A Fun Margarita Fiesta

Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign

Ohhhh, y'all this is such a fun post!  Are you ready?!!!

If you love spending time with friends while nibblin' on munchies and sippin' on cocktails, then this Fun Margarita Fiesta is for you!

It's super casual, and really easy to throw together...my kinda shindig!  :)

Margarita Fiesta - Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas - JenTbyDesign
Fun Margarita Fiesta Party Ideas

Of course, the stars of the show are the 'ritas, so might as well dress them up for the occasion, right?

I chose this recipe because I loved the color of the cocktail.  Yes, I know...I'm weird like that, but it works, right?  ;)

I wanted the tablescape to be bright and colorful with Mexican flair, so I sliced up some jalapeños to give the drink some spice, and added a baby habanero pepper and lime slice as garnish for pops of color.

Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Food - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Food - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign

Keeping with the Mexican theme, and trying to keep things casual, the food centered around chips and dips.

I mean, what goes better with margaritas?

Spicy guacamole, queso, fresh garden salsa, and corn & caramelized onion salad were all available to munch on, and were soooo tasty!

Oriental Trading Company has the cutest little brightly colored shot glasses that were perfect for serving the corn salad in, and they added a festive touch to the table.

Lime wedges were available to add some extra zip to the dips, if anyone wanted it, and looked really cool with the party decor on the table.

And can we just talk about that "Chippin,' Dippin,' and Margarita Sippin" sign that I designed? So fun, right?!!  I just love how it looks in the distressed frame I found at Michaels!

Get the print in the shop here.

Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign

I love using natural elements in my celebrations, and what could be better for a Fun Margarita Fiesta than colorful peppers?  

Rich green jalapeños, bright red hot chili peppers, and fiery habanero peppers served as the perfect table decor for the party.

Bright, cheerful fiesta goodies from Oriental Trading Company were just what were needed to make the party decor complete!

Giant balloon letters spelled out OLÉ, while the fun fiesta garland added color and flair!

I thought the taco garland was just too cute to pass up, and it added a hint of whimsy to the table.  :)

The fiesta plates and napkins were the perfect finishing touches.  

Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Favor Ideas - JenTbyDesign

Last but not least, some DIY Margarita Party Favors were on hand for guests to take home.

Oriental Trading had some taco holders that matched the party plates, so I used them to create boxes to hold some fun goodies.

Mini bottles of tequila, guacamole mix, shot glasses (the same ones that I used for the corn salad above), and "Island Margarita" hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works were tucked inside.  

I finished the boxes off with fun fiesta favor tags (available here).

Giant margarita & lime balloons, fiesta garland, and a coordinating fiesta favor sign finished off our favor station...and looked super cute, I might add!

See...all of this was so easy...and FUN!!!  You can totally recreate this at home, I have no doubt!

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :)  

Sources:

Jen T by Design:  "Chippin,' Dippin,' and Margarita Sippin" sign; "Holy Guacamole" favor tags & favor sign set; party styling & ideas; photography

Oriental Trading Company Balloons, plates, napkins, taco holders, taco banner, fiesta banner, tissue paper fans, shot glasses

Michaels:  Picture frames

Target:  Cactus

 I was provided samples by Oriental Trading Company in exchange for my honest review on their products. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own.  No other type of compensation was received. 

Adorable Barnyard Bash

Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party

When Bethany of Sweet Georgia Sweet asked me to design some party goodies for her cute little guy's upcoming Barnyard Bash, I couldn't mooooove fast enough to my computer to get to work!  

If you're familiar with Bethany's style, you know that it's clean, classy, and so adorable!

Her vision of gingham, green, and blue party accents, anchored by her family's bright red barn turned out to be picture-perfect!

Every detail of this party is impeccable!  Some of my faves: 

  • The fun baaaatches of sheep cake pops and barnyard macarons
  • The bedazzled & hand painted farm animal figurines
  • The melamine plate featuring artwork from my stationery suite
  • The stunning 3-tiered barnyard birthday cake
  • The subtle incorporation of sweet gingham and fresh hydrangeas

Ready to "get down on the farm?"

Sit back, relax, and soak in all of the yumminess that this celebration has to offer! 

Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party

This Barnyard Bash Invitation was soooo fun to create, and I just LOVE how Bethany sent the design to Shutterfly to have it incorporated onto a melamine plate.  Isn't it so cute?!!!

Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party

You guys...are these not the most adorable macarons you've ever seen?!!!  Crumbles Bakery outdid herself!

Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party

What good is a Barnyard Bash without a few party animals?

Alyson of The Painted Parade is a genius when it comes to jazzing up animal figurines, and this party was no exception!  I mean, just look at that horse's outfit, y'all...complete with a party hat!

Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party
Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party

Straw flags, favor tags, and a red + white gingham pattern were a few of the coordinating party accessories that I created for the Barnyard Bash. These goodies can be found in the shop. 

Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party

Just look at that birthday boy!  :)

I'd say he had a pretty great day...what do you think?

Good job, Mama, and thanks for letting me play a part in such a special celebration!  

Barnyard Bash - Farm Birthday Party

Vendor Credits:

Jen T by Design – Stationery Suite: invitation design, favor tags, straw flags, thank you card design
Party of 7 Photography – photography
Sweet Georgia Sweet – party styling, personalized banner
Shutterfly – canvas birthday board, personalized melamine plates
Bliss Bakery – cake
Edible Details – fondant animals seen on cake
Crumbles – cookies, macarons, cake pops
One Stylish Party – confetti balloons and tassels
Tiny Prints – printed invitations, printed thank you cards
Painted Parade – party farm animal decorations
Four Fourteen Event Design – paper rosette “two” banner
Botanique Paperie – paper garlands

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :)  

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I'm always game for a giggle, and puns are my jam, so Owls + Valentine's Day = A super cute "Owl Ya Need Is Love" Valentine's Day party!  :)

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We've done our very best to pack these gift sets with the highest quality goodies, and have truly offered them at the best price we can.

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Well, today I'm gonna rock your world...take some of that dreaded stress right off your shoulders.  I've created a Thanksgiving Dessert Bar that you can recreate yourself at home...no stress at all, y'all!

Bye, bye, stress of trying to figure out what to serve for dessert.

Catch ya later, stress of decorating and trying to make things look pretty.

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From the splatter-painted "BOO" balloons &  impressive balloon garland to the enchanting ghost bunting dancing on the front of the table, and every incredible detail in between, this Halloween Party is off. the. chain!!!  {Just wait until you see the chair covers}!

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Take a peek below to see the full party, but beware...it's pretty spooktacular!

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So, if you're searching for a modern, stylish shower theme for that bride-to-be, take a peek below at this gorgeous collection of Boho Chic Bridal Shower Ideas that will provide you with tons of inspiration!

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(If you missed the party, get all of the adorable details here ).

Y'all have been waiting a long time for this, so let's get right to it!  

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If you know me, I'm all about the challenges of fresh, new, "less-traveled" themes.

However, when your little niece...who just so happens to be the cutest little 9-year-old on the planet...asks for a Unicorn Party, a Unicorn Party she gets.  She's lucky she's cute!  

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The trees bursting with color, the crisp fresh air, apple picking, baking, tailgating, football games...I just love all of it!

In fact, when I had my first baby and my Lamaze teacher had us choose "focal point" pics for the delivery room, I chose a gorgeous pic of Fall trees to whisk me away from the unmentionable pain of childbirth.  {Let's save that story for another day, shall we}?

Anyhoo, to welcome Fall, and to get you just as excited about it as I am, I'm sharing this fun "Hello, Sweater Weather" printable art print with you...for FREE!  :)

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And, I've designed some FREE pennant straw flags in lots of colors that you can use to jazz up your tailgate set-up.  You'll find the link to download them in #5 of this post.  :)

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Today's a fun day, y'all!  I've been so excited to share this post with you that I've been about to burst for weeks!

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This set is adorable, you guys.  Seriously, soooo cute, and the colors are perfect for summertime!

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Here are a few really easy...and totally yummy...July 4th treats with a patriotic flair that you can whip up in a jiffy.

{Ok, the salsa & star chips make take a little more time to prepare, but mostly we're talking box mixes and pre-mades here, y'all}!

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Last week, in Part One of this party post, I showed you how we gutted our living room and set up the stations for the party.  

If you missed it, it's a must see!  Find all of the awesome pics and deets here.

Today, I'm going to show you how we moved the kids from station to station so that everyone was busy the entire time, and so they each got the full salon experience.  

Here we go!  

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After a little chat with my sweet girl, I realized, thank goodness, that I absolutely did not have to come up with a party revolving around toilet paper and other unmentionables.  

What she meant to ask for was {what I have totally more appropriately named} a Salon Birthday Party.  

A party where you get your hair done and your nails painted....which usually happens in the bathroom.   Ahhhhh.  See?  A soon-to-be-8-year-old's version of a bathroom party.

Since she wanted to invite some of her boy buddies to join the fun, and they definitely wouldn't be interested in the whole salon experience, we broadened the theme a little  more, and the party officially became a "Salon & Stache Bash."

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Yeah, baby!  This year it falls on Friday, June 5th.

It's a day where we can splurge on these sweet little bites of Heaven to our heart's content, and don't have to worry for a second about calories.

Yep, that's right.  Did you know that donuts are totally calorie-free on National Donut Day?!!  (At least that's what I choose to believe, so if you think otherwise, don't rain on my parade, ok)?

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