Fiesta Friday

IMG_8511Hola! It’s the weekend and it’s time to start thinking Cinco de Mayo. Last year, I introduced you to my favorite source for fun, fiesta-inspired party items, Lula Flora. You can see that post here.

This year, they’ve upped their game with fiesta confetti (I do love confetti!) and custom pinatas ready for mailing. They would be perfect to send an invitation for Cinco de Mayo or a casual fiesta. You could stuff it full of little treats…not just candy.

I customized my pint-sized pinatas (pick as many colors as you like and 1 metallic) …and then stumbled across the matching embroidered cocktail napkins in Dallas at Madison. You won’t find them on their website, so give them a call (214-528-8118) if you need some for the upcoming holiday.IMG_8533 IMG_8506Of course, this was a great opportunity to practice my margarita-making skills. I did a straight forward recipe, but want to try grapefruit margaritas next time.IMG_8529IMG_8508 IMG_8527M is for margaritas!! Hope your weekend feels like one big fiesta!

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Cinco de Mayo – Personalized Piñatas

Happy May! 

There are a lot of fun days to celebrate this month: The Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, but one of my all time favorites is Cinco di Mayo!!! I’m sure it’s a Texas-thing. Tex-Mex is hands down my favorite food category. Give me a a basket of chips and guacamole and a fresh made margarita (on the rocks with salt, please), and I am a happy gal!

I’ve been playing around with table settings for a casual celebration and had to share my new source for custom, mini piñatas

Lula Flora will let you select as many tissue colors + 1 metallic color for your custom piñata! I chose hot pink, lime green, orange, purple, yellow and gold metallic. 
These are very well made, with a hidden opening for candy or small treats. I’m not sure I have the heart to rip these apart, as they make for such a cute party favor or place card for a fiesta any time!

Wishing you mucho fun this weekend! Whether you’re watching the Derby with mint juleps or sitting on the sidelines of your child’s sporting events!

Life is the fiesta!! Make yours full of color!!

Tuesday’s Tablescape-A Family Fiesta

Arriba!!!! What could be more fun than winding down summer or winding up Fall with a Mexican fiesta with family and friends? It’s casual, it’s easy and tell me one adult or child who doesn’t love a pinata! 
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Chips and guacamole
Self serve taco bar
Enchiladas 
Salad
Chocolate Chip Cookies
The starting point for the table scape was the hot pink tablecloth I had picked up on a girls’ trip to Puerta Vallarta. It wasn’t large enough to cover the table, so I folded it and used it as a runner.
I had hot pink napkins with orange trim, so I used orange as the accent color. Orange candles from Creative Candles, white Juliska plates on rattan chargers, a white bowl filled with oranges and hot pink glasses from Eddie Ross rounded it all out. 
For the adults we served homemade margaritas. 
16 oz. Tequila 
16 oz. Triple Sec
16 oz. Water
8 oz. fresh lime juice
8 oz. fresh lemon juice
Mix together and chill. With or without salt. Garnish with a slice of lime. Refill!
Monogrammed napkins in hot pink.
If you’re wondering if you need a kitchen bar sink….I say “yes”! It doubles as a cooler!
For the younger set, Strawberry Lemonade was served from my cold drink dispenser from Costco.
Whatever the ages of your guests, I think it’s important that they feel special, too. For easy clean up, I covered the table with brown craft paper and used melamine plates that coordinated with the adults’ table.
My 8 year old helped with the place cards for this table.

I used a pinata as the centerpiece for the children’s table. After dinner, we went outside where Grant was waiting with a baseball bat and another pinata, filled with sweets and treats, hanging from a tree!

After we settled the children down with a movie, the adults sat down and finished off the pitcher of margaritas with dinner!

How do you spice up family-friendly entertaining?