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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NEW Personalized Gift Tags for Kids

NEW Personalized Gift Tags for Kids

When we introduced personalized gift tags over the holidays, several customers requested that we do something similar for kids… and now they’re available!  We’ve taken our most popular Kids Stationery themes, added new designs, and created fun birthday greetings for each of them.  They’re available in 15 themes on our website – click the button below to see the designs!

 

Dos & Tres Fiesta!

Dos & Tres Fiesta!

When our sweet customer Casey needed invitations for her son and daughter’s joint birthday party (turning 2 and 3, respectively), she threw out the idea of a hand-painted cactus theme, and I loved it!  Although it would have been easier to use stock artwork, I couldn’t find what I had in mind for this project, so I decided to paint my own.  I’ll admit, I’m a little rusty when it comes to watercolor, but in the end Casey was happy, so I was too.  In fact, it was kinda fun to play with the different cactus plant shapes and  incorporate blues and pinks together (and even a watercolor striped pattern on the back).  With invitations to set the tone for the event, Casey went all out to make her party perfectly festive with little details… which just happens to be our favorite thing EVER!  Check out some of her pics from the party, and maybe you’ll be  inspired to throw a little Fiesta of your own.  Heck, I bet we could even help you with invitations for that.  😉    (PS – we told you cacti were going to be HOT this year!  Casey, this theme is perfection.)

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16990083_10154404902256238_650403153_oWe love this spread with the photos mixed in – it makes it personal and fun.

17016504_10154404899591238_1419728797_oThat cake table is everything.

17015250_10154404898156238_690962516_oThere’s that custom invitation – so happy with how it turned out.

17016221_10154404899151238_1080710547_oSo impressed with these cakes by Lisa’s Sweet Designs in Lamesa… and the incredible cookies decorated by Casey herself!  (Color us impressed.)

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17200436_10154427292386238_628020812_o(Sparkler 3 cake candle brought to you by Barque)

17175876_10154427278901238_740970558_oHow fun are these party favors?  Love the snakes!

17148789_10154427277376238_1231913327_o(1)Adorable mantle-scape – we love the tassel garland, pinata, photo… all of it!

17149023_10154427277601238_609334305_oEverything about this party is on point – from the tassels on the balloons to the colorful tissue garland, to the bright paper flag garland.  Swoon!

17148775_10154427279146238_417139049_oLove this – it’s just so simple.  Beer and not beer.

17193730_10154427278386238_636209590_oAlso  a must – water and margaritas.

17142516_10154427295441238_797026405_oOf course no fiesta is one without a pinata…

17193793_10154427278151238_2054215079_oand one super cute family…

Thank you Casey for letting us help with the invitations to your amazing soiree!  We feel so honored to even have a small part in this shindig, and we hope Bennet and Jennings have many more memorable parties to come!

xoxo,

Kandice and the Barque Team

P.S. – here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the cacti painting session:

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Carry On Chico

Carry On Chico

Jon Hart Chicos are great – they’re the perfect size that you can use them for lots of things – makeup, charging cords, medications – the chico is VERY versatile.  You can’t have too many of them, so that makes it the perfect gift for anyone!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite uses for the Jon Hart Chico – a dedicated “carry on” Chico!  This is one of my best tips for traveling by air because it makes packing so much easier.  I used to make list after list of what I needed to remember to pack, and inevitably I would forget something small that I wished I had.  Now, I keep all of my favorite little “in-flight” needs packed and ready to go in a Chico.  I never have to remember to pack “all the things” – I just have to replenish anything that I’ve used up and grab the bag and GO.

Here’s what I keep stocked in my “carry on” Chico:

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  • tissues
  • ear buds
  • gum
  • Tide to go stick
  • ear plugs
  • lip balm
  • a pen (and usually sticky notes too)
  • cough drops
  • hand sanitizer
  • tea and honey

Handy, right?  I think so!  It’s actually a gift I love to give as well – and the concept doesn’t have to only be for frequent flyers.  You could fill a Chico with dance or cheerleading must-haves:  bobby pins, mini hair spray, lipstick, glitter, breath mints, etc. and hot stamp “team work” or “game face” on the outside.   You could also fill a Chico with orchestra needs:  extra strings, resin, a polishing cloth, etc.  That would be fun to stamp with “strings things”.  This would be a great idea for teachers too – they always need little “emergency kits” for the classroom… The possibilities are endless!

The Chico is available in lots of colors, and we can hot stamp a name, initials (or specific phrase like mine) in about 3 days.  It’s a great gift for $34 (and it would be even more cute if you pre-filled it with some of their favorite necessities before gifting it).  What do you think?  Who do you know that could enjoy a dedicated Chico?  Let us know – we’d love to hook you up with this clever gift idea!

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