Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and this is one fiesta you don’t want to miss! Celebrate with your friends and family using a few quick party tips that will create a muy caliente bash… it is Cinco de Mayo time! Warning, be prepared for FUN.
South of the Border Décor:
Keep it simple, grab a sombrero from a party store and use it as a chip holder
Whole jalapeños served in wooden bowls are authentic and affordable décor (Use them for a little heat in a spicy mango margerita too).
Lemons and limes work wonders in bright bowls or clear cylinder vases.
Who says kids get all the fun? Grown-ups can enjoy Piñatas too. Oriental Trading has a ton of fiesta finds; my favorite is the colorful donkey.
Maracas can double as name cards for a sit-down bash.
Mexican Cutout Banner or Paper Mexican Flags look great as a table skirt.
Now is the approved time to use a moustache; peel and stick them on solo cups or straws for an added dash of fun.
Kids can make their own burritos with fixins from the fridge.
Fire up the grill and make your own quesadillas.
Tortilla chips are a must and mix it up a little by making your own corn salsa – the children can help with this too!
Recipe Corn Salsa
2 ears fresh supersweet corn, husked
1 can or fresh (19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 mango, cubed (about 1 cup)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 thinly sliced green onion (scallion)
1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Cook corn as you prefer. Remove kernels from cob (I use the Kuhn Rikon corn twister) (makes about 1 1/2cups). In a medium-sized bowl, combine corn kernels with black beans, mango, lime juice, olive oil, green onion, jalapeno and salt.
Yields about 3 cups
Frozen bebidas: A new twist on the lovely Margarita
The cucumber mint margarita Popsicle will delight every guest and leave out the tequila for a refreshing pop for kids too!
I use the Zoku 3 pop maker from Williams Sonoma
Makes 6 pops
1 cucumber, peeled & sliced
2 limes, freshly squeezed
10 mint leaves
Ingredients for simple syrup
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 mint leaves (optional)
Grown up Popsicle
Add 1 tsp tequila per Popsicle (optional)
HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE SYRUP
In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water. Over low heat allow the sugar to melt, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Add 3 mint leaves. Allow to cool.
HOW TO MAKE THE CUCUMBER MIXTURE
Blend cucumber, lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup and puree until smooth.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE QUICK POPS
Pour 3 teaspoons of tequila into a measuring cup, and then pour the cucumber mixture in to measure 3 popsicles. Mix well.
Using the Zoku Fruit Wand apply wet mint leaves to the side of the wall of the pop maker molds and a cucumber slice on the opposite side. Insert sticks and pour the cucumber mixture until you reach the fill line. Let freeze completely, then remove the pops with the Super Tool and enjoy. Repeat with remaining pops.
Kid-friendly lemon-limeade tip:
I like to use fun shaped ice cube trays and add the margarita mix or lemonade to them. Garnish with mango cubes for festive color.
Shake your Maracas:
Music connects us to our souls; both the young and old, so choose a little Latin flavor with an old stand by-the Gypsy Kings. Or shake it to something upbeat like Ozomatli. They are a fun Latin fusion band that is super high energy and inspires a dancing crowd.
Ay Churro’s Dessert:
Desert on a stick! Dunk your little Mexican doughnuts “churros” in a delicious Mexican chocolate fondue. You can add pineapple and bananas too! This is fun for all ages! Family approved!
Cilio by Frieling Chocolate Fondue Sets (in various colors)
Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone!
Image Source:// Frozen Bebida/ All Others Are Author’s Own