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Getting Carded For the Holidays

12.07.2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Eggnog and sugar cookies, Christmas trees and menorahs, wreaths on doors, lights strung throughout the house and cards in the mailbox. Two billion to be exact! That’s the number of Christmas and holiday cards Americans will be mailing one another this year. By sending cards we create and share the warm feelings of the season, posting little envelopes of joy to friends, family and co-workers. Our cards will be passed among family members, displayed on mantles and treasured as keepsakes. Choosing cards can be daunting, so how do you crush your Christmas card list? We’ve put together our Getting Carded For The Holidays Guide so you can hit the Holidays running.

1. Make a list and check it twice. Start with family. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, parents, siblings. Are there family members you won’t be able to see over the Holidays? Perhaps Great Aunt Gracie can’t get round like she used to. If so, pay special attention to her with your card. Our charming Biking Santa card with a handwritten message inside will warm her heart. Dear Aunt Gracie, we’ll miss you this Christmas. Thinking about you always and hoping to see you soon, Love Amber & Jack. Friends and siblings give us the chance to be more lighthearted. This adorable All Wrapped Up In Christmas card is sure to put a smile on their faces. Who doesn’t love doggies frolicking in snow?

2. For friends and family who celebrate Hanukkah stock up with a box of gorgeous foil-stamped Hanukka Light cards. Or how about making a special someone’s day with our delightful Pop-Out Menorah card? It’s part fun crafting project, part holiday magic.

3. Boxed cards are like Santa’s secret little helpers. Invest in a couple of boxes from our special Holiday Collections at T.J.Maxx, Home Goods and Marshalls. You can’t go wrong with gold-foiled moose and dancing polar bears! These lovely whimsical cards are the perfect way to spread cheer to neighbors, teachers, doctors and folk in your community.

4. It’s always a good idea to have a box of non-denominational cards on hand so you can share holiday wishes without leaving anyone out. Beautifully made nonreligious cards like our Marshmallow Cozies are perfect for co-workers and professional contacts. Inside, be sure to mention your co-workers families. Wishing you, Janet and the kids all the best this season. If you don’t know the name of your co-worker’s family a little fudging works. Wishing you, your family and loved ones a magical Holiday Season.

5. Don’t forget to put your return address on all your envelopes—even those you’re delivering by hand. Most folk will want to return your holiday cheer and having your address handy will make it as easy as possible for them.

6. Timing is everything. Ideally you should aim to have your cards in the post by the second week of December. The happiest time of year is also the busiest at the Post Office and you don’t want to run the risk of your tidings of joy arriving too late. Set aside a weekend afternoon or evening early to write and address your cards. And make sure Mom’s ready by the phone. You know she’s the keeper of all the family addresses!

7. Personalize and beautify. Turn card writing into a celebration. Invest in a beautiful dual brush tip pen and transform your handwriting into calligraphy. Use the fine tip to write and the thicker tip to decorate and illustrate. For cards to family and friends, adorn your signature with snowflakes, holly and sugarplums. Get festive and creative. If you’re sending a card to your honey, how about drawing a sprig of mistletoe inside?

8. Stop off at your local Post Office and pick up a set of holiday stamps. Choose from Sparkling Holiday or Snowy Day or the wonderful new Kwanzaa stamps. Adding festive stamps is the easiest way to deck out your envelopes in style.

9. Be sure to keep some pretty blank cards handy for last minute send offs. We’ve all been there. It’s two days before Christmas and a card from a second cousin on our father’s side arrives in the post. Hope you have a Merry Christmas, Love Ella and the boys. Uh oh. We totally forgot to send Ella a card. And we’re not even sure we can remember the names of her boys. No problem. A pretty card slipped promptly in the post to the rescue. Dear Ella, thinking of you and the boys. Wishing you the best and brightest New Year. Love, Samantha. XXX

10. Finally, never forgot Holidays are about joy. Creating it, sharing it and receiving it. Sending cards are one of the most thoughtful ways of showing friends and loved ones you care.

Elum wishes you the sparkliest, warmest, most magical Holiday Season ever. From our family to yours.

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How to Host a Friendsgiving

11.12.2018

You’re away from your family and can’t get home for Thanksgiving so how do you celebrate one of the most beloved holidays of the year? Host a Friendsgiving and invite your friends and besties to help you channel all the good spirits and thankfulness of the season. Friendsgivings free us from formality, potentially frosty family members, and the tyranny of turkey. It’s a chance to put our own spin on the season, create new traditions, new menus, new ways to honor loved ones and pay tribute to those original Plymouth pilgrims. We’re all about celebrating friendship here at Elum so we’ve created our very own Friendsgiving Fundamentals to help you with the big day.

1. Thou shalt not sweat the menu. Grandma may have woken at four in the morning to put the turkey in the oven and then spent the next eight hours peeling and boiling potatoes, baking pies and doing unsightly things with giblets, but we don’t have to. As the host of a Friendsgiving it’s our job to provide the main dish and then delegate the daylights out of the side dishes. #delegatethesides If you want turkey and gravy we say go for it! If you’d like to cheat and have your local market roast and prepare that turkey, we say even better. If you’d prefer prime rib, spinach lasagne, herb-roasted chicken or butternut squash risotto then follow your tastebuds. Once you’ve decided on a main dish, email your guests and suggest side dishes for them to bring: “Those appetizers you brought to Kim’s birthday party were delish. Would love it if you could bring something similar” or “Tater me, baby. Can never have enough potato dishes.” Keep it lighthearted and allow your guests to show their own creativity. Do not be a Friendzilla and micromanage the menu. If you end up with a couple of extra apples pies and no green bean casserole, laugh it off. Turn the extra apple pie into a prize that the lucky winner can take home.

2. Thou shalt relax. A Friendsgiving is about celebrating your friends and your friends celebrating you. If you enjoy creating unique table settings then go ahead and lay a pretty Thanksgiving table. If you’re more a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants gal then stack clean plates and silverware on the kitchen countertop, set you main dish warming in the oven and you’re done. Even better, use festive paper plates to cut down on clean up. Relax, and allow your friends to self-organize their side dishes and drinks: the worst that can happen is lukewarm gravy and a shortage of ice. Friendsgiving doesn’t belong in the same sentence as perfection. Focus instead on creating a fun and welcoming vibe for your guests. Open the door in your PJ’s, give them a silly hat to wear and a shot of tequila, and sit back and enjoy just being with them.

3. Thou shalt have fun and games. We’re all kids at heart and a Friendsgiving is one of the best opportunities to celebrate this. Games bring us together, allow us to laugh at ourselves and be goofy. Start by setting up a football pool for the big game—even folk who know nothing about football can play. Write your name in a square and you’re good to go. You can find the rules and a printable template here. Next, light things up with an awesome party playlist, crank up the volume and dance. Macarena, Gangnam Style, Baby Shark or Workin’ It: we won’t tell. #ourlipsaresealed After dinner arrange an epic Battle Of The Sexes. Split your party in two: those who identity as female and those who identify as male. The girls answer typical guy questions such as “How many volts in a standard car battery?” and the guys answer questions like “What’s the birthstone for April?” Or how about creating a unique work of art? Pass around a blank canvas and jar of colored markers and have every guest contribute to a Friendsgiving masterpiece. After everyone signs it you’ll have a keepsake for life.

4. Thou shalt give and receive thanks. Before you eat, take a moment to link hands and go around and the table and have everyone say what they’re thankful for. If dear friends are missing, this is the time to raise your glass and acknowledge them. It’s also the time to graciously accept thanks. You have provided a warm, fun, inclusive Thanksgiving for your friends. That’s a biggie, and one pretty, darn terrific thing to do. Elūm wishes you a fiercely fabulous friend-filled celebration this season. #elumlove

And if you took part in a Friendsgiving, be sure to thank your host with a note. You can get one from our site here.

Halloween Preening

10.24.2018

It’s that time of year. Days are getting shorter, leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the morning air and a chance of spotting ghosts after dark. Halloween is pumpkin spice and costumes naughty-and-nice, trick-or-treating and candy corn eating. It’s apple-bobbing and gravestones rocking in the dead of night. At Elūm we love a holiday that allows us to be someone else for a day. We get to dress up, tell spooky tales around the fire, believe in vampires and do the monster mash. We’ve put together a list of seven scary good things to wear, drink, do and decorate with this season. Let’s throw a party and have some fun!

1. Host a Seyoncé. Yes, that’s what we said: a mashup of a Girls Run The World night and a seance. With Beyoncé on the soundtrack and red wine in old fashioned crystal glasses, gather around the dining table with your girlfriends. Turn down the lights, unfold your Ouija Board, ask everyone present to put a hand on the planchette (the floaty thing), and whisper the time-honored question, “Is anybody out there?” Even if the spirits choose not to visit, you and your gal pals will still be slayin’ it with Queen B. #seyoncé

2. Bake a batch of Halloween Cupcakes. Don’t sweat how they turn out, frosting is our friend. It’s like a hat on a bad hair day: no one can be sure what’s happening beneath it. Buy orange and purple food coloring and use them. Get battered up and creative. Dots of frosting on toothpicks can become eyes on stalks, and don’t get us started on all the crazy things you can do with pretzels.

3. Speaking of pretzels, put together a fearsome Halloween Buffet. You’ll be starting with devilled eggs, of course! And you can never go wrong with finger foods. Get into the spirit of the season and embrace your inner ghoul. A simple platter of deli meat can become Long Cold In The Grave Cuts if decorated with olive eyeballs. And let’s cook a few dishes for their names alone, like British favorites Toad in the Hole, Bubble and Squeak, and Black Pudding (hint, it’s not even close to pudding or dessert). #britishfoodlove

4. Channel your inner bartender and get some bloodcurdling cocktails going. Add a splash of blueberry juice to turn this Yellow Rattler into your very own Purple Bone Rattler. Check out The Chunky Chef’s delightfully dreadful Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail, and don’t forget that old classic standby, the Zombie Apocalypse. If you want to keep it simple you can turn just about any drink—lemonade, iced tea, white wine, gin and tonic etc—into a darkly dread creation by adding a shot of pomegranate juice and garnishing with impaled cherries on Halloween cocktail sticks.

5. Embrace hair-raising decorations. Carve pumpkins, stock up on gourds, bedeck your halls and yards with string lights. Head to your nearest TJMAXX, Home Goods or Marshalls to stock up on our Halloween gift bags and plates. This is the one time of year we get to free our inner freak. There is no such thing as overdoing Halloween. If you want a demon girl on a rocking horse on your front porch, we say go for it. Though we have to admit she’s pretty darn freaky when she starts moving. #freethefreak

6. It’s getting darker earlier and we all know what that means: more time to Netflix and chill. Watch the Netflix original series The Haunting Of Hill House. It’s so scary the master of horror himself, Stephen King, called it, “Close to a work of genius.” Heat some popcorn on the stove and snuggle with your SO as you stream I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. The movie’s opening line will have you hooked: “I have heard myself say that a house with a death in it can never again be bought or sold by the living. It can only be borrowed from the ghosts that have stayed behind.” Yep, we’ll take some of that. #scarymovie

7. Dress despicably. Whether you want to be one of the headless horsemen of the apocalypse, Jessica Rabbit, Snow White or Elvis we say GO FOR IT! Goofy, punny, sexy or sweet: it’s the mix of costumes and personality that make Halloween so crazy amazing. And why stop at decorating our bodies, when we can bedazzle and customize our faces as well? Check out the mesmerizing Ida Elina, Cassy Lloyd Fox and Ah Its Rosa to see Halloween make up slam-dunked.

Most of all Halloween is a time to let loose and have fun, and our Elum crew wishes you all the devilish delights of the season. Now go dress up and be bad. #baddressup

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?

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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.

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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!