It’s become a tradition that every year we host a Christmas Party for our friends as a way to share this magical time of year with them before everyone either goes away on holiday or spend their time with their families. We usually don’t get to see one another until New Year’s again so it’s a great way to get all our friends together and make it especially special for the little ones.
This year I decided to do something different because (a) I thought it would be more fun and festive, (b) I mistakenly thought it would be less work and (c) I was dying to plan something that involved Llama’s!
Whilst I am still very much on Team Unicorn, the enchanting creature trending since like forever, I think the Llama trend is giving this magical beast a run for its money and might just finally (gasp!) dethrone our beloved Unicorn. So naturally I couldn’t wait to plan something around this theme.
I set the table on our patio and we were lucky to enjoy great weather on the day. I loved the festive colours I was able to achieve with a bright pink runner, different coloured side plates and funky cactus drink jars.
I bought two colourful bunches of flowers at Woolworths which I placed in different glasses which we had at home. These colourful green and blue glasses belonged to Tessa’s grandmother and was brought down from Greece and I just love them so much. Woolworths also had Mexican themed napkins for my place settings and I added some more colour to the table with colourful Christmas baubles I got at Checkers.
At each place setting I placed one of our decorated sugar cookies in different styles of llamas and cacti.
And of course our Falalala-Lama Christmas Cake featured as a centrepiece.
I went a little extra and made Pinata crackers for the adults which had a Mexican Moustache and mini bottle of alcohol in it for that extra fiesta feeling.
This was well received by our guests!
For the kids I got a plastic Mexican sarape table cloth from the party store as I knew they would be getting quite messy with their activity boxes and also bought them Llama crackers from Woolworths. I made each of them an activity box which included pages to colour in, a cookie painting activity, a cookie decorating activity as well as a craft activity and game. They really loved doing these activities and managed to keep them still for a little bit. I think they enjoyed the party most of all.
But of course what is a fiesta without food?! Whilst I thought making Mexican food would be easier than a full three course Christmas lunch, I was clearly kidding myself. I completely misjudged my timing and as we had our staff function the night before I wasn’t able to prep as much as I had hoped, but alas I am not perfect and in the end even though it might have been later than expected we all had a feast nonetheless.
Starters consisted of platters of nachos and hard shell tacos with some chilli con carne mince, tomato and peppers enchilada chicken, 7 layer dips, refried beans, salsas, guacamole and sour cream.
Our Gin Bar ensured everyone had a very Merry Gin-mas and if you look closely you will even see our little tree sported Gin filled baubles.
Finally it was on to mains which was Pulled Pork (Carnitas) and Fish Tacos. These came out much later and I don’t have the best photographs of them, but they were simply divine! It was the first time I made pulled pork which I cooked in the slow cooker overnight. Our friend Dane, who not only happens to be the graphic designer behind Tessa’s but also an amazing cook, fried the fish in a beer batter – and I must admit I felt a little hard done by that I slaved over the meals for hours and he ended up getting all the credit for his fried fish – haha just kidding.
Lastly we had Churros and chilli chocolate ganache and some Cruffins from the bakery which unfortunately I never got photos of!
But all in all it was one of the best fiestas I have ever had and many wonderful memories made both with our friends and our little ones.
To host your own festive fiesta we’ve created these fun printables which includes tags, place card or food tent cards, Christmas Llama and alcohol prints.
Download via this Dropbox Link or direct from this blog post.