The Best Mexican Fiesta Theme Party Ideas

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A Mexican fiesta theme is a great idea for a range of different types of party from Birthdays, New Year’s Eve, Anniversaries and much more. But no matter what your reason for throwing a fiesta theme party is, there are some essentials you need to plan including:

  • Decorations
  • Costumes
  • Party Food
  • Drinks
  • Games and activities
  • Entertainment
  • Budget
  • Supplies
  • Guest list
  • Venue
  • Invitations

So lets get started!

Mexican Fiesta Party Decorations

Every party needs some great decorations. Mexican fiesta themed parties are all about bright colours and bold decorations. So here are our favourite ideas to get you started!

  • Brightly coloured paper fans
  • Cactus shaped balloons
  • Colourful pattered table runners
  • Paper streamers and banners
  • Bold floral centerpieces

Where can you get the Decorations?

If you don’t want to try and make some DIY decorations, then you can go to your local party supply store to find a range of great decorations that won’t cost a fortune. There are loads of ideas online too, here are out favourite party supply stores that you can use for your Mexican fiesta themed party.

  • Shindigz is a great online party supply store that you can use to find great decoration ideas with over 34,000 party supplies for every occasion and next day delivery!  

Mexican Fiesta Party Costumes

Get in the carnival spirit with some fiesta themed party outfits. Fun.com is our favourite place for fancy dress and they have plenty of selection for fiesta themed parties for you to choose from!

Mexican Fiesta Party Food

Party food is a must have at any party. You can either hire a caterer to make things easy and hassle free, or you can cut the costs by sorting the party food yourself. If you need help deciding, check out our ultimate guide to party food for advice on choosing the best option for your party. Here are some great Mexican fiesta party food ideas to get you started!

Enchiladas 

This classic Mexican dish is a great idea for a party because it’s really easy to make quickly and in large batches. Go for a classic chicken enchilada or switch up with with a vegetarian option.
 

Fajitas

Fajitas will definitely go down well with your guests at a fiesta themed party. To make things easier for yourself, set up a fajita making station with different ingredients so your guests can make their own.
 

Nachos 

Nachos are a classic party snack and your fiesta themed party just won’t be complete without them! They’re really quick to make and can be prepared in large batches making if perfect for a party.
 

Burritos 

This classic Mexican dish is sure to go down a storm with your guests at a fiesta themed bash. Set up a burrito station with all the ingredients so your guests can choose what they want to include.
 

Tacos 

Everybody loves tacos! Again, set up a make your own taco station and offer a range of fillings like fish, beef, spicy chicken, cheese, different salsas, sour cream and guacamole. 
 

Quesadillas 

This is a popular Mexican food that can be prepared in advance in large batches, cut up and served really easily at the party. Offer a classic chicken or beef option but don’t forget to offer a vegetarian option too! 
 

Churros 

This tasty dessert will be really popular with your guests. It’s not the easiest to make, so try and get in some practice before the party. It’ll be more than worth it! 

Mexican Fiesta Party Drink Recipes

Tequila is the word when it comes to Mexican fiesta party drinks. You can serve it in shots with lime and salt, or make some great cocktails to serve to your guests. So we’ll take you through three great tequila based cocktail recipes that you can make in minutes!

If you’re looking for some more inspirations, head over to our post on the 10 best party drink recipes that includes some great alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. 

Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients per Serving:

  • 1 part Tequila
  • ½ part triple sec liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • Juice from one whole lime
  • 1 a pinch of salt
  • cubed ice

Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a chilled margarita glass and coat with salt. Strain the cocktail into a the margarita glass. 

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients per Serving:

  • 6 parts Orange juice
  • 3 parts Tequila
  • 1 part Grenadine syrup

Pour the tequila and orange juice into a high ball or hurricane glass filled with ice and then add the grenadine. Do not stir before serving. 

Tequila Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients per Serving:

  • 4 parts tequila
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 12 parts grapefruit soda

Shake the tequila and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a chilled high ball or hurricane glass filled with ice and top with grapefruit soda. 

Mexican Fiesta Party Games and Activities

There are plenty of ways to keep your guests entertained at a Mexican fiesta theme party! Here are some 3 of our favourite  party game ideas:

Pinata

Every Mexican fiesta themed party needs a pinata! This classic party game isn’t just for kids, but adults will love it too! It’s a sure fire way to add some fun to your fiesta themed bash. 
 

Chilli Eating Contest 

This fiesta party activity is great fun to watch and get involved in, plus, everyone loves a bit of friendly competition! Lay out bowls of different chillies from mild to very hot across a table. Each player must work their way down the table until they can’t cope with the heat! 
 

Limbo 

This party game is super easy to set up and again is great for adding a bit of light competiton to your fiesta themed party. It’s great for kids and adults and gets everyone up off their seats and getting involved. 
 

If you’re looking for some more ideas, head over to our post on the 10 greatest outdoor games and the 10 best drinking games

Mexican Fiesta Party Entertainment

If you want to include some party entertainment in addition to the games and activities, there are plenty of great options. Here’s our list of the best Mexican fiesta theme party entertainment ideas. 

Face Painting 

If you’re hosting a Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) themed Mexican party then why not hire a professional face painter to make sure you and your guests look the party. Or if you’ve got the skills, then try doing the face painting yourself! YouTube is great for some ideas and tips to help you out. 
 

Flamenco Dancers 

Hiring some professional dancers is a great way to add some entertainment to a large fiesta themed party. It’ll add a touch of authenticity to your party and will definitely give it the wow factor! 
 

Mariachi Band 

Mariachi bands are a great way to add authenticity to your Mexican fiesta theme party. They usually consist of at least two violinists, one vihuela, one spanish guitar, two trumpets and one guitarron. 

Mexican Fiesta Party Music

Every party needs some great music. You can either go for classic, authentic Latin music or mix it up and play some modern hits from the recent Latin music craze. Check out our guide to party music options and how to create the perfect playlist for some inspiration! 

Apple Music is the perfect way to create a party playlist. It’s only $9.99/ £9.99 per month and you can get a free 3 month trial to check it out. And don’t worry, you can use it on Android devices too! Join over 50 million subscribers and sign up for your 3 month free trial today! 

How to Host a Mexican Fiesta Theme Party

Now you’ve got some ideas for your Mexican fiesta theme party, now it’s time to get planning! Here are some things you need to think about to keep the process stress-free.

Set the Budget

You need to make sure you set a budget for your Mexican fiesta theme party before getting too carried away with the food, decorations and drinks. It doesn’t matter if you’ve not got much to spend, just make sure you have an exact figure, then write it down and stick to it like glue. 
 

Once you’ve decided the amount you want to spend, you’ll need to track everything to make sure you don’t go over budget. 

Creating an excel document is the easiest way to do this. Simply use the formulas to track how much you’ve spent and how much money you’ve got left. This way, you won’t lose track and overspend! 

 
If you want some advice on planning your party without overspending, check out our quick tips to help plan a party on a budget

Essential Party Supplies

You’ll also need some party supplies if you’re hosting your Mexican fiesta theme party at home. Here’s a checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything important!

  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Cutlery
  • Table cloth
  • Napkins
  • Shot glasses
  • Wine glasses

Finalise the Guest List

The first thing you’ll need to do when planning your Mexican fiesta theme party, is decide on your guest list. 
 

You might have already figured out who’s coming to your fiesta themed party and if you have then you can skip ahead. But if you’re not sure, first think about how much space you have and go from there. Then think about the cost of the food and drink per person and decide on the number of guests you can afford to cater for.  After you’ve decided how many guests to invite to your Mexican fiesta party, decide exactly who’s coming.

Mexican Fiesta Theme Party Invitations

So now you’ve got all the essentials sorted, you’re in a position to start sending your party invitations. But there are a few options to consider when deciding what format to send your invites.  

Our favourite way of creating professional looking invitations easily is to use Canva. It’s a website that allows you to create a range of graphic design media using a range of ready-made templates. They look great, are really easy to create and you can print out as many as you need. 

If you want an easy and quick way of sending your invitations, make a Facebook event. It’ll allow you to add everyone in one go, and keeps a track of everyone’s response so you know exactly who’s coming.

Whichever option you choose, there’s a few things that need including on your invitations.

  • Date and time
  • Location
  • RSVP instruction
  • Dress code
  • Plus one policy

Mexican Fiesta Theme Party Planning Timeline

So now you know everything you need to do to plan the ultimate Mexican fiesta theme party, but when should you do it? Here’s a quick party planning timeline to help keep you on track!

8 Weeks Before

  • Set a budget
  • Make your guest list
  • Book the venue

4 Weeks Before

  • Send your invitations
  • Create your menu
  • Shop for your party supplies
  • Decide on the music

1 Week Before

  • Plan any games and activities
  • Follow up with any guests that haven’t responded to your invites

1-2 Days Before

  • Shop for the food

Day of the Party

  • Prepare the food
  • Decorate your venue
  • Prepare the tables
  • Set up any games and music
  • Get your camera charged and make sure it’s got plenty of storage space available

So that’s it! Now you have plenty of ideas to plan the perfect  Mexican fiesta themed party. We hope you have a great time!

Don’t forget to take a look at our party planning timeline to make sure you’ve got everything covered. It’ll tell you everything you need to do at each stage of the party planning process so you can create an amazing party without any stress or worry about forgetting anything! It even includes a free printable party planning checklist to make sure you stay on track. 

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