So, Mini-me is officially 16 years old! Thank you all for indulging my weepy sentimentality the other day and for all your lovely comments and emails. I allowed myself a few tears, but then it was time to PARTY and celebrate this wonderful occasion! Mini-me took the lead on the party planning. She really wanted to do something fun and colorful, so she decided on a Mexican Fiesta!
The party was held at night in a dimly lit room, so unfortunately, the photos are not blog-worthy. But I still wanted to share our party details and some of the resources I found along the way. Mini-me LOVES Mexican food, so we decided to hold the party at one of her favorite Mexican restaurants. So easy for me...and honestly way less expensive than trying to transform my pastel, flowery home into a hacienda! With the food and venue taken care of, we decided to primarily focus on the decor and dessert.
We shopped around at the local party shops for decorations, but nothing seemed especially authentic or special (i.e., really junky). After a bit of research, I discovered a wonderful on-line shop, Amol's, filled with an enormous selection of reasonably priced Mexican flags, banners, pinatas, confetti, etc... That was a fun box to open!
The restaurant was already festively decorated, but we added our own touches by hanging pretty paper flag banners and a ton of multi-colored light strings (purchased at Target's after-Christmas sale for 75% off!). Pinatas were a must. We bought a huge one (locally) and Mini-me decorated it with lots of extra paper flowers and rhinestones. A real work of art which is sadly no longer with us. :-) For the tables, I found wholesale brightly colored floral oilcloth to use as tablecloths. You can find similar patterns from one of my favorite shops on Etsy called Oilcloth Addict.
We put bouquets of Mexican paper flowers in blue glass mason jars and placed them on the tables.
Cute mini pinatas, maracas, and confetti were scattered down the center of the tables.
For place cards, we used those pretty vintage paper fans shown at the top of this post - we just added tags with each guest's name.
For dessert, we had a dessert table set up with several cakes, including one we ordered from Mini-me's favorite bakery (the same one that made the cake for her very first birthday!) that was covered in brightly colored sugar roses.
We also shopped at a local Mexican grocery store for authentic sweets and candies to add to the dessert table...
So fun and colorful!
The party went off without a hitch! Mini-me had a fabulous time with all her friends...and best of all, I didn't even have to clean up! :-)