Cinco de Mayo Party Decorating Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Party Roundup

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and today I wanted to share a roundup of amazing tablescapes & party decorating ideas perfect for the holiday.

First, a quick reminder that all my shops are CLOSING for a week for a brief vacation to get all my new spring and summer party decor ready to add to the shops!  So, if you are planning a party coming up in the near future. . . hurry by to browse as I’m only taking ready to ship orders until the end of this week and all custom orders are scheduled out three to four weeks.

These bright designs I’m featuring today are also perfect for a fiesta party, a cumpleaños or a quinceañera too. 

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I love the stripes of colorful ribbon laid over this table. So easy to make this table design by just laying a solid color tablecloth down and cutting stripes of wide colorful ribbon and laying over the tablecloth.   And don’t forget the PAPEL PICADO BANNER, seen in this photo above, which is a lacey cut banner often found exclusive to Mexican parties and fiestas. The designs often feature intricate cut flowers, cactus, suns, or starburst and medallion motifs.

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 This is a simple table design so easy to create with a single sombrero and a few RAINBOW colors of crepe paper.

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This is a super easy table backdrop as well.  Use either oversized flowers in bright colors or tissue pom poms attached to your wall or flat surface behind your table.  I love the floral tablecloth too as a nice diversion from the usual rainbow or solid bright colors at most fiesta parties.

Paper pinwheels

Add some PINWHEELS in any size for a pop of color and whimsy too!  Create some height by adding them to the back of your table or put them all in one vase for a table centerpiece display.

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Add some inexpensive live cactus to the table too!  Such an easy way to add height and a traditional plant.  If you can find some flowering, even better!  This is an easy way to display and wrap up your plastic utensils too.  Use inexpensive different mixed colors of napkins and add some bright fancy paper STRAWS!

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Of course you can never go wrong with bright and colorful live flowers.  Pair them with a background of colorful FANS and bright lanterns for a layered effect.

This is actually a birdbath, but if the top small dish is left off, it would be perfect for displaying a tiered cake at a Cinco de Mayo party.  Or fill up the top saucer with candy or place your punch bowl on top.  So many ideas and easy to make this pedestal too.

If you are buying now to receive by May 5th- be sure to select PRIORITY from my shops shipping options to receive in time!

Come visit our shops too by clicking any of the links below for so many perfect colorful and bright party decorations, banners, and favors for your next party!

 THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

READY SET CRAFT KITS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you in a week!

Etsy Selling Tips

ETSY SELLING TIPS

Today I want to share three crucial tips and advice, as well as, seven years of experience as a successful Etsy seller.

I may not be a top 10% Etsy seller (most of these top sellers are only selling beads and supplies to other Etsy sellers making jewelry and their own handmade items), but after doing this for many years, I feel I can offer some solid tips and helpful advice.

There are tons of blogs, ebooks, and other online resources about selling.  You should NEVER pay for any of this . . . EVER!  The best advice is found right on Etsy’s website.  They have lots of resources in the forums or on their selling blog that is completely free.  Other sellers are always eager to offer helpful advice and answer questions.  No author or blogger can make you a top successful seller, if you purchase their book or ebook.  Your success is up to you! Now, if you are just starting out, as a new seller on Etsy- read as much free blog advice. . . like mine in this blog topic, before launching your new Etsy shop.  Read as much as you can and become educated about selling on Etsy.

 Information on SEO is going to be the most crucial; definitely educate yourself in this area.

Don’t be discouraged by the nay-sayers.  There are many out there that will tell you success on Etsy is only possible if you have been selling for many years and have over 200 or more items listed in your shop.  Not true. There are many helpful bloggers and experienced sellers who can offer positive and helpful suggestions and tips.   Focus on those resources.

Before getting into the tips, I want to have an honest discussion about shopping online and how it differs from buying off the shelf at a retailer.  Remember you, as a buyer, can see that item up close, touch it physically, smell it, and confirm it’s size and tactile qualities in your hand when shopping live in a retail setting.  This is not at all possible when shopping online.  I mention this because all transactions on Etsy (or ebay, amazon or any online website) have a two party responsibility.

All seller’s have responsibilities and these are set policies by Etsy that you should fully read and expect to abide by them to keep your business and shop in good standing.

Buyers on Etsy (or any website) also have a responsibility to read the full details when purchasing online and so often this is completely ignored or overlooked.

It’s certainly not done intentionally- most shoppers are browsing from their app on a cell phone or tablet and it can sometimes be difficult to find the full written description. Still, I myself, have rarely purchased something online without reading the full written details about a product, handmade or not.  However, that is me and I pay close attention to the written information- not every buyer will read the item details of your listing.  Many online shoppers buy on impulse. They saw the photo and loved it but didn’t realize that not all items displayed in your photo, such as background props, or other items next to it to show scale or the product in what I call “situ” (situation/situated for display) are not included in the sale or purchase.

All online and Etsy seller’s want to provide excellent customer service and we strive to do so, but if a buyer fails to READ a full written description, communicate with a seller before or after a sale with specific questions – they have not meet the seller in the middle and have set the customer service bar so high that it makes it difficult for both parties to have a positive experience.  So if you are a seller- know what you need to do to communicate with buyers and keep them happy.

Consider this fair warning- there will be instances where a buyer does not read your item details and due to no fault of yours, there may be negative feedback left due to ‘buyer’s remorse’. Be prepared to address these situations individually and know that you can make 99% of customers happy 99% of the time – but there will always be that one customer occasionally that can not be made satisified now matter how many hoops you jump through, in an effort to do so.  Do your best, do what’s right,  and be responsive to complaints- even if you know it is not your fault at all.

However, if you are shopping on Etsy as a buyer, do your due diligence to READ the full “Item Details”  (the section found in every Etsy listing that you can click on or click the small arrow next to it if shopping from an cell phone or tablet app) and contact the seller with questions BEFORE your purchase.  Sellers welcome questions and want a buyer to know exactly what they are purchasing.

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 NOW FOR THE TOP ADVICE FOR ETSY SELLERS 

First, we can all agree that customer service is tremendously important.

No matter how great your product is or how talented you are, one of the things that customers are most likely to remember is the direct interaction they have with your company.

So how do you provide excellent customer service?

Here are the three top tips (taken from the Etsy website) according to Etsy’s top sellers:

1. Time

Answer all questions buyers send you as soon as you can, immediately if possible.  Use the Etsy selling app on your smart cell phone and answer questions as soon as you are notified.  Customers really appreciate that!  Although buyer’s need to give handmade Etsy seller’s a reasonable window to respond- let’s face it, we live in an age of instant information at the reach of our cell phones with a Google search.  So be mindful of this.  That Etsy buyer may have sent the same email to several Etsy shops selling similar items.  If you wait a day or two to answer an email, yes- even on weekends, you will most likely have lost that sale to another Etsy shop that responded immediately.

2. Shipping

Always ship by your stated shipping timelines in your shop.  If for some unforeseen reason that you can not ship by your stated shipping date- contact that buyer right away and let them know.  Most are fine will a small shipping delay, as long as they have been notified and can approve it with you in writing.  Professional stickers or labels on your items and packaged well to arrive in perfect condition are key to a making a buyer happy.

 One of my favorite things about packing up an order is to write a handwritten thank you note on include a small printed Thank You tag and then strategically place it in their shipment so they see it and know I appreciate them!  I can’t always do this – especially if I am shipping many packages every few days.  I definitely do this for all rush orders that paid extra.  Think about it.  They paid more for the speedy rush to get an item handmade and delivered quickly but also for a personal touch, a handmade item. Also my regular repeat event planners always get a handwritten note – why else would they come back! They appreciate the extra time to provide excellent customer service in their shipment.

3. Empathy

Think like a customer!  Understand how they want to be treated as a customer.   If you can, offer a little free surprise in every order.  Free items should not be junk though.  It should be relevant to your shop and the buyer’s order.  Be appreciative of your customers that is why you are in business!

Above all, always be courteous and professional.

I hope this advice has helped if you are currently an Etsy seller or thinking about opening an Etsy shop as a new seller.

Come back and visit my blog for more helpful tips and advice and party inspiration!

Gardening Tips for Spring Landscape Planning

GARDEN SPACES & OUTDOOR NOOKS

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Who would not love to have that amazing firepit in their backyard?

 This is a little off-topic from my usual party tips here on The Party Fetti Blog but spring is just around the corner and if you love to entertain, its time to get that deck, patio,  and backyard area ready for the warmer weather for inviting guests to a barbecue or for a small summer gathering outside.  I also thought we could all use a little spring dreaming and inspiration since so many of us are under a blanket of white snow right now.

We are getting ready to begin some landscaping and backyard deck projects of our own, so I have been on Pinterest searching for some inspiration for gardening, landscaping, and general outdoor living space projects.  Here are some wonderful ideas I found that I plan to incorporate into our outdoor spaces around our home.

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I love the simplicity of this flat wood deck with just a pergola for some added shade over it.  I love this design but I would have some seating benches or two feet high rectangular wood potters around the outer edges of the deck, for safety reasons.  I am not sure what code is for a raised deck but I could see people taking a step backwards and accidentally falling off this deck.  The benches and potters on the edges would create a barrier to prevent falls.

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I love this idea of creating small space for two for a relaxing conversation space away from the party crowd, plus the dividing fence is ideal since we have two large dogs.  We decided we do not want to spend the money for a full privacy fence around our large backyard, but I would love to run a dividing fence like this to add some privacy near the house and to keep the dogs out in the backyard away from guests.

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I would love to have this custom build drop deck, but I am sure it is out of our budget.  Some day, maybe.

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I do love this open patio area with the semi covered roof.  Its not quite a full roof but a bit more coverage than a pergola offers.  Nice set up for entertaining too.

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This is perfect for adding some height to the garden and an unusual walking path.  We currently have what I like to call the ‘sink hole’ in one corner of our backyard.  It drops about two feet and would be quite costly to level with fill dirt.  Instead I have decided to make it our wild flower and butterfly garden area.  I’m just going to toss some sunflower seeds in the back and rows of wild flowers at varying heights in the front areas and let mother nature take hold.  We’ll see how that goes?  I think this would be idea in front of it with bird baths, birdhouses and a bench on either side of the rim of the slope for a relaxing area to sit and look at the flowers.

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Okay, maybe not this elaborate, but a girl can dream!  Maybe a bit more realistic like this-

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I will be incorporating some garden art like this into various areas of the backyard.  I love art and so of course the backyard will have some of my own DIY projects that I plan to share here on the blog along the way and throughout next spring and summer.

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An outdoor living space would not be complete without lighting.  If you recall from one of my previous posts discussing the importance of lighting, CLICK HERE FOR THAT POST, in the home- it is just as vital outdoors as well for creating ambiance and good lighting for guest to walk around at night at an outdoor event.

5bd072fd36bd8a393a0609107d498e32And finally I hope to one day have a beautiful English style garden like this leading up to our front door of our home, complete with the white picket fence!

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 I hope all of you are staying warm and looking forward to the spring temperatures just around the corner.  I hope these ideas have inspired you to get outside this spring to start your gardening.

Be sure to visit our home decor shop, ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS, for decking out your home for spring!

We will be adding many new spring designs over the coming weeks, so be sure to stop by often to see all the new decor coming soon!

And all my other shops for your outdoor party decorating, guest gifts, and birthday favors –

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

 THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

 Thanks for stopping by The Party Fetti Blog today.

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