Take-out Tuesday, Fiesta Sweets!

What is your biggest challenge when you have a party?  Mine is keeping the guests from congregating all in the same spot!   At our recent Fiesta party we purposely placed  “stations”  in different areas throughout the main floor to keep guests moving around.

los dulces table thepaintedapron.com

Our foyer is actually almost as big as any of the main rooms, so I love to put it to good use for a big group.

A dessert table, “los ducles,” was perfect in the foyer.  It was  a “sweet welcome” for the guests, and they would also pass by on their way out and could grab a cupcake or cookie to go~

tile tray thepaintedapron.com

The Fiesta was a couples shower for an Autumn wedding. At the far left of the table is a “Mexican wedding cake,” a stack of overturned pots with ribbon streamers.

flower pot cake

The top is an overturned saucer topped with more paper flowered ribbons mounded in a pile

fiesta decor thepaintedapron.com

These are just lengths of ribbons with a paper rose glued on the ends.  I use these all the time, you can see them in the Tulips and Tricycles tablescape and Welcome Baby C

los dulces sign thepaintedapron.com

I couldn’t believe that not one guest asked me what los dulces meant!  I guess they figured it out~

sweets 1 thepaintedapron.com

The loose Mexican tiles formed a make shift tray for the “cupcake wedding dress”

tile tray 1 thepaintedapron.com

You’ve probably seen this on Pinterest, I first saw it over at Purple Chocolata Home, and couldn’t wait to make it for something!

sweets table thepaintedapron.com
cupcake dress thepaintedapron.com

I made this dress with 48 mini cupcakes,  in “wedding cake flavor,” from Gigi’s Cupcakes, a national franchise.

Mexican cookies thepaintedapron.com

Even though we had a lot of hostesses financing this little soiree, I wanted to keep the costs reasonable.  I decided to make a few quick and easy additions to our catered meal, because I wanted the sweets table to be full of temptations and color…

The Sombrero cookies are all over Pinterest too, I never looked at any one recipe, I just created my own version from what I had seen


I used ready to bake Pillsbury Sugar Cookies, just like I did for the Sand Dollar Dessert recently.


They are so easy and so good


I was a little skeptical about frosting in a can but I was having a lot of trouble not licking my fingers!   It was perfect for piping a line around the sombrero brim!

sweets table 2 thepaintedapron.com

Some Coco Loco, a snack mix of Corn Chex, Fritos, chocolate, pecans, butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar seemed like a good addition~


I just made this recipe up from a combo of recent snack mixes that I saw on Pinterest.  Yes, I spend way too much time on Pinterest.

coco loco 3 thepaintedapron.com

At this stage it was quite tasty but reeeeeeeeeeeally messy, so I tossed it in powdered sugar

Loco Coco thepaintedapron.com

I served it in a trifle dish

Coco Loco thepaintedapron.com

and provided cups for individual servings

sweets table 2 thepaintedapron.com

What’s the old saying, “Life’s short, eat dessert first!” Nobody did though, but you can be sure they saved room for it after being welcomed by this table of goodies!

Here are the recipes:


Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 48


  • 2 pkg Pillsbury ready to bake, sugar cookies
  • 48 large dots or gumdrops
  • 1 can Pillsbury Vanilla Easy Frosting
  • multicolored sprinkles


  • Bake cookies according to package directions and cool.
  • Pipe a line of frosting around edge of cookie and put a small dot in center. Place 1 candy Dot on center and sprinkle iced edge with sprinkles.
  • Makes 4 dozen. Can be made 1-2 days ahead and stored loosely covered.
Keyword fiesta, Mexican, party dessert, sombrero cookies, sugar cookies



Course Appetizer, Dessert, Gift, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups


  • 1/2 bag Fritos
  • 1/2 box Corn Chex Cereal
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 oz butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2-1 cup powdered sugar {Confectioner’s Sugar}


  • Combine Chex and Fritos on a large rimmed baking sheet.      
  • Melt butter and mix in brown sugar, stirring to incorporate and melt the sugar.
  • Pour butter mixture over all and stir to coat all pieces.  Bake at 250 for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and stir.  Return to oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with chocolate and butterscotch chips.  Stir, letting the chips melt. 
  • Once the candy chips have melted add the pecans and toss to distribute.  Chill. 
  • When chocolate has set up transfer mix to a large ziplock or sealed container.    Sprinkle with powdered sugar, about 1/2 cup.  Shake or stir until all the mix is coated, adding more sugar if necessary. Makes 1 large ziplock bag full, about 8 cups.
Keyword candy snack, chex mix, party mix, snack mix, Tex-Mex


Thanks so much for having a sweet treat with me today, come back tomorrow and I’ll escort you into the Cantina and the Fajita Cafe!


The trifle bowl, black pepper bowl and cake painting are from JMdesigns

The Mexican tiles are samples and leftovers

Painted wine bottle tutorial, click here

The painted los dulces sign tutorial will post later this week


I will be joining these fab parties this week:

Memories by the Mile

Love Bakes Good Cakes

Clean and Sensible

Worthing Court

Savvy Southern Style

The Style Sisters

No Minimalist Here

Stone Gable

Posed Perfection

Between Naps on the Porch

Rattlebridge Farm

DYI Vintage Chic

It’s Overflowing

17 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Fiesta Sweets!”
  1. It all looks wonderful Jenna! I wish I had one of those three tiered stands. I like it lots better than my stacked three tiered stand.

  2. Oh, my goodness! Everything is so beautiful ad tasty looking. You are so creative in the decorating part and you make the food ixings look so easy. Thank you so much for popping in to see my little dolls but I have to admit – I didn’t make that little cake – it’s a Christmas ornament. 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  3. Diana Rambles says:

    Fabulous Fiesta!!

  4. FABBY says:

    Oh my Word…wish I could go to this great fiesta too!!! Everything looks amazing and now I’m craving for all this yummy food! I love all the buffet arrangement too. Thanks for your sweet and kind visit. Big hugs,

  5. Emily says:

    Wow, such a great set-up for a party and the treats looks delicious. I love to spread food between the dining room and my kitchen. Entertaining is more fun when there is a good plan. Love the recipe, thanks for sharing.

  6. Sandra says:

    I would love to cozy up to this table!

  7. Mary says:

    Jenna, What a sweet welcome indeed for your fiesta! I’m surprised no one ate dessert first! Love the sombrero cookies and of course your wedding cupcake dress! We just got a Gigi’s Cupcakes in town, fortunately for me it’s 45 minutes away, their cupcakes are amazing! Love the colorful tiles for serving them 🙂

  8. Very festive! Loved that you set up different stations among the main floor. Great idea! And I love your cookies very cute and easy! Thanks for sharing on the BBQ Block Party.

  9. Becca says:

    Yum! Loving on the treats here! Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

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