Store Spotlight: The Confetti Bar

I feel like I should start with a video of me dancing down the street surrounded by the dancing cast of a Broadway show in a shower of balloons and confetti because I am that excited about this store spotlight. Jessica Serra Huizenga is the sparkly colorful genius behind The Confetti Bar. The name really says it all, it’s “an online, boutique confetti shop bringing you a selection of colorful products for use in craft projects, home décor, and of course, any celebration!”


1. What is it about confetti that’s so wonderful?

Umm, everything?! Haha, but for real, it’s just so happy and colorful and you can’t help but smile when it’s around!

The Confetti Bar, interview with the sparkly genius behind it

2. How long have you loved confetti? You’re clearly not just casual buddies, so how far back does this love affair go?

Well, for as long as I can remember I’ve had a thing for both colorful and miniature things, and it all started with a little “confetti” collection, where I would keep little plastic cases full of it and would organize it by shape. I used it in various projects, but then quickly realized I needed to start designing my own!

The Confetti Bar, interview with the sparkly genius behind it

3. What gave you the brilliant idea to open the Confetti Bar? When did you realize you could turn it into a business?

Confetti…it’s like the quintessential symbol for celebrations, right? It’s colorful and whimsical and fun and magical – everything you generally want a party to be. So why not really make it something special?

Well that’s what I thought when I decided to start The Confetti Bar, and once I had my idea, it was full steam ahead to actually turn it into a business!

The Confetti Bar, interview with the sparkly genius behind it (flamingo bling)

4. What is your favorite combination you’ve made so far?

Unicorn Dandruff will always be a favorite of mine, but I love getting to work on all sorts of different custom projects!

The Confetti Bar, interview with the sparkly genius behind it (unicorn dandruff)

5. Who is your dream custom confetti client (besides me, because it wouldn’t be fair to have me in the running) and what would you make for them?

That’s really a tough one – I feel so blessed to have worked with so many wonderful businesses and individuals, and each time the confetti seems to get better and better. I love that I get to be challenged and creative, and sometimes the least likely sources end up sparking the best confetti ideas!

The Confetti Bar_Apothecary Jars_0001All images courtesy of The Confetti Bar and Sassy Mouth Photography

Thank you so much for answering my questions and for bringing more happiness and confetti into the world, Jessica!

As if these answers and/or images weren’t enough to make you want to be besties, then go check out her blog and her wedding. So many wonderful shops use Confetti Bar confetti as part of their packaging and branding and I am so excited to have mine in the works! I will bombard you with photos and info when it happens (!!!)

the confetti bar


Store Note: Pesach (Passover) starts tonight so until the night of the 22nd I will have limited availability to respond to messages but I will get back to you as soon as I can! Thank you for your patience!



Be Still My Heart: this week on the blogosphere

Well… I had a post all set up for today and it’s gone somewhere. Don’t ask me where because I have no idea. It just up and disappeared. So here’s a short list of things that spoke to me this week that if you haven’t them already, you totally should.

Be Still My Heart

this week in the blogosphere

Young House Love showhouse master bath and closet (it was torture, torture I tell you to choose just one photo! Please go look at the rest of them so I can relax knowing that you’ve seen it, okay?)

Young House Love Showhouse Master Bath

Mandi of Vintage Revivals gave her niece a major bedroom makeover and now I bet everyone is thinking the same thing I am (“I could be your niece, Mandi!”)

Vintage Revivals Retro Bohemian Teen Bedroom Makeover

She wasn’t the only one to get a makeover, Joy Cho recently created a stinkin adorable line for Land of Nod and shows it off in her daughter Ruby’s updated big girl room

Joy Cho for Nod Ruby's Big Girl Room

Concrete DIYs seem to be everywhere these days showing that it’s not as daunting as you (or um…I) would think. I LOVE this geometric concrete paperweight from Design Sponge that’s as much art as it is functional.

Design Sponge DIY concrete geometric paperweight A Beautiful Mess and Kelly Moore have a camera bag collaboration  (here are some more details). It’s out of my price range, but I imagine if you are a professional photographer this is well worth the investment. I mean that green! And the interior detail is so great because it makes such a great laptop bag and diaper bag.

A Beautiful Mess and Kelly Moore Camera Bag Collaboration

Those are some goodies that caught my eye this week. Enjoy!

Have a great Weekend!



Great Gatsby Inspired “Roaring Twenties” 30th Birthday Party

When Jodi reached out to me with this Great Gatsby inspired “Roaring Twenties” party she threw, I was pretty upset. I mean there is absolutely no logical reason that I wasn’t invited. Sure we’ve never met and don’t live near each other, but are those good reasons? You be the judge.
Roaring Twenties / Great Gatsby Party
“My name is Jodi, I am 30 years old and living in Boston with my fiance Jim. I started my blog Twine & Vines this past summer as a way to chronicle DIY projects, thrift shopping adventures, room makeovers, design inspiration from everywhere and of course… parties! Around that same time I also began selling in my Etsy shop.  Another recent tidbit is I got engaged this past summer! So when I’m not crafting or blogging I am busy planning our wedding that will take place in September!”
Jodi of Twine and Vines “I had planned/obsessed over having a Great Gatsby/ Roaring 20′s 30th party for a couple of years (before the movie came out and before it became an insanely popular idea.)”
“I threw my birthday party at my mother and father’s house in Connecticut, around the pool area. My family helped out in many ways! My sister Holly made the flapper headbands for us and our guests to wear, a huge hit! She makes and sells jewelry on Etsy so she knew what she was doing, and was great at making the designs. (You can find a blog post on it here.)”
Great Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party“My mother was amazing because she had my grandmother send old family pictures from the 20′s and 30′s to use as decoration throughout the party.  I popped these vintage photographs in frames and placed them in the photo prop area to use as inspiration and also placed a few in various areas throughout the party.  These pictures were a great birthday surprise by my mother and have proved to be some of my all time favorite photographs.”
Great Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party- vintage photos and accessories.jpg“My parents also provided the food (inspired by food from the book) that we enjoyed at the party like fried chicken, shrimp cocktail and a bar that included 20′s inspired signature drinks made by my brother-in-law Craig like “Bathtub Gin” Lime Rickys, Mint Juleps and Old Fashions.  I used gold rimmed vintage glasses that I picked up very inexpensively from our trip to The Longest Yard Sale for the mixed drinks, and paper wrapped mason jars for the beers (you can find a tutorial here) and lastly I used DIY gold and silver glitter thrift shopped glasses for the champagne, (tutorial here.)”
Great Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party - drinksGreat Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party - drinks “To get a Prohibition-style look for the party, I took some wooden crates and stapled “Canadian Club” labels over them, filled them with shred, and stacked them with many bottles of alcohol for the party. ”
Great Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party “I also printed out “Closed for National Prohibition Act” signs that I taped all over the photo booth backdrop (made from old doors hinged together.) I wanted to stage a scene that looked like a secret speakeasy. You can find the blog post on creating this look here and the photo prop area here.”
Great Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party Great Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party- photobooth and props “With the camera set up across the photo booth area (stocked with thrifted props), the Great Gatsby soundtrack blaring and gin flowing it was one of the best nights of my life and the perfect way to kiss my roaring 20′s goodbye and look forward to what my 30′s would bring!”
Great Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party- photobooth Great Gatsby Inspired "Roaring Twenties" 30th Birthday Party- photobooth

First of all, Jodi’s dress! Gorgeous! All those flapper accessories are amazing and I adore the photobooth she set up. The thrifted props, the DIYs Jodi put together and the fab details like food and drink inspired by the book make it that much better. Happy Thirtieth Jodi and congratulations on your engagement!!!

You can see more of Jodi’s talents on her blog and shop. Thank you so much for sharing (but seriously next time I’ll expect an invite!!!)

I always love reader submissions! If you have a party, room, DIY, or shop you want to share e-mail me at shoesoffpls [at] gmail [dot] com. You can read more about specifications here.


Floral Finds on Etsy

I’ve been on Etsy a lot this past week (can you guess why?) and as I kept favoriting things I came across, I noticed a trend. So I made a treasury.Floral Finds on Etsy


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Floral Finds on Etsy- paper flower garland Floral Finds on Etsy- colorful succulentsfelt wildflower ampersand from the felt flower shopPink Flower Garland from lillesyster, Large Succulent Plants from Succulents Galore, Felt wildflower ampersand from The Felt Flower Shop

Floral Finds on Etsy- wood vase Floral Finds on Etsy- yarn pom-pom flowers Floral Finds on Etsy- tissue paper flower garlands

Yarn Pom-Pom Flowers from Paint Me Pink, Wood Vase from My Flower Meadow, Tissue Paper Flower Hanging Garland from Love Lou Collective

There are a few more pretty things and shops on the actual Etsy treasury, go check it out for some amazing shops.

Do you have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?

**I could not post this week without acknowledging all of you. I mean…WOW. Thank you so much for all of the support for my new Etsy shop. It’s a scary thing to do, to put yourself out there like that and your kind words (and emoticons) mean the world to me. Thank you, thank you!**

Have a Great Weekend! 


the Bannerie is Open!!!


I’m going to fill you in on everything! Sit back ladies (and a few gents), it’s gonna be a wordy, lengthy one with tons of photos! To make it worth it, there’s a coupon code at the end :)

A little background: my sister and I have talked about having our own shop for basically as long as I can remember. While the exact nature of that shop has changed over time (I don’t need it to be a store dedicated to Minnie Mouse anymore), the dream stayed alive. And if I have my way, one day we’re going to do this together somehow.


If you know me, you know I love parties. Like L-O-V-E parties. I love making them, going to them, hearing about them, planning them… EVERYTHING. Over the past few years I’ve been throwing a few more and the part I always loved best? Making the banners and garlands. They’re the centerpieces, the main attraction, the even-if-I-don’t-have-anything-else-I-have-THIS.

happy_birthday_garland copy

I kept getting requests from friends and family to make banners and garlands for them and I also kept getting “you should open a shop!”

I don’t know why it took me so long to see that it was the obvious answer, but one night I was sitting next to Tuvia on the couch and I just got really excited: I can do something I love and get paid for it! It was this crazy revelation for me and when I told Tuvia, he was like “yeah… I’ve been saying this for years” to which I obviously responded that he was the handsomest of all men and must therefore forgive me for being slow (you see the connection, right?)

shape garlands from the Bannerie

Well, whatshisface is pretty smart and I have spent a long time putting the Bannerie together from the logo by Cristina, to deciding on and sourcing the packaging, to the photoshoot by the talented Denise Ginley and Steve Robinson (see behind the scenes photo below! Are you as jealous of Denise’s hair as I am? Of course you are)

behind the scenes at the Bannerie, photos by Denise Ginley and Steve Robinson

And there have been many setbacks and delays along the way. But the time has come (the walrus said) and the Bannerie is officially open TODAY! (Insert 80′s-end-of-movie-style-jump interrupted by a panic attack)

To start with I will be offering six kinds of garlands and banners, all of which can be completely customized to your liking. If you want a different color, pattern, length, shape, anything! Just message me on Etsy with all the details (the more specific the better!) and I will set up a custom listing for you!

Here are samples of each kind of garland or banner that I offer:

Samples from the Bannerie:  custom handmade garlands and banners for the pretty party or home

Garlands and banners in bedrooms and playrooms are really trending right now, let’s keep that momentum going, shall we?

And you know what the best part is? Everything can be re-used either at other parties or as decorations in your home and everything can be stored just the way I’ve sent them to you in the mail.

I really want to emphasize this: EVERYTHING CAN BE CUSTOMIZED. You want a fun phrase in your living room, maybe “BE AWESOME” ? Something colorful that coordinates with the colors in your kid’s room? You can even put something sweet and gooey in your master bedroom like “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE”. I’m allllll over it.

And if you have your own idea of what you want and I’m not currently offering it, message me and share your creative genius! I’d love to hear it!

To make it super easy, I’ve added a tab on the top of the page…


And a little Etsy button on the side…


I really love helping people make great parties or put together great rooms and it gives me so much pleasure to make people happy. If I can do either of those things (better yet, both!) then that is really the ultimate success for me in the Bannerie.

If you have any questions, please go ahead and ask me! And most importantly, THANK YOU! Thank you for all of the support, encouragement, words of wisdom, and faith. I am overwhelmed and genuinely touched by the love you have shared with me in your messages, calls, texts, comments, and e-mails. I read and appreciate every. single. one.

Thank you.

If I were ordering from the Bannerie, my choice would be something ridiculous like having letter banners that say “whathisface” and “whatsherface” to hang over our bed and something normal for the kids like a colorful felt triangle garland for their room. That’s what would work for me, but what would work for you? Tell me in the comments!


As a welcome gift, use code “SHIPITGOOD” to get free shipping for this whole week! The code is valid for everyone ordering within the U.S. from March 31st to April 6th

the Bannerie is Coming Soon!

So… remember that time I said I would share all the details about my new Etsy shop, the Bannerie, on Friday and then today was Friday? It seemed silly for me to share all of the Bannerie details before the official opening on Monday so instead I’m just gonna share a teaser…..

the Bannerie: pink, mint, and gold fringe tassel garland


Coming soon to an Etsy shop near you ;)

Have a great weekend everyone!


A New Business, a New Baby and a Giveaway!

Did that title confuse you? It’s not my baby, it’s the beautiful baby boy just born to Pamela Macdonald, the gorgeous talent behind Peanut Lilly Creations (remember that headband and those clips you complimented Mia on? I got them from Pamela.)

To celebrate his birth, she’s having a giveaway on her blog for a $25 Target gift card and a circle garland from the Bannerie! What’s that you say? “the Bannerie?”


IT’S OFFICIAL! My Etsy shop “the Bannerie” will be opening on Monday, March 31st! I will post a ton of details on Friday along with a discount code you can use for opening week to get a custom garland or banner of your own!

For now, you can win on Pamela’s blog. You can also really win because I’m guest-posting on 5 things to do when you’ve got baby #2 (I promise the rhyme just happened) and 10 things you can do for that new (or second time) mom.

The giveaway runs through April 21st, so plenty of time to enter and win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A HUGE congratulations to Pamela and her family and good luck to everyone in the giveaway!


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