Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th, not on cinco de mayo and I’m so excited because a friend is planning an elaborate fiesta celebration. I love Hispanic food dishes and desserts. My mouth just started watering. This friend throws a huge annual fiesta and this year she still plans to pull all the stops: Taco service, bartender, authentic attire, you name it. The best way to begin planning a party is to start with a guest list and invitations. Make sure and set an RSVP date well in advance so you can have a pretty good idea about a head count with plenty of time to plan for food and drinks. Another good rule of thumb (sometimes guests just don’t like to RSVP) is to plan for about 75% of guests invited to show up. Once you have answers or an estimate, you can begin setting the menu.
The featured design in the two images is our Caliente Fiesta Party Supplies and it features bright classic shades of magenta, green, blue, orange and yellow with traditional fiesta designs. We would recommend using select items from the design and accenting them with Solid Colored tableware. This will make the design stand out a bit more. You can make it simple where the table decor is concerned and add fiesta themed table runners with adobe bowls full of Mexican candy as centerpieces.
If you’d like, you can search high and low on the internet for authentic recipes for the dishes you would like to serve. Or, I would suggest checking your local ads for businesses that cater. We’ve used Taco Services, or caterers that will tailor to your needs, and side dishes are generally included in a package deal. Honestly, this is the best way to go because then even if you’re hosting, you have a better chance of enjoying your party with your guests.
As far as drinks go, making a large amount of say Margaritas or Palomas (tequila/squirt) and putting them out in pitchers is so much easier than making them on a per order basis. Plus, if you’re on a budget, you can cut out bartender expenses! Please remember to create a plan or system so your guests do not drink and drive.
Happy Fiestas! Ole!