My husband had just one little request for his 40th birthday… he wanted tacos! Sounds so simple, but of course I had to take it a step further and create a party theme around his favorite food. It seemed only fitting since he has even dressed up as a taco for Halloween several times. He’s taken it to the point that he’s actually known as Taco Bill in some circles. And so, the concept for Taco Bill’s 40th Fiesta was born.
I am always a big fan of hiring a professional photographer for important events like this one. If I didn’t hire someone I’d be stressing about documenting everything and forget to enjoy the party and my guests. We were fortunate to have Sarah Tolson join us to capture the decor details and people who came to celebrate this milestone birthday with us. She gets the credit for all of the beautiful images on this post.
We hosted a family friendly outdoor fiesta that was filled with bright colors, delicious Mexican food, and DIY touches. My personal favorite decor elements were the custom papel picado banner and the taco piñata that I crafted using this amazing tutorial from Studio DIY. I also made dozens of basic tissue paper flowers and arranged them in empty salsa cans to use a centerpieces.
Our attempt at a photo both was mostly spoiled by wind thrashing around the backdrop and tissue paper fringe garland. Oh, the perils of hosting a party outdoors. At least we really lucked out and had gorgeous weather besides the annoying wind.
With a theme like tacos, I have to talk about the food! We catered a few kinds of tacos along with all of the usual fixings. You can’t have a fiesta without margaritas, so we mixed up a big (strong) batch to offer along with beer and other non-alcoholic drinks. The Mexican fruit cups were inspired by my favorite appetizer at Puesto, the Mexican Street Bowl. I pre-packed spears of mango, pineapple, watermelon, jicama, and cucumbers in cups and let the guests add their own lime, chili, salt, and hot sauce. We also served chili spiced dried mango to go with the fruit cups.
For dessert I baked one of my favorite kinds of cupcakes… vanilla cake with lime zest topped with lime cream cheese frosting and rolled in flakes of sweetened coconut. The teeny, tiny taco cupcake toppers were so adorable (if I do say so myself). They are made out of fondant, Oreos, white chocolate, milk chocolate, and coconut threads. I love how they turned out and they were a huge hit with the party goers.
Sometimes I can’t leave well enough alone. I had not planned on having a favor for this party, but I had an idea and I couldn’t resist making it happen. At the last minute I decided that we needed taco seasoning favors. One Costco run later, I had the supplies to mix up a giant batch of Joy the Baker’s taco seasoning. When it was packed up in cello bags the taco seasoning made a great (and hopefully useful) favor for our guests to take home.
A lot of our friends have young kids, so I planned a few activities for them to keep them occupied. We had the tables covered in white paper with crayons out for drawing, but I also made these coloring sheets featuring the birthday boy using Crayola Story Studio. Taco Bill himself is pictured below for comparison purposes.
The parties I usually work on are for young kids or baby and bridal showers, so it was fun to plan a grown-up party for a guy… especially since it was my guy. Happy Birthday, Honey. Cheers to the next 40 years!