Adelyn’s 3rd Birthday – a DIY fiesta!

Woohoo, let’s have a fiesta!

We decided to do a fun fiesta theme for Adelyn’s 3rd birthday this year. Of course, I created an “Addy’s 3rd birthday” board on pinterest and started pinning fiesta decorations/menu/wardrobe ideas like a mad woman. In the end, I think the party turned out perfectly! Couldn’t have done it without the help of my family. Mom says next year we need to hire a caterer. Too much food prep, Ma? 😉

The party was all about bright colors. Ruffled streamers and napkin flowers were the main decorations, along with some fun paintings from our neighbor. I wish I had taken more photos of the decor, but apparently I was preoccupied with other things…

Paper napkin flowers fashioned after this tutorial.

Ruffled streamers and napkin flowers.

Love these ruffled streamers, fashioned after this tutorial. Super easy and added a little something extra to the decor.

I made the pinata following this tutorial from Paper lanterns + crepe paper and party hats + candy = pinata! The pinata stick (seen in my pictures further down) was simply a wooden stick from Hobby Lobby, wrapped in crepe paper.

We had a “decorate your maracas” station! The idea was also from, and I purchased the maracas from Discount School Supply. Great buy, good condition, and, even better, the kids loved them.

And with that, it’s prep and party time!

I put my slaves to work making a few more last minute decorations…

At least they look happy.

Decorating cupcakes…

And chopping onions.

They were also in charge of taming the wild animals.

Mission accomplished.

Before we knew it, it was party time!

Colton sure likes the lei.

The kids started at the maraca station so that the *washable* paint {{good call, self!}} would be dry by the end of the party. There were also all kinds of goodies to put on the maracas – glitter, googly eyes, pompoms, feathers, sequins.

Addy’s birthday smock came in handy!

The kids were all very creative.

Derek was hard at work cooking the fajitas, fajita veggies, and refried beans on our grills.

After some intense painting, we played a rousing game of “Pin the tail on the donkey”. I made the donkey out of poster board, crepe paper, and a googly eye, and the tails were made out of twisted up crepe paper.

Addy was proud of her attempt!

Good job, kids! Kenna’s orange tail was right on the money.

Even {one of} the adults joined in!

After the game was finished, Momma remembered that she bought a special hat for the day and brought it out. Colton loved it.

Auntie Mikaela loved it.

Auntie Kimmy loved it.

And Chef Daddy loved it.

Lots of socializing, playing and (more painting!) was done while we waited for the food.

Oh look! A blank canvas for painting!

What a couple of painting cousins.

Finally, the food was ready! The menu consisted of fajita beef/fajita chicken (our own marinade), fajita veggies, cheese quesadillas, homemade guacamole, homemade salsa, homemade refried beans, and fruit salad. Ya. That was a lot of cooking (and almost all of it was done by Derek! Good job, hubby!). But it was SOOOO good.

Check out that spread. Delish.

What’s that? Why yes, Colton is using a fork. Thanks for noticing.

And of course, after eating it was back to painting.

The birthday girl was given a third eye, thanks to one of the older kids.

Until it was time for cupcakes, that is! Vanilla cupcakes with homemade cream cheese icing and homemade dulce de leche drizzled on top. {{Okay, maybe next year we WILL cater. That’s a lot of homemade stuff.}}

Of course I forgot to remove Addy’s “third eye”.

And then it was time for presents.

What better way to wrap up the party than with a pinata, am I right?


Good thing I made a second one…

Although you can probably tell from this picture that the second pinata was short-lived.

As the party drew to a close, we surveyed the damage…

I’d say the party was a huge hit. 🙂

Adelyn is 3 years, 1.5 weeks old and Colton is 11 months, 2 weeks old.


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