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A Mexican Fiesta Birthday

May 19, 2011
1930's Shanghai Jazz party invitation

Monsieur Bonbon and I recently celebrated  a Mexican Fiesta birthday with friends and family at Mexicali Rose in Richmond. We booked a private room upstairs and themed the tables with some fun fiesta-style settings.  Here are a few photos from our fabulous fiesta.  It was set in a haze of dazzling bright colours, including the vivid yellow and blue walls of the room.

Image: colour is everywhere

Image: Our delicious menu and the paper tissue flowers, which I really enjoyed creating.

Image: Entry into the room beneath brilliant fiesta flowers.   We grabbed this banner from my party chest at home.  I’m not sure where I bought it from, sorry.

Image: Party table for los niños. We wrapped little gimmicky toys and printed out Dora and Diego activity sheets from Nick Jnr.  They also received little lolly bags wrapped in yellow-striped paper bags (no pic unfortunately).

Image: Personalised wine glasses – the señoritas twisted the gingham twist ties (foreground of image) around their wineglass stems to personalise them.  This certainly helped later on in the evening when the banquet commenced.

Image: It was wine and margaritas for the señoritas and buckets of Mexican beer for the señors. I also made personalised wine bottle tags for the guest’s bottles of wine (as the restaurant was BYO “bring your own” wine).  This helped guests identify bottles as wine was shared around the tables.

Image: Mexican Fiesta birthday favours – for the senoritas, a large wheel of imported Mexican chocolate and a delicious Mexican hot chocolate recipe card sealed in a bag with a papel picardo label.  For the senors, a bottle of the very best XXXtra Hot Haberno sauce wrapped in a Mexican poncho with sombrero.

Image: our guest photobooth – a large wooden frame, black Zorro masks, hats, flowers and whatever else the guests claimed during the night.

Here is the list of designers and bloggers who helped me create this special event.

  • Fiesta drink coasters by the wonderful Ruby Victoria
  • Papel Picardo (Mexican party bunting) at Candy Striped Cloud
  • Paper tissue flower instructions by Zakka Life
  • Jar luminaries inspired by The Slightly Obsessive Bride
  • Party favours – Mexican chocolate wheels and recipe by Herbies Spices.   Haberno sauce by the fabulous deli, Casa Iberico – thanks to Paulo for the “hot” tip.
  • Spotty coloured straws and yellow-striped paper bags by the fabulous Emerald & Ella.  I also used the Gingham Twist ties as glass tags – which the ladies wrapped around their stems of the glasses – very helpful later on in the evening.
  • Other crafty projects by Madame Bonbon include the tent card menus, margarita sippers jar, wine bottle tags,  hot chocolate bags and poncho-style packaging for party favours.
  • Special thanks to Ricardo and the team at Mexicali Rose who looked after us so well on the night.  We really appreciated your fabulous hospitality.  If you’re interested in holding a party here, from memory, I think there are four or five private rooms that cater for various group sizes.  We had a lovely room with two large windows and a fireplace.

We played a few amusing games during the night.  Here’s the {link} to my post on party games.

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