The inspiration to host a Fiesta Party came when we realized we hadn’t seen some of our friends in a while, and we were missing them.
Because the weather has been so gorgeous in Oregon, we decided to host an outside Fiesta Party.
I love Fiesta parties because they are so bright and cheerful, the music is fun, the menu is easy, and did I mention – the colors? The colors!
We decided to send out invitations from Tiny Prints this year to our guests. Nothing fancy, just a simple postcard reminder of the fun, date, what to bring, and to please RSVP.
Do you know how many people do not RSVP these days? I believe that getting a paper invitation in the mail is not only fun to open and be surprised by, but it’s a gentle reminder as you walk by the fridge or counter and see it out in the open. Oh, yes, we need to let the Coughlins know that we are attending their party!” Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone RSVP’d?
The inspiration for the decor came from using what I already had. Black and white chargers (Courtly Check pattern from MacKenzie-Childs), green Dollar Tree plates and olive green tinted wine glasses, mix and match blue drinking glasses.
I pulled out red and blue cloth napkins, and ran a vibrant Mexican colored scarf down the center, with burlap on top.
For the flowers I went to my friend’s house and picked dainty blossoms from her garden, adding them to re-purposed cans that were used for the festive tabletop.
The menu was easy. I prepared a Chicken Mole dish with a rice/quinoa mix, Ground Turkey & Black Rice enchiladas, and my guests brought the rest. Amazing salads and appetizers, chips and dips.
I made a Sangria for our specialty drink and we also enjoyed Mexican beers and red wines.
The night was perfect for guests – a slight breeze in the air.
The candles were lit, with a touch of ambiance from the mangoes and avocados I used for decoration.
We indulged in tasty foods, great conversation, Pandora playing in the background, and we ended with pie and fresh strawberries.
We all said our good byes until next time, and when we went to bed, my husband and I turned to each other with a light kiss on the lips, and said, we are thankful.
Thankful not only for a party, but for more memories made from being with the ones that we love.
Have you ever hosted a fiesta party?