Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a Rustic Fiesta

This year Americans will observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Celebrations are held throughout this 30-day period by acknowledging histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Under President Lyndon Johnson the observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, but was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. September 15 is Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. In addition, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. I always wondered why Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated mid September through mid October. Now I know.

This year’s theme is: “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America”

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this month then we are your fiesta central for all things Hispanic. No need to run to your nearest party supply store for a piñata and maracas. A party with a Hispanic theme is all about delicious food, festive music, family and friends, and a simple décor with a rustic flair. The menu alone will have your friends begging for more. Stay tuned for our menu coming soon.

These fun fiesta details and easy entertaining tips will have your guests thinking you slaved for days. Take the challenge and make your next party a Hispanic fiesta to remember.

Fiesta Party Invitations
This fiesta invitation set is unique and awesome. Something you cannot order out of a book at your local party store. All you have to do is send them your custom text and they will input it into the design.

Found these beauties on Etsy

Setting the Stage
No need to sprawl out Mexican blankets, sombreros, piñatas, and maracas. A simple papel picado (party flags) or a DIY paper garland will set the stage.

I found these awesome party flags on Etsy

Menu Board
A vintage chalkboard on an easel or hanging on the wall is a fun way to display your menu.

This barn wood framed chalkboard is perfect for your menu. It measures 22″ x 30″ with the border measuring 2″. The wood is 100 percent authentic reclaimed woods. The white paint has been distressed to show the beautiful aged details of the wood.

Found on Etsy

Rustic Buffet
Fresh flowers or succulent arrangements and simple burlap fabric on your buffet table are all that is needed for your décor. Add a splash of color by adding colorful and fresh flowers in simple mason jars or galvanized buckets.

This burlap runner is on Etsy

Set the Mood
If you decide you need added ambiance then take the décor a step further and place luminarias along your walkway, or on your deck or patio. These are a beautiful addition if your fiesta is in the evening. The ambiance creates a warm and romantic feel with the warm glow from the candles inside brown paper bags or mason jars.

I found this idea on an HGTV slide show on their website

Use Creative Serve Ware
You don’t have enough dishes to serve the crowd? What’s a hostess to do? Don’t buy boring paper plates, instead wow your guests with dinnerware made from compostable fallen palm leaves. These elegant and durable disposable party plates are an eco-friendly alternative to conventional disposable plates. They are a great conversation piece and makes cleanup time easy.

Product available at Whole Foods Market

Aren’t all these products fun? What are your creative fiesta décor ideas?

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8 Responses to “Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a Rustic Fiesta”

  1. 1
    Lisa O'hearn — September 1, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

    Fantastic information, and great ideas for a rustic Hispanic Party! Thank you for including my burlap table runner to your pic’s. This can be seen at http://www.etsy.com/Shop/Thimbleana.

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — September 2nd, 2011 @ 7:54 am

      Lisa: Thanks again. Your products are beautiful!

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    Eliana — September 2, 2011 @ 5:10 am

    I can’t wait to start the celebration!!!!

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — September 2nd, 2011 @ 7:51 am

      Hola Eliana: We will be featuring a menu on the 5th and would love to feature one on your yummy recipes. Email/FB me if you are interested — We can have a virtual celebration ;)

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    Bridgette — September 2, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    Lovely!! Muchas Gracias for including our Fiesta Invitations, we are thrilled, thank you again and happy Hispanic month to all!

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — September 2nd, 2011 @ 8:05 am

      Bridgette: As a graphic designer I am in LOVE with your shop — creative inspiration galore. Once our cookbook is published we might just enlist you to design our launch party invitations

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