We recently celebrated Calvin’s first birthday with a fun first birthday fiesta. He and his buddy Shayar turned 1 within a couple days of each other, so my friend and I decided to co-host a joint party for the both of them. It was so fun to plan a party with a friend and to celebrate two boys’ birthdays at the same time. We wanted to keep things small and simple but also thought a fiesta theme was the perfect way to add fun, color, and of course, tacos to the backyard gathering.
I was super excited to finally have an excuse to include Si Paletas in a party I threw. Jennifer was our wedding photographer and has documented our family ever since. She’s also half of the brilliance behind Si Paletas, the original artisanal popsicle creator in the LA area. They were a huge hit with little kids and grown ups alike. We also had My Taco Man cater the party so we didn’t have to worry about preparing or serving food. They set everything up, serve the food, and clean up, leaving you with any leftovers. Plus they provide soda, water, and hot dogs for kids too. And it is delicious!
Another huge hit with the kiddos was the piñata — and the candy that came out of it. Between that, a small bouncy house for the bigger kids and a mini-ball tent for the littles, and a coloring table the kids were well entertained.
I also made 24 funfetti cupcakes (half with chocolate and half with vanilla frosting) for the bigger kids. Even with popsicles and treats, kids expect birthday cake! I am a bit obsessed with these photos that Jennifer took of both of my kiddos eating their cake. I never realized they have the same eye color 🙂
Calvin is in shock that his buddy was not interested in his smash cake. Cal be like “are you gonna eat that, cause if not I’ll totally take it off your hands.” And he had a major sugar coma afterwards. It’s a tradition to use the giant cupcake pan for first birthday smash cakes in our house. For Charlie’s first birthday I made a sugar-free cake. Calvin got boxed funfetti with regular sugar-filled icing. As it should be 🙂
We got pretty much all of the fiesta details and decor in the piñata district in downtown Los Angeles, and it was all way more affordable than buying online. The serape blankets, for example, were like $15! The big piñata and mini-pinatas, serape runners, maracas, and the papel a picado flags were all bought there (I think the store was Amazing Pinatas).
I highly recommend throwing your own fiesta — the details and food possibilities are easy and endless. Check below for full source and vendor details. We loved all of the vendors we worked with and highly recommend them.
Sources/Vendors: Photos: Jennifer Roper / Popsicles: Si Paletas / Taco Catering: My Taco Man / Serape blankets and runners, papel a picado flags, maracas, pinatas: Piñata District in DTLA/ Cactus balloon (we got 2) / Giant Cupcake: Funfetti cake with vanilla frosting made with this pan / Ball pit tent and balls (we bought a set of 200 but you definitely could include more!) for babies / Bounce house / Calvin’s high chair / Calvin’s outfit: hoodie, cacti shorts, denim moccs (he was supposed to wear this romper but the USPS held it hostage and it didn’t arrive in time), cacti diapers (not pictured but adorable) / Calvin’s 1 Crown / Charlie’s cacti tank / My dress / My sandals (from last season)