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Frosty Fiesta! Kick Your Child's Winter Birthday Party Up a Notch with Tantalizing Tacos

Warm up the cold winter months with a fiesta! You and your child’s party guests can escape Jack Frost at home with this Taco Bar Birthday Party! Kick your party food up a notch with a delicious selection of taco shells, meats and toppings, plus brightly-colored fiesta décor.

To set the scene for a Taco Bar Birthday Party, load up on brightly-colored party supplies. The easiest way to set up a party backdrop is covering foam poster boards (found at the Dollar Store) with various colors of wrapping paper. Then, attach some brightly colored paper fans and banners to decorate it even more. I love using the foam poster boards for a party table because they are so easy to make; set them on the back of the table (leaning against a wall) and you’re done! Fresh flowers are always a great idea for decorating a party table, too.

When I threw a Taco Bar Party for my son, he insisted that our taco bar have a piñata, so I found one at the party store and used it like a centerpiece on the food table. I also found a brightly-colored tablecloth and mini ponchos for drink bottles that worked great for his taco bar. Need sombreros? Yep, the party store has those, too! (In Calgary, check Party City locations and Party Town for these supplies.)

Now let’s talk about food! There are so many options when it comes to a Taco Bar. You’ll want to start with taco shells (both hard and soft), and then choose a couple of meat options, and then all of the delicious toppings for the kids.

Here are some tasty ideas:

  • Ground turkey or beef with taco seasoning

  • Seasoned pulled pork cooked in the slow cooker

  • Fish grilled on the BBQ

  • Lettuce

  • Tomatoes

  • Onions

  • Jalapeños

  • Corn

  • Black beans

  • Refried beans

  • Lime slices

  • Bell peppers

  • Shredded cheese

  • Rice

  • Salsa

  • Sour cream

  • Guacamole

  • Hot sauce

  • Nacho cheese sauce 

Tacos can be a messy food to eat, so make sure you provide your guests with lots of plates and napkins. Instead of serving traditional tacos, you could set this up as a ‘Walking Taco Bar,’ where everyone is given a small bag of Doritos, and then they load their toppings right in the bag and eat it with a fork - no additional plates required!

For drinks, you could serve frozen crushed ice drinks in margarita glasses. 

Now onto my favorite part of a birthday party: dessert! Some dessert ideas that go with this theme are churros or ice cream nachos. Ice cream nachos are broken waffle bowl pieces dipped in chocolate with scoops of ice cream served on top (find more details on Ice Cream Nachos on my blog,

I hope you have a wonderful fiesta filled with great memories and plenty of ice cream!

Cheryl is a freelance writer, blogger, and project manager. She loves all things party and lets her creativity shine through delicious recipe creations, DIY party ideas, and the silliest ideas for family fun. She has one school-aged son who provides her with endless inspiration. Find Cheryl on her website,, or wandering the aisles of a party supply store or in her kitchen eating cheesecake - because someone needs to test all of her delicious recipe creations!








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