Charlie’s Mexican themed Birthday Party
The nicknames started the day I announced to my colleagues at work that I was expecting. The first one was the famous cartoon character “Speedy Gonzalez” which my mum still calls him to this day. Then friends and family have come up with their own unique ones like Mexicorn, Mexibrit, etc…
You may have guessed it, my son is half Mexican, half British (Cornish if you ask his dad).
When it was time to organise his first birthday party, I thought I’d book the nearest soft play. However I soon learned that if you don’t book at least 3 months in advance, your chances of getting a decent time slot are slim. In the end I decided to have a Mexican themed Birthday Party at home with some traditional Mexican games and food. Here’s a quick list of what I did:
- Mexican Bingo – In Spanish, this game is called Loteria which is very similar to bingo but rather than numbers you have pictures like El Sol or The Sun, El Gallo the Rooster, etc… It’s a lot of fun and the kids learn a couple of words while they play. You can buy the cards on Amazon or mexgrocer.co.uk
- Piñata – They come in all different shapes and sizes and are good fun for the kids. Just run for cover when you get the kid that is determined to break it! If you’re not into breaking the piñata, piñata cakes are also popular. Here’s a great recipe
- Birthday Jelly or Gelatina – There’s always jelly at Mexican birthday parties. I made a confetti jelly which looked great and the kids loved it. You basically make 3 or 4 flavoured jellies, cut them into squares and put them in a milk based jelly, chill it and when it’s ready it looks like confetti. Here’s a simple recipe if you want to give it a try.
- Songs – There are lots of fun Mariachi songs you can put on in the background or use for musical chairs. Our favourites are El Mariachi Loco, La Cucaracha and Tequila!Happy Birthday in Spanish is quite easy to sing. It’s basically the same exact melody as the happy birthday song with the following lyrics. (note: each Spanish speaking country has their own birthday song too but they’re usually 10 verses so I went for the easy version)
Te lo deseamos todos
Lots of love, Sylvie