My Birthday Fiesta!

Happy Birthday to me! Or should I say, Feliz Cumpleaños? Although my birthday was yesterday, May 1st, friends and I got together today to celebrate with a birthday fiesta. I tied in the popular Cinco de Mayo vibe with my birthday menu and it was muy delicioso!...

Normally my usual birthday celebration involves a luau, just as I've done in previous years. However since my friend hosted her bridal shower yesterday with a luau theme, it was only appropriate to switch it up and celebrate with a fiesta vibe and menu. Here's the menu I prepared, so stay tuned for the recipes all this week!

Spicy Lime & Honey Chicken Wings

Southwestern Eggrolls

Queso Fundido with  Chips

Roasted Pork Barbacoa

Chile Rubbed Flank Steak

Chipotle Cinnamon Rubbed Chicken
(sadly, unpictured)

Dorito Taco Salad

Tres Leches Cake

It was a fabulous day with friends and family... and in some ways, a reunion of long time friends who've I've known as a child. Having a chance to catch up to reminisce about our childhood years together and share the journeys we've taken since all came to a full circle, which was especially fitting for my birthday. Here's to many more years to live, love and eat with friends and family!


  1. O-M-G!! I want almost every single thing there!! I'm looking forward to the recipes!


  2. Happy birthday! I can't wait for the recipes. Everything looks delicious!

  3. Happy birthday! the best thing about this post...the pampered chef bamboo tongs! LOVE THEM! i couldnt live with out them!

  4. Happy birthday! Looks like a great feast =)

  5. WOW! Happy Birthday Girl! Did you make all the food for all the guest? How do you do that and still have time to mingle at your party?

  6. @Anna - Thanks! Yes, I made all the food for the party with the exception of the Tres Leches Cake (which was store bought.) I made everything the day before and/or day of the party all before my guests arrived so once they came, all I did was hang out and mingle. :)

  7. I love the cake especially, looks absolutely tasty. Happy birthday Joelen :-).

  8. Happy belated Birthday Joelen!

    The spread looks fabulous! Everything looks so delicious!

    You have the most beautiful serving ware as well.

    I also see that you have the bamboo tong servers from Pampered Chef! :)

    Sounds like you had a great time! Happy Birthday!