September 18th Meets the 4th of July for Our Rehearsal Dinner?

You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about, and I’ll get there in just a second.

But before I go deep into showing you what I’m talking about, I want to share EXCITING NEWS!!! This is the week!! If you remember, last week was not the best for us, but finally we got our Fiancé Visa APPROVED!! *Happy dance* ”“ Now even though some of our plans had to be rescheduled, we could not be any happier. Now we know we will be together soon. smile026

Okay, now on to the inspiration for our rehearsal dinner”¦ and the story goes like this:

When we first started dating, one of the first things we thought was pretty cool was that our countries’ flags share the same colors, and both of them have stars (OK, I was the one who thought this was cool).

When we started talking about the way we both celebrate our Independence Days, we realized we had a lot of things in common, and both of our celebrations also had very unique items that we both liked a lot.


{On the left is the Chilean flag, but it’s twisted a little bit to the left. Image Source Left ”“ Right }

The Chilean Independence celebrations are on September 18th, but we are so lucky to have our Dia de las Fuerzas Armadas (the day of our army forces) on the 19th, so pretty much every year we have between 2 to 6 days of celebrations, (that’s because if the celebrations happen to be in the middle of the week, we end up having the whole week off as a holiday). It’s kind of crazy to party for that long, but sooo much fun, especially because this is the time of the year when Chileans eat more Empanadas, Asados, and Anticuchos.

September 18th is by far my favorite holiday, and 4th of July is one of Mr. Poodle’s favorites. So I though it would be a great idea to have an “Independence ”“ Fiestas Patrias” themed rehearsal dinner! smile026

My idea is to have a little “Fonda” ”“ with papel picado for decorations (in the picture below, you can see that usually fondas have either flags or papel picado as ceiling decor). We’ll add lots of 4th of July decor and yummy Chilean Food, with some cool Independence Day-colored drinks.


{Chilean Fonda ”“ This is where people go dancing for Fiestas Patrias – Image Source }

So, I began the search for inspirational decor, and here is some that I loved:

This is so clean, simple and colorful! the flowers next to the flags are “Copihues”: that’s our national flower.


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I also found 4th of July projects I just loved, like this one by Twig and Thistle. :) She even has a tutorial and templates for these cuties:


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I found an overload of inspiration from the Hostess with the Mostess blog. Wow, these tables look amazing!



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And of course, some dessert inspiration!

I loved the Hostess desert inspirations. She divided them into two posts, here and here.


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And here are some drinks we could serve, besides the Pisco Sour we both love so much:


{4th of July Cocktail Recipes from Simple Stated via Hostess with the Mostess }

This will be such a fun excuse to mix what we love the most about our favorite celebrations! I’m officially excited. smile026

Have you seen any inspirational 4th of July posts that I should be looking at? Are you having a themed rehearsal dinner?


Mrs. Poodle

Santiago, Chile/San Bernardino, CA
Wedding Date:
January 2010
Relationship Series: Unexpected Trait
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  1. rainbow Member
    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:18 pm

    yay yay yay yay yay! You were approved!!! Congrats! And ur rehearsal dinner idea is AWESOME! Love all the inspiration for it too! I’m so happy for you! You 2 have worked so hard for this!

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    thefuturemrsjewell 1829 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:20 pm

    Congrats on getting your visa approved! This looks like it is going to be a fabulous celebration & rehearsal dinner idea!

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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 12:21 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS on being approved! I like your flag-patriot-theme idea!

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 12:24 pm

    It’s my favorite holiday, too! Although around these parts, we celebrate Sept. 18 as my birthday. 😉

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 pm

    YAYAYAYAYAY! Congrats! I am SO SO SO Happy for you Poodle :)
    I am in LOVE with your flag-patriot-theme party idea! The 4th of July is my favorite holiday :) I had wanted to get married on the 4th of July.

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 12:32 pm

    Yay yay! Congrats, Poodle! Wonderful inspiration pics! I looked through my google reader, and couldn’t find anything better than what you have!

    P.S. Check your twitter if you haven’t already. I finally took those pix for you. :p

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:39 pm

    Congrats on having the Visa approved!!!!! :) I’m sure that’s a huge weight off your shoulders. I love the decor that you’re considering for the rehearsal dinner — so festive & fun!

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    mascara 859 posts, Busy bee @ 12:39 pm

    Congrats on being approved!! So excited for you!

    Love your rehearsal dinner idea!

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 12:40 pm

    Felicidades! The theme looks very colorful!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:43 pm

    YAY! Congrats on the approval! I’m so happy for you guys!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:53 pm

    I’m so happy for you!! Finally!!! And I love the ideas for your rehearsal dinner

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    jaydee1125 453 posts, Helper bee @ 12:58 pm


    Tuve la oportunidad de ver a mi novio la semana pasasda despues de nueve meses – se que debes estar super feliz!!!

    Me alegro que todo te fue bien…Felicidades…

    (My spanish is better, no?)

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:04 pm

    Felicitaciones!!!!!! That is so awesome! I love your inspiration!

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    gloss 1249 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:26 pm

    BIG Congrats!!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5768 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:37 pm

    This is like the perfect theme for a rehearsal dinner! I love it, and I love all of your inspiration.
    P.S. Congrats on getting your fiancee visa approved! I’m so so happy for you!

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    Gator 607 posts, Busy bee @ 1:42 pm

    Congrats on the great news! Your party is going to be quite the fiesta, I <3 it!

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    Mrs. Guacamole, Guest @ 1:42 pm

    Congrats! i’m so happy for you and Mr. Poodle! Also, I LOVE your rehearsal dinner theme..what a great way to recognize both nations! But, I might be a bit biased as I got married on the 4th of July this year :)

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:46 pm

    Congratulations and that is gonna be a great party!

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    pmerr 2728 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:57 pm

    That’s awesome! Congrats! That party looks pretty cool!!

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:14 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like it’ll be an amazing time! I wish I had some inspiration for you – but you have so many great things here already!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:33 pm

    Congratulations and what a fun idea for a theme!

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:59 pm

    Congratulations! That is SO exciting! Love your theme; its adorable!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:35 pm

    Yayyyyy You’re Approved!

    Blue and Red are two of my favorite colors – I looove dressing up in my red, white, and blue!

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    Laylabelle 3378 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:53 pm

    Woohoo!! Congrats!

    I love your sense of style, Poodle. I know that however you decorate that party, it’ll be fantastic.

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    soniasays 82 posts, Worker bee @ 6:20 pm

    congrats : )
    and THIS IS AMAZING. seriously. what an adorable and incredible theme!

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 7:30 pm

    Yay!!! Congratulations! :) I’m so glad everything worked out!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 8:23 pm

    Wow! Looks like fun!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 11:26 pm

    Yaaaay! Congrats!

    We married on 4th of July and had sparklers. Wished I saw those little cardboard holders. So cute!

    Pisco… Something I still can’t like 😛 Sorry!

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    jeaninelovesyou 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:47 pm

    makes me want a hot dog real bad

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    TravelBug 68 posts, Worker bee @ 11:47 pm

    I’m so happy you were approved! It must be a huge weight off your chest :) Enjoy the time together!!!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:53 am

    @jaydee1125: Your spanish is awesome!!! It will be almost 10 month when I see Mr Poodle so, HECK YEAH!! I’m excited :)

    @pvaulter718: I was thinking about dressing Mr Poodle and me on those colors, Idk if it will be too much, I guess we’ll have to see :)

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:54 am

    Oh!! ALMOST Forgot! GRACIAS!!! We are incredibly excited and I’m sooo looking forward to a CA meet up now :)

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    ms.pascua 1052 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:19 am

    Congrats!!! Super excited for your approval & move to be with Mr. Poodle!

    Love the Independence Day theme…sadly, with Mr. Poodle as a firefighter, it just wouldn’t be appropriate to have bootleg fireworks, eh? j/k!!! 😉

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:38 am

    oh yay! i’m so glad to hear you’ve got your approval! that’s exciting news. you two are so close now!

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    Sage 728 posts, Busy bee @ 9:25 am

    CONGRATS! I’m so excited for you Poodles!

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    myrene, Guest @ 1:44 pm

    woo-hoo! yipee! yay! C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S miss p00dLe!!! that is super exciting news and that first hug and kiss will mean so much to the both of you…which of course will be followed with hugs and kisses as the new mister and misses…EXCITING!!!

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:15 am

    I can’t believe I missed this post!! I was out of town for another wedding!

    Oh my gosh! Congratulations… another success for the K-1 Visa brides to be! YESSS! :)

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