Taco Bout A Party!

When I asked my daughter what kind of bridal shower she would like to have, she said "How about a Mexican themed one".  This made me so happy because I love themed events and one of my most favorite parties I've ever thrown was my son's high school graduation fiesta.  I knew that there would be so many fun ideas we could put together to make this event special for Jess.

I co-hosted this event with Jessica's Auntie Cindy as well as Jessica's Maid of honor Carrie and her Matron of honor, Kayla.

Let me begin with the invitation.

 Fiesta Bridal Shower Invitation

Fiesta Bridal Shower Invitation

This card was created with Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Fiesta stamp set and coordinating framelits.  This set retired a couple years ago and sadly I no longer had it.  Thankfully, I was able to borrow it from my friend Mary who even had just enough of the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper that coordinated with this suite for us to use too.

The front of this card featured a cactus because Jessica LOVES cactus.  Cactus are really "in" right now so we had no problem finding an abundance of cute items to incorporate into this themed celebration.

When the guests arrived at the door they were greeted by this beautiful sign that Kayla made.  Behind the sign was a life size photo of Brett (Jessica's finance) dressed as a Mariachi player, welcoming everyone with a smile.

 Fiesta Bridal Shower Welcome Sign - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fiesta Bridal Shower Welcome Sign - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We hung white paper picado flags everywhere!  In and out of the house and in multiple rooms.  They were so delicate and beautiful and really added a nice touch to the decor.  

One of the first elements waiting for our guests was this game.  Pin the mustache on the groom where a photoshopped picture of Brett wearing a sombrero hung next to a bowl full of paper mustaches that I had made with a Stampin' Up! retired mustache framelit.

 Bridal Fiesta Game - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Game - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We let the bride play first!  As you can see, it was not as easy as it looks when you are blindfolded..

 Pin the mustache on the groom game - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pin the mustache on the groom game - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The center of the room featured a large Taco card box made from a piñata.  As well as some over-the- top, fabulous pinata cookies that my very talented friend Cindy made.  I'll tell you a little bit more about the cookies in a little bit.  Believe me, its worth the wait!

Next to the piñata cookies was this beautiful plant that my friend Teri gave to me when I was at her house the week prior.  Her yard was FULL of these beautiful Aloe plants and she helped me to pick just the right one for our party decor.  

 Fiesta Bridal Shower - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fiesta Bridal Shower - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Many of the tables had these three cactus containers that we had found at Target.  We used this for decor as well as door prizes.  

 Jessica's Bridal Fiesta Decor and Prizes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jessica's Bridal Fiesta Decor and Prizes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This table also featured a photo of the Bride and Groom to be from their engagement photo shoot.

Over the dining area we hung a fun sign made out of balloons and below the sign another life size cut out of the groom holding maracas.

 Bridal Fiesta Balloons - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Balloons - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We had a taco bar, carnitas, beans, rice, mexican street corn salad and a below is a photo of our salsa bar for all to enjoy.

 Salsa Bar - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Salsa Bar - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The salsa bar had two different types of salsa made by my friend Linda who sells her salsa at many different grocery stores and specialty shops here in Hawaii.  The brand name is Island Salsa.   We had Mild Salsa and Mango Salsa.  I also made one of the largest batches of home made guacamole I have ever made.

When you stepped outside the house we had a large tent that was adorned with more paper flags and small pinatas.

 Bridal Fiesta Flags - www.stampdwithaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Flags - www.stampdwithaloha.com

The outdoor dining area also had clusters of cactus.  There were ceramic ones as well as actual live cactus plants.  There were also a couple of tiny pinatas used as centerpieces here as well.   

 Fiesta Bridal Shower - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fiesta Bridal Shower - www.stampedwithaloha.com

There was another game set up in the family room.   It was a guess how many "heart" tamales game.  Whichever guest made the closest guess would take home this jar of  heart shaped hot tamale candies in a cute jar.

 Heart Tamale game - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Heart Tamale game - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The kitchen table had a display of desserts.  In addition to the Tres Leches cake I made, I ordered cupcakes from my friend Corren of Charneys Cupcakes.  Corren made Mexican Chocolate cupcakes with Horchata frosting.  We also served vanilla ice cream cups with Dulce De Leche on top!  Yum!

In between my Pampered Chef three tiered stands I added two small inflatable cactus that were stuck together and had photos of Brett and Jess on them.  I added a heart that said, "Stuck On You".

 Charney's Cupcakes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Charney's Cupcakes - www.stampedwithaloha.com

 I topped each cupcake with a double sided stamped image cupcake topper I made with the Birthday Fiesta stamp set.  I added a rhinestone to the center of each flower.

 Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Horchata Frosting

Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Horchata Frosting

In this photo you can see that the cupcakes were sprinkled with a tiny bit of cinnamon, the perfect finishing touch!

When our guests stepped into my stamp studio they saw hundreds of paper flowers all displayed in large cans.  There was a sign that read, Jessica's Flower Mercado hanging above this paper garden as well as more paper picado flags.  

This garden was special because many people helped to make these colorful flowers.  Even my friend Lynsay and her daughter Emily who came to visit over spring break made several.  Putting all of the special touches of this party together was definitely a labor of love!

 Bridal Fiesta Flower Garden - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Flower Garden - www.stampedwithaloha.com

In this same room we also had a photo booth set up.  The large inflatables were things we already had and use in our pool.  In fact Brett gave Jess the cactus one for Christmas this past year.  

On the table we had props and a sign that read, "Grab a Prop and say, Queso".

 Bridal Fiesta Photo Booth - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Photo Booth - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I had an instamax camera out for people to use and many people took photos with their own cameras.  It was fun to capture such colorful and fun moments.

 Brida Fiesta Photo Booth Fun - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Brida Fiesta Photo Booth Fun - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Of course many of the guests, including Jessica's Aunties wanted to take photos with the bride to be!

 Carrie and Jessica

Carrie and Jessica

I love this photo of Jessica and her Maid of Honor Carrie.  Carrie and her mom Julie flew all the way from Oregon to be a part of this special day for Jessica.   Carrie's family is like a second family to Jess!  They took such great care of her while she was away at college! It was such a blessing to have them visit at this special time.

At the photo booth, I had a display of cards I made with the Birthday Fiesta products.  I had little clips on each card so people could clip their photo to a card after they took them so they'd have a little momento from the party to take home.

 Bridal Fiesta Photo Favors - www.stampediwthaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Photo Favors - www.stampediwthaloha.com

When the photos were added to the cards, this is how they looked.

 Bridal Fiesta Fun - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Fun - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone's photos came out so cute!

 Bridal Fiesta Photo Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Photo Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Oh my goodness... do you see that cookie?  Wait until I tell you more about it.  I promise you'll be amazed.  So keep reading!!!  

One of my favorite things at this party was the way we served drinks.  We made a virgin margarita punch and served it in a cactus mason jar.  This was another momento we had for our guest to take home.

 Cactus Cups - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cactus Cups - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The punch had margarita mix, limeade, lemon lime soda, lime slices and lots of ice.  It was very cool and refreshing.

One thing I'm not sure everyone at the party even noticed was the hot sauce bottle.  We made a custom label with the grooms photo on it.   The front label read, "Brettatio, Salsa Finance", Hot Stuff.  

 Customized  Hot Sauce Bottle - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Customized  Hot Sauce Bottle - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The label had all kinds of fun information about the groom written on all sides.  

 Custom Hot Sauce Label - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Custom Hot Sauce Label - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Although the bride didn't know any of the party details, I did ask for her help with this project since she is such a wiz at photo shop!

We played some games, gave out prizes and then as everyone left we handed them one of these cookies my friend Cindy of Zoe Hawaii made.  So with the couple of "sneak peeks" I gave you above, you may have thought that it was a super cute cookie, so colorful and festive.  But did you realize that it was a "shaker" cookie?

 Piñata Cookies - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Piñata Cookies - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When you picked this cookie up, you could gently shake it and hear that something was inside.

 Pinion Cookies by Zoe Hawaii

Pinion Cookies by Zoe Hawaii

Can you see that this cookie is actually made up of 4 cookies and carefully constructed so that only the outer layers have extended ears?

Of course every piñata has to be filled with colorful candies so this piñata did not disappoint!  Here is what is looks like when you crack it open, that is if you had the heart to break this amazing cookie!

 Piñata Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Piñata Cookies by Zoe, Hawaii - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Not only did it look incredible but it tasted amazing as all of Cindy's cookies do!  

We are all so grateful to Aunty Cindy for the amount of time and effort it took to create these incredibly creative and beautiful cookies.  I think of all the cookies and sweet treats Cindy has made, this cookie will go down as one of my favorites of all time!   Passing these out to our guests was such a sweet way to create a perfect ending to such a fun and festive fiesta bridal shower.

Jessica was so happy with everything we put together for her.  She couldn't stop smiling!   I'm glad we kept all of these details a surprise.  Even on the day of the shower, Brett led her out of the house blindfolded so she wouldn't see what we were up to.

 Hiding the bride!

Hiding the bride!

I am glad Jessica felt so loved and so blessed on her special day!  She is so beautiful inside and out and truly an inspiration to me.  As a Mother, you hope to teach your children valuable life lessons but I feel like I have learned so much from her by the way she loves God and loves others so sacrificially!

 Jessica's Bridal Fiesta

Jessica's Bridal Fiesta

I had a few extra supplies after the party, so I used them to create thank you cards out of our Stampin' Up! note cards.  For this card below, I took one of the extra cupcake toppers and adhered it to the top of one of the extra photo cards.

 Bridal Fiesta Thank You Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bridal Fiesta Thank You Cards - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I then used my Labeler Alphabet stamp set to stamp the word "gracias" and I adhered it under the word "Fiesta" to make a quick and simple thank you card for Jess to send out.

 Jessica's Briday Fiesta - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jessica's Briday Fiesta - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I am so grateful for everyone who worked so hard to make this day so special for Jess.  It was truly a blessed and memorable event.

We all had such a great time and we made many lasting memories of this very special time for our family. 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about this very festive and fun Fiesta Bridal Shower.  Oh, and Happy Cinco De Mayo today!  Probably the best day I could have picked to share all this Fiesta Fun with you!

Until next time!  Adios!

Cindy