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Friday, May 3, 2013

Mexican Fiesta Dinner Table
Since Cinco de Mayo is on Sunday, I wanted to share a recent Mexican Fiesta dinner party that I had at my house a few weeks ago.  We've had such a long winter in Switzerland, with many months of gray skies and cold weather, that I wanted to have a small dinner party with lots of color.  Since we love Mexican food and don't get it too often here, I thought it would be perfect to have a Mexican Fiesta!

To set the tone,  I made mini pinata invitations which the guests had to pull apart to get the information inside.  And to set the mood even more, when the guests arrived at our house, they could choose from a paper flower headband or a small sombrero to wear for the night. 
Mexican Fiesta Headbands and Sombreros
Mexican Fiesta Taco Bar
Mexican Fiesta Taco Bar
I made fringed streamers using tissue paper that I had left over from another project and strung them up on twine over the dining room table to bring in more of the fiesta feel.  I used the same streamers on the drinks table and over the taco bar to tie it all together.  I also made tissue paper flowers and designed some party printables to use as placecards and to make napkin rings. And, I re-used the bean cans as vases to bring in more color on the table.
Mexican Fiesta Dinner Party
Mexican Fiesta Dinner Table
On the drinks table, we had strawberry agua fresca, beers and margaritas. I served chips and three different kinds of salsa for an appetizer.  For the main course, I set up a taco bar with all of the fixings so that the guests could choose for themselves what they wanted on their tacos.  
Mexican Fiesta Drinks Table
Mexican Fiesta Drinks Table
Finally, for the dessert table, I used the leftover tissue paper again to make rosettes to hang on the wall behind it.  I covered a dresser with a hot pink tablecloth and used terra cotta pots and saucers to make a mexican style cupcake stand.  On the stand were the yummiest margarita cupcakes! I also made a tres leches trifle and laid out some chocolate balls.
Mexican Fiesta Dessert Table
Mexican Fiesta Dessert Table
Mexican Fiesta Dessert Table
It was such a fun night! The colors and the theme really helped us to feel like we were in warmer climates, even if it was for just a few hours.

If you would like to have the recipes or need any help planning your own Mexican Fiesta, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below!

12 comments :

  1. Now I am sorry we missed the party! Great design and ideas.... as always!

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    1. Thank you! Wish you were able to come too. It was a fun night!

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  2. This looks amazing! I'm not that creative but glad I can see it on Pinterest. :)

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  3. Thank you! I agree, Pinterest is great.

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  4. Where can we find the recipe for the tres leches trifle and strawberry agua fresca?

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    1. Hi Ciera, you can find the tres leches trifle recipe that I used here: http://followinginmyshoes.com/my-recipes/easy-tres-leches-trifle/

      As for the strawberry agua fresca, I made it without using a recipe. I just pureed strawberries, added water, and then added sugar and lime juice to taste. Here is a recipe that I found that might help. Just substitute strawberries for the melon and it should be really good: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/agua-fresca-recipe.html

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  5. Great ideas! What size bag did you use for the tortilla chips......standard lunch bag size or smaller? Thanks

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I used the standard lunch bag size and cut the top off about halfway down and then folded it over to get the size that I wanted.

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  6. Hi this is adorable. Where did you get the labeling for the napkins and straws that say ole'?

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  7. Thank you for your comment! The labels for the napkins and straws are printables that I designed. You can get them here: http://shoppaperandpartylove.com/collections/fiesta-party-printables

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  8. I would love your recipe for the truffle in a jar. Great party plan!
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam, thank you! It was a lot of fun to plan. You can find the recipe for the tres leches trifle here: http://followinginmyshoes.com/my-recipes/easy-tres-leches-trifle/

      It's a yummy one. Enjoy!

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