Hayes's First Fiesta: The Fiesta Details

We had Hayes’s First Fiesta at the historic home where Todd’s firm is located. They have some gorgeous grounds around the property and we held the party on the grounds. It was so green and so beautiful!

All the kids were able to just run around the whole time. It was so much fun watching them all play together! And the birthday boy was really happy!

My friend Rachel came to Columbia for the party and she took pictures for me! She did such a great job. Katie came, too, and they both ended up helping me finish setting up. So thankful they were there!

The dessert table had all of Hayes’s monthly pictures labeled with number labels from Sweet Birdie’s Nest, my go-to party goods girls! The “Fiesta” painting was done by Nat Kat Designs, the same talent behind the “Celebrate” painting we had at Hudson’s party. Natalie was so kind to do a painting for Hayes, too!

We had cupcakes, the smash cake, chocolatti cookies and Mexican wedding cookies. Oh my goodness! Everything was so yummy!

Cupcake toppers by Sweet Birdie’s Nest and cupcake wrappers are from Shop Sweet Lulu.

I used the same 12 buckets that I had from Hudson’s first birthday, but my mom and I covered them in colored paper napkins so we could get as much color as possible.

We made the yummy individual 7-layer dip cups from Pinterest. And I made the topiaries out of paper drink umbrellas. I filled the pots with dried black beans.

You can see the little cactus favors we gave to all of the guests. We found the cacti at Home Depot the day before the party. We wrapped the plastic pots in tissue paper and included the little “muchas gracias” tags from Sweet Birdie’s Nest.

The main food table included paper poms made out of paper napkins. We served a fajita bar from Moe’s. Moe’s delivers and is so easy to work with.

The little utensil wrappers and food tent labels were done by Sweet Birdie’s Nest. I love wrapping utensils while watching television late at night!

We had about six small pinatas around the yard. Todd filled them all with candy and small toys the night before. The pinatas hung really low so they were at eye level with the little kids. I think they liked them!

The adorable iced cookies were our other party favor. The wonderful folks at A Dozen Eggs came through for us again. The iced cacti, sombreros, and burro pinatas were so cute!

We had five round tables set up around the yard. They were covered in yellow paper table cloths and striped table cloths. We used a different color stripe table cloth on each of the five tables. I loved having so much color around the yard.

We topped the tables with vases of paper flowers. Each table also had a bowl of chips and some salsa.

We set up a little photo booth using a sheet hung on the outside of the house. Sweet Birdie’s Nest made the cute banner. I had about 6 large sombreros, some sticky mustaches, and maracas to use as props in the photo booth.

The fun “blog girls” that were there! Rachel, Megan, Katie, and Tiffany were so great to come celebrate the day!


Paper Goods (banner, cupcake toppers, stickers, favor tags, high chair banner, and favor sign): Sweet Birdie’s Nest

Invitations: Sarah from Life Sweet Life

Cupcake liners: Shop Sweet Lulu

Fabric for table cloths: Oil Cloth By The Yard

Poms: Made with paper napkins by my mom and me

Cookie Favors: A Dozen Eggs

Other cookies: Ally and Eloise

Paper fans: Party Express

Sombreros, Maracas, Papel Picado: Amazon.com

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  1. says

    Erin, everything looks fabulous!! You did great! I bet you were exhausted afterwards! That 7 layer dip in the little cups looks so cute, did it take any longer to make that way than the regular way?

    Happy Birthday Hayes!!

  2. Megan says

    Love all the fun colors and the umbrella topiaries are the cutest idea! You are so talented with little kids parties! Happy 1st Birthday to your baby boy! Wasn’t it just yesterday he was born?

  3. says

    Ahh!! I just love everything about it! All the little details- it looks SO incredible! Happiest of birthdays, Hazer! I am obsessed with those individual 7-layer dip cups! Brilliant!!

  4. says

    Cute as can be! I love every detail…but I’m not surprised! You always have everything covered! So colorful and fun. And it looks like the birthday boy had a fabulous time. 🙂 XOXO

  5. says

    This party just makes me smile!!

    Love that photo of Hayes laughing so hard! The mustaches are hilarious. The individual 7 layer dips – going to steal that idea for future party. Everything was just adorable…so much color…LOVE!

    Great job, Mama!

  6. Crewladedrinka says

    Oh I just love it! Great job!! Everything looked really beautiful and I love that first photo of Hayes in his chair. Adorable!
    Thanks for all the inspiration! I am horrible about having grand ideas but not following thru on most of them! But I am always more motivated when I see what you have done! My baby turns one in 2 months and I am just getting started on his party. I like the photo booth type thing you did and all the color and will do that for ou cowboy themed party!

  7. says

    You did such a great job with Hayes’s fiesta! Everything looked amazing! Do you miss doing event planning or is just nice to do it for occasions like your boys’ birthdays?

  8. says

    Love, love, love all of this! The bright colors, the yummy foods, the sweet party favors…all of it. And Mr. Hayes looked pretty happy himself – that first picture cracks me up! He must have really loved the cake:) Erin, you are so creative – everything that you plan is just so cute! I am storing up ideas for parties/events for my future children and I can’t wait to throw birthday parties for my own children one day:)

  9. says

    I think that my mustache is upside down in the picture! HA! We were a hot mess with those mustaches!

    You did a incredible job– not sure I told you that on Saturday.

  10. says

    Everything came out so adorable! Hayes looks like he had a blast, too! 🙂

    Want to help me plan Andrew’s first birthday? 😉 LOL

    seriously- it’s perfect! 🙂

  11. says

    What a cute party!! I need to think of how I can incorporate Cinco de Mayo into my daughter’s 2nd birthday party in August – ha! Splendid.

  12. says

    I LOVE this!! You are so incredibly creative…and seriously, WHERE do you find the time?! What a memorable day 🙂 Hayes looks like he had a blast!

  13. says

    Erin, you TOTALLY outdid yourself! His party was absolutely amazing. You are so great at including lots of unique details that really make a difference. The photo booth, the little cacti, the tablecloths, the topiary…I really cannot choose a favorite detail and those are just some off the top of my head. Such a fun party. Happy Birthday to your sweet & precious boy!!

  14. says

    OMG Erin! This is such a unique and precious first birthday party! I love every detail, and that top photo of Hayes melts my heart! Look what a happy little boy- so sweet!!!

  15. says

    Ok first, wow! You out did yourself Momma! Second, Hayes is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!! I want to eat him up!! Love him.

  16. says

    Looks like you guys had a blast!! Everything looks amazing! I need to start getting on Chloe’s 2nd birthday. Like NOW! Can you say like less then 4 months. Ahhh!!!!!

  17. Beth says

    Erin, I’m so sad we missed it!! It was all beautiful and perfect. Love the way you use your talents from Him…such a blessing.

  18. step moMster says

    i love everything about this party. everything. i especially like the bright colors, the individual 7 layer cups, the topiary trees, the cacti favors, the photo booth… also, what a great idea to have a friend take pics – then you can focus on the birthday boy (who looks so happy with his ‘smash’ cake…lol!) and on your guests. great job erin. btw, you look adorable in your new tank top!

  19. says

    You did such a great job on his party girl! I still can not get over that our baby boys are ONE! Happy belated birthday to Mr. Hayes! I love the Fiesta theme and all the bright colors! Would you believe me if I told you I haven’t planned a single thing for SJ’s party next week? EEEK! It must be the third child thing! Ha!

  20. Nicole says

    Cute party, but was the focus the decorations or the birthday boy??? Hard to tell with only one picture of him! And just because the teacher in me is coming out – it should be Hayes’ – not Hayes’s.

  21. says

    The location looks beautiful! And all of your decorations and everything looked wonderful as always! I love the individual layered dips! So cute and such a great idea! What a wonderful celebration of a special little one year old! He’s one year old!


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