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‘The Real’s’ Adrienne Houghton Knows How To Throw One Heck Of A Fiesta, Here Are Her Tips

Adrienne Houghton lives the fiesta life. The Puerto Rican-Ecuadorian actress and tv personality recently hosted the party of all parties and had Instagram all kinds of buzzed and loca about it. After all, it was Selena themed. The elaborate affair might have looked completely over the top (Houghton rented the exact version of Selena’s car to make a selfie booth for guests) but in a recent “how-to” video that followed the event, Houghton shared her different tips for hosting a themed party without breaking the bank.

Check it out:

1. To start, pick a theme

“The Real” host opted for a Selena- themed party for her fiesta (because duh) and went 100% in with the theme when it came to her costume. To bring the full effect of Selena to the party, Houghton hired a friend’s mom to recreate Selena’s famous Grammy dress to wear. She also bought a follow up costume on Etsy.

2. Get the right music.

Houghton suggests hosts hire live music for their events because “there’s nothing like it” and have the music playing before the first set of guests arrive to get everyone into the right mood. For her party, Houghton had the award winning band Mariachi Divas play for friends and family.

3. Get the food out.

“When I walk into a party I’m like where’s the food and where’s the drink,” Houghton joked while speaking about the importance of keeping your company’s stomach’s happy at the party. To ensure everyone who attended felt at home and content, Houghton said she kicked off the party with chips and guac which were set out in every corner of her house. For the main course she did a taco bar, which she says the price of food down “you can actually feed a lot of people with a taco bar versus like super expensive fancy catering.” For dessert, she opted for churros.

For the Latina on a tight budget: Houghton suggests creating your own taco bar and letting your guests make their own tacos. Her big tip? Make sure to include at least a few items that are vegan/ gluten-free friendly.

4. Keep the drinks flowing.

To keep up with the theme of the event, Houghton says there’s nothing more fun than signature cocktails. The host says that she had her bartenders create drinks with names like “Como La Flor,” “Dreaming of You” and shots called “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” Houghton also gave her guests a chance to take part in tequila tastings.

For the Latina on a tight budget: Houghton says that “you can be the bartender, one of your girls can be a bartender or better yet you can set everything out and they can create their own cocktails.”

5. Provide activities

Speaking of tequila tastings, Houghton emphasizes the importance of making sure your friends and family have tons to do at the party (you don’t want your friends complaining that they have nada que hacer). For her Selena-inspired event, Houghton had an “art installation” set up so that her friends could take photos. To do so, she rented a 1987 Porshe red convertible which was the kind Selena drove and covered it in white roses (her favorite flower) for people to take photos. Still, forking over that kind of money can be pricey. To do something similar, Houghton says that you can still create a cool photo back drop with your own ideas. Just make sure it goes with your theme!

Houghton kept her other activities spread out so that everyone can do things in different places. For her party, Houghton also had a piñata, a karaoke station and a makeup station where friends could take home their own red lipstick (which Houghton bought from a 99 Cent store) and sign a guest book.

For the Latina on a tight budget: Copy Houghton’s approach and find any party favors you’d like to give away at cheap dollar store. If you want to bring karaoke to the party but don’t want the expenses of an actual station, Houghton suggests tapping into your phone tech and downloading a karaoke app.

Check out Adrienne’s full tips for throwing a themed party below!

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Now You Can Throw Your Own Coco-Themed Party Thanks to Etsy

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Now You Can Throw Your Own Coco-Themed Party Thanks to Etsy

I was recently rewatching Coco on Netflix for what felt like the 1,000th time when I realized that I really, really want to honor the movie more. And by “honor” I mean that I want to throw myself a Coco-themed birthday party for my next birthday. I’m going to be 33 years old. But I think that just goes to show what universal appeal this beautiful story has. And, unsurprisingly, when I went down the internet rabbit hole to see if anyone else felt like I did, I found that I was certainly not the only one.

If you’ve ever thought about throwing a Coco-themed party, whether it’s for your own birthday or the party of the kids in your life, then what are you waiting for? Thanks to Etsy, I’ve been able to find the 20 cutest Coco party decorations, favors and more. So no matter what your favorite scene is from the movie, you can now have a little extra Coco in your life. And you know the best part? Most of these decorations don’t have to be reserved just for a party. So, enjoy!

1. Coco Birthday Shirt for Kids

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The first thing you’ll want to get for your Coco-themed birthday party is one of these custom t-shirts. They can have whatever age you want, plus a name. And the best part? They actually come in three different colors so that you can pick exactly how you want them.

2. Printable Coco Altar Character Photos

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If you’re setting up for a big party, then you will definitely want to recreate a Coco-style altar in your home. These photos come in handy to help you set up and keep the party moving. It’s certainly going to look pretty, anyway.

3. Coco Inspired Mask

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If you’re hoping to dress like some of your favorite Coco characters, then look no further! These adorable masks are the way to go. The good thing is that you (and the little ones) will have plenty to pick from with these outfits.

4. Coco Favor Bags

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Any party needs to end with some party favors, amirite? Well, if you’re doing something for Coco, then you will want some Coco-themed baggies to pack up your goodies into. There are three different colors so you have plenty of options.

5. Coco Theme Family Shirts 

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If you’re planning to throw a Coco-themed party, then you are going to need something to wear, right? Well, these family shirts are pretty perfect. You probably shouldn’t be surprised if you end up wearing it more than just for the party.

6. Coco Disney Cupcake Toppers

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If you’re planning to make dessert for the Coco party, then can I suggest cupcakes? They’re everyone’s favorite because you can have an entire mini cake for yourself… And, of course, it can be super cute thanks to these Coco cupcake toppers.

7. Papel Picado Coco Fiesta Banner

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One of the party decorations you’ll definitely want is to have a banner, and what better banner than this papel picado with Coco characters? It’s absolutely adorable and I wouldn’t be surprised if you end up leaving it hung up around the house long after those party guests have left.

8. Disney Coco Photo Booth Props

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If you are planning to throw a party, then you will need evidence of the festivities. And by that, I mean fun photos, of course! Your photos will be made even cuter with these photo booth props. Sure, you might not have an actual photo booth, but you will surely enjoy these.

9. 32″ Miguel Coco Birthday Party Balloon

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It’s not a party without balloons and, of course, you need a big old Miguel balloon for your Coco-themed festivities. This balloon will have all of the kiddies at your party totally freaking out because of how CUTE it is.

10. Coco Birthday Party Invitation

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Every party begins with an invitation. If you’re planning to do a Coco-themed party, then you need Coco-themed invitations. This adorable party invite is just perfect for whoever is the guest of honor, whether they’re turning 6 or 26.

11. Coco Centerpieces

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Every party needs more decorations than just balloons and streamers, right? Well, these centerpieces are just the thing. Whether you have one big table for everyone invited or a bunch of little tables, the centerpieces will make it feel just like the movie.

12. Coco Inspired Disney Tutu

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If your little princess is the one having a birthday, then you simply must get this adorable Coco tutu. And even if she’s not, then you might want to get this tutu anyway because it’s just that cute. And, um, maybe they make adult sizes, too?

13. Coco Inspired Guitar

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Everyone knows that Coco is all about that magical guitar and what it means. Well, now you can have your very own guitar for the party! It’s an adorable addition to any party or, really, any home.

14. Coco Birthday Party Banner

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Make your party really stand out with this BIG, customizable banner. You can write whatever you want on it and the party will be that much better because of it. Just don’t forget to get those papel picado banners too, since they will perfectly go with this banner.

15. Coco Cookies

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Okay, I already told you about Coco cupcakes… but what about Coco cookies, too? They’re absolutely irresistible but I would highly encourage you to take all of your Instagram pictures early because these are guaranteed to go fast.

16. Disney Coco Figures

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Just like you’ll want to decorate your house with Coco-themed banners, centerpieces and balloons, you’ll also probably want to have the Coco characters around the house. These figurines can be placed everywhere as part of the decorations or, better yet, be put into those cute favor bags for the kiddies to take home.

17. Coco Letters and Numbers 

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Another great decoration for your home is these cute cut-out letters that are Coco-themed. Just like the banner, you can create letters and shapes that fit your party needs. And the best part is that you can use these in the future for many things, so it’s kind of a win-win.

18. Coco Digital Paper

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I’m not entirely sure what this Coco digital paper is for except that you can use it for basically anything. You can create activities or you can use it to wrap presents or you can just decorate with it. Whatever you choose, though, it’ll look pretty amazing.

19. Coco Birthday Party Balloon 

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I mentioned that adorable Miguel balloon but you didn’t think that I would keep it to just one, did you? These Coco balloons are the perfect way to decorate for any party and the good news is that there’s a bunch of them, so your house will be filled with the beauty and wonder.

20. Coco Custom Cake Topper

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Last but not least, your guest of honor will need their very own Coco-themed cake. Whether that’s you (hey, no shame!) or the little person in your life, they will love this adorable (and customizable) cake topper.

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