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Fiesta Party Refreshments
Fiesta Party Refreshments
Before your guests arrive set out a variety of exotic Mexican candies in exotic flavors like tamarind, mango and chili-coated orange. The kids may not like them all, but they will be fascinated!

You will also want to provide plenty of chips and salsa as appetizers. Many kids don't like spicy foods, so make sure mild salsa is an option. There's nothing like homemade guacamole, so make it yourself instead of buying it at the store. For a healthy treat you may also want to serve fruit kebabs on skewers or pretzel sticks, or tropical fruit salad in clear plastic cups, garnished with paper umbrella.

Drinks should be along the line of fruit juice or lemonade along with delicious Mexican drinks like horchata or aguas frescas. You may be able to find these at your supermarket and recipes are easy to find online.

A buffet is your best bet for the main course. Provide soft and hard-shell tortillas, cheese, beans and meat, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce and sauce so your guests can make tacos and burritos to their liking. If the children are young you should assemble their meals for them, but still let them choose their own ingredients. If you have the time to prepare, the kids will also love enchiladas, Mexican pizza and loaded nachos!

Bake or buy a birthday cake in the shape of a sombrero or cactus. Serve with traditional Mexican deserts like sopaipillas, churros, flan, and, best of all, fried ice cream. When it's time to blow out the candles sing "Happy Birthday" in Spanish. The tune is the same, just repeat "feliz cumpleanos a ti" instead!

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After the Fiesta Party
After the Fiesta Party
Tell your guests "muchas gracias" by sending them home with goody bags. Find paper party bags with fiesta stripes, or decorate simple lunch sacks with Mexican-themed stickers and the children's names in Spanish. Fill with Mexican candies, chocolates, mini maracas, plastic jewelry and stickers and sticker books. Simple Spanish phrase books or flash cards make wonderful as well as educational gifts, and the kids will love classic toys like jump ropes, paddle-ball or ball-in-cup games, fingers cuffs and puzzles. Don't forget to take plenty of pictures of your little amigos to send with personalized thank you notes!

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