This should really be the last party-related post shared here or anywhere else. I've found the definitive answer to every host trying to determine what theme to use for a shower or party. You can de-activate your Pinterest boards.
The answer: Mexican Fiesta.
From the inexpensive decorations to the delicious food and plentiful libation options, the theme was easily pulled together and provided a relaxing backdrop for a fantastic shower.
First: the decor.
The co-hostess has amazing handwriting. How adorable is this "fiesta like there's no manana" chalkboard? And the mini pinatas. I mean, come on.
We are lucky to live in an area with tons of Mexican grocery stores that sell pre-marinated meats ready to throw on the grill (and they taste infinitely less sugary and chemical-filled than the marinated meats you can buy at the chain grocery stores). We also have plenty of Mexican restaurants that serve a wide variety of salsas, quesos, and dips. We picked up several different kinds of salsas and made a few of our own.
From the store/restaurant: marinated steak, freshly-made tortillas (heavenly!), three kinds of queso, jalapeno ranch, and a few salsas.
Homemade: pork, guacamole, mojitos, elote dip, quinoa salad with roasted butternut and zucchini, salsa, chimichurri, and tres leches cupcakes.
A few of my contributions were from recipes that I have already posted. I made my Chimichurri, which we served as a tangy topping for the steak. I also made my Mexican corn dip, but this time I turned up the flavor by grilling the jalapenos and corn the day before the party.
Husband smoked pork overnight before the party and pulled it for street-style tacos. Right before serving he and other host crisped it slightly on the grill. Perfection.
As you can see, we had a great time putting the details into this party and our friends were ecstatic. Let me know if you ever need to borrow a sarape!