Finally getting around to posting about Brantley and Grayson’s dual birthday party, almost a month ago! Since my girls’ birthdays are less than a month apart (Grayson- May 17, Brantley- June 11), for the past three years we have done a joint birthday party for the both of them, to knock out the celebrations in one big bash. This year was no different, as we celebrated with a fun Mexican-themed fiesta in the backyard! I wanted bright and floral and colorful, and found these beautiful invitations on Etsy that fit the bill. And isn’t the back so pretty too?! I printed them myself at home and loved them!
I didn’t want to go overboard with this party. I have done the all-out fully decorated, elaborate menu, labels for every item and activity station kind of parties in the past, and wanted this to be a little more low-maintenance. I decorated the deck with some colorful papel picado, tissue paper tassel garlands, some felt ball garlands, and fringe tissue paper garlands over the food table. I thought it was plenty and very festive!
I actually made some cute dresses for the girls to wear at their party, but when my mom arrived with these adorable blue embroidered dresses from Osh Kosh, they changed their minds! And how could I blame them, they were SO cute!! And cousin Sally Kate showed up in the same dress, so it was meant to be! Three lovely senoritas! And of course Ben needed a festive shirt as well, and I made this “Hola Ladies” shirt for him, which was a hit!
We had some fun activities for the kids too, including decorating their own maracas, making sombrero sugar cookies, a bubble station, and of course, a “Mexican Jumping Bean” bounce house!
And who could forget about the food?! Probably the most exciting thing (for me) about the whole party! Since we were obviously going to be serving Mexican food for the party, I was set on the idea of having a Taco Bar. My mom suggested the genius idea that we buy pre-made tacos from Taco Bell, and then just offer toppings and a few sides! Perfect!!! So we pre-ordered Chicken Soft Tacos and Regular Beef Tacos for our guests to add a variety of toppings too!
For the taco toppings, we served sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, green onions, salsa, black beans, cilantro, limes, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos. Alongside the tacos, we served pineapple and watermelon skewers, Mexican Corn (corn with butter, salt, pepper, and cotija cheese), Mexican Seven Layer Dip and Chips, and Churro Cupcakes (white cupcakes with a bunch of cinnamon added to the batter, with cream cheese frosting with a lot of cinnamon, and raw sugar sprinkled on the top)!
The kids loved the activity stations, and the adult guests were able to enjoy a seat, a beverage, and enjoy the nice weather!
For a little fun, the boy guests got sombreros, and our girl amigas got flower clips for their hair!
Then, the whole reason the girls wanted a fiesta, the PINATA! And let me just tell you, If you want to experience pure terror, just put yourself in charge of controlling 30-something sugar-hyped 4, 5, and 6 year olds dying for more candy!! I nearly lost my noggin more than one time! I finally had to take back control and take some aggression out on that ‘ole pinata to get it to come down!
We had such beautiful weather, and such a wonderful day with our amazing family and friends that showed up to celebrate our sweet girls with us. Thank you so much for everyone who came out, and we hope you had just as much fun as we did. Te amo muy mucho!