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.

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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:

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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See?  It doesn’t stick…  Love!

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So fun and colorful too!

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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

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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:

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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?

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Signature Gift Wrap – Making Kids Parties Easy

Signature Gift Wrap – Making Kids Parties Easy

Are your weekends filled with kids birthday parties?  It can be quite a task to find an inexpensive (yet thoughtful) gift, a birthday card AND something to wrap it with… especially when the party starts in an hour.  Let us introduce you to a concept that’s going to make your birthday party rounds MUCH easier – signature gift wrap.   What is that exactly?  It’s like having personalized stationery, but for your gifts.  When you have a gift to give, you wrap it in your style.  The beauty of having a signature gift wrap is it’s easy, it saves you time (and ultimately money), but it also saves you from the stress of scrambling to pull together a cute kid’s gift before every party.

Here’s the trick – choose a theme and stick with it.

  • Pick something that jives with your child’s personality
  • Stock up on the elements to create an adorable package
  • Crank out those kid’s birthday gifts like a machine

Party after party, your package can be a standout on the gift table, and you won’t have to stress or waste time of putting it together.  In fact, once you streamline the process, gift wrapping for parties will seem effortless.  You’ll confidently pull together an adorable gift within minutes and still have it look like you spent waaaay too much time on Pinterest.  No more feeling like you’re “re-inventing the wheel” by wrapping every single package in a different way – we promise it’s okay  – not every gift “for a girl” has to be wrapped in girly stuff.  When a present for a girl is from a boy, it’s perfectly fine to wrap it in something that fits his personality – we think it makes the gift even more personal.

To get started, you need to pick a theme.  We just debuted NEW personalized gift tags for kids, so we think that’s the perfect place to start for designing your child’s signature gift wrap.  The tags are small, affordable (as low as 0.45 each!), and personalized, so you can skip buying a card all together (look at you saving money already).  You can see all the designs on our website HERE, but keep scrolling if you want inspiration for how to use them.  We’ve come up with easy (yet creative) ways to make your gifts stand out without breaking the bank. Not into wrapping boxes?  A few options show how you can use them with gift bags too.  This process can be as easy or elaborate as you want it to be – the point is to make a plan. Once you’ve picked your signature gift wrap style, stock up and enjoy the ease of one less decision to make for that next party.  You may be thinking it sounds expensive – but hang with us – you’ll be surprised to discover that the cost is reasonable.  Plus, when you factor in the loads of time and stress it will save – it’s well worth the investment.

And now for your signature gift wrap inspiration:

donuts{donut gift tag + hot pink polka dot wrapping paper (had on hand) + teal sheer ribbon (also had on hand)}

cactus 2{cactus gift tag + hot pink twill ribbon ($2 per roll at Michaels) + wrapping paper ($1 per roll at Michaels) + tiny clothespin ($8 for 325 qty at Michaels)}

robot 2{robot gift tag + wrapping paper ($4 per roll at Walgreens, also reversible) + yellow raffia + a 1.5″ bolt from the hardware store}

guitar 2{guitar gift tag + zebra gift wrap ($1 per roll at Dollar General) + picture hanging wire ($3 for the kit with lots of wire)}

dog 2{dog gift tag + blue gift bag ($1 each at Dollar General) + red striped ribbon + red tissue ($1 at Dollar General for several sheets)… see how much a few little touches liven up a plain colored gift sack?}

bulldozer 2 sm{bulldozer gift card + white gift wrap (had on hand) + CAUTION tape ($5 for a huge roll at Ace Hardware) + tiny bit of twine and double-sided tape to keep everything in place}

rainbow 3{rainbow gift tag + green dot gift wrap ($1 per roll at Dollar General) + rainbow ribbon ($5 for the spool at Michaels) – one of the easiest to do but that ribbon makes a big impact, so it’s worth the splurge!}

crab 2{crab gift tag + red gift wrap ($4 per roll at Walgreens) + black parachute cord ($7 at Ace Hardware for a good length, probably enough for 3 or 4 packages) tied in nautical knots for detail}

sports 3{sports gift tag + black/white stripe gift wrap (had on hand, but this would also be cute with any specific sports-themed paper) + orange raffia}

lion 2{lion gift tag + orange/yellow striped gift wrap ($1 per roll at Michaels) + blue ruffled ribbon ($4 per roll at Michaels)}

sailboat 2{sailboat gift tag + colorful gift wrap ($1 per roll at Michaels) + turquoise wired ribbon ($4 per roll at Michaels) – for this one, we just punched another hole at the bottom of the tag and used it to thread the ribbon for a different look – easy and cute!  Plus, when you’re not wrapping the ribbon all the way around the package, that roll goes a little further.}

pirate 3{pirate hat gift tag + patterned gift wrap ($1 at Michaels) + cut up fisherman’s netting from the party store – if you cut it into strips, you could get a lot out of one net!}

crown{crown gift tag + leopard gift wrap ($1 per roll at Dollar General) + hot pink tulle ($3 per spool at Michaels)}

turtle wrap{turtle gift tag + white wrapping paper (had on hand) + green dot satin ribbon ($2.50 per roll at Michaels)}

flowers{floral gift tag + pink dot scalloped gift bag ($10 for 10 bags at Michaels) + floral stem (on sale for $4.50 at Michaels, bundle of 8 flowers, which works out to about .55 per stem)

+ dotted satin ribbon ($3 per roll at Michaels) + ivory tissue paper (had on hand)}

So many simple ways to personalize gifts from your kid…and they’re really fun too!  Your kid might just gain a reputation for having the coolest gift wrap around.  Pick out your favorite gift tag HERE and get started!

 

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