Southwestern Theme Birthday Party Ideas

If you want to host a birthday party for an adult friend or loved one, and that adult is partial to a southwestern theme, consider throwing a southwestern theme birthday party. There are many fun ideas, activities, games, and deliciously creative food and drinks that fit a southwestern theme, and best of all, you can host a southwestern theme birthday party for an adult without spending a small fortune in the process.

Consider the following ideas, games, activities, drinks, and food that have a fun southwestern flair. These creative ideas will enable you to host a southwestern theme birthday party that will be enjoyed by all who attend. Your southwestern theme birthday party will be a spectacular party to remember.

Ideas for Fun and Games

Adult Pi�±ata

Kids love pi�±atas, but who says pi�±atas are just for kids? Why not have a pi�±ata filled with goodies especially for adults? Consider buying or making a southwestern pi�±ata shaped like a red chili pepper, a sombrero, or a donkey, and fill it with candy, scratch-off lottery tickets, miniature plastic bottles containing alcoholic beverages, car air fresheners, packs of playing cards, and any other content ideas you think guests will enjoy. The ideas and possibilites are endless. Have party guests take turns attempting to strike the pi�±ata while blindfolded. This fun activity will definitely get the party started!

Fun Party Favors

Looking for party favor ideas for a southwestern theme birthday party for adults? Make southwestern theme party favors by filling inexpensive shot glasses with mixed nuts, candy coated chocolates, mints, or similar small treats. Keep the contents fresh by surrounding the filled shot glasses with clear colored plastic wrap or cellophane. Tie the tops with paper twist, and put one of these fun and creative southwestern theme party favors at each place setting. Birthday party guests will absolutely love them!

Food and Drink Ideas

Easy Chicken Cholupas

The best food ideas for any birthday party are ideas for foods that are easy to prepare and serve. This simple recipe for chicken cholupas is the perfect main dish for a southwestern theme birthday party. It’s very easy to prepare, and best of all, this main dish is absolutely delicious. Make preparation of this main dish even easier by using precooked diced chicken breast.

4 boneless cooked chicken breasts, diced
3 cans condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 large can diced green chilies
16-ounces sour cream
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
12 small flour tortillas

Combine all ingredients with the exception of eight ounces of each cheese and the flour tortillas. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll about four tablespoons of the cholupa mixture into the flour tortillas, and arrange them in the baking dish. Pour the rest of the chicken mixture over the rolled tortillas, and top the dish with the rest of the cheese. Bake it for approximately 45 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. This tasty southwestern dish serves approximately 6 hungry party guests.

Cherry Empanadas

This tasty cherry dessert is a perfectly sweet ending to a southwestern theme birthday party meal. It’s extremely easy to prepare, and your party guests will be impressed by the flavor and appearance of this delicious southwestern theme treat.

1-�½ cups all-purpose flour
1-teaspoon baking powder
�½ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
4-6 teaspoons cold water
16-ounce can cherry pie filling
Powdered sugar
Cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine the four, baking powder, and salt, and cut in the vegetable shortening with a fork or pasty blender. Add the water a little at a time until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Place the dough on a floured surface, and roll it to a thickness of about 1/8 of an inch. Cut out circles about three inches in diameter. Place about 1 tablespoon of filling on half of each circle. Moisten the edges of the dough, fold it over, and carefully seal the edges. Bake the empanadas for approximately fifteen minutes or until they are lightly browned. After they have cooled for several minutes, sprinkle them with powdered sugar combined with cinnamon.

Firecracker Punch

If you want to serve punch with a punch, this firecracker punch is the perfect thirst-quenching beverage for a southwestern theme birthday party.

8 cups cranberry juice
3 cups granulated sugar
8 cups pineapple juice
2 tablespoons almond extract
1-gallon ginger ale

Stir the first four ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved. Store the mixture in the refrigerator, and right before the party, add the ginger ale. Guests will love this southwestern theme birthday party punch!

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