How to Throw a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
If you are looking to create a fun and easy fiesta for Cinco De Mayo (or any night!) for your family, here are some tips that will serve as a guide if you don´t know how to organize a party. Also, if you want to give a surprise to your family and friends. Follow this steps:
- Make it Semi-Homemade!
I love a homemade meal as much as anyone, but sometimes mama just needs a little help. From scratch is fabulous, but many days, connivence is my BFF. When I’m trying to put together something like a fun little fiesta for my family, they really enjoy the extra touches such as some fun decor or eating outdoors. For me, it’s hard to do all that and cook everything from scratch, so semi-homemade is the way to go.
So for this meal, I let José Olé take care of my main dishes, and I took care of the sides. José Olé is protein-packed with authentic Mexican flavor, real ingredients and is really easy to make – great for feeding the family or feeding a whole crowd.
- Find Fun Twists On Old Favorites
Seven layer dip is such a classic choice for Cinco De Mayo, but truth be told, my kids are kind of messy. So instead of the traditional seven layer dip in a pan, I layered the exact same ingredients into clear plastic cups.
Why is everything so much more fun in single serving sizes? Just take your favorite seven layer dip recipe and put it in cups. Boom, you just made Cinco De Mayo Dippers! These are perfect with your José Olé snacks. Dipping chips is great, but dipping mini tacos and taquitos totally rocks. Not up for seven layer dip? Fill the cups with salsa or guacamole or whatever your gang enjoys.
- Take It Outside
May is one of those months that is beautiful in most areas. Here in Phoenix it’s right before we slide into our long hot summer, so I like to get outdoors as much as we can. My kids think it’s such a treat and so special to eat outside. It’s almost like magic how different it seems when we open up the door and take our meals outside, it turns something ordinary into something really fun.
- Work With What You Have
I think if I had one motto, it would be work with what you have. I pulled together this fun table setting with things I had around the house. The tablecloth and plates came from the dollar spot, and were from another event. The napkins and flatware were leftover from a party. The chip cups, those are also from the dollar spot and are actually for ice cream!
No outdoor dining table? I set this up on a folding table, and threw a blanket down on the grass. Dining al fresco! To be honest we barely used the plates, everyone grabbed their seven layer dip cups, and kept coming back for more tacos and taquitos. I love a meal that you can eat almost anywhere!
- Have Fun With It
This might be the most important one, have fun with it! I’m realizing more and more my family doesn’t now or care if everything is Pinterest-perfect. They don’t care if everything is made from scratch or the table is perfectly accessorized. They care that I was there with them and we had fun. It’s easy in this day and age to get wrapped up in having things always be crafty, clever and perfect, but I think as mom’s we are the ones focusing on that, not our kids.
So have FUN with it. Even if you’ve had a crazy day and are dropping all the balls that you are juggling, you can throw some José Olé snacks in the oven (or even the microwave), grab a few plates and head outside with the kids for your own little family fiesta. That’s the part your loved ones will remember