A popular theme party is a Fiesta Celebration. Try some of these clever ideas to spice up your party.
Invitations & Decorations
Send out invitations with bright and bold colors to set the tone for a fun fiesta. Carry out the fiesta theme party decorating ideas with sombrero hats, sarapes, maracas and mini pinatas. Welcome your guests with the Mexican party ideas and motif by placing the decorations at the entrance to your home, on the food table and even the bathroom. Select bright red, yellow and orange floral arrangements or even make your own traditional Mexican Paper Flowers.
Materials needed for one flower:
- 4 sheets of tissue paper (any color) 6″ x 12″ each
- 1 pipe cleaner
- coloring marker
1. Stack 4 pieces of tissue paper together.
2. Fold the tissue paper together starting at the bottom allowing 1″ folds. Fan fold back and forth making a 1″ by 6″ piece.
3. Cut the folded tissue at both ends as shown, rounding off the corners.
4. Fold a pipe cleaner in half. This is used for the flower stem. Squeeze the tissue paper in the middle and twist the piper cleaner tightly to secure.
5. Fan out the piece on both sides of the pipe cleaner. Remember there are 4 layers. Begin pulling up the petals. Start with the top tissue being careful not to tear it. After you have done the top layer, go on to the second layer, then the third and the fourth. Straighten out the flower to your liking.
6. You may use a marker to highlight and add more color to your flower.
7. The pipe cleaner may be shaped into a leaf on one side.
8. Spray a light mist of perfume on the flower.
Food & Drink
When planning the menu think about the size of your party. If you have a small gathering then do a tapas menu so guests can nibble on an array of small appetizers matched with Spanish wines or tequila cocktails. Try this delicious mini appetizer adapted from Giada De Laurentiis.
Stuffed Baby Peppers
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach thawed
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 24 (2 to 3-inch long) sweet baby peppers
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until brown and crispy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta and drain on paper towels. Add the onion to the pan and cook until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the onion, pancetta, cheeses, and spinach. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Using a paring knife, cut 1/2-inch from the stem-end of the peppers. Remove the seeds and veins. Using a small dessert spoon, fill each pepper with the ricotta mixture. Place the filled peppers on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until the peppers begin to soften. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.
Arrange the peppers on a platter and serve.
When gathering Cinco de Mayo party ideas, try a taco bar. For larger gatherings, set up a couple of stations that have all the fixings for making tacos so that your guests can make their own. Or hire a catering company that will make fresh tacos on the spot.
1 part Cointreau liqueur
2 parts tequila
Fresh lime juice
Mix Cointreau, tequila and lime juice with ice. Stir, strain into a Margarita glass and serve.
Lastly, fill the room with the sound of latin music. Make your special playlist from itunes.