Here comes backyard birthday #4 – Zoey’s Mexican Fiesta! Zoey definitely dances to the beat of her own drum and is always looking for different and unique ways of doing things, so she and I came up with the Mexican Fiesta theme for her birthday party!
First, she asked me to make her a Fiesta dress. Since I was unsure of what exactly that meant, I had her come to the fabric store with me and pick out fabric and then lend me a dress in the style that she wanted, so that I could copy the pattern.
I took the dress and laid in on top of the fancy fabric that she picked and sort of cut it a few inches bigger than the skirt section – I ended up with 2 big rectangles cut the same size.
Put right sides together and sew up the seems on each side. Then, gather the top and hem the bottom.
Next, I cut out 2 pieces for the front and 2 for the back, in relatively the same shape as the dress I was copying.
Sew side seems on each piece, then match like sides together and pin the straps where you need them – the straps should hang out of the bottom, like this:
Sew all the way across the top, then turn it right-side in and press. Then, top stich the top.
I took the top piece and sewed it to the gathered edge of the skirt piece and that was it!
I’m not sure how many would classify it as a “fiesta dress”, but she loved it! I think next summer, I’ll make Madelyn a bunch of sundresses this way – it was very easy:)
The day of the party, Zoey’s awesome Grandma and Grandpa cooked a Mexican feast! We had taco shells and tortillas, beans, rice, beef, and the best green chili I’ve ever tasted! It was fantastic! We set it out along a high counter in the kitchen so adults could get at it, but there wouldn’t be any little fingers double dipping in the guacamole.
Zoey’s Mom, Kena, provided noise maker toys and tiny sombreros for the kids as favors.
After the kiddos ate and went crazy dancing to Mexican music in the backyard – it was craft time!
I bought a couple of packages of tissue paper and some pipe cleaners from Wal-Mart and showed the guests how to make tissue paper flowers.
All the kids picked 3 or 4 squares of tissue paper and a pipe cleaner.
Then, the adults helped them accordion fold the paper, like you would a fan, and twist the pipe cleaner around the center of the folded tissue paper.
Then, the kids were focused and kind of quiet as they gently pulled apart the layers of tissue. Then they looked like this:
We had some that twisted the pipe cleaners around their wrists to make a bracelet and some that put their new flowers on their shirt or in their hair – they were all so proud of their creations!
And of course, no fiesta would be complete without…
Back outside we went to hook up the piñata to the swing set.
Every guest got a turn – we went in age order, youngest to oldest. I figured that would make it last longer and it did – our oldest guest was the one who broke it so everyone got a turn!
The party was a blast for both the young and the old! It was different and unique, just like Zoey:)
Happy birthday, Zo-po! We love you!