09 Apr

Vintage Fiesta First Birthday Party

fiesta dessert table

Feliz Cumpelaños! For Jackson’s first birthday mommy, Darci of The Good Life Blog, styled a Vintage Fiesta First Birthday Party! Chicle (gum), Animalitos (animal crackers) and more classic treats paired with crafty DIY decorations (like the amazing piñata and cute photo banner) + adorable printables by Wants & Wishes help inspire for fiestas of all occasions (especially for Cinco de Mayo coming right up)! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Wooden donkey figurines, chalkboard signs & sombreros
– DIY “UNO” Orange and White Fringe Piñata
– Succulents, fresh flowers and cacti in El Pato cans
– Jarritos, Sangria & Coronitas Drink Station
– Fiesta Coloring Book + Crayon Party Favors

sombrero smash cake

fiesta first birthday party favors

first birthday photo shoot


fiesta party sign


fiesta party drinks in mason jars

fiesta party drinks

fiesta party centerpiece ideas

fiesta smash cake

cactus cookies

fiesta party food

first birthday party

uno pinata

fiesta party hats

no borders food truck

pony riding


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Darci…


We threw a vintage fiesta themed 1st birthday for our son, Jackson, last June.  At first it seemed rather challenging to pull together a vintage, classy, first birthday / age appropriate FIESTA themed party, but  I absolutely love how it turned out!


Oh gosh, so many!  We handmade an UNO piñata (quite the fete – this was lots of work)  that was the hit of the party along with a month by month banner with the months in Spanish (uno, dos, tres…), I found vintage, authentic adult and children sombreros on Etsy & Ebay along with mini, wooden vintage donkey figurines that were placed throughout the house to accessorize.  I filled El Pato cans with succulents, cactus and fresh flowers.  I used larger El Pato cans to hold the silverware.  I added color-coordinating pom poms around round place mats to use as centerpieces for the tables.  We wrote “Jackson’s First Fiesta” on a huge framed chalkboard we already had and that was the backdrop for the dessert table!  We also  had a chalkboard easel at the front door with “Let’s Fiesta” written on it to greet guests as they walked in….. the tray of the chalkboard easel was lined with El Pato cans filled with succulents and cacti, which we handed out as party favors as we told each guest goodbye and walked them out.


Lunch: We had a gourmet taco truck serve fajitas and enchiladas to all of our guests!  It was fun surprise that no one expected!

Drinks: Water with custom bottle wrappers, lemonade, Jarritos (a Mexican cola in a tall glass bottle), Coronitas with custom bottle wrappers and pineapple/orange sangria served in painted mason jars w/ fun straws!

Desserts: Custom cookies to match the party theme, key lime pie & chocolate cupcakes, animal crackers, mini churros, key lime pie in mason jars and gumballs.  *Note:  all had dessert labels with the names in Spanish…. “pastels de lima” (key lime pie),”galletas de azucar” (sugar cookies”, “churritos” (mini churros), “chicle” (gum), etc. etc.


In addition to the small El Pato cans filled with succulents and cacti (mentioned above), guests also left with a custom-made “Jackson’s First Fiesta” coloring book that was filled with pages of cartoon donkeys, sombreros, a cactus, etc.  We had custom crayons (donkey, sombrero, cactus) in treat bags with coordinating toppers as well…. it was precious!


We handmade the UNO pull-string pinata (wanted it to be pull-string so all of the little ones could actually get candy out of it!).  We also made the monthly photo banner with the months in Spanish.  I painted the cake pedestals to coordinate with the party colors and glued the plates on as well.  I found a lot of vintage metal bundt pans and plates at an antique store and used parts of them for the dessert table….it really helped add a vintage feel.  We also made the framed chalkboard above the dessert table and did the chalk art for both that chalkboard and the easel chalkboard out front, that greeted the guests as they walked in.



– Invitation, coloring book & all other print items: Wants & Wishes Design Studio
– Cupcakes, Smash Cake: JK Cakes
– Cookies: Not Betty Cookies
– Crayons: Posh Paper Creations
– Mini Churros: Jack in the Box
– Striped Straws & Cupcake Wrappers: The Party Fairy
– Photographer was Victoria Lind Photography
– Party Styling & Design: Darci White of The Good Life Blog

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Mindy SAYS:

love so many details here! The fringed uno, unadorned tin can vases, succulents in tomato cans, mini sombreros!

Reply April 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

Creative Printables SAYS:

Very cute! Love the mini sombreros and baby pics!

Reply April 10, 2013 at 3:05 am

Emily SAYS:

I love every detail of this first birthday party!

Reply April 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Ken Barbar SAYS:

Looks like one of the best parties ever!!!
I did something similar, but not as elaborate. I found some great chili pepper lights and other decorations at http://ishopsouthwest.com/chili_light_set.html

Reply October 6, 2013 at 5:18 am

Kelsey SAYS:

I just love piñata’s, how did ya’ll make them?

Reply February 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

Juana SAYS:

Very creative idea for your son’s first birthday my baby boy his birthday is on Cinco De Mayo (May 5) love your idea

Reply December 31, 2014 at 10:29 am

Coral SAYS:

does anyone know the name of font she used for the uno??

Reply June 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Nicole SAYS:

Reply July 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Nicole SAYS:

I thank you so much for this! It has inspired my sons FIRST FIESTA!!

Reply July 4, 2015 at 3:12 pm


Pleas let us know where you got the baby sombrero for his photo, it’s great.

Reply April 9, 2016 at 10:14 am

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