Party Panache, Cactus Cantina



In keeping with my crazy for cactus phase

it was great fun to entertain some friends with a casual patio party






The patio turned into a Cactus Cantina!





It featured a watermelon flowering cactus





Cactus tidbit plates were ready for filling with tasty appetizers

Roasted Corn Salad Cups





It’s always a good idea to serve simple nibbles too





Flowers and cacti were everywhere along with my rusty amigo





I made the Cantina sign a few years ago for a Fiesta we hosted





A colorful flower girl stood by the kitchen door





Solar cactus lights





They come on like magic when darkness falls





There was a pitcher full of refreshing mojitos





I love to use this tilted pitcher for flowers too




We had a lot of festive fun, even live music provided by our fiddling friend, Leo





The watermelon cactus was created with long toothpicks

securing zucchini, limes and Brussels sprouts

Flowers were placed in holes made with a screwdriver





Cut a thin slice off the bottom of melon so it will stand firmly

Figure out how you want to place the extra pieces

Poke holes with a small awl or screwdriver

Then secure the additional pieces





A combination of green fruits and vegetables mimic the bumpy cacti look

The flowers loved drinking the watemelon juice and stayed fresh for over 24 hours




You can add cactus “prickles” with additional toothpicks inserted all over the fruit and vegetables if you want to make it look even more like a cactus




Juicy Details

Cantina sign tutorial here



Painting peppers tutorial here



Painted faux cactus tutorial here



Cactus glasses tutorial here


Cactus solar Lights/Hobby Lobby


Cactus plates were purchased at Pier 1 and on Amazon but these are no longer available, but there are still some cute ones on Amazon here


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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

36 Responses to “Party Panache, Cactus Cantina”
  1. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, I love your cactus party theme. The fireplace always looks terrific decorated. You have so many pretty eye catching patio friends. I adore that little flower girl and the rusty amigo is a close second for me. Love how you’ve added a few things since I was there, the strawberry container filled with succulents is gorgeous! I’m sure your friends really enjoyed your party and our gorgeous Alabama weather…….

    • Thank you Emily, I have a whole new space to decorate now! Probably the last patio party until September, but looking forward to many football parties in the fall 🙂 Thank you Emily!

  2. Jenna, I just love a theme party and this one is so cute! Your watermelon flowering cactus is brilliant and you carried out your theme so perfectly! I know your friends feel special to be invited to one of your parties. Wishing you a beautiful day!

  3. Sandhya says:

    My favorite backyard party is a Mexican fiesta and I love your cactus theme!

  4. Sharon Mann says:

    Have a great time, you are ready for a party!

  5. Rosie M. says:

    Ole! Looks like a fun party is about to begin! Love all your decorations! That cactus solar light is perfect. Have fun, Jenna!!

  6. Benita says:

    What a fun idea! I just love your watermelon cactus! Hugs!

  7. So many great ideas!

  8. pattyanneart says:

    That’s really awesome!!
    Love your watermelon cactus!! 💚🌵

  9. Can I please be invited to your next party – I adore your outdoor cantina! ♥

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    I think this looks FAB!! Love all your cactus decor! 🌵✨🌶 I like your Cantina sign too! Now I must make a trip to Hobby Lobby! 😍

  11. Mary says:

    A cactus extravaganza Jenna! LOVE your creativity in bloom with your veggie-watermelon-cactus centerpiece! I can see your outdoor kitchen will be the perfect cantina for many a summer fiesta to come! ♥

  12. Totally delightful and such fun! I’d love to visit your cantina any time!

  13. Kari says:

    I love your cactus and good thing you kept your cantina sign as it is perfect over your fireplace.
    What fun you must have had with your cactus theme party. Creative as usual. Hugs

  14. Rita C. says:

    Super cute and clever, Jenna!

  15. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

  16. Chloe Crabtree says:

    Such an adorable party and that Watermelon Cactus is fantastic! I might have to borrow that idea!

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