Friday, June 19, 2015

Host a Backyard Fiesta Party This Summer!

modern fiesta party

I recently had an opportunity to design a summer party for Better Homes and Gardens - talk about a dream come true! I've been a loyal reader of BHG ever since elementary school but back then I would've never guessed I'd have the opportunity to work with them. That's what makes this blogging journey so exciting!

modern fiesta party

For this modern version of a fiesta party, I incorporated a few signature Design Improvised decor touches - like serving baskets embroidered with yarn and colorful flowers made from cupcake wrappers. You can find all the step-by-step instructions for each DIY project with my tips and tricks in this downloadable party kit!

modern fiesta party

I wanted to make this party special, but low-stress for the hostess. This is the perfect opportunity to invite a few friends over on a warm summer night for cocktails and a casual meal. All of the decor and even the food can be prepared in advance. The flowers and the yarn garland came together over the course of a few nights in front of the TV.

modern fiesta party

I kept the food simple as well with a "make your own" Mexican pizza bar - tortillas with black bean spread and cheese are heated a couple minutes on the grill and then guests can garnish with their own fresh toppings!

mexican pizzas

Mexican pizza toppings

A drink station with a variety of bottled sodas and sparkling waters and a pitcher of a signature cocktail (these pisco sours are delicious!) is all you need.

drink station

Leftover cupcake wrappers make for festive drink stirrers to top off your signature cocktail.

summer cocktail

This party was one of my favorite creative collaborations. In addition to working with Better Homes and Gardens, I loved patterning with the fantastic Candice Stringham, who took these gorgeous photos!

modern fiesta party

Find all the party details and a downloadable party kit with project tutorials and recipes on!

Photos by Candice Stringham.

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