Mexican Fiesta Party Ideas

By Emily Churchill

Created on June 14, 2016

Whether you're looking for a fun, festive theme for your next celebration or are trying to plan a Cinco de Mayo party, pull inspiration from south of the border with our Fiesta Party Ideas. In this party planning guide, you'll find tips for themed invitations, decorations, party games, and more that will make your guests say ¡Que fiesta! A fiesta party is a theme that works very well both indoors and out. If the weather is nice, you can bring the high-spirited celebration outside 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.

A Fiesta is all about explosions of color and delicious food. We’ve combined traditional touches with a few kitsch elements to help you create a fabulous fiesta party for your guests.

There’s nothing washed-out about this party’s décor. Bright and bold is more like it. To prevent things from getting too overwhelming, keep background elements a neutral color such as white like we did.

La Invitación

These Fiesta Personalized Invitation will brighten your guests’ mailboxes and definitely set the theme and tone of the upcoming festivities. If you have the time to make your own invitations, here are a few suggestions to fit your theme:

  • Cut a sombrero shape out of gold cardstock and decorate the border with red glitter glue. Write your party details in the middle area.
  • A creative commons photo of a Mariachi band overlaid with the particulars of your occasion.
  • Attach strips of paper to the invite to make it resemble a piñata.
  • Cut 1/2 circles out of yellow, brown, green construction paper and little bits of red and shreds of yellow. Put it all together like a taco Write the info for your occasion on the front of the shell.

La Decoración

Give guests a hint of the color explosion they are about to experience with this flamboyant front door wreath. Attach half-sized Tissue Fluffies to a wire wreath form, add Curling Ribbon tails and top off with a Fiesta Sombrero Headband for more fun.

Fill the party space with a plethora of vibrant decorations such as Fiesta Flower Fluffies, a Del Sol Flag Banner and some Fiesta Paper Fans. Add a traditional element with a grouping of ruffled Solid Crepe Streamers (TIP: we used a sewing machine to ruffle ours, but you could easily get the same gathering effect by using a needle and thread).

Build up the buffet table with details large and small:

  • These Fiesta Fun Luncheon Plates bring all the colors together as well as showcase a few iconic fiesta elements. Give guests a convenient way to carry their Cutlery by rolling a Fiesta Fun Napkin around them and securing with a ruffled crepe streamer wrap.
  • Give height and whimsy to the tabletop with a pair of flanking 3’ Inflatable Cacti.
  • Fill baskets with flowers made from Tissue Fluffies for big impact.
  • This Rainbow Donkey Pinata makes a perfect centerpiece. Make him even more adorable by giving him a mini sombrero to wear (TIP: remove the curved band portion of a Fiesta Sombrero Headband and use straight pins to secure hat to head).
  • Favor Bags get an unexpected new purpose when their long sides are glued together to create a table runner. We secured ours even further by machine stitching around the perimeter, but this step isn’t necessary if your runner is a one-time-use item.

La Comida

Offer guests a collection of traditional delicacies for a more authentic experience. Feel free to fill in with some crowd pleasing snacks.

  • Pan dulce pastries are a sweet ending to any meal, ethnically inspired or not. (TIP: need an impromptu cake stand? Turn an Orange Metal Bucket upside down and top with a Fiesta Platter.)
  • Tacos are both a crowd pleaser and an easy entrée for a host to prepare. (TIP: for a convenient twist, try using serving pieces in unexpected ways. We filled a tortilla warmer with our taco meat mixture to keep it both warm and add one more traditional element to the table.)
  • Add sticker letters to blank Personalized Fiesta Address Label for quick food tags. Pin them to handcrafted felt cacti for a kitschy fun and functional display.
  • Tortilla chips, served with salsa and guacamole
  • Cheese quesadillas cut into wedges
  • Sweet and flaky churros
  • Make kid's sangria by mixing grape juice with lemon-lime soda and slices of oranges and lemons
  • In cold weather, opt for Mexican Hot Chocolate.
  • Create a cactus shaped birthday cake, bake a 9"X13" cake and cut it into the shape of a cactus. Cover it with smooth green frosting. With a piping bag and a couple special tips add white frosting spines, and a couple pink or yellow flowers.

La Actividad

Help guests create their own maracas using some rice, duct tape and an Egg Relay Game set. Once finished, they can use them to shake up the dance floor with a little Latin dance lesson. Tango anyone?

El Regalo

Say, gracias to guests for coming and send them home with a traditionally sweet treat. Package delicate wedding cookies in colorful Favor Bags adorned with Fiesta Party Personalized Stickers and a fringed crepe paper streamer wrap. Throw in a big ol' sombrero too! You might want to hand these out when guests arrive if you plan your party outdoors in the sun.

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