Backyard Fiesta!

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It’s that time of year when we love to get outside in the backyard and host family and friends, we hosted a fun Backyard Fiesta this week, turning your regular backyard BBQ up a notch!

When I think fiesta, I think yummy Mexican food, and bright, beautiful decorations.  We decided to go with a summery colour scheme of red, orange, and pink.  The party turned out colourful, fun, and delicious just like we had hoped so here’s how we put it all together.  Hopefully you’ll be inspired to host your own get together this summer!

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

We set up our backyard fiesta under our pergola, and my girls pitched in to help…along with my sister’s dogs who we were doggie sitting.  😉

Since we were under the pergola, I thought it would be fun to use some pretty papal picada -the beautiful Mexican paper banners.  I made my own out of tissue paper, using scissors and few different hole punches.  They’re really easy to make, and add so much to the decor.  It was a little breezy for our party, but even blowing around a little they sure were gorgeous.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

We used a little twine to string them up over the table.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

On the table, I used some orange fabric as a runner, and then layered on a few cutting boards for all the yummy food.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

At the place settings we used these cute donkey pinatas, filled with candy they’re a “sweet” take-home gift for guests.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

On the table, we used some really inexpensive centrepieces.  I used old tin cans spray painted gold as the containers, and filled them with some flowers from my garden and bright orange, red, and pink carnations.  They were bright and fun and perfect for a fiesta.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

I also used some OLD EL PASO tin cans -from the delicious re-fried beans and green chilies we used for our taco bar.  I planted them with some cactus, and they added a real Mexican touch!

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

Off to the side we set up a little drink cart.  I made strawberry lemonade, by just adding some strawberry puree to lemonade -yum!

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

My fun little plastic donkeys had to make an appearance.  They’re just from the dollar store, but such a fun touch for a fiesta.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shopAnd since it was a hot sunny night, some water in pretty bottles.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

Now on to the menu!  I wanted a casual feel, and guests to be able to help themselves, and eat and talk and eat and talk the night away.  So, I set up the taco bar down the centre of the table.  It was so delicious, that we really did sit and eat and talk, and eat and talk and eat again.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

From the grill, we had some grilled peppers and mushrooms, along with grilled chicken and steak.  We used a little OLD EL PASO taco seasoning for a dry rub on the meat, and it was simple and so, so good.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

I also added lots of fresh veggies, like tomato, avocado, shredded lettuce, limes, and cilantro.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

I made some guacamole, and we had some chips too.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

We also had some OLD EL PASO rice, and re-fried beans, along with bowls of sour cream, salsa, caso cheese dip, and my homemade baked beans.  It was the perfect backyard menu, and fun being outside together grilling.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

We also had OLD EL PASO Tortilla Bowls -the only soft tortilla that stands up on it’s own.  They were easy to fill, and easy to eat. They were delicious, and sure cut down on the usual mess of taco night.  I highly recommend them, and they’re also available in mini size.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

I picked them up at Loblaws in the Mexican food section, so look for them there.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

And OLD EL PASO  Tortilla Bowls aren’t just for tacos, we also had them for dessert!

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

I set up a fun ice cream sundae bar, with delicious Mexican inspired toppings.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

The bowls made amazing ice cream bowls, especially after we fried them and coated them in cinnamon sugar!  They were crunchy and sweet and the perfect way to enjoy ice cream with grilled pineapple.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes

Ingredients

  • OLD EL PASO Tortilla Bowls
  • oil for frying
  • cinnamon sugar
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Begin by cutting up your pineapple into spears, and then place in a zip bag with brown sugar. Seal and shake to coat the pineapple in sugar, set aside until ready to grill.
  2. Heat oil to 375 degrees, and place tortilla bowls in oil one by one, turning as needed and frying until golden brown. Immediately when the bowls are removed from the oil, sprinkle all over with cinnamon sugar, so that it will stick.
  3. Grill pineapple on the bbq.
  4. Serve the cinnamon sugar tortilla bowls with ice cream, grilled pineapple, and other toppings. Enjoy!
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Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

Along with the cinnamon sugar tortilla bowls and grilled pineapple, we had a few other yummy additions: coconut and vanilla ice cream, toasted coconut, caramel sauce, and sprinkles.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

It was a great way to finish off our fiesta.

Backyard Fiesta -Red, Orange, and Pink beautiful decor ideas, and menu, including recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls with Grilled Pineapple Sundaes #shop

With an amazing Backyard Fiesta like this one, life really is a party!

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Comments

  1. Wow. I want to come to a party at your house! This looks like so much fun and I love all the little touches. The cacti in OLD EL PASO cans and using the taco seasoning as a dry rub is just genius. I adore your colour scheme too. Can’t wait to have my own taco bar and ice cream bar party using this one as inspiration. #client

  2. Thanks Cyn, it was a lot of fun to put together. Aren’t the cacti fun? and super easy too. Thanks for your encouragement.
    Dannyelle

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