There is so much to love about a Fiesta themed Hens Party. Margaritas for a start! Here are some ideas to get your party planning juices flowing.
So your bestie is about to get hitched and you’ve been left in charge of hosting the Hens Party. And it can’t be just any old Hens Party because last year, your bestie threw you a Hens Party that was without a doubt the best night (well weekend) of your life. Stressed much?! Don’t worry – I’ve been there. I’ve got your back. Introducing the Hens Fiesta.
There is soooo much to love about a Fiesta theme and there are so many different ways to do it well. You could choose to host your Fiesta as one single event. Or it could be multiple events across a weekend. You could choose a bright, bold Mexican inspired colour scheme or softer, more elegant pastel pink and green backdrop.
Whichever way you go, you really can’t go wrong with a Hens Fiesta. Here’s how I handled it.
Planning your Fiesta
Firstly, grab a copy of our party planning checklist to give yourself piece of mind that everything you need to do to host the party of the century is covered. Then you really need to sit down with your Hen and have her handover the guest list. You’ll need names and email addresses at a minimum. Also, if your Fiesta plans include more than one activity, your Hen might need to nominate which guests she would like to invite to each one.
It’s never too early to send a Save the Date. So once you have your guest list, send-away.
Now’s also a good time to also have a chat with the Hen about the budget. As she knows her guests better than anyone, she will be able to nominate a budget that she is comfortable asking each person to pay. This will then guide you when you put together the agenda.
Agenda & Invitations
Your agenda will largely be guided by the number of guests you have and the budget you want each guest to spend. There was so much I wanted to do to make the occasion special for my bestie, but of course I couldn’t do it all. I picked a few key things for the agenda and then added special touches here and there.
Here’s how my Hens Fiesta went down:
- Friday Afternoon: Arrive at rental property and setup decorations
- Friday Evening: Guests arrive and socialise
- Friday Night: Margaritas & Margheritas (Dress Up, Mexican Theme)
- Saturday Morning: Breakfast Burritos Brunch
- Saturday Afternoon: Fiesta Games
- Saturday Night: Mexican Restaurant
- Sunday Morning: Recover
If you are hosting multiple events as part of your Fiesta like I did, you might need a couple of different versions of your invitation. Don’t forget to include payment details – although you’ll probably end up sending them again and again………and again.
Now that you have your agenda, you can split up the tasks between any other bridesmaids. Did someone say let go of the control? I’m a major control freak so don’t worry, if I could do it, so can you.
Margaritas & Margheritas
We booked a fabulous house for the weekend. The bride really wanted this so she was willing to cover a decent amount of the accommodation cost so that we could try to keep the budget down for her guests. If you can’t quite work a beachside property into your budget, you’ll probably want to keep the Fiesta to a single day. You can choose one location – someone’s house or a hired venue – and still host multiple activities if you please.
Night one for us was “Margaritas and Margheritas”. Of course this was a dress-up party – Mexican theme.
I did a big grocery order online to cover everything we needed for the weekend and picked it up on the way to the accommodation. This included a stack of pizza bases, pizza sauce, shredded cheese (and some deli meats for the not so margherita fans). This is seriously the easiest meal to make for a group of people. We stood around chatting while we assembled the pizzas and wacked them in a pizza maker I had brought from home. The oven would be a fine alternative. Don’t forget to cater for any dietary requirements.
Margaritas are also not complicated at all and take the party from zero to ten in a matter of minutes 😉 You’ll need ice, tequila, triple sec and lemon juice (I used this for convenience). We were lucky to have access to a thermomix but any blender that can crush the ice would be suitable.
- 180ml tequila
- 90ml Cointreau
- 90ml lemon juice
- 4 cups ice
- sea salt, to serve
As the yummy food was served and the drinks were flowing, we added a couple of activities to the mix to loosen everyone up:
1) Say My Name
We gave the bride name tags to hand out to her guests. We chose old-fashioned or silly names to ignite some giggles. We set the rule that no one was allowed to be referred to as their actual name. If someone called you your actual name during the night, they had to take a tequila shot.
2) Speak Out
If you haven’t played this yet, do yourself a favour and play it now! Kmart has a version for $10. You basically put a mouthguard in your mouth and try to talk. We replaced the cards with Mexican inspired sentences to stay on theme. Such as “Fiesta like there is no Manana” and “Taco bout a great Hens Party”. Make sure you have your phone ready to record!
Food and drinks were terrific, spirits were high and the Hens Fiesta was off to a cracking start.
After a lazy Saturday morning and breakfast burrito feast, we dressed and were ready to greet some more gusts who were joining us for the Fiesta Games. This was a team event made up of several Mexican themed activities:
1) Bean Relay
You’ll need: A packet of straws, a packet of dried black beans, 2 x plastic cups
How to play: Line up in two straight lines next to each other at one end of the table. Empty the packet of black beans on the table in front of the players and give everyone a straw. When you say “go” the first player on each team uses the straw to pick up a bean and runs to the other end of the table to drop it in their team’s plastic cup. As soon as the bean is dropped in the cup, the next player takes their turn. The team that gets the most beans in their cup in 60 seconds wins that round. Split the guests from the winning team into two new teams and repeat until you have your Grand Final (one on one) and then ultimately a winner.
2) Taco Smash
You’ll need: Enough tacos for each player, two wooden spoons
How to play: The first two players face each other holding the wooden spoon with the handle facing out. Place a taco on the handle of each wooden spoon. The winner is the first person to smash the other player’s taco. A new challenger enters the game after every victory until you have a winner.
3) Kiss the Mexican hunk
You’ll need: A large print out of a Mexican hunk (google “Mexican hunk”), red lipstick
How to play: Stick your homemade poster on a wall and pass around the red lipstick for players to apply in abundance. Blindfold the first player and spin them around to disorient them. The player then has to plant a kiss on the hunk and the closes to the target (you pick the target ;)) wins.
4) True or False (with a Tequila Twist)
You’ll need: Pre-made true or false cards, a bottle of tequila, shot glasses.
How to play: Before the Fiesta, get together with the other bridesmaids and think up some fun stories about the Hen. Also think up some stories that are not true to try and trick the guests. Write each story on a separate card. Have all of the players sit around in a circle to listen to each story. The players have to decide if the story is true (hands on heads) or false (hands on knees). The players that choose incorrectly must take a shot of tequila and are eliminated from the game. Keep playing until you have your winner.
After our Fiesta games, we headed off to a local Mexican restaurant for some more yummy food, drinks and…..well….ummmm….entertainment.
You’ve set the tone with your invitations, so it’s nice to follow it through with your styling. Here is some of my favourite Fiesta décor:
Check out our Pinterest board for more Fiesta party ideas.
Final Fiesta touches
If you are anything like me, you will want to add just a few really special touches that show the bride just how much you love her and make her Fiesta all that more special.
My bestie had a special request – she wanted to feel pretty. A pretty easy request considering how stunning she is. With budget pressures, we couldn’t really afford to ask all of the guests to chip in for an expensive group pampering session. We were trying to keep all of the activities a bit “DIY” and inexpensive. However that said, I knew how much my bestie would love a flower crown. So instead of asking everyone to shell out for one, we purchased just one amazing flower crown from our favourite florist, Whittwood Designs. Mexican style of course.
Next challenge was finding a special touch that would really connect all of the guests to the Hen and make them feel truly part of her special day. I just loved this temporary tattoo that I had seen featured on Lauren Conrad’s blog for her Bachelorette Party. It was easy enough to track something down and order a personalised version here.
Lastly, I thought about how we could capture all of the memories from what was always going to be one of the best weekends ever. Enter my custom Snapchat filter. This was one of the biggest hits of the weekend and surprisingly easy and inexpensive. I had it designed to match the invitation and “turned it on” for the whole weekend. Custom Snapchat filters are based on geo locations and time. So guests using snapchat during the Fiesta were able to swipe for our personalised Fiesta de Ellen filter. A truly personal way to capture memories. I loved this so much I have dedicated an entire blog post to it to make it easy for you to make it happen for your special occasions. Read about it here.
If you’ve settled on a Hens Fiesta there are probably so many ideas swirling around in your head. I hope this has spurred you on in your planning for perfection.