Hiding the initial state of AJAZy partials.

I am new to Rails, Ruby and AJAX, but I'm getting there.

I am working on a tutorial project from AWDwR. Its a simple shopping
cart app in which I'm displaying a shopping cart right in the main
layout by redering a partial for the cart, which in turn renders a
collection of partials for each product in the cart. When a product is
added, I'm using an rjs template to hit the new/affected cart item
partial with some AJAX effects.

When using the visual_effect grow, the partial is rendered at full
size, then immediately shrinks and grows into place causing some ugly
flickering. The book suggests figuring out how to hide the initial
state, but I can't figure out how!

on the html tag for whichever thing you are wanting to hide put
style="display: none"