May 2015 | The Yellow Spectacles

Confetti Land: Celebrating With The Confetti Bar

May 13, 2015

In the land of confetti everything seems magical, perfect, fun, & filled with wanderlust. Behind all the glam & sparkle is a creative confetti queen named Jessica Serra Huizenga, owner of The Confetti Bar.  

Photo Credit: Victoria Gloria Photography 
 The Confetti Bar is a place where your happiness is celebrated--no matter how small or grand the occasion is. If you dream it-Jessica can turn it into confetti. 

Here is a peak at The Yellow Spectacle's interview with the Queen of Confetti:  

The Yellow Spectacles: How did you get started in making confetti?

The Confetti Bar: 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! I literally woke up one day and told my husband I wanted to open a confetti shop, and that’s how this all began.

TYS: How do you actually make confetti? With a machine, by hand etc?

TCB: Depending on what we need to make / what look we are going for we utilize a variety of methods for making confetti - anything from scissors to shredders to specialty machines, we use it all! While we mainly use machines to do the actual cutting, I've been known to sit there with a pair of scissors and cut out teeny tiny shapes if necessary!

TYS: Did you have any in the starting stages?

Photo Cred: Victoria Gloria Photography 

TCB: I could and would not be where I am today without the help and support of my family. My husband has been my business partner from day one, and despite looking at me like I was crazy when I first told them my idea, my mom and step dad have been instrumental in allowing me to pursue this full time and getting our new studio space.

TYS: Why do you love what you do?

TCB: Because I get to make people happy sharing what I love.

TYS: Do you do more than just confetti?

TCB: Personally I wear many hats - I also co-own another business, Monarch, in which we host creative workshops for women, and I also recently started up a personal blog called Simple Unsweet to chronicle my health and wellness journey.

TYS:  What are your plans for your new work space?

TCB: With our new studio we've got big plans - think more awesome photo shoots,
confetti filled events, craft nights, more offerings, and all around confetti-filled fun

TYS: Describe your career in three words:

TCB: Magical. Challenging. Rewarding.

TYS: If you had to make A Yellow Spectacles (my blog) confetti what would it look like?

TCB: Just going by the name, I see a mix that is mainly black and white with some actual yellow glasses shapes mixed in!

TYS: The best part of your job….

TCB: I absolutely love any time someone tells me that seeing my photos or receiving my product made them happy. It’s cheesy and corny, but it’s the truth! Confetti is supposed to be fun, so when I hear that it made someone smile it lets me know I’m doing something right!

TYS: The worst part of your job….

TCB: Having to worry about finances - I’m not a numbers gal, but I've had to learn pretty quickly all about things like bookkeeping, accounting, taxes, etc. etc. No fun, but necessary!


TYS: If you weren't a mixologist you'd be a ……

TCB: Unicorn.




May 1, 2015

Normally, this blog--The Yellow Spectacles is about celebrating creativity and showing readers what other creative entrepreneurs are pursuing. I like to think that I use this blog as a creative outlet, but also as a learning tool for others who have a creative streak, trade, or idea burning inside them. Its my hope to not only inspire myself, but others through the subjects I interview and feature.

Although, this blog is a reflection of me in someway--it encompasses what I love--writing, creating, and just being excited about life's little things  However, I never share personal agendas or thoughts on this site. It is important to note that this post and only this post will stray from my typical writing course.

I'd like to dedicate the month of May 2015 blog post to my grandpa.To be honest--I had a very different post planned for the month of May. May is my birthday month--a month when spring at it's fullest. I planned on featuring, The Confetti Bar, spotlighting happiness, celebration, parties, and confetti.

Unfortunately, life took a different turn as the last week of April my grandpa passed away. The day before he passed, he and my grandma celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. He was 91. To say he lived a good, humble, and modest life would be an understatement. To say, 'well, he was 91... it was his time' would be hurtful. 

The relationship that my grandpa had with not only myself, his family, and his strong belief  in heaven is another understatement. I who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Writing cannot put (nor find) the right words to describe how much he has meant to me over the 24 years of my life.

Now, I can only use my lasting love and desire to say how great of a grandfather my grandpa was. If nothing else is taken from my website take away a peace of mind that kindness and seeking the good in others goes along way--that is how my grandpa lived his life . 

He will be everlastingly loved for it.

A Prayer for Grandpa.

 You were many things in your 91 years of life. You were a loving dad, a devoted grandpa, and a compassionate husband.

Even more so, you were a respectful neighbor, a good-natured man, and an honest soul. You weren't fancy, but just right. Humble and kind. Simple and sweet. That was you all the way through.

Thinking the best in people was just as much your strength as it was a weakness—you were brave more times than one and in many more ways that none.

Love for your family and God is what you have left behind. We cherish all of your little notes and our personal thoughts that we find.

You are no longer confined to your home, your room, oxygen tubes, and pain. We hope you’re swaying to your music, conversing with your mum, cooking chicken wings, and enjoying whatever beverages your wish—we all know the kind with whip cream was your favorite.

God gave us the best gift of YOU being a part of our family/and lives. If it wasn’t apparent or said when you were alive it is known now.

We love you and miss you terribly. You are home and safe that is for sure.
Forever and ever you’ll be a husband, a dad, and a grandpa.

When we speak of you and remember you, let it bring out the best in ourselves as your life represented what life was/is really about—faith, family, and love—with a dash of hot sauce. (Wink. Wink.)

Rest in peace, rest comfortable, and wait for us to come home.


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