April 26, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas: A Mexican Fiesta Birthday Bash!!

Hope you guys had a fabulous Easter!! :)

Well, we party girls never stop partying or concocting new party ideas, so as soon as one Holiday is up, our brains starting tweaking away for the next one!

So I hope today's posts will give you some fun, vibrant ideas for the upcoming celebrations of Cinco de Mayo or indeed for a colorful, Mexican Inspired Pinata Birthday Party 


I designed and styled this Mexican Fiesta Party Collection for Bird's Party EZINE Spring Issue that you can read here - And I worked with some stunning, talented friends (and family!!) for this fun party project! Check out the fun details below...

Party Printables:

The designs were inspired by the Mexican "Burrito" Pinata, with cacti, bright flowers, maracas and chili peppers party icons - Used to decorate party favors, dessert tables, cupcakes, straws and more!

The colors I chose were not necessarily traditional, but then again neither am I! I wanted something vibrant, fun and colorful to convey the feeling of celebration and party, suitable for a kid's birthday party or a grown up Mexican fiesta bash!





Party Décor:


For the styling, I wanted a twist on the usual, dessert table layout and chose a very relaxed, outdoors sit-down style where all the goodies, desserts  and party favors bags (decorated with a "Gracias" favor bag labels) are available at arms reach of the kids!

Logs from my garden were re-purposed as seating, and my garden plants acted as a natural table backdrop.

Paper Lanterns decorated with satin ribbon, Sombreros and Chilli garland (from my kitchen) were hung from the trees to add interst and height to the table.

The tablecloth was a bargain find at my local fabric store. Colorful paper plates and napkins as well as round place mats, added nice color blocks to the table decor. The  printable buffet labels were used here as placeholder cards with each guest's name.

The centerpiece was created using floral mousse, empty cardboard boxes covered with green wrapping paper, hardy grass from my garden and silk Gerbera Daisies from my local "dollar" store.



Party Frocks:

The photo I used for the cover of the EZINE Spring Issue is of my little angel wearing a stunning, gorgeous, handmade tutu and flower hair accessory by my darling friend Ashlyn from Cole Baby Tutu. 

I "met" Ashlyn waaaaay back through an Etsy treasury and have been great friends ever since, and I'm soooo grateful for that! :)


 
Desserts Table:

Desserts tables included vanilla Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche filling and colored marzipan frosting (recipe coming soon), decorated cookies or Biscochos that can also be included in party favor bags, and yummy Cake Pops displayed in small terracotta painted pots.

Terri from Terri's Party Treasures has been a sweet friends from a while back too, ever since she guest posted here with her printed cookie tutorial, but I was dying to taste her wonderful cake pops - And oh my, how gorgeous they were!!

Not only these cake pops were beautiful to look at, but they also matched my designs perfectly; and they tasted scrumptious too! My little models refused to be in the shoot unless they were well "remunerated" with her sweet treats! :)


Another fabulous collaborator was Sara from Dandy Delights!! I mean, you just have to look at these stunning decorated cookies to see what I mean!! When we were brainstorming about for the cookie designs, Sara gave me an array of fabulous cookie flavors to choose from: Almond Shortbread, Lemon Shortbread, Chocolate Shortbread, Chocolate Espresso Shortbread, Cinnamon Shortbread, Pumpkin Spice Shortbread, Lavender Shortbread, Mojito Shortbread, Peanut Butter Shortbread and Original Shortbread.

Since this was a Mexican Fiesta Party, I chose the Mojito Shortbread Flavor - Totally child -friendly (I asked hehe) but Sara told me it was more of a grown up flavor...Well, I guess my kiddos must have grown up taste then, 'cause there was not a crumb left! :)


Hope you liked it too, and feel inspired for you next Pinata Birthday Bash or Cinco de Mayo celebrations!


This Mexican Fiesta Party Collection can be personalized by us with name and age - Get yours here!



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Party Credits:

Party Printable Design, Styling and Photography: Bird's Party
Styling Assistant: Bird's Dad
Flower, Chili and Cacti Cake Pop: Terri's Party Treasures
Flower, Pinata and Cacti Decorated Cookies: Dandy Delights
Bespoke Party Tutu and Matching Hair Accessories: Cole Baby Tutu
Models: Bird's Own



 

One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I get to hang out with my kids all the time! Only when they're willing to join in the madness off course, and my little girl just loves dressing up for the occasion! Even more so when she gets a  brand new, totally fabulous, and oh-so girly tutu out of it!! :)

My dear dad was a major help with the styling of the tables,  the party crafts and  sourcing of party props!! So a HUGE thanks to my lovely dad for the support, inspiring ideas and creative input with this party - It made the whole process a lot easier, a lot more fun and utterly memorable!! Love ya dad! :)

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