Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Find: A Festive Fiesta

As featured in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects and Vintage Details, I always hold Michael Quinn, Heather Kerr and their crafty pals as shining examples of how to create a successful party on a budget, established on a theme and unraveled with every element to behold a major event.

Back in May, I told you about a magical evening Michael and Heather crafted for an intimate celebration for my book's launch. So you can imagine the anticipation that mounted the day this invitation arrived in my mailbox.

Here's the exterior, all folded up like a plastic wallet. Note the working button and the zig-zag stitching around the edges.

And then the glorious interior -- handcrafted with multiple layers and textures -- touting a Christmas-Mexican get together and requesting a white elephant gift that started with an "M" and ended in an "O." Veli and I took a mango and a container of Milano cookies!

Here are some amazing scenes from the evening's Christmas festivities, which could easily translate into any party-worthy occasion.

Isn't she pretty as a poinsettia? Heather's all holidayed out, serving shots of tequila from her decorated tray. Note the tip jar!

The decor took traditional reds and greens and mixed in a Mexican twist.

Guests were invited to pick their favorite musical instruments, including papier-mâché maracas and homemade tambourines, all poised in this brightly colored dollhouse...

so they could accompany Michael and Heather playing carols on a vintage organ.

Festive food was plentiful! I was especially attracted to spicy chili bubbling in a bricked-over Crock Pot and the mass of red candles clustered in vintage candelabra.

Don't you remember making festive paper chains like these when you were a kid? These got a South-of-the-Border embellishment of metallic paper cutouts with a flower ball featuring Freida Kahlo's portrait.

And this cheerful holiday piñata star hanging from the ceiling packs a blast of holiday heat!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Oh how fun! I LOVE that black tambourine and the organ must have been fabulous!

    Hope you are having a lovely holiday season!

    LuLu Kellogg

  2. Stan that looks like one fun and fabulous party!

  3. Wow, all I can say is that was for sure 'always fabulous!'


  4. Do you know how fun all of that looks? LOL Makes me want to go brick my crockpot and bust out the fun!!! So Fun!!!

    ;-) Robelyn

  5. Wow...that was one incredible (not to mention
    ingenious) invite!! Who could stay away?? Looks like fun was had by all (to say the least). : )
    Thanks for swinging by the other day.

  6. Such fun and effort and creativity in all aspects of the party and what a great idea to share it with us. I have just discovered your blog and find it fun and energetic. As a designer I have only once encountered a client willing to consider the flea market/thrift shop route for her design but for me I love it. Thank you.

  7. Hahaha, looks so fun and colorful!



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