Having a Mexican-themed birthday party or celebration? We have the best ideas to create a colorful outdoor fiesta party.
Do you love to host a great party as much as we do?
And now as things are starting to get a bit back to normal we hope to be entertaining more in the coming months.
We’ve joined four of our friends who are also bloggers to bring you new ideas for recipes and tablescapes each month as part of our “virtual supper club”.
It’s so much fun coming up with a new theme every month.
And this month we’re throwing a Fiesta Party!
Just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
We love being creative and styling the perfect setting for each theme.
Our Mexican-themed menu has recipes for a cocktail, appetizer, side dish, main entree, and dessert!
If you’re visiting us from our friend Michele from Vintage Home Design or if you’re new to our blog, Welcome!
We’re both so happy you’re here!
We’re AnnMarie (wearing floral) and Anne (wearing white), the two moms behind this blog.
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So let’s talk about this month’s theme…a Fiesta dinner party!
We styled our colorful outdoor fiesta party in Anne’s backyard because it’s so fun to dine poolside!
The colors of nature and the pool really guided our choices when decorating this Mexican-themed tablescape.
How to Style a Colorful Centerpiece
Anne and I found these great colored glassware pieces while shopping at our local antique mall a few weeks ago.
We immediately knew they’d be perfect for this month’s virtual supper club theme.
The colorful glassware became the starting point for building the centerpiece.
When I got home from a blogging conference last week, my husband had bought me a bouquet of flowers. They were so full of color I just knew they’d be a great addition to the centerpiece.
S2M tip: Try using small affordable grocery store flower bouquets which can be broken apart to create a larger centerpiece display.
Instead of just putting the entire bouquet in one vase in the middle of the table add a couple of flower stems from the bouquet in several different vases.
This will give you the look of even more flowers spread around your table to make a beautiful tablescape.
Using opposite colored flowers from the color of each vase created an even brighter and festive look on the table.
Instead of the single bouqet of flowers in the middle of the table we wanted something unique.
And what’s a Mexican themed tablescape without some fresh limes?
Adding whole limes in a large glass cylinder container adds a fun surprise element to our fiesta centerpiece.
A set of 4 blue drinking glasses was another budget-friendly find at the antique store.
Do you shop at thrift or antique shops? You can really find some great affordable decor items to create a unique centerpieces.
We filled the blue glasses with pea pebbles and a votive candles to create colorful candleholders.
And placing the new DIY candleholders around the table adds such a pretty glow to the fiesta themed centerpiece.
A variety of faux succulents was the finishing touch to styling the middle of our fiesta party table.
Both Anne & I usually decorate with a mix of faux and real stems, flowers and plants throughout our homes. And outside is no different.
Don’t be afraid to mix faux plants in your tablescapes. They’ll last forever! LOL
The large glass jar brimming with limes along with all the colorful glassware filled with real flowers creates a stunning display.
Then tucking faux succulents in between the vases and candleholders takes it up another notch to complete this pretty outdoor fiesta-themed tablescape.
Setting a Fiesta Party Table
Now that we’ve created a beautiful colorful centerpiece for our outdoor fiesta party let’s talk place settings.
We both have white plates for our everyday dinnerware which is really easy to use in a variety of styles when creating new tablescapes.
So if you love to entertain I’d recommend investing in a set of white dishes. They don’t have to be expensive but if they’re neutral then you can use them for any theme.
Have you noticed that we’ve used these seagrass chargers for the past three months for our virtual supper club tablescapes?
So like white dishes if you invest in a set of neutral chargers you’ll be able to use them over and over in a variety of tablescapes.
Can you believe those colorful striped “napkins” are actually dish towels? But they’re super thin much like a cloth napkin so they don’t really feel like a towel.
I love the bigger size because it adds even more color to the neutral placesetting.
And that fringe detail is perfect for a fiesta celebration!
Every placesetting in a tablescape should have something fun on the top of each guests plate.
After looking for something to add to each placesetting and having no luck we decided to make our own.
These cute DIY succulents were super easy to make with affordable glass jars filled with more pea pebble gravel and topped with a faux succulent.
So simple and the pretty finishing touch to our fiesta party tablescape.
How To Keep the Party Going All Night
Outdoor lighting helps you keep your fiesta party going long into the evening.
Candles on your table and also in lanterns around the area gives a pretty night time glow.
But string lights really allow you to enjoy your Mexican themed dinner in the dark.
Don’t have a pergola to string lights to? No worries…you can hang lights from your railings going around your deck. Don’t have a deck? That’s okay…just make several posts out of 4×4 lumber cemented in a bucket, then string lights from each post creating a cozy eating area.
The outdoor landscape lighting around Anne’s pool combined with several candle lanterns provides even more nighttime magic to our dinner party.
Who wants to come join us for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta party next month?
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Our tablescape tour continues with our friend Rachel at The Pond’s Farmhouse.
You’re going to love her ideas! And wait until you see her gorgeous home filled with vintage finds.
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If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!