Fiesta Party Ideas

Mexican Fiesta Party Ideas
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Get inspiration from south of the border and host a Mexican fiesta party for your next celebration or Cinco de Mayo. Our planning guide has ideas for fiesta invitations, fiesta decorations, party games, and more to make your Mexican party a success!

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Fiesta Invitations

Fiesta Decorations

Fiesta Food

Fiesta Party Favors

Fiesta Games & Activities

Planning & Invitations

A fiesta party works very well outdoors, with banners and streamers tied to trees. During colder months, keep the party inside and use artificial plants and flowers to create a Mexican fiesta party atmosphere. For additional ideas, see our article on When and Where to Have the Party.

What Do I Need For the Party?

You will need basic party supplies such as plates, napkins, cups, and cutlery, a tablecloth, streamers, balloons, and other bright, solid color party supplies for your Mexican party. If you want to use fiesta themed party supplies instead of solid colors, see our Fiesta Party Supplies. To help with your shopping, take a look at our Suggested Party Supply List. You may not need everything on the list, but you can use it as a guide.
Fiesta Party Invitations

If you have the time to make your own invitations, here are a few suggestions for a Mexican party:

  • Cut a sombrero shape out of gold cardstock and decorate the border with red glitter glue. Write your party details in the middle area.
  • Or use clip art of chili peppers or a Mariachi band to print your invitations on cardstock.

If you would rather not make your invitations, see our Fiesta Personalized Invitations, which include all the party details for you! We also offer blank invitations that you can fill in yourself.

Decorating & Food Ideas

Fiesta Party Decorations

Set the scene for your Mexican party with these ideas:

  • Hang a banner above the entrance to the party area that reads “Welcome to [child’s name]’s Birthday Fiesta”. Take a look at our Fiesta banners for inspiration!
  • Make large, colorful tissue paper flowers to decorate tables, chairs etc. Make smaller sized flowers to give each girl to wear in her hair. Use 6-8 sheets of pastel-colored tissue paper for each flower. Lay the sheets on top of each other in a pile, and fold the pile accordion-style. Tie the layers together at their centers by twisting a piece of fuzzy pipe cleaner over the middle. (The pipe cleaner also forms the flower’s stem.) Then fluff each layer of the tissue, one at a time, to complete your flowers.
  • Twist together green, white and red streamers and drape them from the ceiling. These are the colors of the Mexican flag. The streamers should cascade from a bow in the middle of the ceiling (or from a chandelier, if you have one) to the sides of the room. Then create a door curtain that the children can walk through out of the streamers.
  • Hang papel picado banners throughout the party area. Papel picado is a style of paper cutting popular in Mexico. Cut or punch out various images in the paper (tissue paper or construction paper can be used), and then attach them along strings to create banners.
  • Use a large sombrero as the centerpiece for the food table.
  • Play mariachi bands, salsa, or Mexican folk music.
  • Hang small clear twinkle lights around doorways and windows. For a party outdoors, hang the lights in trees.
  • Fill red, green and white balloons with helium and tie them together in groups of five. Anchor the groups around the party space with balloon weights, and tie one group to the back of the birthday girl’s chair.
  • Hang a pinata in the party area that can be used as a decoration before the activity begins. Remember, you can transform any pinata into a pull-string with these easy instructions.

Fiesta Party Food Ideas

A Mexican fiesta party wouldn’t be complete without delicious Mexican food! Use these suggestions to create your party menu:

  • Tortilla chips served with salsa and guacamole
  • Tacos, with the fillings in separate bowls so the children can add only the ingredients they like
  • Cheese quesadillas cut into wedges
  • Spanish rice
  • Mexican style beans or refried beans
  • Sweet and flaky churros (try our recipe)
  • Make kid’s sangria by mixing grape juice with lemon-lime soda and slices of oranges and lemons
  • In cold weather, make our recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate.
  • Fiesta Birthday Cake – Bake a 9″X13″ cake and cut it into the shape of a cactus. Cover with green frosting and add toothpick spines.

Party Favor Ideas

Fiesta Party Favors

Choose fun party favors like small maracas, sidewalk chalk, sunglasses and a punch balloon. Add a tag to each favor bag that says “Gracias!”

We’ve designed several complete Fiesta Party favor sets to help simplify your planning. You can also include some of our personalized Fiesta Party favors. Choose from bag tags, zipper pulls, magnets, and more, all personalized with your guests’ names or a personal message from you.
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Games and Activities

Maracas Craft

Children recycle empty containers to make their own maracas.

Mariachi Musical Chairs

Use mariachi music for this version of the game!

Pin the Tail on el Burro

This traditional party game is perfect for a fiesta!

Cascaron Confetti Eggs

Let your guests make a traditional confetti-filled egg with this craft.

Pass the Chili Pepper

Guests pass a chili pepper while music plays in this version of “Hot Potato.”


Just how low can you go? Find out with a game of Limbo!

Tissue Flowers

Create big, festive flowers out of colorful tissue paper and pipe cleaner.

Flashlight Tag

Have your guests play this classic game to use up some excess energy!

Edible Jewelry Making

Make jewelry from licorice strings, round candies, and cereal.

Fiesta Coloring Page

Print out this free Fiesta coloring page to give to guests at your party.

Fried Plantains

This sweet treat is common in many parts of the world and is easy to make.


Here’s an easy to follow churro recipe everyone will love!

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate recipe adds cinnamon into the mix!