Great Craft Ideas for Your Fiesta

Everyone loves a fiesta, and they love it even more if there are crafts that celebrate this party even further. The main aspect of a fiesta is the food. The food is generally Hispanic in nature. Think tacos and other Mexican dishes. Another aspect of a fiesta is the atmosphere. There is a lot of music and dancing and just generally fun times. Use themed crafts to make the occasion even more fun and memorable.

A big themed craft idea that is used for a lot of fiestas is the image of a red pepper. This can be seen in a lot of similar party atmospheres. You can use this to your advantage. Pick up some red and green construction paper and cut out shapes that resemble the pepper portion and the green top. You can then use this as decorations on walls and on tables. You could even make a piñata that is shaped like a pepper. Since most fiestas are held outdoors, this would be a great activity for everyone to do.

Another theme for crafts at fiestas is the sombrero. There are porcelain dishes shaped like sombreros that you can put dip in. It’s easy to make your own nacho and salsa dips. There are plenty of recipes on the internet and in books. For cheese dips, you could use cheddar cheese and chili. Heat it up and you have an instantly yummy dip. You could also cut up peppers, tomatoes, and garlic for a great salsa that everyone will be talking about.

4 Easy Steps To An Authentic Cinco De Mayo Fiesta (That Your Guests Will Love!)

The weather’s getting warmer and many people are happy to start getting back outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. How about a Cinco de Mayo-inspired party for your friends and family? It will help to cure their cabin fever!

Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for “the 5th of May” and celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France during the Battle of Puebla. While it’s technically a Mexican holiday, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have yourself a fiesta, right?

1. Start With the Invitations

You should always do an online invitation – it automatically reminds your guests of the event a day before with an email…plus its eco-friendly. Or, if you have the time, mail a paper invitation to your guests. People always like to receive mail (as long as it isn’t a bill). If you have a printer at home, you can create some festive postcard invites with a Mexican Flag printed on one side and the party details on the other.

2. Next, Get Your Decorations Together

Sombreros are a classic symbol of Mexican attire and serve a multi-purpose. They can shade you from the sun, be a great party prop for pictures, and can also be used to serve chips and salsa.

All you have to do is push in the top of the sombrero and place your salsa bowl in the divot. Next line the brim with foil and fill with some tortilla chips. Voila! A fancy chip and salsa platter.

Other party decoration ideas include mini piñatas and tissue paper banners (“papel picado”). If you’re planning to take the party into the evening, have some white string lights put up. Mexicans love to party from dusk until dawn!

3. Keep the Momentum Going with Some Fun Entertainment

Piñatas: These are always a party favorite for the kids. Each child takes a turn swinging a stick at the piñata while blindfolded. The goal is to burst the piñata to get at the candy inside. You definitely want to make sure that you have a couple of adults in charge of maintaining order and making sure no kids (or adults for that matter) are hurt while that stick is swinging!

Musical Chairs:This is an easy party game that both kids and adults can play. All you need are some chairs, a stereo, and some eager people to play. Keep the Cinco de Mayo theme going by playing some mariachi music.

Party Pictures with Props:The best pictures are ones with props! Sombreros, panchos, tequila bottles, and bandana are all you need to get that Mexican fiesta theme in your group party photos.

4. What’s A Party Without Party Foods?

At Hip Chick Hostess, we are all about fun, easy and fast party ideas. How else are we able to enjoy ourselves and socialize too? Here’s a quick and easy menu plan for your fiesta:

2-in-1 Taco & Nacho Bar

Here’s What You Need:

· Shredded Lettuce

· Chopped Tomato

· Chopped Onion

· Guacamole

· Sour Cream

· Pico de Gallo salsa

· Mexican Rice

· Refried Beans

· Chunky Salsa

· Melted Nacho Cheese

· Shredded Cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack work well)

· Grilled Steak (Carne Asada), cut into chunks

· Grilled Chicken, shredded

· Shredded Pork (Carnitas)

· Corn Tortillas

· Flour Tortillas

· Tortilla Chips

Lay everything out in individual serving bowls on your serving table. Guests can fill their tortillas with their favorite fillings or make a plate of nachos with some hearty toppings.

7-Layer Flag Bean Dip

Here’s what you need:

· Refried Beans

· Mexican Rice

· Cheese

· Chunky Salsa

· Sour Cream

· Guacamole

· Black Olives

· 13″ x 9″ glass baking dish

Spread a 1/3″ layer of refried beans on the bottom of your pan. Next goes a 1/3″ layer of rice followed by a 1/3″ layer of the following items (in order): cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. To create the flag effect, spread a thin layer of the following three ingredients on the top of the dip in a 4 1/3″ x 9″ rectangle (from left to right): guacamole (green), sour cream (white), and salsa (red).

Here’s a tip to avoid a party disaster:Put the food out a little at a time and just keep re-filling the serving trays as needed. You’ll spread the food out longer and make sure that people don’t overfill their plates and end up wasting uneaten food. Also, if you can get assistance from some reliable friends, they can help you serve the food. This will help to further reduce food waste and ensure that everyone gets to try a little bit of everything.

Drinks

Classic fiesta beverages include: margaritas, sangria, and Mexican beer. While Corona is quite popular here in the States, Tecate, Modelo and Dos Equis are considered more authentic Mexican beers. Another great idea is tequila & lime Jello shots using lime-flavored Jello.

For the kids, you can serve Jarritos sodas, Tampico juice punch, or “agua fresca” like horchata (a refreshing rice drink), tamarindo, or Jamaica (a tart drink made from hibiscus flowers).

Desserts

Very traditional Mexican desserts include flan, pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) or tres leches cake.

Viva Mexico!

So you can see how easy it can be to throw Mexican fiesta. And you don’t have to wait until Cinco de Mayo to get the party started.

8 Delicious Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party Menu Ideas

Mexican food is always a crowd pleaser. Serving Mexican food and drinks at a Mexico-themed birthday party will make the celebration even more memorable. This list of savory Mexican foods features simple, party-friendly eats. While some originated in Mexico, others transform traditional American dishes into south-of-the-border favorites. Many of these dishes can be made in advance, giving you more time to enjoy your margarita.

1. Chips and Dips. Corn tortilla chips alongside guacamole, salsa and bean dip are a must for any Mexican food party table. Also popular is chile con queso, a spicy, hot cheese dip.

2. Mini Tacos. Seek out small, soft corn tortillas. Fillings can include beans, cheese, fish or meats. You can pre-make the tacos or set up a taco bar where guests can make their own.

3. Chile Cheese Tarts. 1-inch pre-made appetizer pastry shells are the best thing that’s happened to parties since the wine charm phenomenon. You can fill these bite-sized cups with any filling you can think of, savory or sweet. We suggest a combination of fresh green chiles and cheese. Depending on guests’ preferences, you may adjust the heat accordingly.

4. Agua Fria. This refreshing drink can be made from almost any blended fruit. First, liquefy a fruit such as watermelon in the blender. Strain the mixture to eliminate seeds. Serve with a mint leaf garnish if you like.

5. Sliders Mexican Style. Try a spicy take on the slider phenomenon by adding salsa, cornmeal and pepper jack cheese to these much-loved miniature burgers.

6. Quesadillas. Tuck spinach and mushrooms with cheddar cheese between two flour tortillas and saute until brown. You can use smaller-sized tortillas for individual portions. If you’re using 10-inch or larger tortillas, you may slice the quesadilla into smaller servings once cooked.

7. Chile Spiced Nuts. You’ll find these spiced nuts on many bars throughout Mexico. Roast shelled, unsalted, blanched peanuts in vegetable oil in a skillet. When cool, mix in chile powder. You can add as much or as little as you like depending on your tolerance for heat. Salt nuts to taste and garnish with lime wedges. They can be stored for weeks in an airtight container.

8. Flan. This steamed caramel custard dessert has a creamy texture and is easy to make in advance. It can be served cold or at room temperature in small, individual-sized ramekins.