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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    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 4774 posts, Honey bee @ 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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