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Gatherings at our place tend to happen on the fly – our Taco & Co. Fiesta-rama this past Saturday night was borne from a text message late Thursday evening. Suddenly we had about twenty people over for guac, tacos with about a dozen different fillings to mix-and-match and watermelon margarita pops (I was testing them out from the going-to-press August issue of Living: these things are seriously genius) this past steamy Saturday night.

With some downloaded mariachi music and a super simple ginger margarita (made from tequila, triple sec, lime juice, grated ginger and ginger beer – deeeelicious!) we were good to go (until way too late, but hey, it wasn’t a school night, right?).

Parties that happen spontaneously like that are my favorite kind. But just because a get together was thrown-together doesn’t mean it needs to look that way: strings of overlapping papel picado combined with starburst shaped tissue fans come flat (I just keep a bunch of them in my linen closet) and pop-up in seconds.

If I’d had a little more time I’d have made some crepe paper flowers – they’re super simple and quick to make – it’s actually a great hands-on activity for a little girls party – instructions are here), but a friend brought along a bouquet of paper flowers from Pan American Phoenix that were swiftly hijacked post-party by The Squirrel to decorate her room. The bold color and oversized shape is crisp and pop-y, and not too girly for a not-too-girly girl. I think I may get more and string them over her windows, or make a canopy/mobile type thing over her bed to create a sunny summertime haven.

I think this kind of Design-It-Yourself decor is the most surprising and satisfying, too. Definitely something worth celebrating. Have you ever McGyvered something cool for your kids rooms? Inspire me!

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