How to Plan a Coco Inspired Fiesta Birthday Party
It was Elle's 3rd Birthday and I'm excited to be sharing this vibrant celebration with you! She absolutely adores the Disney/Pixar movie Coco, so her mom decided a fiesta themed party would be perfect, complete with an array of bright colors.
It was plenty of bright colors that made up this amazing backdrop of streamers. It’s super easy to do, and creates such an impact.
Simply Party Cake with Intricate Piping Details
The desserts were just as sweet as the birthday girl. The two-tier cake featured a beautiful ornate piping design and was created by Michelle Patisserie, along with the Mexican themed cookies. Aren't they amazing?
Create a 2-in-1 Party Banner
To add some interest to the front of the white tablecloth, I hung a fun "Happy Birthday" banner that matched the other graphic signs used throughout party for cohesiveness. It really stood out and I love the little papel picado accents above each letter. It’s a banner within a banner design :)
Create Edible Displays as Party Decor
Flowers weren't the only fresh detail on display. I used fresh fruits and vegetables to adorn the table too. I included everything from cantaloupes and coconuts, to citrus fruits and watermelon. Super simple to do, and edible! Who doesn't like decor you can eat too? These are some pictures from one side of the dessert table.
Stack Wooden Crates for Added Height with Displays
And, these are of the other side of the table. Here I used crates to hold the fruits, a real "Molcajete" with some green limes on it.
Forgo Tablecloths and Use Traditional Mexican Blankets (Serapes)
The food was displayed inside the kitchen, complete with it's own table design. I didn't stay long enough to take photos of the set-up, but I still wanted to show you how it was styled.
First, instead of a tablecloth, I used a few traditional Mexican blankets, or serapes. and height was added by using a light teal crate and planter stands for the vases. The "FOOD" marquee sign works for any party, and although these food table cards are FIESTA themed, labeling each dish is always a cute way to add a personal touch.
Don’t Forget the Guitar as a Party Prop on the Table
Outside, the drinks were displayed on their own table. Here I used a yellow tablecloth with a colorful serape draped across one corner. Placed on top was a tray with the colorful cups, as well as this adorable pink mini guitar - a big theme from the movie.
On the other side was a large pink die-cut of the Spanish word for "hello", welcoming guests to grab a beverage. Other fun details included accenting with traditional Mexican decor like the wooden games, paper sombreros, and colorful cactus stir sticks.
Create Fun Seating. Serape Covered Pillows + a Low Table for Kids.
The gathering was at the birthday girl's home, and attended by her closest friends and family.
Instead of chairs, the kids sat on serape covered pillows, and enjoyed the celebration at a table just for them. But this was no ordinary kids table! It was covered in these gorgeous centerpieces of fresh flowers placed in colorful recycled cans, and sprinkled with traditional maracas from Mexico.
Look at these flowers! They're so bright and colorful, just like Mexico, and just like the movie!
Party Decor Becomes the Party Favor for the Guests
I sprinkled decor maracas all around the fiesta, but the best use of them was as a party favor for the guests! "Thank you!" tags from the guest-of-honor were tied to the brightly colored instruments, and then placed neatly in a tray for guests to grab on their departure.
Happy 3rd Birthday to miss Elle! I had such a great time planning and creating this fiesta. I hope you enjoyed it too!
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