The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer, and temps are getting warmer. With all of this springtime magic in the air, it's hard not to be in a festive mood. So don't let this fun social spirit go to waste. Instead, put it to good use and throw a fabulous fiesta that will put all of your friend's sweet gatherings to shame. Here are 20 tips to help you create a stylish, kick-ass party that will go down as the event of the season.
1. Killer cocktails are a must.
Every fiesta needs a signature cocktail. This cilantro-infused spicy jalapeno margarita recipe by Aysegul from the blog Foolproof Living is sure to add a little extra heat to your steamy soiree.
2. Set the mood with some groovy tunes.
You don't have to worry about your swanky shindig skipping a beat with this powerful Bluetooth speaker ( $499 ) from Bang & Olufsen playing your party playlist. This minimalist piece of modern tech has up to 24 hours of battery life so you can dance all night long.
3. Add cozy texture and layers with accent pillows.
From throw pillows to floor pillows, these colorful poufs are a fun and easy way to incorporate not only color, but texture and layers as well. Your fabulous fete will exude stylish charm and your guests will appreciate having a comfy and cozy place to relax and unwind.
4. Only use dinnerware that's worthy of a party.
Forget disposable party plates for your fiesta. Your guests deserve to dine on nothing but the best, and these gorgeous wooden plates ( starting at $18 ) definitely fit the bill. Thanks to the natural wood grain, you can make a statement while being a little kinder to the environment.
5. Bring fun pops of color to the table with glassware.
We're pretty much obsessed with A Beautiful Mess co-founder Elsie Larson's dreamy glassware collection. These reusable and colorful chalices were designed to be the life of the party, over and over again.
6. The table isn't complete without a runner.
Textiles are a great way to add a layered, textural effect to any space, including your table. Woven by talented artisans in Brazil, this neutral option ( $38 ) from Joinery — made from sisal and cotton — makes the perfect party backdrop, tying all of your well-thought out details together.
7. Decorate with festive balloons.
Okay, we're pretty sure a balloon installation like this colorful piece of art designed by Jihan Zencirli, Los Angeles-based artist and founder of Geronimo Balloons, would make your party legendary.
8. Keep things nice and tidy with cotton napkins.
When food is this finger lickin' good it can be tough to remember to use a napkin. However, it's nice to have them on hand on the off chance you don't forget this small piece of etiquette. Hand-dyed using natural dyes, these 100 percent cotton khadi napkins ( $52 for set of 4 ) from the Spartan Shop will look gorg on your table and are the perfect utensil for tidying up that picture perfect smile and fresh mani.
9. Every party needs a churro bar.
If churros dipped in warm, ooey-gooey chocolate sauce are wrong, we don't want to be right. This yummy dessert will be a fan favorite, and if you're feeling really wild and crazy you can provide a few different dipping options for your guests to choose from. Check out this recipe on the FeedFeed.
10. Everything is better by candlelight.
Having a party without the flicker of candlelight is pretty much a rookie mistake. After all, ambiance is key for the success of any fanciful event. Handmade in Brooklyn, this mojito-inspired candle ( $55 ) is a refreshing mix of lime, mint leaves, and basil — perfect for setting the mood.
11. Serve appetizers to keep your guests from getting hangry.
This Mexican-grilled corn avocado toast by Jessica from the blog How Sweet Eats is literally making us salivate just looking at it, so we're pretty sure your party guests will be delighted. And did we mention it's avocado toast? Nom nom.
12. Provide comfy seating for lounging.
Lounge chairs are always welcome at any social gathering, not to mention a necessary investment for your home. So opt for something special like this modern twist to the classic Alcapulco chair ( $825 ) from The Citizenry. Handcrafted in Mexico, this spacious leather seat, supported by a steel frame, reclines just enough to make it truly lounge-worthy. Caution: You may not want to get up once you sit down on this gem.
13. Keep your guests nice and cool.
No one wants to sweat profusely like Ben Stiller's character in Along Came Polly, especially at a party. Keep your guests perspiration-free by providing them with these adorable paper fans ( $22 ) from Of A Kind to cool themselves off. And bonus: They make great party favors, too.
14. You need the right tools to make a feast.
A master can't complete a masterpiece without the necessary tools, and the same rule applies to making everyone's party favorite: guacamole. And to ensure your avocado creation is at its best, pick up this statement-making black granite mortar and pestle ( starting at $80 ) from Food52. Their good looks almost make you forget all about the chips and dip you've been craving.
15. Holy moly, you must serve guacamole!
What's a party without your mom's world-famous guacamole? Tragic, to say the least. But in the event that your mom's guac is less than stellar, you can opt for this insanely delicious recipe by Byron from the blog Lord Byron's Kitchen and just wait for the compliments to come pouring in.
16. Provide serving spoons to avoid disastrous party fouls.
No one likes a double-dipper. Make sure you provide a serving spoon for all of your yummy treats to avoid any party fouls. All the way from Morocco and hand carved from walnut, these wooden spoons ( $40 ) from the Spartan Shop would make a truly unique addition to your dinner table.
17. Quench everyone's thirst with mini bottles of tequila.
If you don't know by now, we're pretty big fans of just about anything mini, and these tiny bottles of tequila ( $38 for six ) are no exception. We think it's pretty safe to say that your guests will adore them as much as we do.
18. Flowers make the tablescape.
In addition to warmer temperatures, springtime goes hand in hand with fresh flowers. So have a little fun dressing up your dinner table with a colorful variety of blooms in different shapes, sizes, and scents. These natural beauties will liven up your soiree and complement the rest of your festive decor.
19. Dish up a lighter, healthier dinner fare.
Taco 'bout a party! These mouthwatering blackened fish tacos with creamy avocado sauce by Heidi, from the blog FoodieCrush, will be the highlight of the night. Don't be surprised if the room falls silent once these bad boys are served.
20. End the night on a sweet note.
End your memorable night sitting under the stars, while enjoying a decadent cup of hot cocoa that you casually whipped up using these Mexican molinillos, or hot chocolate frothers ( starting at $20 ) from Non-perishable Goods.
Ariane Moore is Senior Design Editor at Hunker. After earning her B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design, she enjoyed working on a variety of projects ranging from residential to hospitality at award winning design firms in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She also served as Design Editor at Natural Child World magazine.