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5.0 Shades of Pink

6.22.2018

We love the color pink here at Elūm so when we learned June 23 is National Pink Day we didn’t need much persuading to celebrate. Pink is the color of princesses and peonies, breast cancer, gay pride, happiness, flamingoes and bubblegum. Audrey Hepburn famously declared, “I believe in pink!” We believe in it too so we set out to discover as much as we can about our five favorite shades of pink.

1.0 True Pink. Pink was a bit of a later starter compared to others colors. While red, blue and purple where swanning around the Medieval world, dressing royalty, adorning paintings and generally getting themselves into trouble, pink didn’t even have a name. It wasn’t until Elizabethan times, that people began to use the word pink to refer to the color. The name comes from the flower Dianthus which is a true and pretty pink.

After a late check-in to the color party, pink wasted no time claiming the romantic high ground. Shakespeare used the word pink in two of his plays, most-fittingly the great love stories Romeo & Juliet and Anthony & Cleopatra. With the Bard’s stamp of approval under its belt, pink had officially arrived.

2.0 Magenta. In 2013 NASA announced it had discovered a pink planet. This adorable heavenly body orbits the star 59 Virginis and is named GJ 504b. It’s four times the mass of Jupiter, fifty-seven light years from Earth and a toasty 460°F year round. “If we could travel to this giant planet,” Michael McElwain, a member of the discovery team at NASA, tells us, “we would see a world still glowing from the heat of its formation with a color reminiscent of a dark cherry blossom.”

The rich magenta color of GJ 504b is due to methane fluorescing in its atmosphere and potassium which emits wavelengths in the violet spectrum. At Elūm we love this glowing pink planet so much we’d like to send it a sparkly Thank You note just for existing.

3.0 Rose gold. If beautiful Princess Pink married dashing Prince Gold and they had a daughter, she would be named Rose Gold. This perfectly dreamy color occurs when gold is combined with copper and a hint of silver to produce a delicate pink metal. Carl Fabergé, jeweler to the Russian czars, was one of the first craftsmen to put this charming alloy to use, most notably in his breathtaking Fabergé Eggs.

Despite its delicate appearance, rose gold is tougher than it looks and is more durable than yellow or white gold and less likely to tarnish. Add in the fact that its soft pinkish hue makes it flattering to most skin tones and it’s no wonder we love it like crazy.

4.0 Blush. If any color is having a moment it’s the dusky salmon-hued shade of blush known as millennial pink. Style bibles love to weigh in on how and why it’s so popular, but to us it’s simply a variation of classic blush. And blush pink will never go out of style. Blush is the color of hope and promises, of babies’ cheeks and bridesmaid dresses, chilled rosé and seashells. Newlywed Meghan, the Countess of Sussex, wore a blush pink Carolina Herrera dress for Trooping the Colour earlier this month, and Jay- Z just wore a blush pink John Galliano suit at the Louvre while shooting his and Beyonce’s APES**T video.

Vogue may have declared millennial pink over, but its big sister blush isn’t going anywhere.

5.0 Hot Pink. Who doesn’t love a color with the word “hot” in it? Hot pink reminds us of bad fashion choices in the 80s, of questionable prom dresses, Malibu Barbie, Dirty Dancing and Wham! It shows us that pink isn’t all petals and ballet slippers. It can be as bold and sexy as red. Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli introduced the world to hot pink in 1937. Schiaparelli dressed Marlene Dietrich, Great Garbo, Katherine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall. When she invented a color the fashion world took notice.

“Bright, impossible, impudent” hot pink has been part of the landscape ever since. It’s even been declared the new orange as increasing numbers of construction and road workers are adopting it as their color of choice for safety vests and hard hats. Turns out hot pink is just as visible as blaze orange yet a whole lot sassier. At Elūm we are hot pink’s biggest champions. We love a color that isn’t afraid of being its own bold self.

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8 Essential Style Takeaways From The Royal Wedding

5.24.2018

Harry & Meghan's Official Wedding PhotosMeghan Markle and Prince Harry’s nuptials will surely go down in history as one of the most joyous royal weddings of all time. From the moment the adoring couple announced their engagement we knew it was going to be special, but when the big day came it exceeded our wildest expectations. It was a moving and inclusive celebration of the couple’s authentic selves. The dress, the flowers, the performers, that carriage ride: Meghan and Harry’s nuptials are a game-changer. At Elūm we wondered how we can incorporate the best of the couple’s classic yet informal style into planning our own weddings and celebrations so we’ve come up with eight essential style takeaways from Meghan & Harry’s big day.

Harry & Meghan's Wedding Invitations1.The invitations. Meghan and Harry’s wedding invitations are timeless and elegant, consisting of black cursive type on white cardstock with gilded edges and a gilded crest. Custom-printed in small batches, they perfectly combine the formal and informal. By declaring His Royal Highness will be married “with” Ms Meghan Markle—not “to”—they instantly confer freshness and relevance on this traditional English form. And proving they’re a thoroughly modern couple, Meghan and Harry broke with royal tradition by allowing guests to RSVP by email.

2. The engagement photos. I think we can all agree Meghan and Prince Harry blew it out of the water with their engagement photos. Meghan’s couture gown and movie star beauty were perfectly matched by her fiancee’s rugged good looks and on-point navy suit. What really holds our gaze though is the off-the-charts chemistry between the couple. Meghan and Harry have declared overly posed engagement photos, over. Dress well, pick a beautiful setting and then show us your true selves.

3. The flowers. Meghan’s florist Philippa Craddock decorated St.George’s Chapel at Windsor and also designed the bride’s bouquet. Festooning the chapel entrance with white roses, peonies and foxgloves, Craddock created a classic romantic backdrop for the couple’s first kiss. Meghan chose a simple bouquet of sweet pea and myrtle fastened with raw silk for her bouquet. The deal-changer here is that Harry handpicked some of the flowers in the bouquet from the couple’s private garden at Kensington Palace. This is a style note every couple can get behind: create unique intimate moments between you and your partner.

Meghan Markle Wedding Dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy4. Dress #1. Meghan’s wedding dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, is a masterclass in timeless elegance. Channeling Audrey Hepburn with its boatneck, clean lines and three-quarter sleeves, the dress provides a blueprint for reinventing a classic for a thoroughly modern bride. By choosing this simple but sumptuous design Meghan reminds us that our wedding gowns are immortalized in photographs, and borrowing too heavily from current trends can risk those photos dating quickly.

5. The service. Meghan and Prince Harry brought their A-Game to the ceremony emphasizing what weddings are all about: two individuals joining with one another to form a couple. By choosing multicultural performers and speakers from both the US and Great Britain, they created a joyful and moving celebration of who they are. We may never be married in a chapel owned by the Queen, but we can recreate the spirit of inclusiveness and authenticity championed by Meghan and Harry.

6. The reception. After the wedding the Queen hosted a lunchtime reception for the newly-minted couple, and what’s interesting to us is that it wasn’t a formal sit down affair. The Queen has been hosting weddings for over half a century so when Her Majesty decides a stand up reception is in order, we pay attention. It’s less stuffy than a sit down affair and encourages guests to mingle. Exquisite bites of food such as langoustine rolled in salmon accompanied by flutes of bubbly keep things delightfully festive. And no, we have it on good authority Her Majesty did not serve a full bar.

Meghan Markle evening reception gown by Stella McCartney7. The slippers. This is one detail we love here at Elūm. Meghan made sure her guests would be comfortable at the reception by providing fluffy ivory slippers for everyone who wanted to kick off their heels and relax. This sweet and charming gesture is one we can all learn from. In any celebration, the comfort of our guests should be our number one priority.

8. Dress #2. Meghan brought sexy back exactly when it was appropriate. This sashay-ready silk halter by Stella McCartney revealed Meghan’s swoon-worthy bare back. By saving her more daring, fashion-forward choice for the intimate evening reception, the world’s newest duchess showed us how to do traditional modern just right.

We can’t get enough of the royal wedding around here. What was your favorite part of the day?

RECEPTION AND EVENT DECOR  |  CUSTOM LETTERPRESS INVITATIONS

 

DIY: Paper Halloween Masks

10.22.2017

It’s no secret that we’re a little paper obsessed and the creative crew here at Elum loves a good DIY. With Halloween right around the corner we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get our paper-craft on. If you’re short on Halloween costume ideas we’ve got some quick and easy DIY paper Halloween mask ideas to help inspire you. Our team pooled together all of our crafting supplies and in less than two hours we were all covered in scraps of paper and hot glue gun strings, and had our very own paper Halloween mask masterpieces.

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween MasksAfter gathering up various inspiration from around the web we created our very own templates for the masks. Most of them were made simply by cutting out and layering colored paper. We started with printing off a plain mask template to help with placement of the eyes on the various creations.

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“ALI” CAT:

Ali’s kitty cat came together by first folding a black sheet of construction paper in half and drawing out half of a cat silhouette. When she cut it out and unfolded it viola! a full black cat silhouette. She puuuurfected it by adding in all the details: cut paper for the inside of the ears, lashes and center of the face, a pom pom for the little pink nose and wispy feathers as the whiskers. Meeeoow.

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween Masks

SHARK ATTACK:

Shannon’s great white shark was inspired by a DIY she came across on Pinterest. While the original version used a shoe box to create the boxy shark shape, Shannon made hers purely out of paper. Obviously when she put in on she looked totally fierce. The finishing touch of bedazzled blood makes this mask totally killer.

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween Masks

PEACEFUL SWAN:

Sam is no ugly duckling in this homemade Swan mask. Inspired by artwork she created herself, first she sized the artwork to fit over her face and printed it. Then, used the plain mask template to determine the eye hole placement. The base mask shape was cut from a study heavy-weight paper and the details from colored construction paper and then layer together. To add some extra dimension she folded the leaves of the foliage before she attached them to the swan and used wooden sticks to hold up her cat tails.

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween Masks

PRETTY  PREHISTORIC:

Olga outdid everyone with her 3 Dimensional triceratops mask. While at university in Belarus she took a class on creating 3 dimensional objects out of paper so she had the most experience of all of us in creating paper masterpieces. Like Sam, she created the base of the mask with a heavyweight cardstock and then layered colored paper over the base. She finished it off with some bedazzled bling. She created this one of a kind template totally from scratch and you can get your hands on it here!

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween Masks

#EMOTIONAL:

Our social media guru Shana decided to channel her inner emotions by creating a flippable emoji mask. First, she cut her favorite emoji faces from paper. Then, she glued the faces back to back, leaving her with two sheets with a face on each side. After that, she punched a hole near the top of the faces and secured the hole with a metal grommet. She tied a string through the grommets of both masks and secured it at the top, then attached the mask to a wooden stick and proceeded to only respond to questions with emoji faces for the rest of the day. Download the face-sized emoji artwork here.

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween Masks

DOWN, SET, HIKE!:

It’s no secret that Claire is the biggest football fan on our team so it was only fitting that she decided to transform herself into a rough-and-tumble football player. She was so committed her character she even wore her favorite football jersey to complete her transformation. You can download a template for Claire’s football mask here or if you aren’t in the mood to make this mask from scratch, you can find one just like it made of felt for sale on etsy.

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween MasksWe were all pretty proud of the end result from our mask making session.

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween Masks

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween MasksOf course, no DIY party would be complete without champagne, which is why this crafting session also included apple cider mimosas to help get us in the fall state of mind. Get the recipe for these delicious autumn flavored drinks here.

Elum Designs | DIY Paper Halloween Masks

What your favorite of our Halloween mask creations? Have you ever made an amazing last minute Halloween costume? Tell us about it in the comments below!

10 Ways to Make A Kid-Friendly Halloween Party So Cute It’s (Almost) Scary

10.13.2017

Sketelons, Monsters, Ghosts and more! If you’re looking for some kid-friendly characters for your Halloween party then you’ve come to the right place! See our top 10 favorite ideas to make your Halloween party so cute it’s scary.

1.) Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Food Supply Treat Bags by Elum

Adorable clutch style gift bags with rope handles. Perfect for packing with party favors or other ghoulish goodies.  Available exclusively at TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.

Cute Halloween Party Ideas

 

2.) Happy Little Ghost Sugar Cookies  from Sarah’s Bake Studio

Classic sugar cookies dressed up as adorable ghosts. The trick to detailing the faces is using a food coloring pen!

3.) Fanta Jack-O-Lanter Floats from Belle of the Kitchen

A seasonal twist on a traditional float. Decorate your cups with beverage clings like these or do it by hand with a permanent marker.

4.) Candy Corn Napkins by Elum 

These sweet party napkins are sure to make your little guests shriek with delight. Available exclusively at TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.

5.) DIY Mini Ghost Pinatas from Oh Happy Day

No one will mind being haunted by this pint-sized party of ghosts.

6.) Monster Cake Pops from Shari’s Berries

Delicious handmade cake-pops available in an assortment of super-cute characters.

7.) DIY Halloween Balloons from Trendenser

Easy and fun additions to your party decor,  tie them off with black and white twine for an extra Halloween touch.

8.) Real Mini Pumpkin Candles from All Thing Nim

You’ve probably never laid your eyes on anything more adorable than these DIY pumpkin candles. Full tutorial video available on Instagram.

9.) Monster Rice Krispies from One Little Project

Almost too cute to eat! Adorable traditional Rice Krispie treats with colored white chocolate and edible eyeballs.

10.) DIY Halloween Photobooth from Jennifer Lee Photography

Capture all the fun with this easy DIY photo booth set up.

Need a DIY costume idea for your super cute Halloween Party? Check out our DIY Halloween Paper Masks!

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Team Field Trip

9.11.2017

Adult field trips are the MOST FUN as we recently discovered on our Museum of Ice Cream team field trip in Los Angeles. If you haven’t yet heard of this magical place, it’s a pop-up art museum with nothing but ice cream themed exhibits and delicious sweet treats to accompany many of the installations.

We got out of the office for the day to find inspiration at this colorful and delicious museum. Plus, we brought along some of our favorite ice cream themed cards for photo ops! If you want to get a first-hand look at all the fun Elum had and get an insider peek into this sold out pop-up museum, keep scrolling!

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripAs the anticipation of getting into the museum grew, we were tasked with choosing a group name that was a combo of an ice cream flavor and an animal, so naturally, we deemed ourselves the Pistachio Llamas.

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field TripLike Wonka’s Chocolate Factory each room in the Museum of Ice Cream is brimming with pure imagination. Designed to provoke inspiration and bring you back to that magical feeling of kid-like wonder (not to mention it’s an ideal place to score a few amazing selfies.) The first room was a series of picture-perfect backdrops accompanied by a scoop of vanilla brownie ice cream.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripThe exhibits were truly laughter inducing, with squeals of excitement erupting every time we turned a corner to see a new room. There was a small traffic jam at the banana swings as each person in our party took a turn. As you can see from our Art Director, Amy and Creative Director, Kristi below, these swings were pure joy.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripWe explored our way through the banana jungle. The perfect place to style our “Birthday Bananas” card.

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field Trip

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripSenior Designers, Samantha and Shannon took their turn on the banana swing as Designer, Olga got lost in a sea of bananas.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripThe mint room was a living art installation with three different types of mint growing inside. We were encouraged to rub the leaves between our fingers to smell the differences between them. Samantha opted to get right in the action. If greenery isn’t your thing, this room also offered mint chocolate chip Mochis!

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field Trip

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field TripSome of the team used the bright and cheerful backdrop of the Rainbow Sherbert room to snap pics of our “Every Flavor” and “Lucky Birthday” cards. Meanwhile, Regional account manager, Zoe, got caught in an action shot while she was mid-boomerang!

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripThen there was a quick impromptu dance party in the hallway.

 

Next, our childhood wishes for larger-than-life sweets were finally realized. This enormous popsicle exhibit had us dreaming of a world that rains down giant frozen goodness from the sky.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field Trip

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field TripThe gummy bear installation ended up being one of our favorite photo backdrops. Each wall featured unique, bold color-blocking reminiscent of mod 70’s style with life-sized gummy bears scattered throughout. As an added bonus we got tasty gummy bear treats while we explored this exhibit. There was a mad dash to get photos in front of every wall and with every bear before we moved on.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field Trip

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripThe Black Cone room was a small transitional room between the Gummy Bears and the Sprinkle Room. It was covered in sculpted chocolate cones stuck to the walls each one is unique and individually hand made. They were also doing tasters of black candies in this room that included dark chocolate covered malt balls and black licorice.

Museum of Ice Cream Team Field TripOverall, the Sprinkle Pool was the universal favorite. The pool is filled with over 93 million plastic sprinkles (about 1 million of which were stuck in Kristi’s shirt after we buried her in sprinkles.)

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripTime was limited in the Sprinke Pool but that didn’t stop us from making the most of it while we could (and making a huge mess).

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripIt’s true that everything in life is better topped with sprinkles. For the rest of the day, we kept finding sprinkles hidden in our shoes, pockets and rolled up cuffs on our jeans.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field Trip

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripTo finish out the museum experience we got one last round of ice cream in the lounge and then scoped out the gift shop.

Office Life: Museum of Ice Cream Field TripHave you been the Museum of Ice Cream or any other fun art installations? We’re always looking for new inspiration and places to take team field trips so tell us about yours in the comments below!

6 Must-Haves For Your Summer Stationery Travel Kit

7.18.2017

Here at Elum we know summer is all about being on the go. You’ve got to make the most of the few fleeting months of good weather, right? Whether you’re at a BBQ, sipping a poolside drink or jet setting around the world, the fast pace of summer can be a lot to keep up with. That’s why we’ve curated a stationery travel kit—to make sure you never miss a beat all summer long. Stay organized, capture your brilliant thoughts and never forget a birthday, wedding or thank you along the way.

Here’s what we’ll have packed in our stationery travel kit this summer.

1.) JOURNAL

Elum Monstera Leaves Spiral Journal | Summer Stationery Travel Kit

There’s a better way to capture your memories than with a selfie stick (seriously, put it down). Take a little time each day to recap your summer adventures in a journal. It’s a great way to unwind at the end of a fun-filled day or pass the time while you’re catching some poolside sun. If you’re having trouble choosing just one method of keeping memories, a travel journal can also double as a sketch book, a scrapbook, a place to house a collection like pressed flowers or to write down the recipes for all your favorite summer cocktails.

 

2.) WASHI TAPE

Elum Flamenco Flamingo Washi Tape Set | Summer Stationery Travel Kit

Washi tape is the perfect complement to your travel journal. It can attach maps, ticket stubs or Polaroids to accompany your brilliant thoughts. It’s also great for gifting. Use it to attach gift tag, dress up plain wrapping paper or as a colorful replacement to ribbon on gift wrap. It’s the perfect way to dress up a card’s envelope. You can even use it to make an easy DIY book mark, personalize your phone cord (so none of your friends or family accidentally walk away with it) or use it for party decorations.

 

3.) LIST PADS

Elum Lightbulb Magnetic List Pad | Summer Stationery Travel Kit

Summer always seems to fly by so it’s easy to see how things fall through the cracks. Stay uber organized all summer long with a handy list pad. Make a grocery list for your upcoming party and create a checklist for your suitcase so you don’t leave your toothbrush behind (again). It’s also really convenient if you need to leave instructions for your dog sitter, a friendly note to someone parked poorly at a festival (I mean, come on! Finding parking is hard enough and now you’re going to take up TWO spaces?) or maybe even to leave your number for that cute bartender, hey you never know!

 

4.) MINI NOTES

Elum Je T'aime Letterpress Mini Notes

Be ready for whatever occasions summer has in store with a set of assorted mini notes. They may be small but they’ll leave a big impression. Say thanks to the host of a BBQ, leave one for a friend who needs some motivation and have a back up plan for forgetting your Aunt Lisa’s birthday. These little letterpress dreamboats are pint-sized and perfectly portable.

 

5.) BOXED NOTES

Elum 'Ello Letterpress Box Notes

Rediscover the art of the hand-written note. A more meaningful way of staying in touch than sending a Facebook message. The recipient is sure to get the warm-and-fuzzies when they realize you took the time to pen a hand-written letter. You can start correspondence with a new pen pal and look forward to getting something other than bills in your mailbox. They’re also a luxe alternative to a post card on your travels.

 

6.) PEN OR PENCIL

Elum Summer of Stationery Jet Setter Collection

Maybe the most important part of our stationery travel kit is a dependable writing apparatus. Without a pen or pencil you won’t be able to write down your brilliant thoughts, sign your name on a greeting cards or compose a hand-written message.

Want to win one of our Summer of Stationery Travel Kits? Head to Elum’s Instagram and keep an eye out for details.

Is there anything else you think would be super useful in a stationery travel kit? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

22 Great Travel Gift Ideas for Every Type of Adventurer

4.10.2017

The key to the perfect travel gift is finding something that reflects the recipients unique travel style. Luckily, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide of travel gift ideas for the adventurous spirit in your life. Whether they’re jetting off to foreign lands in search of a new adventure or simply pitching a tent and gazing at the stars, we’ve found something for every type of traveler.

Travel Gift Ideas for Jet Setters

If you need to find the perfect gift for someone who always has their luggage packed just in case they need to jet off on an impromptu adventure, these are just what you’ve been scouring the globe for. Great for anyone who prefers to keep their head in the clouds but never their feet on the ground.

Travel Gift Ideas

A.) Cork Globe from CB2 pinpoints all their past travels and gives them something to look forward to coming home to.

B.) Kate Spade His and Hers Luggage Tags from Papyrus are the perfect wedding or engagement gift for your favorite traveling dynamic duo.

C.) Travel Candles from World Market allows them to take the scent of home on the road with them.

D.) World Map Necklace from Modcloth perfectly embodies the spirit of an aspiring world traveler.

E.) Minute Message Box Notes by Elum are small enough to keep in their carry-on bag so they can send you a quick update from wherever in the world they may be.

F.) Astonishing Erasers by Elum can’t erase travel woes but can keep all their travel correspondence mistake free.

G.) Carpe Diem Passport Holder from Anthropologie keeps their passport protected so they can always seize the day.

H.) Airplane Bloody Mary Kit from Urban Outfitters makes any hour happy hour.

Travel Gift Ideas for Campers

For anyone who’s favorite pair of shoes are hiking boots and who’s more comfortable in a sleeping bag than in a hotel room. Great gifts for someone who loves the smell of campfire in their hair and is happiest as a camper.

Travel Gift Ideas

A.) Adventure Together Letterpress Card by Elum, for your favorite camp-mate.

B.) Campfire Candle from ShopSpring.com allows them to bring the scent of a campfire home.

C.)  Stay Sharp 10 oz. Flask by Best Made Co., because no camping trip is complete without story telling around a campfire with good people and a flask of your favorite spirits.

D.)  Camp Vibes Enamel Mug by Poler, for maximum coffee enjoyment outside a tent or at an office desk.

E.) Observer’s Field Guide by Elum is covered in real cork with alternating lined and sketch pages for all of their natural observations (or to help bring that outdoor feeling to their desk all week long)

F.) Happy Camper Pennant from Strawberry Moth, so they can let their camp-flag fly.

G.) Soapsquatch by Leeloo Soap, so they can finally know what it would be like to be held in the sweet embrace of Sasquatch.

Travel Gift Ideas for Star Gazers

Know someone who always has their eyes to the stars? Keep them there with any of these stellar gift ideas, perfect for the amateur astronomer in your life.

Travel Gift Ideas

A.) 3-Pack Constellation Notebooks by Elum, for documenting all of their astrological findings.

B.)  Planisphere Watch from Uncommon Goods, for stargazing in style.

C.) Constellation Mug from Amazon, to house the coffee that will keep them awake late enough to find constellations.

D.)  Zodiac Embroidery Hoop from howcouldyouclothing, for those who are looking for more meaning in the stars.

E.) Star Map Book Bound Journal by Elum, for mapping the stars and their thoughts.

F.) Space Case by Realm, for anyone who’s ever wanted a pocket full of stars, this is probably the next best thing.

G.) Space Map Art Print by Capricorn Press, for star-gazing on a cloudy night.

G.) I Need Some Space Bar Soap by Leeloo Soap because it’s out of this world.

 

Have any other great gift ideas for travelers? As an adventurer, what’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten? Tell us about it in the comments below!

#WeeklyWrapUp: DIY Birthday Beer Koozies

4.07.2017

We’re wrapping up our favorite birthday beverages in celebratory DIY  birthday beer koozies. They are a ridiculously easy way to personalize the gift of beer and make sure the birthday boy or girl is raising their can in style all night long.

Confetti Coated Birthday Beer Koozies:

Make the guest of honor feel like they’re being showed in confetti all night long with this super festive confetti coated koozie.

You Need:

Coat the koozie in white glue, roll in confetti and make sure it’s thoroughly covered. Let dry, shake off any loose pieces and fill in empty spots if necessary.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

The Dapper Gent Birthday Beer Koozies:

For the discerning beer drinker, the dapper gent beer koozie is a reflection of the most sophisticated beer tasting palettes.

You Need:

Select your dapper costume stickers of choice and adhere to the koozie, add googly eyes (use extra adhesive, such hot glue if needed) and don’t forget to have them sip their beer with their pinky out.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

Totally Lit Up Birthday Beer Koozies:

Get lit, literally and figuratively with this candle covered creation. Instead of making a wish after blowing out the candles they can make a wish after every beer they finish.

You Need:

  • Foam Beer Koozie
  • Colorful Birthday Candles
  • Foam Letter Stickers
  • Beer of Choice (we like Modern Times Fruitlands)
  • Strong Adhesive, such as super glue (don’t use hot glue, it will just melt the candle wax)
  • Optional: Small Clear or Yellow Plastic Rhinestones

Glue the colored candles around the base of the koozie. Adhere foam letters above the candles, glue rhinestones sporadically around the top line of the candles as their “flames.” Then make sure the birthday boy or girl follows the instructions on the koozie. **Disclaimer: Don’t actually light the candles (duh) because A.) it will probably melt the foam koozie and B.)  a flaming koozie will be really difficult for the recipient to hold.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

Hoppy Birthday Beer Koozies:

Make it their hoppiest birthday yet with this blinged out koozie.

You Need:

Adhere the foam letters to the koozie, use hot glue to cover the rest of the koozie in plastic rhinestones. We used gold and yellow rhinestone to match the sparkling gold color of our favorite hoppy beers.

#WeeklyWrapUp: Birthday Beer Koozies

What’s the best way someone has raised a birthday beer to you? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Office Life: An Ice Cream Social in 5 Easy Steps

1.19.2017

When throwing an office party it’s always important to make sure you’re sensitive to everyone likes and dislikes. Fortunately, one thing everyone at Elum can rally behind is ice-cream. So, for our last office-wide birthday celebration we threw a killer potluck style office ice cream social, and it was a total hit! If you want to be an office hero gather up a few of your favorite co-workers and follow these 5 easy steps to throwing your very own potluck office ice cream social!

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 1:  Prep & Plan

The first order of business is getting everyone to sign up for the potluck. Elum picked up the tab for all of the basics: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and dairy free ice cream, plus all the bowls, spoons, cups, straws and cones. We asked everyone else in the office to bring in their favorite ice cream topping to share. We used this adorable sign-up sheet to make sure we didn’t get duplicates. We do birthday celebrations in our office on the first Friday of every month, if you don’t have a set celebration date, pick one and send a quick “Save the Date” email to everyone in your office with a note about where the sign-up sheet is located. It’s usually a good idea to give everyone a deadline to sign up so you can make sure that nothing important is missing from your line-up (because let’s face it, an ice cream sundae without rainbow sprinkles basically wouldn’t even taste good.) We sent ours two weeks in advance of the party to give everyone plenty of time to swoop up their toppings and not leave any room for short notice excuses.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialIf you need some inspiration for good ice cream toppings here’s a list of all of ours:

  • cherries
  • nuts
  • trail mix
  • coconut flakes
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • gummy bears
  • Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • Hershey Cookies & Cream Drops
  • Hard Root beer
  • Stout Beer
  • Chocolate Magic Shell
  • sprinkles
  • hot fudge
  • hot caramel
  • brownies
  • M & M’s
  • banana chips
  • graham crackers

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 2:  Assign Extra Tasks 

We always tend to go a bit overboard with the party details, you can do as much or a little as you’d like as far as extras. We had several people on our team volunteer to help out with the party so we went all out. We had a little pow-wow about the extra special things we wanted to do and assigned out those tasks so that no one got stuck doing all the heavy lifting. In our case we put up a photo booth wall using rolled gift wrap as the backdrop and made photo booth props. If you don’t have anyone crafty on your team or just don’t have the time you can also buy props on etsy. The Elum crew also made a bunch of party decorations like ice cream cone garland, mini party hats and ingredient markers for the toppings table. We met up about the party extras about a week before the party date to give everyone plenty of time to get crafty.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 3: Decorate

We decorated our space the day before the actual party, if that’s not an option for you, make sure everyone drops off their decor contributions the day before the party so you don’t have to hunt people down before the party starts.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 4: Setup Ingredients

When the date of your party finally arrives and it’s time to start setting up the topping bar, have a location in mind where everyone can drop off their toppings. We bought little plastic bowls and jars for each topping, asked everyone to fill up a jar or bowl with their contribution. As a cute way to label each treat, we asked everyone to write the name of what they brought on a plastic spoon and to stick it in the bowl or jar containing their topping. This was really helpful, since the spoons did double duty as serving utensils and decorative labels for our toppings! About 10 minutes before our start time we set up an ice bucket for items we wanted to keep chilled– like whipped cream and soda & beer for floats– and a bowl of hot water to keep hot fudge and other warm toppings at a good temperature. The ice cream came out of the freezer just a few minutes before the party started.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream SocialStep 5: YUM!

Perhaps the most important part of all of this is watching the joy on everyone’s face as they craft their very own sundae masterpieces.

Office Life: 5 Steps to a Potluck Office Ice Cream Social

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