28 Apr

Festive “Buenas Noches” Adult Birthday

Festive Buenas Noches Adult Birthday

A neighborhood Dinner Party Club set out to host a Beunas Noches themed birthday party with lots of DIY elements and vibrant colors! With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I’m loving all the fiesta inspiration in this party. Some of my favorite elements? Repurposing old glass Coca Cola bottles as vases, setting up a taco bar for a themed dinner, and mixing in colorful tissue paper pom poms with string lights!

Festive Buenas Noches Adult Birthday

Read on for lots of DIY ideas, fiesta inspiration, and more party photos… 

Festive Buenas Noches Adult Birthday

Festive Buenas Noches Adult Birthday

Festive Buenas Noches Adult Birthday

Festive Buenas Noches Adult Birthday

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Emily

THEME INSPIRATION:
A friend and I started hosting a Dinner Party Club within our group of friends. It gives us a chance to not only have a fun party with good food and friends, but style, cook and photograph to our hearts content. This party’s theme was a late summer fiesta. Beunas Noches was the title we went with, choosing to celebrate early in September while the weather was still beautiful in Ohio. My friend Hannah hosted at her beautiful home, and we set the stage on the back patio.

DETAILS + DECORATIONS:
All of the details and decorations were items we either had on hand, thrifted or created ourselves. Our place settings included glass Coke bottles we started saving a month in advance and then filled with small plastic pinwheels, DIY Shrinky Dink mustaches I crafted the afternoon of the party and little pennants with each guest’s name in silly Spanglish to assign seating for the party. (we think through every little detail, down to how to sit guests for best interactions during dinner, taking into account the ratio of male-to-female attendees) We used bangles and bracelets of all different styles and colors as large napkin rings, and we filled these with napkins, eating utensils, and sparklers for after dinner fun.

Each seat was covered in a brightly colored shawl or South-American inspired vest and a sombrero. The gentlemen were gracious and strung lights and DIY tissue pom-poms above the tables, as well as stringing a bandana bunting (tied-together bandanas) around the back patio door.

FOOD:
For our menu, we embraced the end of summer and all of its glorious fresh produce with homemade Sangria, fresh garden tomato salsa, a taco bar, and meaty chili, all garnished with limes and fresh Cilantro. We served Coronas, Mexican Coke-a-Cola and lemonade in a red cooler from the 1950′s, with paper umbrellas and fresh citrus fruits as garnish. For dessert there were just out of the oven sopapillas and s’mores by the fire on the back deck.

 After supper we had a pinata filled with candy, played with sparklers and took photos with the ‘faux-staches’ before starting our bonfire and ending the evening conversing, wrapped in warm blankets sipping our drinks.

VENDOR CREDITS:
– Hosted & Styled by: Hannah Bolvi & Emily Ogden
– Photography by: Emily O Photography

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16Comments

1
Monica L SAYS:

very adorable! but it is ‘Buenas Noches’ or am I missing some kind of play on words?

Reply April 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

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jenn s. SAYS:

You are totally correct, Monica! Typo on our part – thanks for the heads up! :)

Reply April 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

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HiLLjO SAYS:

How awesome! I want to be at the party! The mustaches are the coolest thing!

Reply April 28, 2011 at 8:31 am

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Much to My Delight SAYS:

Pardon my language, but OH HELL YES. My boyfriend and I love throwing themed parties for our birthday and this is SO something I would put together. I am so inspired to recreate this for our party this summer. Muchas gracias!!

Reply April 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

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crissy SAYS:

Super cute! A play on words like “Buenas NACHOS” could have worked too, with a full nacho bar! Love the Shrinky Dink Mustache idea too. I didn’t know those things were still around!

Reply April 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

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Mindy SAYS:

this looks like so much fun! I too wish I was there! Or had friends that threw fabulous parties haha

Reply April 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

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foodfashionandflow SAYS:

I love this! Great inspiration and lots of cool ideas,

Reply April 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

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Loralee Lewis SAYS:

I love the goatee on a stick! This party looks like a total blast-thank you for sharing! -Loralee

Reply April 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

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lori SAYS:

I do have a question. This party was obviously hosted outdoors as our many of the parties you feature. How do you all deal with the flies and other pests that always seem to come around when food is placed outdoors. I never see any evidence of flies when I browse through the pictures on your blog.

Reply April 30, 2011 at 7:40 am

Courtney D. SAYS:

Hi Lori! Thought I’d pop in to help answer this (I’m a contributor at HWTM). One definite answer to bugs is hosting the party in spring when there are considerably less pests. But for summer parties, I usually light several citronella candles (and buy citronella fuel for tiki torches which just adds pretty decor too!). Always have bug spray on hand and allow for guests to mingle inside too (I open up my inside so guests can move from inside to outside). Hope this helps!

May 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm

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Mae SAYS:

Festive indeed! With all the moustache, who wouldn’t have fun :D

Reply May 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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Katrina SAYS:

Love love LOVE this idea! I love it so much that I am going to do the same for my 21st birthday party on Saturday. (: Thank you for sharing this lovely theme.
Where are your lights from? They are bigger than the normal Christmas lights, yes?

Reply June 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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Amber SAYS:

I love this and can’t wait for Cinco De Mayo…my problem..where can I get one of these dresses? I have been looking all over!

Reply April 17, 2012 at 4:26 am

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Tanya Stokke Taylor SAYS:

oh gosh, this is absolutely the cutest little cinco de mayo party I have ever seen! loving the twinkle lights!
xo TJ

Reply May 5, 2012 at 3:01 am

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TJ SAYS:

oh gosh, this is absolutely the cutest little cinco de mayo party I have ever seen! loving the twinkle lights!
xo TJ

Reply May 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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Angelica SAYS:

I totally lifted ideas from this post. Everything came out so cute. For my mustaches, I bought some fuzzy stick on ones from Amazon and people were wearing them during the party taking funny pics. My pinwheels seemed to sink to far to the bottom of the bottles but I fixed that by filling up the bottles with beans and some with rice.
Thank you for the inspiration and great ideas!!!

Reply June 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

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