En español or in English, the word fiesta stands on its own these days. The word fiesta connotes more food, more music, more color than the word party does. Many parties are joyful, colorful and fun, but not all. I expect a fiesta to be wonderful.
There are pity-parties and home-shopping parties at which you are enticed to buy Tupperware, and those uncomfortable to escape parties: familial days of guilty obligation. Who among us, not having the proper stylish attire, hasn't tried to fade into the wallpaper at some chi-chi soiré ? Would you long to hide at a real, live fiesta? Probably not.
You'd show your true self, because that's who was invited.
The espíritu, or spirit of a fiesta, is the festival, or celebration of a feast day. Originally these were spiritual or religious in nature, and that may be why they're different. At a true fiesta the host is more concerned with the welfare of the guests, the celebration, than in selling Tupperware, or an idea of oneself as stylish decorator or gourmet cook. At a true fiesta the hostess splurges on food, music and the children's piñata before her dress and the silverware.
(That's why I designed my Fiesta Collection of celebratory jewelry with affordability and joyful color in mind.)
WHAT MAKES A FIESTA, OR REAL LIVE PARTY JOYOUS FOR YOU? I'd love to read your comments.
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