This past weekend Inspired Occasions put on a Fiesta themed first birthday party. For those of you not from San Antonio, Fiesta is a magical event that happens every year at the end of April. This two week long event has been around since 1891 and is filled with parades, delicious food events, lot’s of drinking, and of course medals! Ella (our birthday girl) was born during Fiesta and her parents decided to embrace this fun-filled, colorful theme for her first birthday party. Inspired Occasions handled all the details- from the food, to the dessert, to the outrageous decorations. This party has so many components and we didn’t want our readers to miss out on any of them so we divided it up into two blogs-  Part I will highlight the dessert table, the cake, and the ice cream sundae bar.

When creating the desserts and the decor for the table we basically tried to be as colorful as possible to incorporate the Fiesta theme. We were able to pull in the Mexican theme with some of the table decor- notice the sombreros and dancers. Pictured below is a shot of the dessert table featuring the cake, Mexican wedding cookies, sugar cookies, brownies, “black and white” cookies, and M&M sandwich cookies.

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The Fiesta themed sugar cookies really helped to add color to the table. Each cookie was decorated individually by hand and like snowflakes- no two are the same!

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Fiesta themed cowboy boot cookies are pictured below

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Fiesta flower cookies pictured below:

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Staying with the brightly colored Fiesta theme- we chose to make “black and white” cookies but used colored chocolate instead of white chocolate.

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No dessert table is complete without brownies- they are always a crowd pleaser! We added rainbow chocolate chip sprinkles to contribute and nice pop of color. (You can find these sprinkles at Jo-Ann Fabrics)

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are another easy way to add some elegance to your dessert table. The Fiesta Strawberries are dipped in white chocolate and then stripped with bright colored chocolate. (For more information on how to make chocolate dipped strawberries see our previous blog:

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The M&M sandwich cookies were another fun way to add a pop of color. We made M&M sugar cookies and then sandwiched them together with different colored buttercream.

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Thumbprint cookies are always a nice addition to a dessert table for the guests who prefer their desserts less sweet. Using a tart jam such as red currant helps cut the sweetness of the cookie.

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Another dessert that appealed more to the adult crowd was the cherry almond tart. You can use any fruit or berry and this is wonderful served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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No party is complete without a birthday cake. We tried to stay with bright colors while still creating a cake that was appropriate for a one year old girl. 

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And no first birthday party is complete without a SMASH CAKE! Pictured below is the birthday girl right before she destroyed her cake and got covered in rainbow buttercream.

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Although it may seem a bit excessive, we also created an ice cream sundae bar to accompany the cake. The combination of the beautiful backdrop, the brightly colored containers, and the rainbow toppings really helped pull together the Fiesta theme.
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The dessert room really helped to create a WOW factor for the party, as well as served as an activity for the guests. Stay tuned for our next blog that focuses on the beautiful decor and food.