- Sophie &Friends
The amazing thing about being in the party business for sixteen years is the number of kids I get to see from year to year. I get to watch them grow up, and that’s really quite a treat for someone without children of their own. This weekend I was doing a bar mitzvah, and two young ladies came through the door and stopped dead in their tracks...
“Hey, aren’t you the party lady?” said one girl. “You did my dalmatian party when I was like six!”
“Oooh, didn’t you use to sing the watermelon song?” chimed in her friend.
When we decorate for our own fiestas we often hang papel picado (colorful tissue paper squares with cut-out images that are strung together to make banners), giant peppers, big sombreros, maracas, cacti, piñatas, mariachi figures...
Mexico is an amazingly inventive place. If people don’t have something at hand (which is often the case around here), they come up with some other way of doing it. Usually it involves something precarious, or maybe even a little dangerous, but hey… They get the job done!
I know how it is: major corporations are always trying to make more money. I get it – they have investors, they have employees, they have houses in the South of France to buy… But why, why, why must they constantly “upgrade” their products? As my granddad used to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”