Taco, cactus and llama prints and decor are still topping the trend list, so clearly the next step is to have it for your little one’s birthday party, right? Read on for our sweet Taco TWOsday celebration for our little two year old and taco party ideas!
While we’re hiking our way through Utah (one hour and one kid-friendly trail at a time), we’re seeing our fill of real cacti, succulents and even llama (yes, we fed some today!!!)… I realized – it was high-time I share our desert themed party.
When thinking of ways we wanted to celebrate our sweet two year old, I kept thinking about how our Aria is an avocado lover. And by that I mean my girl will eat an entire avocado for just about any meal. With that in mind (and of course my mind goes to tacos or any kind of festive spread when thinking of avocados), we opted for a Taco TWOsday fiesta for her second birthday.
Between choosing a light and airy color scheme of pinks, greens and a bit of teal… we tried to keep the taco party festive and rounded it out with sweet llama details, lots of cactus inspiration and of course the makings of an epic taco party!
It was SO much fun, and an easy fête to throw together. We’ve had our share of big celebrations and little get-togethers, and for our little sweet girl turning two I wanted it to be full of the things she loves… cupcakes (“cake cakes”), avocado, balloons and little animals. The rest was just icing on my own party-loving cake.
Our Taco TWOsday Taco Party Ideas
- Create a “taco bar” with food that’s easy-to-make! Serve up taco meat (ground beef, chicken or fish) along with ALL the fixins’. And don’t forget the sides: tortilla chips, cilantro lime rice, refried beans or a 7 layer dip, and if you have time, add in a special dish or two. Our avocado lime dressing is SO good on any taco, including these blackened fish tacos, or you can even make a one pot taco mac and cheese (perfect for a kids party!). And instead of making Mexican street corn on the cob, for this party, I used canned corn along with the rest of the ingredients and tossed it all in a skillet for Mexican street corn salad… which everyone LOVED! Of course, you can’t forget the salsa (blender salsa is an EASY way to go) GUACAMOLE!!
- Balloons! Whether you blow a bunch up and have them all over the floor for little ones to play with (which is what we did for Aria’s Ice Cream Social first birthday party and it was a hit!) or try your hand at making a balloon garland (this was my first time, time-consuming but easy to do, and I definitely need to practice and add in some smaller balloons as well)… balloons are a simple, inexpensive way to make a big impact. Here is a great tutorial I found for creating your own balloon garland.
- Don’t forget a festive dessert. While we went with a naked cake and added some greenery to the base, I also make a simple cactus cake topper with cardstock. I knew the real show-stopper would be the cupcakes, or “cake cakes” as my girl calls them. For us, I found a local baker that could whip these up for me, but if you’ve got a good bent for cake decorating, some succulent cupcakes are such a perfect addition! Another fun option are these easy churros, both kids and adults love them!
- Drinks can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. You know your party guests! My kids always go crazy over the easiest punch recipe ever… ginger ale and cranberry juice and our Sparkling Limeaid Punch is a hit as well! I love the idea of mini drinks for guests to grab as well, and if you’d like to add in an adult drink, Blood Orange Berry Sangria is a deliciously simple option.
- Decor elements always up the wow factor of any party, but they don’t have to be difficult. We created a corner where we served the dessert and also laid out the food along the kitchen counter and added some decor to those areas, without going overboard. Besides the balloon garland, we made cactus balloons, strung up some garland and filled a cactus piñata (which doubles as an activity)!