I actually had a plan that once my children hit 5, we would scale back the parties and maybe do them every second year, or at the very least for a big, significant number like double digits or something. And then suddenly, in the midst of planning my lil man’s 4th party, plans erupted for my daughters 6th birthday party. She was making lists of ideas and creating names for menu items and suddenly I found myself immersed in full scale Mermaid land (or water, as the case may be!)
And then in an attempt to keep it low key, I thought that the actual party should just involve a few of her friends, and planned to invite the family to celebrate by having dinner with us on her actual birthday.
Her favourite food is burritos, although anything Mexican is good as far as she’s concerned so I had an idea to throw a casual dinner at ours – an “everyone-put-together-your-own -burritos-and-celebrate-our-little-lady-turning-6” kinda vibe. But then, because I am me and like any excuse for a party, I started pinning ideas and getting crazy in theme and before I knew it, I was making and hanging Papel Picado (colourful Mexican paper flags) and writing out an entire menu for all guests to refer to. What can I tell you – I love hosting a party and I love the seeing the thrill on my kids faces. I DO get slightly embarrased however when my kids ask before attending anyone else’s birthday parties what the theme will be!? eeeek.
Guests were strongly encouraged to get into the spirit of the night by sticking on a fluffy moustache. They were not the most comfortable things to wear and it was a humid night which made them a challenge to stay on, but it was a bit of fun and everyone was into it.
We offered Virgin Frozen Margaritas or a bottle of Corona on arrival, accompanied by chips and homemade salsa and homemade guacamole. Following this, we set everything up on the table so people could serve themselves with all the components necessary for a Taco & Burrito Stand (although Taco rhymed with Tahlia, so Taco Stand it was). Guests could choose from Beef Mince or Chicken as their filling. Soft tortillas or hard shell tacos were available as well as chopped iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese, salsa, guacamole, chipotle and sour cream. We also served refriend beans and BBQ’d Mexican corn which was delicious! I had also made Mexican Rice which was perfect, but clean forgot to put it out and only discovered it when I went to tidy up at the end of the night. Arrrrggghhhhh!
Everyone ate and ate and ate until they were stuffed and then we sang Happy Birthday to our sweet little lady. She is the eldest grandchild on both sides and the only grand-daughter so she got pretty spoiled! How’s that getting jewellery – REAL jewellery – for your 6th birthday!???
Because we were going to be having a cake for her weekend party with friends, I asked if she would mind if I did a dessert instead. She’s very obliging this one! 🙂 Pinterest offered a bunch of dessert options for this theme, but the one that caught my eye was this Mexican Fried Icecream Dessert. I made it the night before which was perfect for stress levels remaining low on the actual day and it was just beautiful.
And so that is how we ended up with two parties instead of none for my big girls’ turning 6 celebrations!
Stay tuned for part two of the celebrations – coming soon.