Friday, June 23, 2017

Let's Fiesta!

My one year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis was on May 27th. 
I figured I could do one of two things. I could cry about it, dwell on the "why me's" and stay bitter about all of the annoying side effects. OR I could take a different approach. 

Since it happened in May near the Cinco de Mayo, which is absolutely a worthy celebration. I decided that I had something worthy to celebrate as well. My liberation from Cancer. And so a fiesta was in order! 

 The first thing I did was look around and find some details that I loved and based my colors and decor around that. 

I found these napkins at Oriental Trading and I fell in love.

Those paired with the banner (link to similar, I couldn't find the exact one) also found there.

I was able to run with it and it was so easy! Everything basically came together after that. 

Guys, this banner was SO versatile and there was a LOT of it. I was able to use one inside. And I bought an additional one to use outside. 

I knew I wanted to decorate outside but there was so much space so I was at a loss until I saw how much came with the banner. I was such a cute touch and I admit, I may still have it up because I LOVE it. But the tape I used to hold it up isn't holding anymore so it may be time to come down. But the banner is STILL going strong. Have I mentioned how much I loved it? 

I wanted to make a cute wreath for the party but didn't want to break the bank. So a pool noodle wreath totally did the trick! All I did was simply cute felt in strips, Then fringed it. Then glued it around my noodle. 

Of course I wanted a simple favor for my guests to take away so I found some mexican candy on Amazon and had it next to the entry way. And how cute are those mini maracas? 

Those mini maracas and the mini pinatas were placed here and there throughout my home and I just loved the cute touch. 

I knew I wanted something for the kids to do so I had some blank maracas there for them to decorate.

 It was a total hit! 

Each kiddo made a couple of them. I had sharpies and stickers there for them to use. 

I also knew that I wanted a Pinata. Originally I had chosen the Butterfly because it's a symbol of new life. But that morning my sweet girlie very seriously told me that we couldn't beat up the butterfly. It was too beautiful. And she was right. So in came another pinata. The cancer pinata. 

And each of the kids had an opportunity to beat cancer. I may have taken a wack at it myself. :) And how cute is my Dad?

Last but certainly not least let's talk about food. This fiesta was SO easy to put together with ordering the bulk of my decor from Oriental Trading. And mixing together both store bought and homemade food. 

I was sure to use my own dishes that I had to make sure it all flowed and gave a nice finished look. I made sure to only try and bite off what I could handle. I homemade the dip and it was the BOMB. I received so many compliments on it so I will for sure share the recipe in my next post. See that cute pinata in the background? It's a vase. Yep, a vase. Let's zoom in shall we? 

That little darling may just have been one of my favorite parts of the party to make! I will post a quick tutorial in another post as well. I'm all about easy crafts these days. 

Guys that was it! I had such a fun time at the fiesta. It was a blast being surrounded by loved ones. I threw a friends and family one and my heart was filled with the love and support at both. I wanted to do something to show my gratitude to them. And I hope that this party and bringing some joy to their lives did a little of that. 

I hope you were able to find some inspiration here and go on to throw your own awesome fiesta and bring some joy to others! I tried to link to everything throughout my post but if I missed one you could find almost everything (and more) here