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40th Birthday Mexican Fiesta

40th Birthday Mexican Fiesta

Ok, it is official I turned 40 this year. To celebrate we invited family and friends and served up a Mexican Fiesta.  Here is the invite I designed and a little of what we did to celebrate.

Like the style? Want to play around with creating your own? I set up a template for you to play around with here.

I didn’t want a birthday cake; instead, I decided to make my own cupcakes. Learning the swirl technique for decorating them was on my bucket list. The first 12 were a little difficult after that, it was smooth sailing.

I used Wilton 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating Set that was the key to creating the professional look. Start at the outside edge and spiral your way inside. Ending in the center.

Cupcakes for my 40th Birthday Mexican Fiesta

To make your life extremely easy, use box cupcake mixes and frosting in a tub.  The job is simple and you will save a ton of money. I made 75 cupcakes for under $15.00.  Just what for sales on frosting and mixes.  Stock up when you find the deals. 

A Nacho and Taco Bar Was My Food Calling:

Sticking with the Mexican theme I chose to create a taco and nacho bar. It went over extremely well. Prep work was easy. So was the clean up. Add in some chips and salsa and extra snacks and the food was taken care of.

A Nacho and Taco Bar Was My Food Calling: Sticking with the Mexican theme I chose to create a taco and nacho bar. It went over extremely well. Prep work was easy. So was the clean up.

The most common question I get is how do you always know how much food to make?  I figured to make 50 servings of nachos, buy at least 8 pounds of ground beef.  That is if everyone has one serving of meat on top.  What did I buy?  I figured 50-60 guests.  I fried up 12 pounds.  Thinking, anything remaining meat could be frozen.  I was left with about a cup of meat.

I order 3 Nacho Cheese Sauce my husband thought I was nuts when I had them delivered.  We were left with only about a cup out of those bad boys.


What Do You Want For Your Birthday?

A few weeks before my birthday my husband asked what I wanted for my birthday. That was easy! I wanted a margarita machine. Not just any ole’ blender. So, we ventured out to take a look at what was out on the market. Meet my birthday present.

The Margaritaville maker was fun to play around with before the party.

 

The Margaritaville maker was fun to play around with before the party.

Strawberry Margarita

 

 

We perfected a combination of 5 frozen drinks. Blue Hawaiian, Strawberry Shortcake, Regular Margarita, Strawberry Margarita (with real berries) and a Hawaiian Margarita. All of which received excellent reviews.

 

Blue Hawaiian

 

Outside we set up a self-serve bar that greeted our guests and explained each drink that could be made indoors and out.

 

Outside we set up a self-serve bar that greeted our guests and explained each drink that could be made indoors and out.


Activities included passing around mustaches and sombreros for pictures, a piñata and a bonfire.

 

One of my buddies and myself.

 

It was loads of fun and I was thankful for each and every one of the 40 plus (lost count – Margaritas had nothing to do with my counting abilities. Promise 🙂 people that took time out of their lives to spend the entire night with me. I am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

Next year’s 20th anniversary plans are already in the works. I find it comical that AT least one guest asks when our next party is. I giggle inside because I know they enjoyed themselves.

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8 thoughts on “40th Birthday Mexican Fiesta

  1. Appreciated this post. I used this theme and some of your ideas to put together a party for my husband. The invites you created for us were awesome. Thank You! Thank You!

  2. Oh, I am dreading turning 40 this year. Just looking at your pictures and ideas puts me at ease. Age is just a number right? Please tell me this is true.

    • Mai,

      It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Remember now, I have 3 months under my belt and life after 40 seems to be more laid back. Things that once bothered me don’t anymore. Your only as old as you think you are. For me, nothing has really changed. Except there is one huge change that I have noticed, the older I get the quicker the days, months and years go by. Maybe that is why I state things are more laid back. I am taking the time to enjoy life more because I think it is passing quicker? Don’t dread it, embrace it!

  3. I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for or within my interests..
    Just had to say keep them coming. Entertaining is my specialty. Again, thank you and awesome blog!

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