Fiesta Food

Here’s how the Fiesta Bridal Shower went down.

The house was ready for a fiesta.

Everyone who attended knew one another and was in party mode upon arrival.

Names of famous couples were ready to be stuck on the back of each guest.

Nevertheless I stuck a post-it note on the back of each guest.  With only “yes” and “no” questions the object of the ice-breaker was to figure out whose name was on your back and find your famous partner.

Appetizers in the dining room.

In the food department, we used the dining room table for hors d’oeuvres and snacks.

Jamon y melon in the foreground.

Most of these dishes were contributions by the guest hostesses.

Taco bar and a slow cooker filled with Spanish rice (plugged under the counter).

My contribution to the food (in addition to a tres leches cake) was a build-your-own taco bar on the island in the kitchen.

The self-serve taco bar was a hit with everyone.

I have found that even picky eaters (and we had some self-proclaimed ones attending) will be able to find something to eat if at least one of the dishes is deconstructed.

We used the stainless steel counter for drinks.

Drinks were served from the stainless steel counter that forms the border between the kitchen and dining room.

A money tree, even a haphazard one like this, is a tremendous gift.

We ended the party by presenting the guest of honor with a money tree.

Each pastel dress held a ring pop.

As a signal that the good time was coming to an end one of the hostesses put the party favors — ring pop in a bride box — on a tray and passed them out.

Do you use a theme for your parties?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Fiesta Food”

  1. It looks like it was a fun party. I had a sudden flashback to your old kitchen and got the shivers. Amazing – your house has come so far from where it was.

    1. I used to have parties in my old kitchen, too. I was the only person who could actually navigate in there. This was a daytime party where most of the guests gravitated toward the conservatory. Jo

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