Cinco de Mayo: Know Your Parties

posted on 4/26/14

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Now that you have brushed up on the history of Cinco de Mayo, it’s time to celebrate. With a little preparation and a bottle of tequila, your party will be better than anything your lazy friends could put together. All you need is a few festive decorations, some delicious recipes, and a solid playlist to truly celebrate in style.

Drinks Drinks Drinks
The best part about hosting a party is being able to test out drink options before your guests arrive. Cinco de Mayo is the best time to whip up a batch of cold margaritas.

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Margarita
1 bottle of light beer
1 can of frozen limeade
1 empty limeade can full of tequila
1 empty limeade can full of water

Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher and pour them into mason jars rimmed with salt. Yum! This recipe is quick, delicious, and won’t put a dent in your wallet. What more can you ask for? If you’re a fan of frozen margaritas, give this recipe a whirl.

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Frozen Margarita
1/2 cup tequila
1/2 cup orange juice
6 oz can frozen limeade
1/4 cup Cointreau
1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Ice

Rim glasses with water and salt, if desired. Mix all of your ingredients in a blender. Pour and enjoy! Providing guests with fiesta straws for their drinks is another cheap and fun way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo properly. Be sure to fill those margarita glasses with fun fiesta straws!

Food
Since your drinks are in order, enjoy one while you prepare some delicious food for your guest. A Cinco de Mayo party is a great way to kick off summer, so avoid throwing a stuffy dinner party where guests are bound by seating charts. Instead, check out some of these great, Cinco-de-Mayo friendly finger foods.

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Salsa
3 fresh jalapeno peppers, diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 small onion, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 1/2 cans tomatoes with juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
a few dashes of Tabasco sauce

Process in food processor or blender for a few seconds if you like chunky salsa, or a bit longer for smoother texture. Everyone loves salsa and science tells me that it is one of the best foods to improve mood. Where there is salsa, there must also be….

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Guacamole
3 ripe avocados, seeded
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup pico de gallo
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 tsp salt

Crush the avocados and lemon juice with a potato masher or fork. Mix in remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. To prevent oxidation, cover the surface of the guacamole with plastic wrap. You want to push the plastic wrap on top of the guac. This will help the guac retain its festive green color.

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Vegetarian Tacos
1 package soft corn tortillas
2 15-ounce cans black beans
3 cups cooked rice
1 pepper
1/2 onion
1 tbsp chili powder
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
splash of beer
toppings (avocado, tomato, cheese, sour cream–whatever you like or have)
2 tbsp oil

Set out sliced and diced toppings for self serving. Over medium heat, cook onions and peppers for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and beans to pan and cook for another minute or two. Add chili powder, oregano, and beer and cook for a few minutes. Cook beans, stirring frequently, for another few minutes. Stir in fresh cilantro. Heat the tortillas in the oven and set everything out for your guests to enjoy. Tacos are a great and inexpensive way to offer your guests a little substance. Self serving also puts guests in control.

Music
The right tunes can make or break a party. Don’t both with the radio unless you want to be overwhelmed with teen-dream Justin Bieber or One Direction. Your best bet is to make a festive fiesta playlist. Here are some great options for you to check out:

“Black Magic Woman” by Santana
“Hot Hot Hot” by Vybe
“Cincos Minutos” by Gloria Trevi
“In Mexico” by Al Bano and Romina Power
“Tequila” by Cafe Quijano
“Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo
“Oye Como Va” by Santana
“El Rey” by Vincente Fernandez
And, of course
“La Cucaracha” by El Chicano

Decorations
Luckily, most Cinco de Mayo decorations are well suited for both indoor and outdoor use. Weather (and apartment) permitting, an outdoor party is a wonderful way to kick off the summer. Don’t get down if you can’t have your party outside, though. The first thing you’ll want to do is string up some christmas tree lights. Everyone loves them and they are an inexpensive way to add a kick to your party. Fiesta fan decorations and colorful paper lanterns are also great ways to add some flare to your celebration. A table runner is a great way to add some spice to your boring regular table. Maracas are another cheap and fun way to shake up your party. Don’t forget to pick up a wide selection of Mexican flags. What Cinco de Mayo party would be complete without Mexican flags?

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