My son recently turned one! I spent a lot of time thinking about what possible themes there are out there: zoo theme, baseball theme, aquarium theme… there are zillions! However, I decided to go with a Fiesta theme just to do something different and see what I could make of it. My sister suggested all sorts of ideas for the decor and party favors. She and my Mom are super crafty and spent a lot of time making these amazing flowers that added so much color and life to the party. They were everywhere… I bought some maracas that were a hit too! ALl the kids were shaking them and running around like crazy with them! I ventured down to Olvera Street which is a very historic place in Los Angeles that sells all sorts of authentic Mexican goods. It was a great place to look for fiesta themed stuff… not that expensive either which was nice.
Here is a quick video on how easy they are to make. The only problem is volume. If you really want to make a statement, you just need to make a lot. The perk is that they add flair and color – plus they are cheap to make.
I also had a Photo Op! It was hilarious and people ate it up. It was a fun way to be silly and still be within the theme of the day. It was just a piece of plastic – we mounted it on pvc pipe and lined it with the flowers mentioned above. In addition to it being an activity – it was a decoration in itself.
I just loved my food buffet too. It was totally authentic with tacos from one of the best places in LA. I had pitchers for homemade lemonade (limonada), iced-t (te helado), and water (agua). All had little hand-made tags with bright colors and were wrapped with raffia. I tried to write as much as possible in Spanish, while being sensitive to those that might not speak a lick of it.
The intention was to be creative and show something people they haven’t seen before. It was fun I really got into it. The key was lots of bright colors (while still being as manly as possible as it was a boys birthday party!) and to decorations that were really in theme. It was awesome!