Ahhh… Mia’s first birthday has come and gone. Just like that we have a one-year-old! If you didn’t already know, when Mia was just a couple weeks old, the older girls were holding her and singing silly songs when they started calling her Mia Mia Quesadilla. I thought it was so cute so I started calling her that every once in awhile. It just kind of stuck and now most of my family calls her that as well. When I was trying to think of a fun first birthday theme, a fiesta seemed perfectly fitting!
This party was one of my favorites. The vibe was good, the food was so yummy (thanks, Mama!) and the kids had a blast (the most important part). Since we had it at our house, we kept it to just close family, which was actually really nice. We had it in the evening and the weather could not have been better. The fiesta music was playing, we were able to sit outside under the bistro lights while the kids played. It was perfect! My mom made the food, which was a HUGE help! She made enchiladas, chicken tacos and of course, quesadillas for the kiddos. We had cactus juice (lemonade with green food coloring) for the kids and the adults enjoyed fresh margaritas and cervezas. For dessert (besides the cake and cupcakes) we had churros. Another fun idea I considered was to serve Choco Tacos! I used to love those when Taco Bell had them!
Whenever I’m planning one of the girls’ birthday party’s, I always start with the cake. A lot of people choose to make their own and save the money. Not me. Once I pick out the cake, I tend to plan the party around it, ha. I feel like a fun, festive cake sets the scene. Add some flowers, a serape and a few decorations and you have yourself a fiesta!
I am SO obsessed with this cake and these cactus cupcakes. They turned out better than I expected and tasted so good. I ALWAYS use Arroyo Grande Bakery. They always go above and beyond!
The adorable “UNO” cake topper from Glitter Party Co. was the perfect addition.
A fun, easy way to decorate for a fiesta is to use authentic mexican cans as flower vases. My mom had a bunch of these type cans saved, which was perfect. They were all different sizes, which adds some dimension. I put a few on the dessert table and scattered the other around the house and outside on the patio table.
I made the UNO cactus banner using the Cricket machine. So easy and much cheaper than buying one. It looks crooked in the pictures, which makes my OCD self a little crazy haha but besides that I think it turned out really cute!
The older girls didn’t really dive into their smash cakes on their first birthdays, so I wasn’t expecting Mia to either. She surprised me though and definitely went for it. No hesitation! She would have sat there for hours eating it if I let her. So much fun watching her!
I found really festive Papel Picado Banners from Amazon and hung them on our bistro lights outside. They were SO cheap but it seriously added so much to the party! Delainey said the backyard looked just like the movie Coco.
Also, it was my first time making a balloon arch or garland, whatever you want to call it. I started it way too late in the day so I was rushed doing it. And even though it was VERY time consuming, it was easier than I thought to construct. I found this balloon arch strip, which helped so much. There are little holes that are close together and you simply put the knot of the balloon in each hole and then you can make it curve anyway you would like. I’ve seen other ways to tie the balloons onto twine, but this way seemed much easier. I just wish I had more time. I had greenery and flowers that I wanted to add but ran out of time.
I found these adorable flower crowns that Abby is wearing in the picture below in the dollar section at Target and handed those out to the girls to wear during the party and then take home as a favor. For the boys we had little sombrero hats for them to wear! I try and find non-treat type party favors just because I don’t love when my kids leave a party with an additional pound of sugar to take home.
Mia’s romper is from Vida Cali. I found her on Instagram and loved how authentic her pieces were.
I decided to make Mia’s flower crown myself. I was so close to buying one and figured I could just make one for much cheaper. I was right. I bought several different items since I’ve never made one before, such as twine, floral tape and wrapped wire rope. Then I bought a variety of large and small bright-colored flowers that matched the theme.
I ended up using the wrapped wire rope and using the hot glue gun to secure the silk flower on. I used single leaves to cover the backside where glued spots were to make it look clean. Super easy!
I didn’t get as many decor pictures as I wanted (blogger of the year right here, ha!) However, I’m going to link my pinterest board ,which is where I got tons of great ideas from if you want to check it out! I have made a complete list of all the vendors I used below:
Invitations // Happy Party Studio
Mia’s romper // Vida Cali
Cake and cupcakes // Arroyo Grande Bakery
UNO cake topper // Glitter Party Co.
Serape // Amazon
Flower Crowns // Target
Cactus Plates // Michael’s
Cactus Paper Plates // Etsy
Cactus Glitter Banner // Etsy
HOLA sign // Michael’s
Donkey Wall Art // Michael’s
Paper Fans // Amazon
My romper // Wildflower Women Boutique
Last thing. I shared this on my Instagram stories and I got so many messages about it. I tend to be a bit of a birthday card hoarder. I have boxes and boxes of old birthday cards that I just can’t get rid of. For Mia’s birthday, I had everyone sign her favorite book with a birthday message. Now all of the birthday wishes are in one spot AND it makes her book that much more special!
I still can’t believe my baby is ONE. Such a fun day celebrating a very special little girl!