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Father's Day Fiesta!

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Lucy Riles: Celebrate Father's Day with great food, decor and good times ... without spending big bucks! Here's how.

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Fiesta Decor: Display framed photos of Dad as centerpieces; have shots of him through the years with his kids, his father, his grandfather. Use this opportunity to celebrate all the wonderful men and fathers in your life. Cover all the tables with a roll of white paper, then leave boxes of crayons and markers out so everyone can draw pictures and leave messages for Dad. Instead of balloons, decorate with tissue-paper pompoms. To make these, simply take eight pieces of tissue paper, accordion-fold them (about an inch and a half thick) as when making a fan, then tie it in the middle with clear fishing line and pull each tissue apart, one tissue at a time. (These are colorful, chic and much more eco-friendly than balloons). Fiestas always include beautiful, bright flowers, so take a trip to your local farmers market and pick up a few bouquets to make your party pop!

Father's Day Feast: Set up a taco station with all the fixings so your guests can help themselves. Does your dad love to grill? Have him grill up some steak or chicken fajitas and veggie kabobs. Nothing says "fiesta" like some tasty margaritas, mojitosand Coronas. Serve lemonade with fresh lemon wedges as the kids' signature nonalcoholic drink!

Musica: Hire a mariachi band ... or not (just play some on your iPod!). Either way, the spicy music will set the mood for your fiesta.

Fun Factor for Dad: As the main attraction, hang a big piñata in the middle of the party. Fill it with "dad" gear like socks, golf balls, duct tape, beef jerky, slippers, his favorite candy and more. If your dad loves golf, have him use a golf club to knock the piñata down. If he loves baseball, have him use a bat. If he loves shooting pool, have him use a pool cue. (You know your dad better than I do; what would he love to use? The more personal the better!) If you have kids attending your fiesta, stuff an additional piñata full of treats and toys for them to enjoy!


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