What do you get when you take the cheeky style of Kate Spade and mix it with the party-throwing skills of Jay Gatsby? You get Natalie Xanthakis, the 27-year-old lifestyle blogger of Mint Love Social Club. Back in 2011, Natalie decided to pursue her dream of blogging about her DIY projects and the parties she hosts. Now two years later, Natalie has gotten recognition on many other blogs including Apartment Therapy and Bon Appétit. She was even featured at Nordstrom’s YOUphoria blogger event in September at the Oakbrook Mall near her hometown, Chicago.
“A little party never killed anybody” is exactly what Natalie proves with her bountiful collection of pictures and guides for throwing theme parties for the Oscars, beer tastings, bridesmaids’ events, and even breakfast-for-dinner-themed soirees. Many of the party ideas include free, extremely professional and stylish printable menus, along with invites and other party paper goodies that Natalie creates herself.
Whenever there isn’t a party to be planned, Natalie keeps her followers updated with her weekly picks of trends in fashion, home decor and recipes. Additionally, her various DIY projects demonstrate how you can use easy tricks to add your own personal touch to furniture, wall hangings, and accessories.
Natalie and her husband, Chris, share a love for cocktails. Chris can be frequently seen mixing in the couple’s latest, weekly concoction in the blog’s “Friday Cocktail” section complete with printable recipe cards. In addition to learning how to mix a fantastic drink, Natalie creates gourmet-style menus complete with recipes for appetizers, entrees, and desserts for a meal that will make guests feel as though they’ve scored reservations at New York’s most popular eatery. Each recipe has a mix of fresh and store-bought ingredients as well as simple guide to preparation that makes being a hostess seem nearly effortless.
Every post is executed with Natalie’s distinct and ever-so-chic personal flair. Can’t get enough of Mint Love Social Club? Natalie’s blog also links to her Etsy shop, Pinterest page, Twitter, and Instagram so you can always be searching for something to inspire you.
Through her classy, innovative and unfailingly chic posts about everything from DIY projects and parties to cocktails and recipes, Mint Love Social Club will inspire you to add some sparkle to your daily wardrobe and personality; helping you to be the life of the party in more ways than just one.
For more photos from Mint Love Social Club view the slideshow below.