Fabulous Ways to Fiesta
Modern Fiesta 101
Cupcake Wrapper Flowers
Save on an expensive bouquet from the market and opt for reusable paper flowers instead. They're cute—and a cinch to make! As long as you have florist's wire, cupcake liners, pom-poms and hot glue, you're golden!
Haeley's Styling Tip: Fill tall green vases with the flowers for a natural holder that lets the flowers do all the talking.
Cupcake Wrapper Daisies
Give your party drinks the Hollywood treatment with homemade swizzle sticks. These pretties are made with cupcake wrappers and plastic stir sticks—just cut, glue, and stir away!
Colorful String Banner
Get crafty with a banner made of yarn. Haeley recommends using bold colors, such as orange, lime, pink, and purple. To hang, use clothespins and tie to trees, deck, or patio.
Embellished Drop Cloth
Wide rickrack ribbon turns a plain painter's drop cloth into a fiesta-worthy tablecloth. All you need to make it is fabric glue, a measuring tape, ribbon, and the cloth.
Yarn-Woven Silverware Basket
Keep up the festive yarn theme going by stringing some onto a wicker silverware basket. If it has a handle, even better! Haeley recommends wrapping that in string, too.
Mini vases make the perfect placeholders—just fill each with an easy-to-assemble name flag. For a sweet way to say thank you, let guests take them home as a favor.
Tres Leches Strawberry Shortcake
This seasonal recipe combines a traditional Mexican dessert with a classic American favorite. Soak a strawberry shortcake with a homemade tres leches mixture and top with freshly-sliced berries for a seriously indulgent dessert that's perfect for an outdoor summer gathering.
DIY Drink Station
Let guests help themselves to a variety of fiesta-worthy drinks with a DIY drink station. Keep the bar stocked with a signature cocktail, festive sodas, and water.
Pisco Sour Drink
Start your party on a cool, authentic note with an icy pitcher of pisco sour, of course. The Peruvian national drink is light, crisp, and looks great when garnished with lime and fresh mint.
Rhubarb Agua Fresca
Nonalcoholic drinks don't have to lack festivity—and everyone can enjoy them. Mix up a batch of our rhubarb agua frescas, a refreshing take on the classic drink. In the spring and summer, use rhubarb and lemon slices to bring fresh flavor to this slightly sweet drink.
Tlayuda con Chorizo (Mexican Pizza with Chorizo)
Grilling pizza is a super trendy (and easy) way to entertain, and it only takes a couple of minutes to make. Plus, it lets you hang outside with your crew instead of being cooped up in the kitchen. Look for premade crusts at your local grocery store.
Shaping Perfect Pizza
Prefer homemade crusts over store-bought? We're here to help! Here's how to make perfectly shaped pizza crusts for your party.
Authentic Pizza Toppings
Arrange a variety of fresh toppings in colorful small bowls, including salsa, cilantro, lettuce, queso fresco, avocado, and lime slices. Display the bowls in a pretty wicker tray lined with pom-pom trim. Just add a couple small dabs of hot glue to hold the trim in place.
Spicy Pickled Eggs & Beets
Turn hard-boiled eggs into a delicious spicy snack by pickling them with beets, chiles, and spices. Not only does this preparation give the eggs a rich fuchsia color, but it's so easy to do several days ahead of the fiesta—leaving you more time to mingle with guests the day of the party.
TIY: Top It Yourself
Follow the pizza recipe or let guests make fun variations of their own. Use black beans or salsa as the sauce, spicy jalapenos or cool queso fresco as the topper—either way, these personal pizzas will be downright delicious.
Mocha Tres Leches Cake
Everything tastes better in a Mason jar! Serve guests individual mocha tres leches cakes in festive yarn-wrapped Mason jars. You can make them in advance so you won't have to spend time cutting and serving the cake during the party.
Haeley's Styling Tip: Cut the Mocha Tres Leches Cake into cubes and fill Mason jars 2/3 full. Pipe or spoon whipped cream mixture on top and finish with sprinkles.
Haeley Giambalvo is the founder of Design Improvised—a blog focused on easy home decor and entertaining projects that make a big impact. Almost all the projects on her blog can be completed in less than an hour for $20 or less. Haeley is particularly passionate about any crafts involving pom-poms or balloons. Her idea to combine the two to make pom-pom balloons was the best decision she ever made! Her work has been featured by numerous magazine websites, Apartment Therapy, and BuzzFeed, among others. Haeley is a business consultant turned DIY blogger and mom to Stella, 5, and Hazel, 3. She lives in San Antonio, TX.