All the details on how to throw a Mexican Fiesta birthday party. on a budget..decor, food, and more! Whether it’s for birthday party, Cinco de Mayo, or a Mexican themed party, these ideas are simple, festive, and won’t break the bank.
For my twin girls’ 13th birthday party, they wanted to throw a Mexican themed party…and make it a FIESTA!! I love to throw parties, but I’m also very budget conscious. All of these ideas are so simple, and don’t cost a lot. My girls loved their party, and everyone had such a great time. (Everything is linked at the bottom of the post!)
Time to Fiesta!
We started with the invites, and I was going to make my own, but life got in the way. They were celebrating right as school was getting out, and there was just too much going on. But…Etsy to the rescue! This is the invite I used, and it was super quick and easy to edit.
So, food is the most important part, right? It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! We were serving a crowd, and I wanted it to be something that would be really easy to eat and to prepare. We decided on a Nacho Bar, and it was perfect.
I adore galvanized serveware, and I use it all the time. I collect different pieces, so I have it on hand whenever I need it. Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart has a great collection that’s reasonable and super cute…you can find it online and in store.
I made a huge crockpot of taco meat, then served it with tortilla chips, queso, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, green onions, grated cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and cilantro. Sliced watermelon went with it perfectly, and I filled a glass dispenser with lemon water.
I also filled a bucket with ice and our favorite Mexican soda, which are always a hit. I find them at our local grocery store in the Mexican aisle, and they’re perfect for parties.
The cake also went along with the theme, and my good (and very talented) friend made this darling 5-layer cake topped with cactus and succulents. The girls were thrilled, and loved blowing out the candles on this beauty.
Mexican Themed Decor
I adore the bright colors that go along with a fiesta…pink, red, yellow, orange, and green. I found some really fun decor that works perfectly, and I’ve reused it a bunch of times.
We made the lemonade stand several years ago, and it has been worth it’s weight in gold. I made it with a reversible chalkboard sign, so I can customize it for any theme, holiday, or season. I’m not kidding when I say I use it ALL the time. (Tutorial on how to make your own here!)
I also filled empty soda bottles with bright flowers, and used them as centerpieces. Super easy to put together, and totally cost effective.
Fiesta Fun & Games
Of course we had a pinata, and I found a super cute cactus that fit a ton of candy for all of the kids. They played a bunch of outdoor games like Capture the Flag and Ghost in the Graveyard, then we had a campfire and roasted S’mores and Starburst.
It was truly the most fun night, and the girls absolutely loved it. Success!
- Etsy invite
- Glass Square Beverage Dispenser
- Galvanized Square Dispenser Stand
- Galvanized Beverage Tub
- Galvanized Serving Tray (similar)
- Galvanized 4-Piece Serve Caddy
- Colored Tassels/Banner
- Party Fans
- Cactus Banner
- Izze bottles (empty, for flowers)
- Cactus Piñata
- Kraft Paper Serve Trays (perfect for nachos!)
Also, check Target…right before this party they had a ton of the cutest cactus party supplies…cups, plates, napkins, straws, and more. I stocked up!