If ever there was an excuse to throw a party it’s Cinco de Mayo. It’s casual, fun, comes with it’s own ready- made theme, and no one has a problem celebrating it. Plus, there are tacos! When Paperless Post asked me to collaborate with them, my first thought was to create a party around one of their gorgeous Cinco de Mayo invitations. I’ve used Paperless Post for all of my parties and events for many years, because the variety is vast and the designs are so beautiful. It’s also super user friendly to customize invitations to fit your own personal style.
I don’t know if I’ve ever shared this here, but before I went into interior design, I was an event planner. This was when my kiddos were little and we were living in Seattle. It was fun and a great creative outlet, but also a ton of work! I have so much admiration for those who have mastered that profession. One of the biggest lessons I learned about the success (or failure) of a party was how important it is to set the stage from the beginning – in other words – how the vibe is conveyed in the invitation makes a huge difference, So, let’s start with some invitations, shall we? I couldn’t narrow down the choices to just one, so I decided to include my top three favs:
The food and beverages served are also key to how much fun is had as well as how long friends stay. Fortunately, with this party, the menu is pretty easy – tacos! If you are having a big party, a taco truck is a great way to go. Another option if you don’t want to do the cooking, is to bring your own bowls and platters to your favorite Mexican restaurant to have them fill.
In the above photo, the limes are used as place cards, but I thought this would be such a cute idea to let guests know what each dish is and/or the spiciness of salsas, etc
Anything that comes in an individual container is always a winner.
Decorations, tabletop and general theme-y-ness, can be the most fun part, but too much of a good thing can easily turn into not a good thing quickly,
I adore this tablescape! Potted succulents which can be kept after the party or perhaps were around the house already,individual brightly hued flowers scattered around and white pillar candles in glass jars that can be purchased from a craft store. This example has a lot going on, but can easily be scaled down to a few of each. For tablecloths – burlap is an inexpensive option.
Hung from trees or this great idea. So into pompoms right now.
If you are a DIYer (I wish I was!) these napkin rings are made from tin pans you get at the supermarket. Holes poked with skewers.
Love the colors of these cans and the repurposing. Easy to get a few bunches of flowers from Trader Joe’s and you’re all set.
I hope that these ideas inspired you to host your own fiesta! Be sure to check out the assortment of other holiday and special event invites on Paperless Post!
Hi you. I just got home from several days back East. First to say goodbye to my grandparents who are 94 & 95. I don’t like saying that’s the reason, but that’s the real reason. My grandmother asked me to come right away, because they both had taken a sharp downturn over the past week… Despite my grandmother’s age, I’m not ready for her to go. I don’t know if there is a way to prepare, but every time I think about it, I get so emotional. Needless to say, the first few days of the trip were tough. I got to spend one night in Washington with Luke and his girlfriend, which was absolutely wonderful. We went to Le Diplomate, which I had been to once before for brunch. It’s a typical french bistro – lively, tightly packed, good food and all around a fun dining spot. On Thursday, I took the train from Union Station to Penn Station which is one of my favorite things to do. I love whizzing through parts of the country I would probably not otherwise see. The train was due to arrive in NYC late – 9:25pm to be exact. During the train ride I developed a serious craving for jewish food from Russ & Daughters Cafe. Matzoh ball soup and a bagel with lox and whitefish (not to be confused with whitefish salad) just like my grandfather made me for breakfast on Saturday mornings when I spent the night at their apartment, which was pretty much all the time. Anyway, Russ & Daughter’s was near my hotel and since I was alone and had been there before, I knew there wouldn’t be a ‘scene’ AT ALL. By the time the train rolled into the station, I was ravenous and it was 9:35pm. The restaurant closed at 10:00pm! OJ Simpson had nothing on me. I raced to get a taxi, but when I told the driver I was going across town, he said “No way can we make it. Too much traffic.” UGH! It all turned out fine, as there was a little Italian place nearby that was perfect. I did get my Russ & Daughter’s fix the next day. SO good!
So, this was a sort of work trip, sort of not. The work stuff was to meet with some new vendors for the store mixed with a little R & D. It was a visual and inspirational vitamin pill to say the least. I took with me a few things to share with you. In no particular order, here you go:
Having grown up on the UES, I have no memories of going downtown – ever. It was as if it was a completely different city. So when I worked for a nyc based company a couple of years ago and stayed in Soho, my mind was blown at how vastly different it was than the part of the city I knew. Since most of my workwas downtown this time too, I decided to go way downtown and take in all the Village, Soho and the LES had to offer. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend the hotel – hipsterish and too young (omg, I can’t believe I just said that), but this one (that was nearby) I’ll consider next time.
The above two photos are from the hipster coffee shop where I got my tea every morning. Why yes, they have a turntable?! How did you know?
This mostly men’s shop does an amazing job merchandising their products. I’m trying to observe and learn as much as I can about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to displays, merchandising, etc. This store had me at the window.
So, Birkenstocks and Crocs had a baby. Birkencroc? Seriously though, I do like these. Settle down. As an alternative to flip flops.
I just couldn’t resist. I’m trying to cut way back on sweets, because people say sugar is bad for you, but I say moderation is okay.
I fell hard for these bags made in Columbia. It seems that tassels and pompoms are embellishing just about everything from clothing (bags, scarves) to home decor (throws, pillows). I love the look. I did end up getting a bag, but surprisingly it doesn’t have tassels or pompoms – lol! I’ll put it on Insta in the next few days.
Another trend spotted on the streets of New York is patched denim. None done better than this newly discovered designer (out of my price range, but for inspiration:)) For better images and the whole collection, click here.
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I started this blog in 2008 as a way to chronicle the remodeling of our nondescript Northern California house into our dream home. While that did happen, so did a lot of other things - life and all the messy, glorious, complicated, wonderful things that go with it. As such, in early 2017 I decided to change the focus from the house itself to the life that happens inside.
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