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Spanish Wedding Invitations – Se le Invita!

By jo anne

Spanish Tile Invitations

Spanish Tile Invitations

You’ll want to capture the passion of Spain with these Spanish tile invitations for your wedding.

For an authentic feel, serve tapas, a classic Spanish appetizers. They are served as a wide range of small portions, each one featuring something a little different. These might include cold dishes such as olives or cheese or warm ones such as albóndlgas (meatballs in sauce), chopitos (fried squid) or patatas bravas (fried diced potato with salsa). A popular dessert food in Spain are churros, sticks of fried pastry similar in taste to a doughnut, which are dipped in hot chocolate.

To continue the theme from your invitations, music is so important.The characteristic Spanish sound is the flamenco guitar, associated with the city of Seville. Cost permitting, you could hire a live guitarist to play for your guests, but if you’re on a budget, try recordings of a revered flamenco guitarist such as Carlos Montoya.

Carry the colors from your invitations throughout your wedidng. Large floral displays could add color to the center of each table, though avoid dahlias and chrysanthemums because they are associated with funerals and death in Spain.

Brush up on your basic Spanish to get your guests in the mood for your wedding. “Hello” is “hola,” “how are you” is “como estas” and “goodbye” is “adios.” Say “muchas gracias” for “thank you very much” and “mucho gusto” for “pleased to meet you.” Refer to your friends as “amigo” or “amiga” for males and females respectively.  Incorporating the sayings into your invitations would be adorable also!

Encourage your guests to come in Spanish-themed outfits. For men, consider renting matador or torero costumes and long flamenco dresses for women. For guests on a budget, simple costumes can be constructed. A long, flowing dress and fan will suffice for women, and a red shirt and sash with black trousers and shoes will give men a passably Spanish look for your wedding.

Fourth of July Tailgate Party!

By jo anne

fourth of july sparklers

SO cute! I just love this idea from Amy’s Party Ideas!

4th of july tailgate party

Everyone needs a place to watch fireworks, right? Well how about from the comfort of the back of your car?


I love all these ideas she has incorporated into the night!

fourth of july push pops

See more here

fourth of july party

Go Fourth and have fun!!

Melamine Stripe Tray: Minty Fresh

By jo anne


mint stripe initial melamine tray

I was honored to work with CupCakeMag with their Shabby Chic First Birthday party feature. Everything turned out so super cute!

I love how our mint stripe melamine tray looks with these cupcakes!


Hope over to the shop to see what’s new! I can’t wait for Spring!

Valentine’s Day: On the Fringe

By jo anne

Pretty little details go a long way. Dress up your desserts and drinks with fun fringe.

Add a little zip to your sip with frilly fun and your lips!

Have your cupcakes ready to eat with the spoon ready to go and fun at your fingertips!

I had fun with these cupcake and I hope you do too!

Valentine’s Day: Geometric Love

By jo anne


I’m just in love with this geometric style Valentine’s Day shoot.

The colors are just right and the details are spot on. Such a great dose of inspiration!

 See more here at 100 Layer Cake.

You’ll like what you see!


Style Forecast: Four More Years of Fantastic Fashion

By jo anne

It’s no secret, I’m a democrat. If you follow me you like me so therefor let’s be friends.

All politics aside, I love Michelle Obama and her girls. My  12 year old daughter is dying to get either outfit worn by Malia or Sasha.

Their look was great and complimentary in unison. And besides who looks that good after midnight? I’m so proud of this election and what it means for our country. I ‘m also looking forward to watching these girls grow into young adults and the grace in which they do it.

Follow Mrs. Obama and her fashions on my new favorite website, Mrs. O.

Custom Party Products: It’s What We Do!

By jo anne

Every little detail counts at any event.

Add to your special day with a variety of custom products like cups, napkins, coasters, matches and more with custom party products by Oh Goodie Designs.

Our graphic desingers can work with you until you are perfectly pleased with your design.

Contact us any time for a quote. Turnaround times are about 2 weeks although rush orders are always avaialable.

We’re looking  forward to helping you!!

Thursday Therapy: Your Creative Process

By jo anne

Whether you are inventing a piece of art, writing a story or creating music most folks agree there is a creative process that one goes through.  Although the details of the process may look different for each person, the outline remains the same and goes something like this:
Step 1:  Plan and Practice Step 2:  Begin to Create Step 3:  Revise Step 4:  Add Finishing Touches Step 5:  Share and Reflect
I would like to add a Step 6:  The Sugar Crash
You may be experiencing The Sugar Crash right now.  Halloween is over.  The decorations can come down and the costumes put away.  For many of us, after we create something, even if it is a wonderful Halloween evening, we experience a lull once it’s over.  A low point, respite, silence, a calmness.  For some of us it is a feeling of satisfaction.  Feeling proud of what we accomplished and ready for the next challenge.  For others, it is a time of grief.  It is not easily identified as grief, but with every creation comes an end to that creation, and with that a period of grief. 
Your creation is a reflection or extension of you.  Creating something is putting yourself out there to be judged and, depending on where you fall on the shyness scale, being judged could be a sensitive time for you.  On one side, an extrovert tends to thrive on action, feedback and collaboration.  Creating and figuratively exposing ones self brings them energy and makes them feel alive.
On the other side, an introvert prefers to work more alone than in groups, can be hesitant or sensitive to feedback and usually requires a period of rest after creating. 
There is not a correct answer to this–it has to do with temperament.  Figuring out where you fall on the spectrum can be very helpful in identifying patterns that exist for you.  The sugar crash does not have to be a negative thing if you can learn how to incorporate it into your creative process.
Happy November~
Janel Perez, M.S., L.P.C.

Thursday Therapy: Finding Your Own Style

By jo anne

Growing up in the shadow of my two sisters was intimidating.  One grew up to be a successful business owner and the other grew up to be a successful business owner:)  They are both self made business women who identified their passion, their style and created a life and a business that supported it.  Everything they touch is dripping with their aesthetic.  EVERYTHING.  Even my kids, who are 2 and 3, can identify a gift or card from either of them on sight. 

There was no way I could compete.  When I tried to match their taste, I failed.  If I tried to imitate either of them, it would look like a joke.  So, I inevidently did what any other middle child would do–if I could not be better, I would be different.
It has taken me years to find my style.  I kinda always had an idea of what I thought it was, but couldn’t have put it into words like my sisters can.  The truth is, style evolves.  Just as we evolve, our style, that which represents us, evolves.  Once I stopped trying to define my style, my style rose to the surface and became truly representational.  My style has had yet another growth spurt with the addition of my husband and children.  Seeing the world through their eyes has elevated my style to our style.
Once I stopped trying to force style to happen, it happened authentically.  It was there all along–just like it is for you.  We each have our own way for creating, of styling, of adding beauty into our world.  Listen to your instinct and cultivate what you love and your style will appear.   
As we enter the holiday season, it is a wonderful time of year to experiment with your style.  Decorate.  Trust yourself.  Tweak.  Readjust.  Go for it.  Allow yourself to create or recreate.   Have fun!
Have a styling week~
Janel Perez, M.S., L.P.C.  

Halloween Ideas 30+1: Candy Corn Garland

By jo anne

I love this idea from

Make and Takes.

This is right up my Halloween alley since I don’t do “scary” decor.

Simple and easy to make, would you use this in your decor?

I would!!

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