Behind the Scenes:  Patriotic Cups

Behind the Scenes: Patriotic Cups

Over July 4th weekend last year, when I had the red, white and blue on the brain, I was inspired to design our newest patriotic foam cups.  The first idea came from an Ashley Furniture commercial.

I thought the concept was simple but would be cute and definitely translate… so I sketched my own version:

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The second inspiration came from an older gentleman at the grocery store (who I assumed was a veteran).  His navy cap had USA across the front with a star on each side and three thin stripes below the letters (all the way across).  I didn’t take a photo of him (I didn’t have a way that I could take one discreetly), but when I got to my car, I did a quick sketch of the idea on the back of my grocery receipt.  Here’s what I sketched:
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And then drew in Illustrator…

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I’ve been excited to print these designs for 10 months, so I’m thrilled that they are finally ready!  With Memorial Day around the corner, we have both options ready and available for your cookout needs!  Order in-store or by phone (yes, we ship!):  806-785-1195

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Cinco de Mayo Custom Invitations

Cinco de Mayo Custom Invitations

It’s no secret that designing invitations for a Mexican/Fiesta themed party is one of my favorite tasks (evidence here and here), and luckily this year Cinco de Mayo is on a weekend, which means we were able to design a LOT of custom invitations for various celebrations!  Here are just a handful of fun custom designs I was able to do this year:


A Cinco de Bayou Crawfish Boil!  Love the theme (and the sombrero on the crawfish!)


I jumped at the chance to do these invitations for a “Cinco de Maie-O” graduation party.  The guest of honor’s name is Maie, so I thought the hostesses did a great job of putting that clever theme together.  It includes Mayan and traditional Mexican architectural elements, with the addition of bright colors and flowers.


I also love how this gatefold Quinceanera invitation turned out.

IMG_8523smThe guest of honor’s favorite color is purple, so we recreated a purple paper flag on the front.



IMG_8519smAnd additional information on purple panels on the inside.


This simple graduation Fiesta design was also fun.

IMG_8533smDo you see how some of the same elements can be used in completely different ways?  Like the colorful Mexican flowers and the paper flags?  And just the use of bright colors too – they look completely different on a black background than they do on a white one.

No matter how you’re celebrating this weekend, we hope it’s FESTIVE!





Kentucky Derby Graduation Party Invitations

Kentucky Derby Graduation Party Invitations

Over the past few years, we’ve done several invitations for Kentucky Derby themed graduation parties, but this one is my absolute favorite!  The theme was “And She’s Off!”, and I just love the combination of pink roses, a green harlequin pattern and a subtle blue ribbon (wink wink).  The additional icons are what seal the deal for me – the derby hat, bow tie and tiny horseshoe are so simple and yet they really drive home the theme.


Congratulations Ryan, we wish you lots of luck!

Beach Must Have

Beach Must Have

We are SO excited to announce that our favorite beach blankets have arrived! (Seriously, we’ve been looking forward to this all year… it finally feels like SUMMER is happening, folks!) Here’s what we love about this blanket:

– they’re extra roomy (6 ft x 7 ft in size)

– they are lightweight (easy to pack)

– they’re made of the softest traditional Mexican materials – a blend of recycled cotton, acrylic and polyester (easy to wash)

– the sand (even pesky WET SAND) doesn’t stick to them, so packing up is always easy

– the colors are so bright and cheery!


See?  It doesn’t stick…  Love!



So fun and colorful too!


If you have a beach trip planned, this item is a MUST!  Available in a variety of colors, while supplies last.  Come by the store or call us to place your order today:  806-785-1195







Behind the Scenes – Ole!

Behind the Scenes – Ole!

In Texas, we throw a lot of Fiestas – for any occasion – birthday, retirement, graduation, engagement, couples shower, baby shower… just about any occasion can justify a Mexican-themed party.  So we are constantly needing new and fresh fiesta invitation designs to offer customers.

This design was inspired by a throw pillow.  Yes, as odd as it sounds, I’ve been loving the colors on this pillow on my chair ever since I got it.  A few weeks ago, while designing this Mexican fiesta invitation:

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I thought to myself:  “What other things could I put behind the letters?” (other than the Mexican paper flag designs).  It occurred to me that colorful stripes might do the trick – in an arrangement that I already know is pleasing to the eye.  Ding!  My favorite throw pillow.

IMG_7204smThe colors are bright, but arranged in layers with similar tones – purples and pink and reds, then shades of green, then red/orange/yellow.  The gradation of color is cheerful and festive, so it’s perfect for a fiesta!

ole pillowOn a whim at the last minute, I added a pinata silhouette (also bearing the stripe), to create this design:

IMG_7218smAnd this variation too:


With the addition of a colored envelope and these adorable flag stamps from the post office, it looks quite festive!  What do you think?  Would you use this for your next Fiesta?