Are you looking for super sweet, and budget-friendly, ideas to throw an awesome summer fiesta birthday party then you are in the right place. Below you’ll find all of the ideas and tips you need to throw and epic birthday party complete with gorgeous decorations, delicious food, and entertaining games.
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My youngest definitely has his momma’s affinity for tacos. That’s why I knew that a summer fiesta birthday party was the perfect theme for this year’s party. I mean, come on. It has tacos, bright colors, a pinata and cake. Is there anything more you could ask for?
According to my incredibly grateful 5-year-old, “None of this awesome food, treats, or games would be possible without you.” Clearly it was a good decision on my part.
If you have a little fiesta lover like me, then a summer fiesta birthday party is exactly what you need!
Summer Fiesta Birthday Party Table
No party is complete without awesome food and, of course, you want a gorgeous way to display. These easy steps walk you through how to create the exact table I did which is perfect for any fiesta!
- I set up our food table inside because I needed my Crock Pot to keep the taco meat warm. It also keeps the food safe from bugs and other things outside.
First, you have to set up the party wall behind your food table. I used these awesome fringe decorations layered on the wall. Tape them to your wall and cut any excess from the end. I used the extra to add 2 more rows to my fringe wall. Then later, I added the remaining pieces to the edge of my table.
After you have your fringe on the wall, hang a fiesta Happy Birthday banner like this awesome one I got from Oriental Trading. It fits perfectly with the design I was going for.
Lastly, hang a mini boho llama pinata under your birthday banner for additional visual interest.
Next, cover your table with a green plastic tablecloth. Do this before attaching your extra fringe to it.
After you have your tablecloth in place, add a cactus table runner for visual interest. It also serves a more practical purpose. It helps divide your table to create zones for food and drinks.
Then I blew up balloons and sewed them together to create the wall feature you see on the left of the photo above step 3. This isn’t complicated. Simply blow up your balloons (I love this set because the balloons are various sizes) and then use a needle and thread to attach them. Thread the needle through the balloon tail under the knot you make after blowing them up.
Next, organize your food and tableware on the table. I like to start with cups and drinks, then place plates and utensils, and lastly move on to food and snacks.
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Once you have all of your food laid out on the table, lastly add the extra smaller touches. I got this pack of fun fiesta sayings and added them to the fringe wall, the balloons, and the front of the food table.
Finish off your table setting by adding these llama and cacti centerpieces. I chose not to group them together for visual interest. I like the cacti dressing up the guac bowls.
Summer Fiesta Birthday Party Food
The no-brainer fiesta food is tacos. They’re cheap, delicious, and make feeding a crowd easy. Of course, you want to serve a bit more than tacos and cake. I also added chips and fruit because, yum!
Most importantly for a taco bar, you want multiple topping and shell options. We has soft tortillas, hard shells, and corn chips as our taco bases. For toppings, I included lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, fresh sliced jalapenos, cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce. These are all in addition to our taco meat in the Crock Pot.
Summer Fiesta Birthday Party Games and Party Favors
When throwing a kids birthday party you want some fun activities to enjoy. We had 4 main activities in addition to the myriad of awesome outdoor games we love.
I feel like you really can’t have a fiesta without a pinata. I love this traditional designed one from Oriental Trading. It’s large and colorful, plus super easy to fill and even easier to hang. While I’m not sure I recommend it, Hubs tied a rope to the pinata then the opposite end to a brick and tossed it over the tree. On the other hand, it was super amusing to watch him try to repeatedly toss it into just the right spot and once it was, the brick helped stabilize both the pinata and the height.
- I hate having too much candy in a pinata so I opted for this toy and candy mix from Oriental Trading. The toys give the kiddos even more to play with and they keep them from binging on too many sweets during the party. Win-win.
Okay, seriously, how freaking adorable is this cactus ring toss game? Don’t let the website fool you. It’s crazy larger than it appears, which is totally a good thing. The kids had a blast playing this and my daughter announced she wants the same game for her birthday… in December. Looks like we’ll have to breakable-proof the living room for that.
- Do yourself a favor and use a pump to blow this thing up. I started using just my lungs and after only working on the base I felt ready to pass out. It’s not impossible to do without a pump but it definitely takes a lot more energy and even more time.
The bubbles served a dual purpose: one, they’re fun (duh) and two, they stabilize the cactus gift boxes until they can be filled with the pinata loot. Trust me, you want the gift boxes pre-assembled before the party. They’re super cute but not exactly intuitive to put together.
I don’t know why, but I always love to include face painting at a kiddos birthday party. This one was especially fun because I totally painted mustaches on the adults (that didn’t have them, that is… looking at you, Hubs). Other face painting ideas for a fiesta party are cacti on cheeks, sombreros on the forehead, and tacos on the cheek. You can go with this kit for more traditional face painting or try out these crayons for a super simple face painting tool.
This summer fiesta birthday party was an absolute blast. Even better, even with all of the food, everything cost less than $250! Score! You can find all of the decorations and tools that you need on Oriental Trading. Then all that’s left is to kick back and have fun. Even if you don’t have a summer birthday on the horizon, throw a summer fiesta party for no reason other than to get together with friends and family. You definitely won’t regret it!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.