Backyard Fiesta!

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

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

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!

Backyard Fiesta Decorations

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!

how to throw a backyard fiesta

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.  😉

DIY Papal Picada

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.

fiesta table ideas

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

backyard fiesta

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

fiesta decorations

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

Backyard Fiesta


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.

fiesta decorations

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

Fiesta Drinks

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

strawberry lemonade

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.

fiesta decoration ideasAnd since it was a hot sunny night, some water in pretty bottles.

water bottles

Backyard Fiesta Menu

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.

how to throw a fiesta

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

fiesta menu ideas

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

backyard fiesta

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

fiesta party ideas

We also had some 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 Dessert

fiesta dessert ideas

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

fiesta dessert bar

fiesta decorations

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.

what to serve for dessert at a fiesta themed party

Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes

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


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


  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!
fiesta dessert ideas

grilled pineapple

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.

fiesta dessert station idea

It was a great way to finish off our fiesta.

fiesta dessert ideas

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

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Also check out our Mexican Fiesta Dinner Party here.

You might also like our Backyard Pizza Party here.

Backyard Pizza Party: A gas outdoor pizza oven and a pizza charcuterie board for nibbling and to make-your-own-pizza is perfect for summer entertaining.


  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.

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