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A Hot Mexican Fiesta

When I was young, all I knew about Mexico was Speedy Gonzales the impish little cartoon mouse who always taught those cats a lesson. Little did I know that there was a whole country beyond the cartoon world of Speedy and those pesky cats! The beauty, the culture, the history and particularly for me, the food all go to make Mexico a country of true wonderment.  And all of this really comes to shine at Fiesta. You can expect a Mexican fiesta, meaning festival, party or holiday, to be a riot of colours, sounds and smells as people come together to celebrate whatever is being celebrated or perhaps more simply to celebrate the celebration itself. In part, you can recreate this atmosphere by throwing your own Mexican Fiesta themed fancy dress party.

tequilla Popping Dude Fancy Dress Costumes from a large selection of Mexican Fancy Dress at Karnival Costumes Your choice of location need not be limited as you could celebrate your Fiesta at home indoors or outside, in a local hall or arrange it for a local Mexican themed restaurant if you wish to have less stress as they will arrange the menu and drinks for you and you should be assured of an authentic atmosphere.

Select your date, select your venue and create your guest list. Now prepare your invitations. These can be pre-printed and purchased from your local party shop or stationery store and these are perfectly ok, but for something more spectacular why not design and make your own. This always allows you to be creative and you can theme the invitation to the character of your guests. Maybe you would want to cut your invitations into the shape of Mexico and colour them using the national colours of the Mexican flag. Or simply use a computer printed Sombrero which you can also cut out - no less effective but an easier option.  Or for something awesome, you might want to create your invitation in the form of a Taco with shredded green tissue for lettuce etc with the invitation being either on the Taco shell or inside on the 'filling' - hey, why not go all the way and use real Taco shells! If you are planning this as a fancy dress party, be sure to include this on your invitations.

Once you have the invitations out it's time to consider your decoration. You can have a background theme of Mexican flags, Sombreros and Cactus plants. If the thought of live cacti with their, if not deadly, painful spikes scares you, there are plenty of cheap cardboard cut-outs which can be suspended from the ceiling or fixed to the wall. 

There are also three dimensional honeycomb paper cacti which make perfect table centres or buffet table decorations. If you are looking for maximum wall coverage at a reasonable price, why not use a large map of Mexico and if you are well traveled, or your guests are, you can mark it with all of the places you have been and for an added personal touch, you could mount some photographs or postcards and draw a line back to the location that they came from.

If your lucky enough to be able to be holding your own Fiesta outdoors then flag bunting in multiple colours makes a great addition providing you can get it high enough. This may require special supports but the results are always worth the additional effort. And don't forget the piñata which are available in all manner of shapes and sizes and can be filled with whatever goodies you feel appropriate!

34" Inflatable Cactus from a range of themed Mexican costume party accessories and party decorations at Karnival CostumesMariachi is the music of a Mexican Fiesta. If you can afford it, you could hire a Mariachi band otherwise spend some time in the CD library and find something appropriate. For alternative background music try a little light listening with Herb Albert and his Tijuana Brass and any guests dressed as Mariachi musicians can play all of the air instruments that they can imagine or better still, why not provide some inflatable musical instruments to create your own band!
Ah! the food. Grab our specialist Mexican cookbook gather your ingredients and cook away my friends and I'm savouring the results right now. If you are new to preparing Mexican cuisine, a little practice may be required, especially if you plan to use fiery chillies. Calm the fieriness of the jalapeño with the coolness of the avocado both really evocative of Mexico. And I'm sure you will find plenty of willing volunteers to help you judge your results as everyone loves a Mexican feast. For some quick Mexican snacks, try salsa with tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas and the list goes on.

The invitations - done. The decoration - done. The music - done. The food - done. And now the costumes, there are plenty of Mexican costumes for you to pick from and here at Karnival Costumes, we have a large selection of Mexican fancy dress and you should take time to look around for the available costumes as they range from the simple to the the elaborate; Mexican Mariachi costumes for both men and women, Mexican ladies fancy dress, Mexican Bandit outfits, Tequila Shot man and woman and for the more whacky of you, a Mexican man on Donkey and a Tequila Bottle costume. Costumes - done.
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