Let’s get ready to Fiesta! My sister Kathleen came up with a bunch of amazing Fiesta Party Ideas for her daughter’s first birthday party. The theme was UNO (get it?), and Kathleen decided to have a taco buffet to feed the horde of guests she invited. With around 100 people attending (and no caterer!), she needed an easy set-up where family and friends felt free to help themselves.
Of course, with a fiesta theme, Kathleen decided to have a “Taco Bar” (love the taco pinata decoration)! Ole! Easy Fiesta Party Ideas were a must, so she kept it simple by offering a variety of taco and nacho fixings – guests could mix and match their own tacos to their hearts’ delight.
Below are the menu items Kathleen chose for the "Taco Bar"! It gave guests a lot of mix and match options, so they could build their perfect meal (and you can also check out our Fiesta Party Food for more ideas...):
- Taco Shells: Soft corn tortillas, flour tortillas, and hard corn taco shells (a favorite with the kids!)
- Nacho cheese and tortilla chips
- Ground beef flavored with taco seasoning
- Pulled pork
- White rice with cilantro
- Black beans
- Queso dip
- Shredded lettuce and cheese
- Salsa: Mild, medium and hot flavors along with a pineapple salsa
- Sauces: A variety of hot sauces
- Spicy taco coleslaw
- Sour cream
To start off the buffet, guests grabbed their taco shell - corn and flour tortillas were stacked in a basket and refilled throughout the party!
Of course, if guests didn't want a taco, they could always fill a tray with chips and top it with delicious nacho cheese! Guests were so excited for this novelty treat, and the funny sign was a bonus (and a classic corny joke the hostess likes to tell). A favorite among the kids were the "walking tacos" (see top picture). We made sure to have a sign with instructions - open a bag of Doritos and add your favorite taco toppings (ground beef, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, etc). Mix with a fork and enjoy, all while walking around the party!
Family and friends finished off their tacos with a variety of fun toppings! Mild to hot salsas (check out that verde salsa!) along with spicy taco slaw, guacamole, cilantro, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream gave each guest a chance to individualize.
With all that spicy food, the hostess Kathleen had to make sure guests had something to drink! Fiesta Theme Water Bottle Labels that she had specially designed for her daughter Lizzy's UNO theme party were perfect.
Instead of serving traditional sodas, Kathleen ordered specialty Mexican pops for guests to enjoy! They fit right into the fiesta theme, and the glass bottles were a favorite with kids and adults alike.
DIY faux pinatas were easy to make and also made a big impact on the buffet! Along with a bull pinata, the buffet needed little else for decorations other than this donkey pinata and the taco pinata pictured above. The decorations were in the party theme's UNO colors of course - red, green, yellow, and blue!
Kathleen made the faux pinatas by cutting the donkey and bull shapes from cardboard. She attached rows of fringed crepe paper with glue, and voila! An easy and colorful decoration!
Family and friends loved the fiesta theme buffet - it was the party's main attraction! Everyone went back for seconds and thirds!
Enjoy planning your fiesta party menu! If you need more fiesta theme ideas, check out my other posts on this great party as well as Party411's invitation and favors ideas: