Most people agree that some of the best food in the world comes from Mexico. That is why throwing a party that centres around Mexican food is a delicious idea. One of the most popular days of the year to throw a Mexico-themed party is on Cinco de Mayo, which is May 5th. It celebrates the Battle of Puebla where Mexicans were victorious over French forces in 1862. But, you do not have to contain your love of Mexican food to only this day. You can celebrate the flavours and culture of Mexico any time of year. Here are some simple ways to turn your home into a Mexican fiesta:
Mexican food is flavourful and rich with heavy ingredients like beans, spiced meats, cheese, avocado, and corn. There are so many options when it comes to creating a menu for your party. Here are the top picks:
These are perfect for sharing with a large gathering. Simply provide ingredients for guests to put on corn tortillas. Be sure to include cheese, beans, meat, lettuce, salsa, queso, and crema. Do not forget lime wedges for garnishing.
Encased in a grilled wrap, this meal can be quite a handful. It has more or less the same filling as a taco but a larger quantity. It is perfect for starving guests.
This item is served on a crispy, flat tortilla and topped with veggies, guacamole, and refried beans. It is a light option that has some crunch to it.
A tortilla folded over with cheese and other toppings inside, it can be dipped into sauces like salsa and sour cream.
This rolled tortilla is usually filled with meat and veggies and served with rice and chilli sauce.
These are easy to make and easy to share with a crowd. Simply warm tortillas chips with meat, veggies, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.
Finish off your meal with dessert. Churros are a signature Mexican treat made from fried dough and rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
No themed party is complete without a signature drink. Mexico is the birthplace of the best thirst-quenching cocktails thanks to its hot climate. To keep things simple, stick to this classic, which you can easily make non-alcoholic as well.
When relaxing on a Mexican beach, most people imagine sipping on an ice-cold margarita at the same time. A hot day with the tang of lime and distinct strength of tequila goes down your throat so well. To make this classic, all you need is:
2 oz White Tequila
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Agave Syrup
1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
Blend with ice and garnish with a lime wheel and salt on the rim.
Another drink that washes down Mexican food well is beer. There are several varieties from Mexico itself that you can stock up on.
To make your guests feel like they are really in Mexico, dress up the place.
You could use colourful serapes as table clothes or as blankets to keep guests warm. These bright, striped clothes help bring a table setting together.
Instead of flowers, consider using small cacti to decorate your place instead. Each guest could even take one home with them as a keepsake.
To help guide guests to their seats, you could make miniature piñatas with their names on it. Or, if you are a kid at heart, get a real piñata for guests to enjoy.