Monday, August 9, 2010

Real party: a Mexican fiesta bachelorette party

My sister's Mexican Fiesta bachelorette party was a success! We had amazing weather, great food, fruity cocktails and the most perfect tres leches cake (in both appearance and taste!) you could ever imagine. Most importantly, my sister had a great time drinking, dancing and hanging out with fun girlfriends.

The above papel picado is from Casa Bonanpak, they have an awesome selection and it was very budget friendly (I paid $24 for 4 huge strands). 

The flower inspiration came from this amazing Mexican Fiesta rehearsal dinner I saw on Style Me Pretty a while back.  I purchased three huge bouquets of zinnias from the Minneapolis Farmers' Market for a total of $12.  I used a couple empty salsa cans as vases along with empty bottles of Mexican soda. 

Inspired by this guest post by Marry You Me on Postcards and Pretties blog, I made strawberry thyme agua fresca.  It was refreshing and delicious.  The thyme gave it an awesome added depth of flavor. 

Strawberry Thyme Agua Fresca (recipe from Matt Bites)

Thyme Simple Syrup

1/2 cup loosely packed thyme sprigs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 water

Bring the water and sugar to a boil and then add the thyme. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Strain and remove the thyme.

For the Drink:

4 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries with 2-4 cups of water to blend
8-10 cups of water

Puree the fruit and water in batches and then strain to remove any seeds or pulp. You can use a fine sieve or cheesecloth and you’ll want to get as much solids out of the liquid. Add the simple syrup to the strained liquid and then dilute with 8 to 10 cups of water. At this point you can adjust the sugar and water levels to your liking. Serve over plenty of ice and enjoy immediately.

The gorgeous bachelorette.
Katie-tinis (vodka, club soda, a splash of cranberry and a lime).  My sister's favorite drink. 
This pretty turquoise vase was from a bouquet of tulips my husband sent me on my 30th birthday.
Tres leches cake and a a mini bunting cake topper made by the talented Lovely Scribbles. The cake topper was probably my favorite detail of the evening, it was the cutest thing I have ever seen.  I told her she needs to put these up on Etsy and start selling them!
More photos of the mini bunting because I can't get enough of the cuteness. 

After we had dinner and drinks at my place we went out to Bonfire on Grand Ave in St. Paul and then to the Wild Onion for dancing.  Have you entered the giveaway to win a $50 gift certificate to Bonfire?

One bachelorette party down and one bridal shower to go!  My friend Amy is flying in from DC for a bridal shower I am hosting along with two of her bridesmaids and her aunts this weekend.  It is a picnic theme that will be held in a park.  The wedding craziness continues!!!!


  1. Love all the fun details! I had such a blast!


  2. Beautiful as always! LOVE the mini-bunting on the cake - not sure how you were even able to take it off and cut into the cake! Glad to hear it was worth it.

  3. Love everything about this. Those flowers are exactly the ones I want when I get married. Love those blood red, orange, vivacious colors!

  4. You did an amazing job as always, Jenna! Thank you for letting me be a small part of it! P.s. I also made place cards to match the bunting - I just haven't gotten around to taking pics.

    Now, I'm off the enter giveaway!

  5. So cute Jenna!! Love everything you did :) And the cake bunting is adorable - a new fav of mine

  6. I love the mini bunting, too! And the gorgeous flowers in salsa cans - what lovely details! It looks like it was a fun night!

  7. Beautiful party! I love the soda bottle and salsa can vases - great idea!

  8. This is so awesome! I wish my bachelorette party was like this!

  9. You guys looked like you had a blast. The flowers are beautiful and I love the can vase you used!!!


  10. Fun! Such great ideas! I love zinnias and used them for a party I hosted on Friday night. So pretty and budget friendly.

  11. It looks amazing and fun. I especially love the flowers - gorgeous colors!

  12. It turned out so cute!


  13. The flowers in the salsa cans are my favorite...what a fantastic touch! :)

  14. Love the salsa cans and the bottles also!! And the tiny cake topper bunting--cuteness. I gotta try out these ideas :-) Great job.

    Omae @ Love is in the Details

  15. You were a great hostess! Great party planning skills!

  16. Everything looks beautiful. Love that theme.

  17. The mini bunting is the cutest - my favorite part, too! Also - as a side note, that is my favorite cocktail too! It's delish.

  18. Hi, I am a new follower, I found your blog from Love the party!! Thanks for the recipe for the Strawberry Fresca, it sounds delicious. I am grabbing your blog button too :)

  19. Hello, I'm a follower of your blog and just wanted to say that I LOVE THIS!! I'm featuring you on my blog this week and linking and crediting back to you. Please let me know if that is not okay. This is so totally and completely amazing. GREAT JOB!


  20. So obviously I am writing this years after you have posted it in hopes of a little help. I am also planning a fiesta party and wanted to use the "salsa cans as vases" idea. Where did you find the large cans? And did you buy the cans and just pour the salsa out or did you find a restaurant that uses them and get empty ones from them?

  21. The cans were from the Hispanic aisle in the grocery store (I shop at Super Target). I just poured the salsa out and cleaned out the cans. Good luck!