It may be Thursday but we’re so CraZy that we’re pretending it’s…

If you follow this lil’ piggy on Facebook and Twitter, you definitely saw the incredible “Greyson’s Skippyjon Jones Birthday Four-esta Party” by Brittany of GreyGrey Designs. We ,once again, had the pleasure of working with Brittany on the design for the invitation and party décor. Greyson’s party was based on the wonderful book series, “Skippyjon Jones” written and illustrated by Judy Schachner. Our illustrations and designs were inspired by the books but with our own twist. For Brittany’s printables, we added Skippyjon Jones to several of the pieces in the collection to personalize it.

We fell in love with this collection and wanted to share it with everyone so we created the Fiesta Collection!

A few weeks ago, my family came to visit for the weekend and I thought it would be fun for us to have a {real} ¡Fiesta! Since my mom and sisters are crafty party girls, I enlisted their help to decorate!

We started by attaching leftover ruffled streamers to paper lanterns from another project which I had picked up at Michael’s for $1.50 each. Ribbon scraps were tied onto the bottom of the lanterns to mimic a piñata. The girls were worried that they hadn’t put the streamers on straight but I actually loved that they weren’t perfect! The lanterns were hung from ribbon above the buffet and tied to the chandelier above the dining table. Then we hung the “Feliz Cumpleaños” (Happy Birthday) Banner for fun even though none of us were celebrating a birthday! {giggle}

Using the “Create-Your-Own” Banner, I printed up a “Nachos” banner since we were setting up a build-your-own nachos bar. The banner was designed to look like Mexican papel picado which are tissue paper banners with intricate designs. We attached the banner to twine with mini clothes pins and hung it from our multi-colored paper plate backdrop. The backdrop was finished off with a few of our new Piñata Favor Boxes.

To decorate the dining table, we used a festive blanket my friend, Michelle, brought me from India. Each placesetting included a Fiesta Paper placement, dinner plate and colorful bandana napkin with a twig napkin ring. My sister, Dort, made simple paper flowers using additional leftover ruffled streamers and ribbon. We inserted the flowers into the napkin rings and tucked a personalized “Create-Your-Own” Lil’ Party Tag into each napkin.

{If you’re wondering who José is, he is our imaginary brother. Whenever something was broken, not put away properly or some other similar situation and none us girls would confess to it, we would always say, “Hosea did it!” (That was the way I spelled his name when I was little and didn’t know the correct spelling!) The memories of José meant so much to me that he had his own placecard at our wedding!}

Piñata Favor Boxes with favor tags and personalized tags attached were hung from a tree sculpture as the centerpiece.

Now it was time to prep our buffet table and nacho bar goodies! The nacho bar included tortilla chips, refried beans, queso dip, black beans, Mexican cheese, seasoned ground turkey, guacamole, greek yogurt (our faux sour cream), salsa, lettuce, tomatoes and black olives.

The Fiesta Party Cards are probably my favorite item in the collection. J took my vision and made it come to life! A white banner was “hung” on each adobe-style building and then “illuminated” with festive lights. I still can’t decide which architecture style is my favorite!

Beverages for our fiesta included “El Greyso’s Cactus Juice” and “El Greyso’s Fiesta Brew” which paid homage to Brittany’s son, Greyson, whom we designed the collection for. After wrapping the bottles with the “Create-Your-Own” Bottle Wrappers, I tied a straw to each bottle with scrap ribbon to save space on the buffet.

I think any fiesta should end with a lil’ something sweet. I wanted to make a Mexican dessert but my repertoire is limited in that area. Instead, I made my version of a churro or as I like to call them, Faux Churros! I’ll be sharing my recipe later today but they are basically cinnamon twists…and the first thing to be completely devoured by my family!

Everyone filled their plates and the ¡Fiesta! was a complete success! It was so much fun to be able to share this experience with my family and to hear the laughter fill our house! I love designing {inspiration} parties to inspire y’all but {real} parties truly are the best!

The Fiesta Collection also includes fun party signs and favor tags. Everything you need to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, rehearsal dinner, family dinner or Cinco de Mayo!

Piggy Bank Party Budget: $60.00 (5 guests)

Budget Breakdown:

  • Décor (Printables, Printing & Assembly): $29.81
  • Food & Beverage: $30.15
  • Servingware, Lanterns, Streamers & Ribbon: Free

Party Total: $59.96 {$.04 under budget}

{break for an Under Budget Happy Dance!}

One of the best things was that we had enough food leftover for another meal. We love savin’ our pennies!

The Fiesta Collection is now available in The Market for $20.00.

I hope you’re inspired to have a ¡Fiesta! with your loved ones!

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I’m sharing my idea on The Celebration Shoppe’s “What I’ve Been Up To Wednesday” link party!

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