A Mexican Fiesta Rehearsal Dinner

Sources: Mexican paper banners, bright centrepiece, watermelon margarita, invitation, mason jars, succulent and billy button bouquet, mariachi band, guacamole dip

With our mutual passion for Mexican food, Mr Lightning and I have decided on a Mexican Fiesta theme for our rehearsal dinner (to be hosted by his family 2 days before the wedding). It’s a nice contrast to the sleek, cool colours of our wedding and gives me an opportunity to show off how sweet and pretty a fiesta can be (no tequila shots and sombreros for this intimate affair).

I’ll make up some invitations in the next week and will start sourcing mason jars for the beverages and centrepieces. Other than that, I’ll get some brightly coloured flowers in orange, red, and pink, as well as some succulents for the tables. I’m not sure if we can get the traditional Papel Picado “Mexican Paper Banners” here in South Africa (pictured above in my inspiration board), but I’m sure I can replicate them with some brightly coloured tissue paper.

I can’t wait to work on something that isn’t black, white and gray for a change! :)

How much time are you spending on decor for your rehearsal? Will it be much like a mini-wedding?


Mrs. Lightning

Cape Town
Wedding Date:
September 2009
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  1. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:49 pm

    Sounds delish! Mmmm, I could go for some guacamole right now. 😉

  2. labrador Member
    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:50 pm

    Can I come? Oh wait, you live in another country? Hmmm, maybe buying that Jet Blue “all you can fly pass” would be worth it…lol

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    beagle 1381 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:51 pm

    You may want to check etsy for the banners (I think I’ve seen them on there somewhere). Good choice of food- I <3 Mexican Food. Yumm.

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    dachshund 291 posts, Helper bee @ 3:58 pm

    Mexican food is yummmmy, and the theme will be so colorful and fun! I haven’t given ANY thought to our RD yet. A mexican theme would be interesting, though. FI and his family/friends are all Canadian and don’t really eat Mexican food, though. (One night I told him I was having a tostada for dinner and he had to google it!) I wonder how well that’d go over with all of them…

    I think replicating the Mexican banners would probably be easy-ish with some colorful tissue paper and folding it up paper snowflake style.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:59 pm

    I love Mexican food and I think this is a really fun theme for a party! I’d like to say I put this much thought into planning the decor for our RD. By the time we got to the RD, all I cared about was that there was food to eat and wine to drink! 😉

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    Champagne Wishes 1187 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:02 pm

    Oh we are doing Mexican for our rehearsal too! I have been eyeing that banner for a while now… SO festive!

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    ladybuglove 740 posts, Busy bee @ 4:04 pm

    sounds delish….i love mexican food…especially tex-mex…yum! this is an option for us. we are looking into a byob, since it will kind of be like a mini-wedding (100 out of 200 guests attending!). we are also having ours 2 days before…mainly because it is going to be like a mini-wedding and we want to get plenty of rest before the big day!:-)

    love your inspiration board….so pretty!

  8. balletflat Member
    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 4:15 pm

    Oh I love Mexican. I wanted to do that for our rehearsal dinner, but a lot of our older family isn’t into that cuisine. It was a bummer. :) That’s fun that you get to do bright colors for this!

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 4:18 pm

    yay MEXICO! papel picado will be great and i think you will find it very easy to make! also, the colors you chose are perfect for a mexican theme 😀

    what kind of mexican food you’ll be having? is there any mexican food restaurant in cape town? that will be exciting to know!

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:23 pm

    I’m not expecting our rehearsal dinner to be anything other than a regular old backyard party at our house — paper plates, awesome food, no decorations at all. =)

    Love the idea of Mexican food. Yum!

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    lightning 135 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:31 pm

    Great news!! I found a shop nearby that sells all sorts of Mexican paraphernalia including real Papel Picado!! It was a bit pricey to buy a whole bunch so only got a few stands but I’ll mix in in with some other paper garlands.

    @MexicanGirl: We plan on serving chili con carne with guacamole, salsa and tortillas as well as lost of nachos. To drink I’ll be making spiked lemonade and ice tea and if there is time I’ll give a go at some margaritas!! We actually have a few Mexican restaurants here in Cape Town.

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 4:43 pm

    @Miss Lightning: congrats on finding that shop! and let me tell you, your menu is just delish 😀 i’m getting really excited to see how your rehearsal will come out!

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    mary-alice-me 1864 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:16 pm

    That looks like so much fun — bright and sophisticated! Glad to see you’ve got some papel picado, too.

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    Veil Tales 61 posts, Worker bee @ 5:40 pm

    Sounds like a great party!

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    Charm bracelet 1952 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:07 pm

    I want our rehearsal dinner to be outside too. I think it will be simpler though. No flowers. Maybe some lanterns though.

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    miss longhorn 236 posts, Helper bee @ 7:15 pm

    Being a Texas girl, I am a big fan of Mexican food. Your menu sounds great!

  17. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:59 pm

    Mmmm I love mexican food – YUMMERS!
    Our rehearsal dinner location is China Restaurant known for it’s decor, so I’m not adding anything :)

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    million 367 posts, Helper bee @ 8:31 pm

    Are you familiar with the shop called Hadeda in Dunkley Square?

    You can find authentic Mexican decor there, and they also have all the cute little colorful decor items that would be perfect for a Mexican-themed party. Check them out!

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    Soon Mrs. B 38 posts, Newbee @ 8:41 pm

    I ADORE those banners, if you DIY be sure to post pictures for me to drool over! :) Good luck and I love the idea of color vs. the elegance of the wedding colors! :)

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:40 pm

    Mmmm, mexican food. If you don’t feel like spending lots on flowers, try some paper flowers. Tissue paper, wire or pipe cleaners and the same method as all the poms out there. Super easy and really fun. And don’t forget the cascarones. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascarones

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    ms boardwalk 356 posts, Helper bee @ 10:33 pm

    mexican bingo would be so much fun as a icebreaker… they sell those really cheap here in the states.

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:47 am

    it was actually funny that the first time I went to a Mexican restaurant was with Mr. Poodle’s parents in California – They all expected me to know all the menu, but even tho I could read the manes better i had no idea what the dishes were lol

    after that I loved Mexican food!! your R-dinner is going to be amazing

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    lightning 135 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:49 am

    @million: That’s exactly where I went :) So glad I found it as in addition to the banners, it had the most AMAZING collection of lanterns as well. I’ll definitely be back!

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    couturebowl 78 posts, Worker bee @ 9:02 am

    yay i’m having a mexican fiesta theme rehearsal dinner as well. i’m even hoping for a mariachi band

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:54 am

    fun fun fun! Glad you found a store for the banners – it sounds like your rehearsal dinner will be a blast!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:53 pm

    I love this idea!

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    Favors In The City 10 posts, Newbee @ 1:43 pm

    I love this idea! Who doesn’t like Mexican food and there is something there that can accommodate all. including vegans! Plus I love the atmosphere–it’s fun and colorful!!

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    MissKiss 18 posts, Newbee @ 2:21 pm

    yay! I love the Mexican theme idea! We’re actually having Mexican dishes for our wedding. They will be stations; a fajita bar, a seafood bar that includes mini shrimp tostadas and ceviche, and a cheesy bar with enchiladas and quesadillas. We will have pan dulce and tres leches cake…ah I’m getting hungry describing all of this!!

    Our rehearsal dinner will be at a local Italian restaurant that allows us to decorate the patio, the only decor I’ll probably include is a chandelier over the long wooden tables :)

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 5:44 pm

    fiesta theme is so much fun :) our rehearsal dinner is at a mexican restaurant, so we hope a fiesta vibe seeps in :)

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    Mrs. Mouse 5768 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:20 am

    This should be so festive and fun!

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    kmattso2 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:43 am

    Sounds delicious!! I just went to a wedding that had a mariachi band during cocktail hour and all the appetizers were Mexican..it was amazing!!

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