How to Host a Backyard Summer Fiesta

The #bloggersplanaparty squad is back with the ultimate backyard summer fiesta to celebrate the first official day of summer! 

How to Host a Backyard Summer Fiesta | Green Maxi Skirt Matching Set, Embroidered Black Tank, Yellow Eyelet Maxi Dress | Louella Reese

Shop Our Backyard Summer Fiesta Looks

Happy Friday! Happy first official day of Summer! To celebrate, the party planning squad is brining you the ultimate backyard summer fiesta. AND we officially have a hashtag for all of our parties – if you’re interested in following along check out #bloggersplanaparty on Instagram and click follow to stay up to date on all of the planning + parties!

If you’ve missed our previous parties or want to take a look back, there’s the Rosé Inspired & Filled Spring Brunch, Peeps, Pajamas, and Prosecco Party, and How to Host a Garden Potting Party

Today’s party is all about enjoying summer evenings outside, eating almost everyone’s favorite food (who doesn’t love Mexican), and having fun with your best of friends. After all summer is all about being outdoors and getting together with friends. Why not throw a theme on your evening together and have an absolute blast creating margaritas, unique taco creations, and LOTS of laughs! I can tell you, we certainly did! See where some of these laughs came from below!

Keep reading for my thoughts on creating a super fun backyard summer fiesta + what to wear to one. But before that, as always, let me introduce you to the gals!

Photos by JLT Photography 
Decor for Backyard Summer Fiesta | Pink Maraca, Fiesta Tablescape | Louella Reese
Succulent Centerpiece | How to Create a Succulent Centerpiece | Louella Reese

The Decor

Okay, before I dive into this, let me tell you that with each party one of us typically takes the lead. This our spring brunch and garden potting party that was me. For today’s party, it was ALL Taylor! So all decor credit goes straight to her.

As well as Morgan, who had the idea to create a table filled with succulents. Psssst…would you believe me if I told you all of these succulents are faux succulents? Yep, they are! After Morgan brought two Nearly Natural peonies arrangements to our spring brunch, we knew we wanted to work with the brand again. Their products are amazing! Truly nearly natural, they look so real and these succulents absolutely made the table! 

Aside from the succulents, Taylor added layers of fabrics, textures, and patterns to create the ultimate fiesta tablescape. With the addition of handprinted maracas – you go Taylor Reese!

Maracas are the perfect piece of decor to add to your backyard summer fiesta. They’re a great option for placards (as Taylor used them for), they’re super fun, and they play a prop for photos…and dancing! 

For a fiesta ready table – play around with textures, patterns, and natural elements. If succulents aren’t your thing or you want to take the theme a little further, trade the succulents for mini cactuses and allow guests to take them home as party gift. Along with maracas, they really are a must!

Shop the Decor 

Backyard Summer Fiesta Margaritas | Louella Reese
Cheers Printed Napkins | Cheeky Napkins | Louella Reese
Backyard Summer Fiesta Decor | Pink Maracas | Louella Reese
Backyard Summer Fiesta Menu | Taco Bar | Louella Reese
Corona Light | Backyard Summer Fiesta | Louella Reese

As mentioned above, I think Mexican food is most (okay, maybe just a lot) of people’s favorite kind of food. Especially to indulge in. Who doesn’t love going out for margaritas, chips + salsa and guacamole, and some fabulous tacos? I mean really, who? Therefore, it is the perfect food to serve at your summer party! Aside from the fact that most everyone loves it, a Mexican bar/buffet is extremely easy to put together! 

There’s no real right or wrong when creating a taco bar/buffet. Just make sure you have the necessities – tortillas, meat, and salsa + guacamole. Then you just add toppings! Whatever it is you like plus a couple extra! You can have as many or as few as you’d like. Just have fun with it! 


Margaritas made with Playa Real Tequila 

Corona Lights with Lime

Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole 

Flour Tortillas 

Ground Beef + Shredded Chicken

Shredded Cheese



Red, Green, and Yellow Bell Peppers

As far as drinks, I definitely recommend whipping up some margaritas and having beers on hand. Corona Light is a great option or you could go with Tecate or Sol. For our margaritas we used Playa Real Tequila. They have fruit infused tequila and oh my goodness y’all SO GOOD! Pineapple was my personal favorite. Just add seltzer water, fresh lime juice, a lime slice, and you’re good to go!

Backyard Summer Fiesta Margaritas | Louella Reese
Backyard Summer Fiesta Menu | Taco Bar | Louella Reese
Backyard Summer Fiesta Margaritas | Louella Reese
Playa Real Flavored Tequila | Summer Margaritas | Louella Reese
Backyard Summer Fiesta Margaritas | Louella Reese


Again, as mentioned above, summer is all about being outdoors and with your friends. So let loose a little and have a good time! 

You can see Joshua and I had no problem doing so! I have this obsession with dancing in fields and luckily my sweet husband goes right along with it. And luckily our sweet friends, listen and laugh at all of Joshua’s dad jokes. *thanks for that y’all* 

So pour yourself a margarita, make some yummy tacos, and hang out with your best friends while soaking up a beautiful summer evening!

Dancing in a Field | Couples Photos | Louella Reese
Dancing in a Field | Couples Photos | Louella Reese
Backyard Summer Fiesta | Louella Reese

Shop Our Backyard Summer Fiesta Looks

Joshua and I trying out the famous dirty dancing move

Sharing these for laughs as we obviously need a little practice! Thankful for this fun guy of mine and are friends + Jasmin for putting up with us. 


  1. Morgan wrote:

    I don’t think we could’ve had a better time this night! And let’s get together for tacos and margs again SOON!

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    Posted 6.21.19
    • Completely agree with you! It was the best! YESSSSSS – let’s make it happen stat.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.21.19
  2. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh this looks like so much fun! YAY!

    x Lisa |

    Posted 6.24.19
  3. Carrington wrote:

    Okay this looks like SO much dang fun! I love the theme you went with too, so cute. This makes me want to throw something together for me and my girlfriends as well!

    Xxx, Carrington

    Posted 6.25.19
    • It really was a total blast! Thank you gal 🙂 you absolutely should!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.25.19
  4. The setting, the succulents, your friend’s dress (it also comes in yellow and I love it) — such a great backyard summer fiesta.

    Posted 6.25.19
    • Thank you so much gal! I know – I almost got the yellow OR the blue haha, loved it!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.25.19
  5. Rachel wrote:

    I’m so obsessed with how cute you guys are! This is such a fun activity to do with friends, I wish I had a back yard 😉


    Posted 6.25.19
    • Aw thank you girly! Just talk one of your girl friends that have a backyard into hosting 😉

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.26.19
  6. Annie wrote:

    Wait, this is the cutest thing ever! I love the outfits, the maracas, the food looks amazing too! What an adorable set up – you’re so creative!

    Posted 6.26.19
  7. Stephanie wrote:

    Eeeek – I just read all about this over on Morgan’s blog – but it’s so fun to see more photos on yours! I want to party with ya’ll. It looks like so much fun!

    Posted 6.26.19
    • Yay! I am so happy you enjoyed the posts. It really was so much fun!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.26.19
  8. Megan wrote:

    This is seriously the cutest thing ever! It looks like you guys had the best time!

    Posted 6.26.19
  9. Em wrote:

    Oh my gosh this turned out SO cute – love the details!

    Posted 6.26.19
  10. Megan wrote:

    Oh my gosh! How fun! It looks like you had an amazing time in the pictures. I definitely need to try this with my friends and family.

    Posted 6.27.19
    • We absolutely did! It was a blast to do something a little different. And yes, I would definitely recommend hosting a summer fiesta!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.28.19
  11. How fun & beautiful for Summer! You have the best party planning style and decor. I need to grab my friends and get us together for a sunset fiesta like this!

    -xo, Azanique |

    Posted 6.27.19
    • Aw thank you Azanique! You are so sweet to say that girl friend – I really appreciate it! And yes, you should!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.28.19
  12. ruthie wrote:

    Y’all are the cutest! What a fun fiesta!!

    Posted 6.29.19

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