|Here's a Mexican Theme party idea that was a great hit with all our guests. We were celebrating "Cinco De Mayo" but this party could be done anytime of the year. This party was all adults but had all the fixings of a kids party..party favors for each family and a couple of rounds of "Bandito Bingo". As all of our kids got older, our group of friends was not constantly connecting through the kids and their schedules. So I have tried to make a point to get us all together a couple of times a year. As April rolled around I started looking for a fun theme party idea for our next gathering. Since Cinco de Mayo was around the corner, I planned a Mexican fiesta and it couldn't have been more fun!|
Who doesn't love party favors, they add some fun and laughter to the gathering. So I decided on the "goody bag" contents. I found adorable red "Mardi Gras" type beads with cute chili peppers ornaments. I was also planning a game and needed prizes. I ended up with a sombrero, a flashing light-up "Fiesta lei" that was adorned with a huge chili pepper. There was even more, a set a marachis and decorated margarita glasses! I decided to make everyone "Cinco de Mayo" personalized t-shirts. . I also made everyone "Bottle Cap" Magnets for their fridge as a reminder of our Fiesta.Oriental Trading fiesta party supplies are great and they have a large selection, plus free shipping if you spend $49.00!
I made all our guests these easy and fun Cinco de Mayo t-shirts.. so easy and inexpensive when you do it yourself. Here is a step by step tutorial to making personalized t-shirts! I made them for a college care package and documented how to do it!
What could be more fun for a Mexican theme party than "Bandito Bingo". Played liked regular Bingo, but with a spin. Instead of pre-printed Bingo Boards, I made my own. I also let everyone choose from a Bingo Pull list to make their own boards. We played three rounds. Round one was simple "five in a row" and the winner received lottery tickets. It was kind of a trial run. Round 2 winner was our "Pequeno Bandito". This game was 2 of the following: five across, down or horizontal in a row. I put pennies on plates around the tables to use as markers. You could also use Hershey's kisses or MnM's too! The winner received not only the title, but was decorated with some of the prizes I had bought. The final game was "cover the board" and our winner was crowned "Grande Bandito" with a big sombrero. The catch was once you got "Bingo", you must sing, "Aye, Yae, Yae, I am an awesome bandito!" Our group was perfect for this, but you could also just have the call out Bandito if they win! Yelling Bingo would get you disqualified! It became quite competitive and a ton of laughs.
Here is what the Bingo Board looked like and Here were the Bingo Pull cards I made. Everyone fills in their own Bingo card using these terms! It's funny how many of the same terms people used. If you choose a lesser known term, your chances of winning improve!
Print our Bandito Bingo game.. a great addition to your Mexican theme party! And best of all, it's free.. our gift to you!
Our well-dressed Grande and Pequeno Bandito Bingo winners
A fun time was had by all our Mexican theme party guests!
With your Mexican theme party idea being FIESTA, the food is the easiest to plan. Everyone offered to bring a dish so we had a feast of Mexican food. There were tacos, fajitas, chalupas, dip and chips, Mexican rice, guacamole, and of course a menagerie of delicious desserts. We did Margaritas, Coronas (don't forget the limes) and soft drinks for beverages. It could not have been easier!
This easy and healthy oven baked fajitas recipe is great as you can even make it ahead of time. Courtesy of Quick and Easy Healthy Eating!
Oven Baked Fajita
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel)
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into strips
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken strips in a greased 13×9 baking dish.
In a small bowl combine the oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt.
Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and stir to coat.
Next add the tomatoes, peppers, and onions to the dish and stir to combine.
Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
This Mexican theme party idea really turned out great. There was a lot of laughs and the game really made the night...everyone wanted to be the Grande Bandito!
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