Tuesday, April 24, 2012

[$25 DIY Party] Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

I really love how this party turned out! This is exactly how I think a CINCO DE MAYO PARTY should look like--BRIGHT and COLORFUL! Of course, like always, these ideas can be used for a birthday party or other party as well.

Here's what you need to buy to re-create this MEXICAN FIESTA:
1. "Grageas" Vanilla Cookies: $1.99 (Food City Mexican Market)
2. Tortilla Chips: $1.99 (Trader Joes)
3. "Marias" Cookies x 2: $1.00 (Food City Mexican Market)
4. Mexican Flavored Sodas x 8: $6.32 (Food City Mexican Market)
5. Pico De Gallo And Guacamole Ingredients: $6.08
6. Colored 12 x 12 Cardstock x 26: $5.20 (Michaels)
7. Yellow Ribbon: $.50 (Joanne's)
8. White Tissue Paper: $1.00 (Dollar Store)
TOTAL: $24.08

Here's how you put it all together:
 Start with the pico de gallo salsa. Dice 6 roma tomatoes, chop 1/2 bunch cilantro, mince 1/8 onion, mince 2-3 cloves garlic, and mince 1/2 jalapeno.
 Add all these ingredients in a bowl. Squeeze juice from 1 lime and add salt.
 Put the salsa in a serving bowl. I always prefer white. It makes the food stand out.
 For the guacamole, remove the flesh of 6 small avocados, chop 1/2 bunch cilantro, mince 1/8 onion, and mince 2-3 cloves garlic.
 Add juice from 1-2 limes.
 Add a good pinch of kosher salt and mash away. (Well, not too much, I like to see a few chunks.)
 Place the guacamole in another serving bowl.
 Pour the bag of chips in a bowl or platter.
 Arrange the cookies nicely on a platter. (These cookies were only 50 cents a package! What a deal!)
 Arrange the other cookies on a plate. Don't you love how cute these are!? You would be amazed what neat stuff you can find in a Mexican market, not to mention the great prices! (Wouldn't these go great with a clown or circus party!?)
 Now for the backdrop. Choose 9 bright colors of 12 x 12 solid cardstock. Fold 2 of each color like an accordion.
 Fold it in half.
 Hot glue it together.
 Glue the other piece of folded cardstock to create a circle.
 I only glue 1/4 at a time because you will have to stretch it for it to turn into a full circle.
 Do the same with all the colors. Remember to leave some paper for the banner!
 Aren't they so pretty?
 The tricky part is getting them to hang on the wall. I think thumbtacks work the best. However, you can only stick them in where another rosette will overlap, so that you don't see the thumbtack in the end.
 For the rosettes that don't have anything covering them, you will need to use tape. I used duck tape. It worked okay, but I wish it worked better.
For a real party, I would try to get little thumbtacks to be discrete, because thumbtacks really work the best. If you don't have an actual wall to hang these from--but lets say a backyard fence--well you can always hot glue them to a poster board and tape or tie the poster board to the fence. Of you can just lean the board up against the wall. Foam board always works great too.
 With the left over cardstock you can trace circles using a roll of tape.
 Fold the paper in fourths and then cut out the circles.
You will need at least 13 circles. If your table is really long you might want to add a couple extra to the ends, but 13 will give you enough for each letter in the word "fiesta" plus an extra one in between each letter like I did.
 Punch 2 holes in the top of each circle.
 Thread the ribbon in-and-out of the holes.
 With the left over circles or paper scraps, lightly draw the letters for "fiesta" with a pencil.
 Cut out the letters. Make sure you use a different colors for the letters than the color that was used for the circle so that the letter stands out.
 Glue the letters on.
 Cover 3 boxes with white tissue paper. These boxes can be empty cereal boxes and such.
 Wrap them nice just like presents.
 If you have a white table cloth (or I suppose any other color that you think would match) place it on your table. I like the white looks, though.
 Add your boxes.
 Arrange the food. I keep the chips near the salsa and guacamole, and the cookies together on the other end. Just common sense.
 Arrange the sodas nicely. I mix up the colors so that none of the same colors are next to each other. All about the details.
 Add some small plates and napkins.
 Not bad...but definitely needs something else.
 Awe...so much better with the banner!
 You can tape the ribbon to the sides of the table, or use a safety pin to attach it to the tablecloth.
 With the scraps you can make name cards for the food. Again, I think this small detail adds a lot.
 Write the name of the food.
 Place them in front of the food.
 You don't need one for chips. I know some people put labels for everything, even "water" but I sometimes think that's silly and unnecessary .
And here it is! For a birthday you can put the person's name on the banner instead. Now all you need is to go and invite 7 friends to come over and have a fiesta!


  1. Love the attention to details...even the drinks say Fiesta!

  2. Love all the color! We normally do a big Cinco de Mayo thing, but we'll be out of town this year. My husband is devastated.

  3. Great ideas for this party!! I have linky party on Tuesdays if you would like to share. My followers love parties! :) ~Nancy~

  4. Super cute and love that it only cost $25. I would love if you shared them on my link party.


    Can't wait to see what you make next.



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