can add a chic look to your reception décor.

A large clear vase filled with limes can add a splash of green to your food or dessert tables. Set up your reception like a picnic – use mason jars for your drinks with bright, colorful straws and fruit on the edge of the glass to match your wedding colors.

A crisp, bright white wedding gown with lots of lace can set an elegant, romantic tone to your wedding by contrasting with your bright highlight colors. Or choose a soft ivory for a warm, romantic glow. If the garden terrain is uneven, you may want to pick a long dress that covers your shoes and go with comfortable flats rather than heels that might trip you up.

Garden wedding colors

Garden wedding colors: soft ivory with bright purple and green accents

There are endless possibilities for a sophisticated, elegant and fun wedding without exceeding your spending limit. The most important thing to remember is that this day is yours. Have fun with the décor, and your guests will too.

Spring color trends 2012

2012 Spring color trend Tangerine Tango

2012 Spring color trend: Tangerine Tango

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your closet, punch up your home décor or add some “wow” to your stationery wardrobe, we are excited to share our favorite trends for Spring with you! Fresh colors and whimsical imagery are bringing new life to the trends of 2012.

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

One of the easiest ways to infuse the warmth of spring into your lifestyle is with Pantone’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango. This “hot” new color is an invigorating hue of reddish orange that exudes energy and vivacity. Add a burst of Tangerine Tango to your spring wardrobe with a statement necklace, handbag or pair of red-hot pumps. Perk up your pout or touch up your nails and toes in this exotic shade of Tangerine with a new lipstick or nail color!

Energize your home with throw pillows, frames, vases or paint in this eye-catching color, or brighten the day for your friends and family with a touch of Tangerine Tango on your envelopes. These are just a few easy and affordable ways to find yourself wrapped in 2012’s newest color trend.

Spring-Inspired Imagery

Spring Stationery 2012

Spring Stationery

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The warmer days of spring bring the return of blooming flowers, sweet bird songs and sunny afternoons spent outdoors. Spring is the time to resurface from under the blankets and start to move, explore and travel! It’s no surprise that is exactly what the new spring trends are showcasing!

Add a blouse in a bright floral print, send a sweet hello to a friend on a note card featuring a bike ride through Paris, or toss a new throw pillow onto the couch embellished with the ever-popular bird-themed accent and the trends of spring will put some pep in your step and a twinkle in your eye.

What is your favorite way to infuse a little spring into your life?