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Cinco de Mayo + Zach's Birthday = An Awesome Party

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

You're all probably annoyed that I'm still talking about Zach's Cinco de Mayo birthday party. Welp, I promise this is the last post in which I'll mention it. As of this weekend, the party is officially over.

Cinco de Mayo was well-celebrated in our house on Saturday night, and except for a few broken light bulbs, the event was a smashing success!

About 30 of our closest friends descended upon our little backyard patio - which was decorated with bright table cloths, cacti, bundles of flowers, streamers, a papel picado banner, and limes (see all of my decorating ideas here.)

Since I made all the food myself, I kept the menu simple: chips and guacamole as an appetizer, build-your-own-tacos for the main course, and margarita cupcakes for dessert. I definitely made some mistakes when it came to guessing the amount of food we needed. For instance, we ran out of chicken and beans almost as soon as the food hit the table. But then, even after everyone finished eating, we still had like 100 tortillas left over (oops... lesson learned.)

Costco got huge bonus points for making the pre-mixed margaritas. They were ohsogood (for $10 a liter, you can't go wrong.)

The pinata was also a huge success - although I didn't get any good pictures of it. Ultimately, Christina (mother of the two cuties below) brought it down after three men tried before her (her pinata hacking skills were impressive, ok?)

Oh, and don't forget about these pretty twinkle lights. They were the perfect addition to the decor - until we tried to move one strand during the party and broke a few bulbs onto the plates of our friends sitting below (sorry for the party foul, Megan & Peter.)

But, at the end of the night, all that matters is that Zach had fun... and he did (at least he keeps saying he did. Unprompted.)

To all the friends who came out to celebrate with us: thanks! We loved having you here. I can't wait for the next random holiday where we can celebrate again!


  1. that looks like so much fun!

    1. It was! I wish I could throw a party like that every weekend. :)

  2. Fabulous party!! Even 'la cucaracha' wanted to join the fun... ;) And I'm still dreaming about those margarita (cupcakes)!

    1. Hahha... After everyone left, I found a few "cucarachas" that had been squashed during all the fun. Guess they like to party too!

  3. Gorgeous photos Ali, thanks for sharing! Looks like you all had a wonderful time.
    Ronnie xo


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