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Avocado Seed Awesome

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Using things either from nature or from other facets of your party make for great accessories.  I might be just a little nostalgic about the fact that this same week for the last couple years we’ve been in Mexico, and we aren’t this year, so whipping up a big batch of guac for a little Mexican party was in order.

I was admiring the seeds of some avocados when I thought that there must be something I could do with them.  You could probably spray paint anything gold and I’d love it, but in this case, I thought the little gold details on each one of these avocado seed place card holders helped to differentiate each name from the next, but also made them shiny and pretty like a little trinket that your friends could take home.

avocado seed placecard holder

So I’m in a Mexico mood and after instagramming a photo of my new Truly Mexican cookbook the other day, the huge response about where folks could purchase the book made me want to giveaway a copy along with some other ‘south of the border’ inspired goodies like an avocado peeler and pitter tool and more!

Continue reading for the full place card tutorial and the GIVEAWAY details!

avocado seed diptych


Avocado Seed Workflow


ONE tape off the section of the pit that you’d like to be gold. TWO make sure the entire section is covered in tape. THREE spray the exposed section with the color of your choice. FOUR cut a very slim ‘V’ slit into the top of the seed for the place card.

You have all of the makings of a fiesta!  I think these would make awesome holders to label different foods in a Mexican buffet too!

Now for the giveaway!  THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED and the winner has been notified!

avocado giveaway


giveaway rules: no purchase is necessary. This avocado prize pack is valued at $50. open to u.s. residents only. This giveaway will close on April 9th at midnight EDT. This giveaway was made possible by Mexico Avocados and One2OneNetwork, but all opinions are my own!


95 Comments on “Avocado Seed Awesome”

  1. Julianne April 3, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

  2. Meg Sylvia April 3, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    This is super creative. Love these placeholders, awesome idea!

  3. Viveca April 3, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    This is such a cute and easy idea! I love it! I am completely obsessed with avocados and eat avocado toast at least once a week for breakfast so it wouldn’t even take that long for me to get enough to do this!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would die for an I <3 Avocados shirt – where can you buy one?I think my favorite Mexican dish would have to be chilaquiles – they're a fun and different way to do brunch.

    I also pinned this DIY on my Pinterest (username is vivecamarie) and tweeted (@Viveca_Marie).

  4. Eleanor ~ Ballyhoo & Bedbugs April 3, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Seriously ingenius DIY!
    We have a Cinco de Mayo party every single year and if hard pressed I would say my favorite thing to make and eat are Chicken Enchiladas. My husband would tell you without hesitation that Mexican Hot Dogs are his hands down favorite – he’s already requested them for this year’s party!

  5. Ashley April 3, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Truly thinking outside the box with this one! Love how upscale they look with a little gold paint!

    My favorite Mexican dish is Beef Enchiladas made with leftover chili. My dad taught me how to make it and I request it EVERY time I go home!

  6. megan April 3, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    i love my husband’s pozole! avocados are essential to the dish.

  7. Jackie April 3, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    You are so creative!! I love mexican food but I think my favorite are tortas from this little mexican place nearby. They are just simple and perfection!

  8. Jaime Lynn (@laviejaime) April 3, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    This is quite a unique idea! My favorite Mexican dish is fish tacos- yum!

  9. Erin S April 3, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    So creative!

    Mmm, I love avacados… so I would have to say my favorite dish is guac!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  10. Chanel April 3, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I could eat Mexican Street Corn all day… and tacos… and guac… and queso….

    Love this DIY & giveaway, Erin!


  11. Kristen April 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Mexican food is my favorite so it is hard to choose a favorite. I would say shrimp fajitas with a side of guacamole!

  12. abby April 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    my favorite mexican dish is definitely a burrito!

  13. Rebecca - A Daily Something April 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    ERIN! This is one of my favorites EVER. Seriously. Genius. I’d have to say my fave dish is guac!

  14. Melissa // The Fauxmartha April 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Genius idea! We eat mexican food, and thus avocados, nearly every day. Definitely trying this. Favorite meal at the moment, chicken fajitas made in the cast iron skillet.

  15. Jamie April 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    These are so cute! Especially since I learned that it is a total myth that the seeds keep your guac from turing brown!

    My favorite Mexican dish is probably mole sauce. I had it when I was visiting a friend in Oaxaca and I fell in love! It is so delicious and complx, I could almost drink it!

  16. Jamie April 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I also pinned this project because I can’t wait to make these for a Mexican fiesta! Maybe Cinco de Mayo!

  17. Erica April 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    It’s so hard to choose! I guess I’ll go with potato tacos because I had some recently and they were delish!

  18. Erica April 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    I added this to my DIY board on Pinterest

  19. Erica April 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    I Twittered it too~

  20. Jade April 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    MMmmmm. I love making veggie enchiladas and of course they aren’t perfect until they are topped with avocado :)

  21. Jade April 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Pinned this post :)

  22. Andrea April 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    tacos al pastor!!

  23. Andrea April 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Just pinned this DIY under my Party Ideas board. Genius.

  24. Molly Lammers April 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I have never met a Mexican dish I did NOT like. ;) I guess I would have to say enchiladas. I pinned this also!

  25. Christina Beall April 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Chicken fajitas :) and the tee would be adorable for teasing my hubbie with….he really doesn’t understand my love for avocados. :)

  26. Danielle April 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    My favorite mexican dish is simply chips + salsa or guac!
    Consider this amazing idea pinned + tweeted!


  27. Karen April 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Does mexican candy count as a dish? I can’t get enought of it!

  28. Karen April 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    + pinned to pinterest!

  29. Sabrina April 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    This is such a cool idea! There is nothing like real street style mexican corn. Sweet, Tangy and Spicy all at the same time!


  30. Connie April 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    My favorite Mexican dish is definitely crispy tacos. The way we do it in New Mexico is we deep fry the corn tortilla with cheese coating the outside. Once the cheese is fried, you add the meat and cheese in the inside. It’s so crispy and cheesy… my favorite! And a must is chips & salsa! I’m a salsa FREAAAKKK!

  31. Meira April 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    My cousin’s housekeeper makes homemade tortillas with rice and beans. Fresh off the grill they are TO DIE FOR.

  32. CharlieSue April 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Mm, we just had a Mexican Easter with enchiladas, beans and Spanish rice. That might just be my favorite. :)

  33. Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks April 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    This is the cutest project ever, Erin! Love! And fave dish- it’s probably homemade salsa or guacamole. Not a dish per say, but I could eat enough to account for an entire meal! Hehe!

  34. Amy Lueders April 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    I could easily eat Mexican food every day, but my faves are nachos (queso!!) and fajitas. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Michelle B April 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I love all Mexican food! Especially enchiladas though :) Awesome giveaway!

  36. Michelle B April 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I have pinned this project (mbrigham7 on Pinterest)

  37. Kelly H April 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    adore this giveaway! i truly love every Mexican dish…but chili rellenos are my all-time favorite.

  38. Stephanie April 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    My friend made me chile rellenos one day. I was temporarily in love.

  39. Carolyn G April 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    I love Tacos de carnitas

  40. Erin @ The Speckled Palate April 4, 2013 at 1:50 am #

    What fun! And my favorite dish is kind of a tie between three that always end up on the same tortilla… I’m a HUGE fan of any kind of fajitas, but before I place the meat and veggies on my tortilla, I always love to add just a little fresh guac and refried beans. The combination is delightful and addictive… and I love and hate that there are SO many wonderful Mexican restaurants where I live!

  41. Gina April 4, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Hi! I’m so happy I found your blog (cupcakes and cashmere posted a link today!). I love how you love gold and diy! I just pinned these avocado place holders. My favorite Mexican dish is fish tacos!

  42. Julie {Julip Made} April 4, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    One of the best DIY’s I’ve seen in a while. Favorite dish… definitely a good Guac. Avocados have my heart forever!

  43. Michelle L -GA April 4, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Chilaquiles are my favorite!! Love the use of the avocado seed! I always feel bad throwing them out

  44. Desiree April 4, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I love avocados! I could eat them every day of my life.
    My fave mexican dish is enchiladas! Mmmm.

  45. Julie {Julip Made} April 4, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Just tweeted!

  46. Julie {Julip Made} April 4, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Just pinned to my Tablescapes board! (http://pinterest.com/julipmade/tablescapes/)

  47. Michelle L -GA April 4, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Shared on Pinterest under my name “a recipe junkie” :)

  48. Michelle L -GA April 4, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Shared on twitter @owlandpeony

  49. Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge April 4, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    What a cute idea! This would be perfect for a Mexican themed dinner party! My favorite Mexican dish is my lentil tacos, hands down. I make them about once a week! Fresh guacamole can’t be beat.

  50. Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge April 4, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Whoops- I pinned as well :)

  51. Jeremy April 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Mole! Anything mole!

  52. Tricia April 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Great giveaway. Favorite meal, Margaritas, just joking. I love burritos made with fresh shrimp and quacamole, yum. Awesome placecard holders.

  53. Kallie B April 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    We love Mexican food!! We only have a few places in Seattle that we feel live up to our Florida standards, so we make our own Mexican food regularly. Fresh guacamole with rice and black beans are a staple. But my favorite meal will always be fish tacos with baja sauce and cabbage.

  54. Holly Duke April 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    I love anything Mexican! My favorite would just have to be a chicken quesadilla with grilled veggies with melted cheese on top. Yummy!

  55. Adriana April 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    I have to say guacamole! The avocado place setting is perfect! I tweeted and pinned the project as well!

  56. emily April 5, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Definitely tamales – so yummy! Also pinned this as well :)

  57. Jenni April 5, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Isn’t it the craziest when people have similar ideas around the same time! I honestly thought this was a guest post from Lauren (the name on the avocado might have had something to do with that) until I realized that you were using the pits of the avocado instead of the entire avocado! Check out her post: http://www.afabulousfeteblog.com/2013/04/place-card-holder-appetizer-in-one-and.html

    Both are such good ideas! And, haha… one could be for a party one week and then the other the next week!

    • Erin | House of Earnest April 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Jenni – I know! It’s even weirder that Lexi from A Proper Pinwheel and I did almost EXACTLY the same thing and posted on the same day! You’d think we were all in cahoots, but instead I think we just all love gold spray paint and parties :)

  58. Rachel L. April 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm #


  59. Anne April 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    My favorite Mexican dish is a chicken chimichunga, with guacamole, of course!

  60. Anne April 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    I tweeted about your beautiful place-holders and this cool giveaway:

  61. Anne April 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    I pinned your lovely and clever project:

  62. Susan Christy April 6, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Huevos con Chorizo and Pork Carnitas are my favorites!

  63. Shelley T. April 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I love fajitas and chalupas and enchiladas…I love it all!

  64. Shelley T. April 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I pinned it here: http://pinterest.com/pin/58828338855108105/

  65. Amanda Sonnier April 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Quesedillas. With Guacamole.

  66. Jada April 6, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    i LOVE this idea! So clever!!

  67. Denise Thomas April 7, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    love this idea! Avocados could be the best food on earth. I pinned it here!

  68. Nali P. April 8, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    enchiladas with guacamole of course!

  69. Rachel April 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I like making vegetarian burritos!

  70. Sara Smith April 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I would be lying if I said anything else than tortilla chips with guacamole – that is why this would be such a perfect giveaway for me! Ok chips and salsa is a easy second iwht palomas coming in third. :)

  71. Gina April 9, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Love, love, love pozole! I’ve never had this dish in the US but down in Mexico, I had the opportunity to have homemade pozole – basically chicken soup with hominy beans, simmered for hours. It’s just so comforting and delicious, the thought of pozole brings me back to Mexico :)

  72. Emily April 9, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    I love it all, but I think my fave is just good ol’guacamole!

  73. Adriane April 9, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Baja Shrimp Tacos. Yum!

  74. Adriane April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Pinned the Avo Seed on pinterest at aquigg

  75. Katie April 9, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    I know its not surprising or original in the least, but I have to say guac!

  76. Katie April 9, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    I pinned this fab project!

  77. Emma Palmer April 9, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I LOVE the look of the avocado seeds dipped in gold – such a fun/classy table dressing. My fave Mexican dish is guacamole…I could bathe in guacamole…I know. I’m a weirdo.

    I also share this on Pinterest : )

  78. Jessica April 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Love the place card holders – very creative! Enchilada’s are my favorite and if there’s avocado in them or guacamole on top, even better!

  79. Shyla April 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Careful, this is creative but they will rot. use them day of and then toss them unless you will have flaky rotten avacado seeds on your hands.

  80. Joanna June 19, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Now this is something really unique and appealing! I really like the idea how you put the names of the guests on the avocado. Looks classy and absolutely amazing.
    I always try making an appetizer for the beginning of the dinner at home, but cleaning the oven every two weeks because of the tremendous amounts of food I cook every day I really hard. The avocado is simple and unique, so it’s definitely gonna catch my guests’ eye! :)

    Joanna Johnson, working atOven cleaning for Melbourne


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