A fiesta theme party is a great idea for gathering friends for some good food, good music, and good times! Here are some of our favorite ideas for activities, food, decorations and more to help get you started…
Great invitations can help set the tone for your party and make your guests feel special before the celebration even begins. Here are a few ideas for fiesta invitations you can make or purchase:
Travel Brochures — Visit your local travel agent and ask for an assortment of Mexican travel brochures. Print your party information and glue it inside. On the front, write a catchy heading such as, “No Time for Siesta, It’s Time to Fiesta!”
Use Maracas! — Purchase a fun Mexican themed item, such as mini maracas or a small bottle of salsa, and attach your party information to it written on a decorative tag. Hand deliver these invitations, or mail them in padded envelopes to prevent breakage.
**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own fiesta invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.
Here are some fiesta theme party invitations that we like, available for purchase from Tiny Prints:
Fiesta Sombrero Invitations
Fun Fiesta Invitations
Think bright, loud, and excessive! Some ideas might include hanging red, green, white, yellow, and orange streamers, and making or buying lots of big bright colored tissue paper flowers to place around the house.
Set the table with a plain black tablecloth, and drape a serape tablecloth over it for a big splash of color. If you don’t have a serape, you could also unfold and use bright fiesta themed napkins for a similar effect.
Fiesta Theme Party Music – Mariachi is a great choice for a fiesta. Whatever you choose, the music should be upbeat and fun.
Here are some colorful fiesta party supplies that can help complete your décor:
Fiesta Fun Party Supplies
Margarita Splash Party Supplies
Giant Fiesta Decorating Kit
Activities for a Fiesta
Break a Piñata – You are never too old for a piñata! There are lots of fun and different types of piñatas available at your local party supply store.
Have a Hot Pepper Eating Contest – Set up a table with a variety of hot peppers and see who is daring enough to try them all. Offer some less challenging options such as pepperoncini, banana peppers, and pimento, and then ramp it up to include jalapeño, chili, and poblano. For the grand finale you can put out habanera peppers. You might consider offering some milk nearby to help kill the burn!
Dance! — Fiesta music is upbeat and fun, and a good way to get everyone on their feet. Consider setting up an area of your party as a dance floor for your guests.
Fiesta Theme Party Food and Drinks
There are so many great foods to choose from for a fiesta. Nachos, chips with salsa and guacamole, tacos, chili, and fajitas are all great choices.
Here is another fun red, white, and green recipe:
Tomatillo, Tomato, and Mozzarella Salad
- 1 lb tomatillos
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb. Firm, ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
- ¼ lb mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Pull off and discard the tomatillo husks. Rinse tomatillos and thinly slice into a bowl. Add orange juice, lime juice, salt and pepper, and mix gently. Arrange tomato slices on top of a festive serving plate in a circular, overlapping fashion. Arrange cheese slices on top of tomatoes. Spoon tomatillo mixture over top. Sprinkle with cilantro and season with freshly ground pepper.
Drinks – Cerveza, margaritas, and red wine sangria of course!
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 2 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar
- 1 bottle Spanish red wine
- 1/2 cup cognac
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 cup chilled seltzer water
Wash and slice fruit. Dissolve sugar in cognac and orange liqueur. Add sugar, cognac and orange liqueur and fruit to a pitcher or punch bowl. Pour in wine. Stir to mix in fruit. Chill overnight or for at least 8 hours before serving. When ready to serve add in seltzer water to give the sangria some fizz. Serve with ice cubes if desired.
Fiesta Theme Party Favors
Favors are a traditional component of a Mexican party so be sure to provide some. If you used paper flowers in your decorations, guests might each take one on their way out. Similarly, your guests might take home party bags filled with the treats they’ve collected from the piñata. Other ideas include toy maracas or mini cactus plants (these also make great place setting pieces).
Here are a few more fun ideas:
Fiesta Bead Necklaces
Fiesta Party Wearables
Hope you found some useful fiesta theme party ideas on this page. Hope your party is fantastico! For more ideas to help you decorate for your next fiesta, check out our fiesta decorations post on the Creative Party Themes Blog.
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