Desert Vibes

Desert Vibes

Hi you… I have been considering what to write about and while I actually have a list of topics, I’m lacking the passion/creativity to make them interesting. It’s not for any reason other than I’ve been focused on other things this week – all, I’m happy to say are exciting and wonderful – and will share one of them tomorrow on Insta!!! It’s just that it’s hard for me to switch gears creatively – to go from one headspace to another. Maybe that’s the way it is for everyone? Anyway, I recently finished reading “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was extremely inspiring and I highly recommend it. The biggest take away, especially being a believer in “the universe” and those unbelievable coincidences that just ‘happen’ – is that not only do they happen with people and relationships, but they also happen with ideas. Her belief (and now mine too) is that creativity, great ideas and boundless ways to express them are floating around us at all times just waiting until they find a ready and willing host who will take the ball and run with it… If you already believe this to be true with people as I do, doesn’t it makes perfect sense that the same rules apply to ideas?  Something for you to ponder while I take you with me to the desert…



I don’t know why I have such a craving to go on a road trip to Joshua Tree and the Mojave Desert, but I do. I wonder if it’s because I have always lived on a coast and near mountains and/or the ocean. I can’t imagine not. As such, long flat savannas are a curious thing. And all those Dr. Seuss-ish plants. It’s been building for the past 6 months or so. There have been a few evenings where I have almost gone for it. Right then and there. Merely letting myself experience what being daring and free feels like for the first time in my entire life was half the thrill. That’s what being an empty nester for a few months will do to you – lol. You become the 20 year old self that you never were. This road trip is realistically not going to happen for a couple of months, but when it does, it will hopefully be something like this….

Driving through the Mojave Desert

Ghost house in the desert

Joshua Tree


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Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

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:

Paperless Post - Cinco de Mayo invitation

Paperless Post - Cinco de Mayo invitation

Paperless Post - Cinco de Mayo invitation

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.

taco cart

Taco party

Mexican party idea - lime place cards

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

Mini margaritas

Anything that comes in an individual container is always a winner.

Mexican cookie plate


Mexican wedding cake

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,

Cinco de Mayo table decorations

Succulent and cactus tablescape

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.

paper pompom garland

Hung from trees or this great idea. So into pompoms right now.

DIY napkin rings made with tin pans

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!



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