30 Before April 30 Project 17 Completed!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

There's something about papel picado that makes me want to eat guacamole and chips. The festive Mexican tissue decoration has gained popularity recently and you can now find these elaborate designs draping weddings and parties alike.

Throughout my year-long web search for the perfect ideas for just about everything we were doing, two papel picado decorations stand out and I just had to use them one way or another. When we decided to host a Mexican food rehearsal dinner, I found the playground I needed to implement papel picado decor! The first inspiration is a DIY rehearsal dinner invite I found on Once Wed. I love the design of the invite and the font really grabbed me.

The second came from the same inspiration I found for the bridal shower cake bunting. How cute is the little papel picado bunting that I found on Eat Drink Pretty?

Together, I had a creative idea! (This was a 'eureka' sort of moment.) I did my best to recreate the design used on the invitation. Once printed on cardstock, I glued colorful paper to the back to add a little punch.

Actual papel picado decor can be expensive, so I chose to go small with my Martha Stewart edge punch and some string.

Email me if you want the template for the invitation on a word document.

30 Before April 30 ongoing list ... (this list changes a lot)
- DONE! Totes for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- DONE! Wedding invitations
- DONE! Letter pillows for 2 chairs at reception
- DONE! Wedding programs
- DONE! Bags for Program Attendants
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- DONE! Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner dessert
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- DONE! Fabric bunting flags for bridal shower
- DONE! Thank you gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- DONE! Bridal Shower Cake Bunting
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- DONE! Headbands for program attendants
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!


  1. These turned out SO CUTE (as if there was any doubt!). You know what I love the most...yes, more than the actual papel picado flags? That you even added colorful paper on the back for an added punch!

  2. Absolutely love this! Would you please email me the invitation template on a word doc? elizabethjanestone@gmail.com Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. These are so cute! Will you also email me the Word template? jklipp18@gmail.com

  4. Yes I would like the template also please, dtrujillohernandez@palomar.edu

  5. Is the template still available?! hhewlett1020@gmail.com

    Please and thank you!!

  6. Please email me the template.

  7. This is adorable! Could you still send the template? If so, I would love to get it for my upcoming wedding, my email is MexicanFiesta2014@gmail.com

    thank you!

  8. Adorable! Can you please email me the template as well? miaszmuch@gmail.com Thank you!

  9. Please email me the template also, wolfamy12@gmail.com Thank you!! These are so cute :)

  10. SOOOO cute.....can you please email me the template? tkent5@yahoo.com Thanks so much!!

  11. I WOULD LOVE the template to these could you still email them?

  12. Great invite! Can you please send me the template? It would be greatly appreciated! allisonmhunter@gmail.com

  13. LOVE this!! Can you please email me the template? Thank you so much, from someone with zero creativity!!

  14. Hello! I know this post is now 2 years old, but is it possible to e-mail me this template? :)

  15. please email me the template aeg517@att.net
    Thank you!

  16. Please email me the template as well! Kristin.bancook@gmail.com
    Thank you!! :)

  17. Please email the template to bailey.m.brashear@gmail.com