You can always count on a festive dinner party to leave a lasting impression on your guests. And with Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than throw a fiesta-themed fete for your friends? Never mind that you might be putting it together at the last minute, we found a handful of affordable and easy-to-make décor items that will take any dinner party to the next level. From cacti table centerpieces to mini piñatas, here are six fun fiesta-inspired DIYS to liven up your next soiree.
1. Cacti Centerpieces
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Searching for the perfect centerpiece for your southwest-style celebration? Take a cue from Kate and Brian’s creative wedding on Love Inc. and employ some cacti in colorfully painted terracotta pots—you can paint your own with acrylic paint and spray sealant from the craft store—to liven up your tabletop.
2. Festive Flower Drink Stirrers
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The only thing better than an ice-cold margarita is one with a festive drink stirrer. Make your own flower-inspired stirrers for your next soiree with nothing more than some tissue paper, toothpicks, hot glue, and twine—just like we saw on Val Event Gal.
3. Mini Piñatas
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No fiesta would be complete without a piñata. These darling DIY mini piñatas on Oh Happy Day are composed of cut-up cereal boxes and crepe paper and even better, only take a few minutes to assemble. Just remember to cut a trap door at the bottom of each piñata so you can fill them with candy!
4. Tissue Fringe Garland
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Looking for a cheap and colorful way to liven up your living room at your next dinner party? This homemade fringe garland on Hostess With The Mostess requires just ten sheets of tissue paper and some string and hangs nicely from a mantel or bookshelf.
5. Tissue Paper Tassels
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Prefer your fringe garland with a bit more pizzazz? These tissue paper tassels on Press Print Party are just as simple to assemble—you only need tissue paper, twine, and some tacky glue—and look amazing when strewn around a dinner table.
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When all else fails, you can always count on a colorful coaster to energize your table spread. Thanks to this clever tutorial on Style Me Pretty, you can print out a Papel Picado-style template and make your own vibrant coasters with tissue paper, glue, and a few ceramic tiles.