You know what makes for the perfect party celebration? The combination of a Mexican Fiesta and a Bridal Shower of course! That’s exactly what we did to celebrate my beautiful niece’s upcoming nuptials. We knew it was the perfect theme. There is nothing formal or stuffy about this girl. The day was filled with platters of mouthwatering yummy food, a variety of cocktails with a kick, sombrero wearing dogs, silly games, and lots of family and friends reminiscing and sharing fun stories of the engaged couple.
The first thing that the guests saw upon arrival is a pair of festive sombreros in place of the usual wreaths on the front door.
And these two nerds greeting them as they came in..
A festive display was set up in the foyer to set the mood of the fiesta. Each guest received a colorful margarita glass filled with traditional Mexican candy and a little pouch of frozen margarita mix. I was going to create a fiesta themed printable but I found this one and thought it was perfect. Check out the adorable colorful tissue paper flowers that are tucked into the wooden bowl. They are precious but I found them torturous to make. Ya know with this being a DIY blog you would think I would be an expert at little crafts such as this. So not the case. I think it was because they were so small and the whole peeling apart the little layers of tissue paper and the little folds and little cuts and the little wire and….well you get the picture. Here is the tutorial…oh and another thing is I doubled the size of what the tutorial said to do when I cut the tissue paper..they were even smaller. Ugh!
The larger version of the flowers, which were much easier to make, were used to make a two sided arch framing the entrance. We just attached them to the molding using clear packing tape. I added a few Fiesta cut-outs at the top and a traditional donkey piñata for the finishing touch.
The Maid of Honor’s husband made cardboard letters which spelled out the Bride’s “soon to be” last name. Then fringed tissue paper was layered on to each letter.
You can create the same look by getting these cardboard letters and just adding the tissue paper.
And of course one of the main attractions was the Peach Margarita Bar. The sombrero straws and little maracas added a festive touch and over each drink station mini chalkboards were hung to identify each cocktail.
And of course there were more cocktails …. homemade Limoncello Prosecco and Bloody Mary’s. You can’t have too many of these Beverage Dispensers when entertaining. I found a great deal on a similar version here. Stock up! The price is too good not to.
Of course every Bridal Shower needs a few fun games sprinkled in to keep the guests entertained. Mini tabletop chalkboards are perfect for marking each game. Oversized statement balloons, like this cactus, are great for adding whimsical touches throughout the space.
We couldn’t wait a minute longer…. so the bride started opening her gifts before we ate.
This gift looked so festive! The groom’s mother carried on a family tradition started by her own mother. In order to not waste paper she would wrap all of her gifts in something more practical like pretty hand and dish towels that the bride could use in her own home. I really loved this idea and this towel was perfect for a Mexican Fiesta!
Check out the cool wine rack above that was made from an old pallet. It was made by the maid of honor’s husband. Currently he does not sell them, or any other of his creations, or I would have added the link to his shop. Next time you go to a Bridal Shower consider putting together a bucket full of “guy stuff” for the groom. I loved this idea and why should the bride have all the fun?
The table looked so festive with this Mexican style table runner. They are available in a few different color choices and are really inexpensive. We lucked out and were able to get our hands on a bunch of empty Patron Tequila bottles. A good friend of the groom works at a bar and was able to save all of the empties for us. We filled them with bunches of colorful flowers that were picked up at the local grocery store for next to nothing. No need to spend lots of money on fancy flowers.
Homemade guacamole and empanadas . Tequila Chicken, Pork Carnita, and Barbacoa Beef. Taco Bar with all the trimmings. Corn and taco salads. The list goes on and on. My sister did an amazing job with the food and put together an impressive spread.
As the shower started coming to a close these beautiful cupcakes made an appearance..
I just couldn’t get over the cuteness. My sister got the Strawberry Margarita Cupcake recipe from The Baker Chick Blog. She is a fabulous baker so of course they turned out amazing. You can find that recipe here. The adorable cactus cupcakes were purchased at the Chocolate in the Oven Bakery in Milford NJ. They have a mail order service so check their site out. They were not only the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen but they were delicious as well. The miniature donkeys added the perfect little festive touch don’t you think?
If you are on a tight budget and can’t hire a party planner you can still have a fabulous, well put together event with just a little hard work and imagination. We saved a ton of money by having the party at home rather then an outside venue and honestly had a blast putting it all together the night before. My sister did all of the cooking by herself and the food was superb.
I hope you guys love how our Mexican Fiesta Bridal Shower turned out as much as we did. I am so grateful to be a part of the bridal party and having the opportunity to help put this fun event together. Do you guys have any Bridal events coming up this summer? We have my niece’s wedding in June and I can’t wait to share all of those details with you as well!