Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
Taco-bouta a fun party, a fiesta ranks high in color, taste and enjoyment!
I love an occasion of any kind, I cannot lie, and especially the wonderful brightness and energy in a Mexican fiesta. As warm weather comes to Texas, I’m serving up the ingredients for a colorful fiesta-themed party!
Nothing says fiesta like vibrant citrus-inspired hues! I drew on that notion for my floral centerpiece, an idea you can easily copy. Just set a tall plain glass vase inside a large glass drum vase. In the space between the vases, layer rows of limes and mandarin oranges. Then fill the smaller vase with water and a bouquet of vivid-toned gerbera daisies, greenery, and maybe even an orange tree spray!
I continued the hot-as-salsa colors with a hot pink throw used as a runner on my table. Check out the kaleidoscope of saturated colors at each place setting. How do you like the glowing turquoise, flamboyant lime green, and hot pink napkins held by equally colorful pompom napkin rings?
Enhance your fiesta table with plants and nature! I used agaves in clay pots to flank my florals and added green and aqua dough bowls showcasing smaller succulents on a bed of dry black bean “pebbles”. So easy, but what a statement! I carried the plant theme to my place settings with green leaf chargers–and even cactus paddles at each plate. (If you use this idea, for everyone’s comfort get the spineless ones!)
You’ll make your beverage decisions for your fiesta based on your guest list, of course, but a tasty and healthy option for adults or children is a showy, colorful juice flight with interesting juices or juice combos to try. Just squeeze, chill and serve!
For your fiesta, you might be grilling, catering or dishing up your own tacos and all the fixings. But when it comes to that sweet something to top off your meal, be sure to carry your colorful fiesta theme through to dessert.
A trio of tart and sweet candies in margarita glasses lined up on a tray makes a simple mini candy bar for your guests. Be sure to coat the rims in green sugar for effect!
And finally, for a deliciously sweet finish, colorful fiesta-themed sugar cookies–exuberant flowers, cacti and pinatas–steal the show. I added some sliced pink grapefruit and prickly pear paddles to the glazed ceramic platter for color, texture and interest.
I hope you’re enjoying the warmer weather and taking advantage of our renewed opportunities to entertain. Send photos of your own fiesta party–find me on Facebook!
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