Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Decorations

cinco de mayo fiesta decorations

Looking for a great excuse to throw a party that’s full of color and fun? How about a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? I love the bright colors, upbeat music, and yummy food and drinks that all come together to make a wonderful fiesta. You can find lots of great Cinco de Mayo theme party ideas on our fiesta party page, but here are some new inspirations for fiesta decorations, perfect for a Cinco de Mayo extravaganza!

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Start with bright colors — Fiestas are all about bright. When you think about your fiesta decorations, keep color in mind every step of the way. Orange, lime, hot pink, turquoise, and bold yellow can come together to make a really vibrant color scheme. If you have fiesta ware serving pieces, these can be great. Silver toned serving pieces also can be a nice contrast to a colorful table. Another easy option is to purchase some paper fiesta themed tableware. (Best of all, this offers easy clean up at the end of your party.)

Hang some tissue paper decorations — Tissue paper fans, flags, and flowers can all add whimsy to a Cinco de Mayo party. Here is a tutorial we posted a while ago showing you how to easily make tissue paper pom poms.

Mini pinatas make fun table toppers


Include a Piñata —  Piñatas are great fun as both fiesta decorations and a party activity. You might hang a giant piñata over your party area or set mini piñatas on the table as a fun touch.

Think about the lighting — If your party is going to be held in the evening, white twinkle lights wrapped around trees or draped from above can help cast a magical glow.

Use traditional Mexican decorations — Some things that can be great additions to your décor are colorful traditional items such as serapes, sombreros, or painted maracas. You might use them as centerpieces or set them on the ends of your serving areas.

free fiesta printables

free fiesta printables

Add some flowers or cacti — Big, bold flowers such as dahlias or zinnias can be beautiful addition to your fiesta decorations. Or, you might try using cacti planted in painted pots or bright cans.  We found the fun picture above at a fiesta on Loves Food, Loves to Eat. These little gems also make great party souvenirs for your guests.

Personalize your party with free printables — We created these free fiesta party circles and a free printable fiesta invitation that you can download and use at your next event. Enjoy!

Include great music, food and drink — Of course, decorations can only take your party so far. For a truly memorable event, don’t forget to think about the atmosphere (i.e. music) and the menu. A delicious taco bar or signature drink can be great additions to a wonderful Cinco de Mayo party.

Be Sure to Take a Look at Amol’s!Amols’ is a vendor that we love who specializes in all things fiesta! Whatever you are looking for in the way of fiesta decorations, you can be sure to find it here! Here are a few of the amazing, colorful items they sell that can definitely help brighten up your Cinco de Mayo party!

Cornhusk Indita Doll
Cornhusk Dolls
Large Paper Picado Banner- Multicolor
Papel Picado Banner
Multicolor Pansy Cornhusk Flowers
Multicolor Mexican Flowers

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Valentine Lunch Box Notes

free printable valentine lunch box notes to cut, print and send off!

Valentine’s Day is coming soon — time for hearts, flowers, and special surprises! One of my own kids’ very favorite treats has always been getting a special love note from home tucked into their lunch boxes (or as they got older hidden in their backpacks, gym clothes, or computer cases.) We thought it would be fun to create some free printable Valentine lunch box notes for you to give to your own kiddos in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. You might also use them as a little surprise for your sweetheart, because really, who ever outgrows the fun of a special love note!

We made two separate sheets of Valentine lunch box printables for you to choose from. One has pre-printed messages and one has blank hearts so you can write your own notes. Just click on the images below to access the downloadable pdf. file for each set of printables.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine Lunch Box Notes

Free printable Valentine lunch box notes Free printable Valentine lunch box notes

Click on either picture to print!

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Valentine's Day party ideasIf you are looking for even more ideas to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day, hop on over to our Valentine’s Day party ideas page for lots of inspirations!




Letters to Santa

letters to Santa

It’s about that time of year when the little ones (and often the not so little ones) in our lives start thinking about Christmas, whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, and what they dream Santa might bring them. We took a look around and found so many great ways for today’s Christmas wishers to make contact with Santa Claus, either online or through traditional letters to Santa. Here are some of the best things we found:

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Online:

NORAD Tracks Santa — NORAD is the abbreviation for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and they have been officially tracking Santa since 1955. Truly! Since my kids were little this has been our go-to website on Christmas Eve to see exactly where in the world Santa is (and more importantly if they need to be rushing to bed!) Now they have an updated website with games, movies, and music, plus an official Christmas countdown, so you can visit anytime for some pre-holiday fun. This site kicks off on December 1st.

Email Santa.com — This is a fun site where kids can email Santa and get a reply back. We especially like it because they do not need to submit their last name, email address, or any other personal information. This website also has lots of Christmas games, stories, jokes and other fun holiday activities. Another similar option with some different graphics and activities you might take a look at is A Letter 4 Santa.com.

Hand Written:

The US Postal Service Letters From Santa Program —  Click on the link to see the full description of how this program works, but basically your child writes a letter to the North Pole (with an important step for parents before mailing it). Then you send it off and it will come back (very officially) in the mailbox with a North Pole postmark.

There are lots and lots of different printable templates for you to download and have your kiddos use when writing letters to Santa. One great resource we found is on Playdough to Plato. They offer three different coordinating templates for kids of different ages and writing abilities, plus some Santa letterhead for you.

free printable letters to Santa





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Free Thanksgiving Party Printables

Free Thanksgiving party printables

November is here, and that means it’s time to start planning for the big day — Thanksgiving! if you’re like me you are always looking for new ways to make your Thanksgiving table look fun and festive. That’s why this year we’ve created some free Thanksgiving party printables for you to download and use in your décor.  We’ve made some napkin rings, place cards, a Thanksgiving subway art poster, and some printable thought cards that you might put at each place setting to encourage a bit of Thanksgiving reflection. Enjoy!

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Napkin Rings

free printable Thanksgiving nnapkin rings
To use these napkin rings, simply click here to visit the pdf. version of the page, print them off and cut them into strips. Then add a touch of glue stick to hold them in place around your napkin.

Place Cards

free printable Thanksgiving place cards

Click here to download these Thanksgiving place cards. You can either cut the page down the center and use them as foldover cards, or cut each card individually and glue them onto cardstock.

Thanksgiving Thought Cards

free printable Thanksgiving thought cards

What are you most thankful for? I use these Thanksgiving thought cards by placing one at each table setting to encourage some discussion of the year’s most notable blessings.

Thanksgiving Subway Art

Free printable Thanksgiving subway art

Place this Thanksgiving subway art into a standard 8×10 frame and set it on the counter or mantle as an easy seasonal decoration.

No matter how you celebrate this season, hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!




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