When my girlfriend Caroline decided she was getting married in Mexico, my little party heart fluttered. Not only was I excited for sun, margaritas and beach, I couldn’t wait to plan a killer Bachelorette party: Mexico style!
As a native Californian, I have been spoiled my whole life with AWESOME Mexican food. And, as any good California girl will tell you, nothing makes your heart tick like chips, salsa and a tequila shot. So as I prepared for Caroline’s final night as a single woman, I thought to myself: what's the best way to send my girlfriend off into wifehood? The only way I knew how: Caroline’s Final Fiesta.
Here are some of my favorite details and advice for a successful Fiesta:
Break the ice!
Have an assortment of beverages to offer your guests the second they walk in the door. This sets the tone for a fun evening and makes it clear to your guests they should feel comfortable. Remember to be mindful that not everyone is a drinker, so you should be able to offer a non-alcoholic drink. Don’t forget to take pride in your drink station; this is one of the best areas to decorate!
I also kept in mind we were in for a long night. It's so important to stay hydrated when you are consuming alcohol (especially in a warm place like Mexico). But a boring bottle of water just wasn’t enough. I offered a fun alternative to the bottle by customizing labels that matched the other printed materials. Tossed a little sombrero on each of those bad boys and they looked like they came to party!
For our sit down dinner, intermixing the guests was the best way to go. But how does one ensure guests sit with a stranger while sending a strong party message to all…..Tequila shot placecards baby! Not only does this serve as your place card for dinner, it sends a strong message to your guests. We came to CELEBRATE this girl’s last night with out a husband!!! And the best part is, this doubles as your party favor. This isn’t your mother’s party favor hunny. No one is throwing this out…only throwing it back!
I knew the food was going to be easy. A tasty Mexican spread was the way to go. But making minor adjustments to the standard buffet set up was a fun way to get conversations started. For instance, don’t just serve your tortilla soup in a bowl, put it in a shot glass. It’s a reminder we came to party!
Of course there are always the games at a Bachelorette party. So put a fiesta spin on em! Have a piñata!! You’re never too old! (I’ve left the photo out of our piñata as it wasn’t the most.. shall we say.. appropriate) But what good is a piñata if you don’t have bags for all your goodies? For these I made labels with the same design as the water bottle labels and prize bags. A simple copy and paste, just a different template.
Don't Forget the Keepsakes!
I also wanted to be sure our bride walked away with a good reminder of the fun night we had. So I had all the girls kiss a photo matte and sign their name next to it. We took a group photo for our bride to place in her frame. Kiss that maiden name goodbye!
So get creative with your decorations for your fiesta! Send a message to your guests that a good time is in order and tie it through out your theme. Then let the margaritas flow, tequila will take care of the rest!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Araujo is an entertainment professional with over 10 years of experience on stage, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. A graduate of San Jose State University, Megan earned her degree in Creative Arts before moving to Los Angeles.
This Northern California native is daughter to a professional crafter and party planner, so design and event production has always been second nature to her. It's no surprise that she wants to be wherever the good times roll (with gold glitter on hand, of course!)