Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Family Fiesta 2017

With all three kids having birthdays over the course of a little over two weeks we ran into a dilemma when it came to birthday parties.  The first year we were able to do a party for all three kids which worked great - but after that it got hard to figure out how we were going to invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. to three different birthday parties over the course of a couple of weeks.  We decided to throw a "family fiesta" and invite both sides of our family over and celebrate all three kids at one time and after the first year we knew it was a tradition that would be sticking around.  



We had everyone over this past Sunday night and had a great time celebrating all our April babies.

The past couple of years I've made enchiladas with rice and beans as sides and this year decided to simplify and do a nacho bar.  We browned a TON of meat, added in the taco seasoning and then kept it warm in the crock pot.  I put the cold toppings in bowls and left them covered in the fridge until party time and the beans I just warmed before everyone got there and I left queso on the stove.  SO EASY!!!



The chili pepper lights are a super simple festive touch.


These chips are THE BEST!!!  If you have a Market Street close by you need to pick up a bag on your next trip.








Drink station! :)  And the birthday chalkboard from last year never got cleaned before the move so I was able to use it again! WOO HOO!






Each of the kids wanted a different kind of cake so I obliged and got three smaller cakes instead of one large one.


Griffin requested pink strawberry cake with pink sprinkles..


Mason asked for chocolate with blueberries...


.... and Luke requested carrot.


I picked the cakes up at Market street, topped them with fun sparkler candles and called it a day.






Time for the party to start!!!  Uncle Stephen and Aunt Cynthia made a grand entrance with a giant inflatable unicorn for GG :)  Let the party begin!!!


Present time!  Everyone was so generous and thoughtful and while it was a bit chaotic it was so much fun watching them open gifts.




Yes.... that's a bow and arrow.  And yes... it's so much fun :)



Griffin's Elsa costume was getting tight and had taken a bit of a beating over the past couple of years, but Gram and Papa Mac got her a new one complete with Elsa braid!  #daymade



Mason showing Beau his remote control truck.


It might be a party if...


I was nervous about the sparkler candles indoors but they were so fun!








We couldn't NOT have them blow out candles so after we sang and did sparklers we lit little candles and let them blow them out and make wishes.






Chocolate cake with extra blueberries for the boy with icing on his forehead :)


We ended the night by testing out some gifts...



It was such a great night and a wonderful way to kick off birthday month!

58 comments :

  1. Happy Happy Birthday to your three!! Nachos, strawberry cake, and a giant unicorn-my kind of party. ;)

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  2. I love the idea of a family fiesta every year! And getting each kid their own cake makes it even more special!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! And that way we all got to try a few bites of different cakes :)

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  3. I love that you can have one BIG party! It makes me want to plan all my pregnancies for the same month. :)

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    1. Hahaha! It's a definite perk - buying ALL the birthday presents and having all your babies age in a single month is a little hard to swallow though ;)

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  4. The kids look so cute all blowing out their candles! What a fun way to celebrate all at once with family.

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  5. Those are the best candles for birthdays!! Happy birthday to your sweet babes, and that fiesta looks too fun!

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  6. I've said it before, I just love the family fiesta idea!! Our kids birthdays are July, August, Sept so we have been thinking about doing this and picking a date right in the middle! Love that they each got their own cake :)

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  7. The Birthday Fiesta looks like it was a blast! Happy Birthday to your three! Also, that unicorn is amazing!! Xo

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    1. Who DOESN'T want a giant unicorn for their birthday! :) hahaha

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  8. Love this. It has inspired me to do a taco bar for my daughters 10th bday next month

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  9. Birthdays + Mexican food ... best birthday celebration ever!! 😍

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  10. My husband and daughter both have April birthdays. Kaitlyn will be 24, but I think a dual fiesta is just what we need to celebrate them both. Looks like your crew sure had fun! And the unicorn was perfect. Thanks for sharing all of the fun ideas. Only 37 more school days for this teacher! Have a great Tuesday.

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    1. It totally is!!! Y'all will have a blast! And yes... the countdown is on!

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  11. My two kids' birthdays are 10 days apart. I've stolen this idea, and we are having a Family Fiesta this year as well. And then two weeks later, we are having a friends party.... with a trip to Disney World in between. Wish me luck!

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  12. Your nacho bar is so cute - love those lights! Your blog has so many great ideas!! :) HBD to your kiddos!

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    1. Thanks so much, Emily! Hoping you found an idea or two you can use! :)

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  13. You always do the most creative and cutest things!!!

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  14. Happy Birthday to your three cuties. The fiesta looks like so much fun and I might steal your nacho bar idea for my daughter's grad party! :)

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  15. What a fun party! I love the sparklers on the cake!

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  16. Such a smart idea! Two of my kids have birthdays a few weeks apart and I think this would be a great idea for our family party!

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    1. And it was the easiest party ever! Have fun!

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  17. What a fun party! I like that you do one big party for your family to come to. I also like the nacho bar idea. We do something very similar in November for my husband and son's Birthday. I loved all the pictures.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, jenna! Thanks for reading!

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  18. How fun! Your Family Fiesta is a GREAT idea!! That unicorn float is hilarious!!

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  19. Happy birthday to all your babes! I need that giant unicorn - haha! I am an April baby too and so is my son - we are the best kind!
    https://hotmesscoolday.wordpress.com

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    1. April babies are somethin' special for sure!

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  20. I must know where that unicorn float is from!! Super cute and I have a unicorn loving daughter.

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  21. I love the fiesta theme! We are doing it for our couples bridal shower. I have to get those chili lights!

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  22. How fun!!! Would you mind telling me where you got the chili pepper lights? I'm obsessed with chili peppers stuff. �� thanks

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  23. This is such a sweet idea! They are going to look back on these parties with such awesome memories when they're older. Your family is the sweetest. #Goals

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  24. So perfect! I think it's so awesome that you celebrate all of them together! It seems way less stressful for you and it's nice to have all of your family come togheter at once. The fiesta theme was darling, too!

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  25. So cute. You always make such special memories. Great job mamma.

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  26. This looks like so much fun! I know this is a random question, where did you get the two chairs with the ottomans? Are they comfortable? Thanks!!

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  27. This is such a fun and sweet idea! I love it! Also, I love your blog!

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