One of my favorite things about what I do is seeing how many solutions there are to a particular design problem. “Problem” is kind of a loose term here, but you get the point. There’s never just one single solution.

Cue the Fiesta. Fiestas are always a fun theme for a party. We did a 40th Fiesta for my brother not too long ago that involved bright colors, large paper flower lanterns, and giant tubs of brightly colored soda. Oh, and a tent. The invitations we did bright and had a lot of movement in the typography but were still masculine.

Enter Rachelle (of Madeline’s pink candy party fame!). Her brother’s getting married in a few weeks and she’s throwing the nearlyweds a fiesta-themed couples’ shower. But she wants something chic, a little more than sombreros and sopapillas. She really liked the idea of using Papel Picado (Mexican wedding banners) in some way. Martha Stewart used a version of them so chicly in this photo:

And this cake? Gorgeous.

I’m in love with this image from Flickr user Delexed

So, as per my usual mode of operation, I submitted three proofs to her.  I won’t show you the one she picked – you’ll just have to wait and see them once I get them back from being printed!

This one is a double-sided invitation, although the more I think about it, I think it would make a gorgeous bifold card. I can imagine them lined up along a clothesline as a kind of homage to Papel Picado.  I like this invitation because it is a distinctly modern spin on the fiesta theme with the use of more modern typography  as well as the juxtaposition of the turquoise against the yellow. This one also looked great with orange against the turquoise.

Our second proof was based on some party decor by Jonathan Adler that Rachelle found. I loved the colors – they’re muted enough but still a great coordinating set.  Straightforward, chic, and not too girly – remember, gotta keep it appealing to the guys too!


And for the final proof? Guess you’ll have to wait and see!