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Fiesta review! (Finally, right? lol)

It went really well!  This party is probably my personal best for being ready when guests arrived - and I'd hope so since I've been planning for months and started actual work on Tuesday ;)  Unfortunately, I still didn't manage to be ready early enough to take artistic, Pinterest-style photos.  You'll have to deal with regular ol' snapshots.

 

What worked

Co-hostesses, of course

Mexican chocolate buttermilk bundt cake

W's sangria - people loved it!

Beer'garitas - a really good flavor for being made of such easy, shortcut ingredients

Tex-mex shrimp cocktail - made it 24 hours in advance and it did really well

 

What didn't

Too much food - we had 3 people cancel this afternoon because they got sick and 2 flaked, so we had food for 20 instead of the 15 actual.  I sent everybody home with to-go plates, but I hate that we spent the money on all that food in the first place.

The dressing for this salad is AWFUL - more sour than the most sour candy you've ever tried.   We even dumped in 1/2 cup sugar in a last-ditch attempt to save it and no dice.

Beer - when given choices of margaritas & sangria, only 1 person drank beer!  Anybody want some Dos Equis?

 

Cost

Table linens $20

Paper plates, margarita glasses, etc $26

Flowers $24 (4-day-old bunches at the grocery store marked down from $60)

Food $180

Alcohol $85

Invitations $61

Sombreros $5 ($1 each at Dollar Tree)

Total $401

So it probably would have been lots cheaper to cater...if only any of the restaurants had spoken a little English!

 

Set for appetizers

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Dinner

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(I put all these different colors together in this arrangement on the coffee table, away from the other orange & yellow arrangements.  You know grocery bunches - you get a little of everything.)

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Re: Fiesta review! (Finally, right? lol)

  • Yeah!!!  Your party looks beautiful - I was thinking about you yesterday and was hoping it would be "fabulous". 

    Glad everyone liked the Sangria.  I'm sure you'll find a use for the Dos Equis. :)

    I also appreciate the cost break-down and recipe reviews.

    Congratulations!!!

  • Looks beautiful.  I'm sorry you had people flake and it's odd that dressing was bad.  It doesn't look like it should have been that sour.  Good to know. 

    On the cost, catering at even $10 pp would have run $200 so I'm not sure you would have saved any money. 

    I really like the silverware holder you have.

  • Looks great!  I like the cost breakdown.
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