Elderly fiesta activities and parties are popular any season. Any time is a great time (especially in the winter when you wish it was warm out)! All you need are fun fiesta party items, plus Mexican food and recipes. Maybe some special party bags and party invitations. And, of course, pinatas. You can get many of your party supplies wholesale. Or make them yourself — we have ideas!
(Also see our “recipe central” page at Easy Healthy Recipes).
You can modify them for a special family dinner, celebration, or for small or large groups. Let your imagination go wild with decorations too – even make centerpieces yourself. These make great senior activity ideas. Also try hand-made invitations. See the end for decoration ideas.
How about a little entertainment? Does the local senior center, a school, college, church, Latino cultural center, or a theater group have talent who can come over to demonstrate dancing or music? You can definitely get music from the local music store or library. But live entertainment is always more fun!
Elderly Fiesta Activities
Build Your Own Taco Salad
A taco salad is a super-easy way to offer a large variety of food that is sure to please everyone – because they can make their own the way they want to, buffet style.
If you need to serve sit-down dinner style, you could put small bowls of various items on each table to choose from. Use fresh foods as much as possible with plenty of color. Our suggestions include a few items that are a bit out of the ordinary, to add interest.
You will need several bowls and platters, and any of the following food options:
- Tortilla chips – Use a variety of colors, such a traditional yellow corn, white, whole grain, or blue corn.
- Some people like to use a taco bowl as well.
- Sliced yellow and red onions, or scallions.
- Greens can include traditional lettuce, romaine, spinach leaves, or a spring greens mix.
- Bowls of chopped or whole black and green olives – some with pimento.
- Several types of cheese such as cheddar, asiago, or manchego. A Mexican blend is great too.
- Bowls of black beans and pinto beans; refried is fine. Canned garbanzo beans are also very good.
- Chopped red peppers, as well as yellow and green.
- Chopped yellow and red tomatoes.
- Fresh corn removed from the cob, or cooked frozen corn.
- Cilantro and parsely.
- Shredded chicken or beef – you can cook spices into the meat such as cumin, coriander, black pepper, and garlic powder. You can make it as spicy as you’d like.
- Sour cream or fat-free yoghurt.
- Taco sauce.
Another menu item is unique and really delicious — have you heard of chicken with chocolate sauce ?? It’s both a little sweet and spicy! This is a traditional Mexican dish, and we have a great recipe. Just click to get our chicken with chicken chocolate sauce recipe! Or try a great fish taco recipe (with a few surprises) – it’s a yummy alternative to the standard taco.
Beverage – Sangria!
Elderly fiesta activities just must include Sangria — basically a wine punch of wine and fruit over ice. We have two excellent sangria recipes, one for red and one white. There are also suggestions for variations. Sangria can also be made with non-alcoholic juice such as Catawba, but the recipe may need to be adjusted a bit, to taste.
Just click on the link to our easy sangria recipe ideas. Make it with either red or white wine (or sparkling grape juice for a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage). Remember, you can use a variety of fruits, fresh is best, and whatever is seasonal.
We’ll make this simple: anything chocolate is wonderful with this type of menu. Chocolate, after all, is native to Mexico and Central and South America. Favorite elderly activities involve food (especially desserts!). Why not make dessert a special project for your elderly fiesta activities — do it up fancy or basic.
Try this really easy and fun chocolate covered strawberry project — complete with unique ways to decorate them! Use your imagination to decorate them with a fiesta them too. Take a look at our page on how to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Or check out lots of other healthy desserts at Healthy Dessert Recipes.
Decorations are favorite elderly fiesta activities – with color, color, color! Bright colors are the theme here – choose a scheme of three or four different fiesta colors to mix and match.
Got a sombrero? It’s easy to get one – use it as a centerpiece, or turn it upside down and insert at bowl filled with tortilla chips. Or a flameless pillar candle. They have lots of uses!
Setting the table — Go to a dollar store and get a brightly colored paper table cloth, at least for the main serving table. Fiesta themes and Mexican decor are very popular, and you can often find these themed items in party stores.
If your budget allows, get a table cloth for each table, and contrasting paper napkins. If you have a yellow table cloth, try orange, yellow, turquoise, bright purple, hot pink, and/or green napkins. You can find sticker decals shaped like sun bursts or flowers to adhere to the corner of the napkins.
Piñatas — Naturally! And stuffed with treats make excellent fiesta decorations! You can get lots of no-sugar candies. Other fiesta party ideas include theme colored balloons, party bags with colored shredding and curly ribbon, and party favors — try making them. Small sombreros and tiny faux pinatas are also often available in craft stores; as well as small, Mexican style painted vases. You can put a tiny bright flower in them.
Napkin rings — These can be made by simply tying raffia or bright ribbon around the napkin and inserting an artificial or real flower. If you find the tiny piñatas in a store, you can also attach or hang them on the napkin. A bright sticker can be adhered to the corner of the napkin. Making napkins rings are fun but simple elderly fiesta activities.
Centerpieces — Putting together centerpieces are fun elderly fiesta activities to help prepare for the party. Collect empty plastic water bottles in advance. Remove the labels and fill the bottoms with natural stones or marbles to weigh them down.
Colored sand is fun as well. Fill the bottles about two-thirds with water. You can even add food coloring to make colored water. Then insert just one, big colorful flower and one tall reed or slender leaf into the bottle. If you do not want to use water in the vase, artificial flowers are fine too.
Or you may already have a favorite flower craft to make instead. Tie raffia or a ribbon that matches your color scheme around the top of the plastic bottle. If you have any squirt “puffy paint” (a.k.a. 3D paint) on hand, you can add decorative squiggle stripes around the bottom or middle of the bottles, or add dots.
Other easy elderly fiesta activities involve painting clay pots for many uses — for plants and flowers, as a pillar candle holder, insert a bowl for snacks, etc. Learn how to make one like the sample on the right. It’s the color scheme that makes the difference. Any type of easy flower design and some squiggles will do too.
Besides these elderly fiesta activities…
Chicken Chocolate Sauce — Want to go all out? A fabulous new Mexican recipe for your fiesta! Have your ever tried (or even heard of) chicken with chocolate sauce? It’s unique!
Easy Wine and Chocolates Party — A wine and chocolates party is very versatile: either casual yet elegant, or more elaborate. Whatever suits your event.
In addition to these elderly fiesta activities, we have lot more ideas…
Our Kindle Books!
Be sure to find out about our Kindle books page. In our “Fun Party Themes for Seniors” book, we have lots more suggestions and activities for a fiesta too, plus dozens of other party ideas (many with planning steps from start to finish, including the menu). And to go along with it, a special book with loads of games! Something for everyone and for just about every occasion — many fun games to use with your elderly fiesta activities.
Our Craft Book
Easy Crafts and Gifts – Find out about lots more easy yet quality craft ideas, including some more for elderly fiesta activities – more than 120 projects! For any season and ability. Plus a FREE booklet of templates to use for a variety of projects.