It’s Mexican Fiesta time! Well…it was. We have been in party season – first it was Neverland and last weekend it was a Mexican Fiesta. We are nothing if not varied when it comes to our party themes in this house. So it was out with the pale and pretty pastels and in with the bold bright colours of Mexico. This was such a fun party to pull together and pretty simple too (if you don’t count the mini-piñatas which were extremely time consuming – mainly because I made 11 of them). But you know me, I have a ‘go hard or go home’ attitude to the art and craft elements of party preparation so I’m not even going to say ‘never again’ because who am I kidding…it is inevitable that there will be an ‘again’.
Paper decoration backdrop including pin wheels and string ball lights, all The Children’s Showcase. Balloons from Balloon Blasters.
The table decoration was super simple. I found this Mexican fabric in Spotlight and just cut it to size to make a table runner…and then it was off to the nursery with the kids to pick out a variety of cacti and colourful flowers for the centrepiece.
Colourful plastic pots, cactus and fresh flowers, all Far East Flora
While I was in Australia a couple of weeks ago I found these Day of the Dead masks which I used for a version of pin the tail on the donkey which for this party was ‘pin together a Mexican man in a team while wearing this mask’ as well as some big cactus cut outs and this large Day of the Dead face which I strung to the front door.
We didn’t do too many games as the boys had been ten-pin bowling first (wearing sombreros of course!) but we did create this version of water balloon piñata which was a lot of fun.
Cactus pots, Ikea
I made papel picado bunting out of tissue paper and although I was slightly dreading it (because I thought it would be time consuming and fiddly) it proved me wrong by being the quickest of all the decorations to make. I also made a variety of paper cactus plants which I potted with some sand and small pebbles. The mini piñatas were filled with candy and given away at the end of the party instead of a party bag – much to the delight of the kids who couldn’t wait to smash them open.
The Mexican fiesta theme originated from Finn’s love for taco’s, so the party food was a free for all of nachos and tacos. I made the kids frozen virgin margaritas and I also did watermelon wedges on a popsicle stick (a tip I picked up on pinterest and for which I am amazed I had never thought of before – it’s a genius way to serve watermelon and perfect for a kids party).
And here is the taco cake. Not for the faint hearted, this cake is actually a giant cookie sandwiching a vanilla sponge cake which I butter-creamed and then added the taco fillings to – which included crushed chocolate cream-filled Oreo cookies for the meat, green icing for the lettuce, raspberry sweets for the tomato and starbursts for the cheese. So it was a cake, cookie, icing candy delight. The kids seemed to think it was the most amazing creation ever (there were a few who were highly suspicious of anything that looked like a vegetable and needed some encouraging that everything was in fact sweet and sticky) but I think in the end we won them all over.
So, that’s it for another year on the party planning front. I have made a few promises (which I have so far not lived up to) to provide a how-to guide for the Neverland party. I will also do the same for this Mexican Fiesta and include instructions and templates for how to make the mini piñatas, paper cactus and paper picado. Look out for these posts in the coming weeks.
Until next time, Adios Amigos!