cinco de mayo party

by Kristina Sloggett

in cocktails, Happy Hour at Home

Sauza-rita

In college I had a friend whose favorite holiday was Cinco de Mayo. It was a big holiday for her – she and her family would get together and celebrate this important day, and I was always lucky enough to be invited.

Cinco de Mayo is less prominent for me these days, but I remember those celebrations fondly and create micro versions of them at our place. Seriously, micro – those celebrations I attended were huge.

Cinco de Mayo

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Whether I’m planning a themed dinner with margaritas for Jason and I, inviting a few people over or a whole house full, I have my party planning ideas for Cinco de Mayo small or big!

decor

I tend to keep things simple, adding just a few touches to match the theme of the party. I also make decor functional when I can – a colorful stack of Fiestaware dishes would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo food! Also, what party is complete without a piñata?

food

My favorite aspect when planning an event. For Cinco de Mayo, I would include a self-serve taco bar, dips (seven layer, guacamole) in several small bowls placed about the room, and other small appetizer foods that are easily hand-held – stuffed sweet peppers or jalapeno poppers. I am also including a big batch of my (faux) huevos a la Mexicana enchiladas – always good.

cocktails

One of my best party tips, especially for a crowd, is to make a signature cocktail. This way people can serve themselves if you wish, and nobody has to play bartender. If you have a large crowd, make several batches and have them on hand in the refrigerator.

A  good choice for Cinco de Mayo? Margaritas, of course! More specifically, a Sauza-rita…

Sauza-rita

Sauza-Rita

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1 can frozen Limeade
1 can water
1 can Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 bottle light beer

In a large drink pitcher, add contents of one can Limeade. Fill can with water, pour into pitcher. Fill can with tequila, pour into pitcher. Add one bottle light beer of choice, stir to combine.

Sauza-rita

 

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Recipe ideas for the party:

self-serve raw taco bar

 

mango habanero guacamole

 

seven layer dip with ‘noocho cheese’

 

[faux] huevos a la Mexicana enchilada

 

jalapeno poppers two ways – spicy and cheddar

 

raspberry jalapeno chocolates

 

salted double chocolate chili cookies

salted double chocolate chili cookies

 

Sauza

He’s equally talented in the saving of lives and the ways of love. And best of all? He’s ready to pour you a Sauza-rita, and listen as you pour out your feelings. This perfect man is perfectly prepared to help make your ladies night unforgettably fun – with Sauza Blue, of course. Check him out at facebook/SauzaMargaritas.

Compensation was provided by Sauza® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sauza®.

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 22, 2013 at 5:31 am

As always, everything sounds perfect to me. I’d certainly be thrilled for an invite to one of your parties!

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2 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 22, 2013 at 6:06 am

Ah, Cinco de Drinko. Also know as the day after my competition, and the end of my temporary sobriety. Lol!

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3 Eileen April 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Oh man, we could certainly all use a party right about now! This sounds like the perfect spread. Also, when I first read the recipe I was all “where is she finding cans of Sauza??” You KNOW cans of straight tequila would be a little much, even for Cinco de Mayo. But then I realized you were using the limeade can to measure and all was well. :)

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4 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) April 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Cinco de Mayo is such a fun holiday! Well, I suppose in the way that us Americans like to capitalize on holidays that call for good food and festivities. ;) Anyhow… I will most definitely be enjoying lots o’ guac and margaritas on the 5th! I like your idea of the ‘signature cocktail’ too — so much simpler than offering an array of options.

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5 Kim - Liv Life April 26, 2013 at 7:50 am

I met my husband on Cinco de Mayo, so it’s always a fun day for us. I’ve heard of margaritas with beer, but haven’t tried them yet. This one is up next!

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6 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 6, 2013 at 5:52 am

I didn’t even know Cinco de Mayo yet! 8O Have to look it up on Wiki now. Your dishes and drinks look great, you seem to have enjoyed a wonderful celebration!

(I’m so sorry, I won’t be able to catch with *all the things I’ve missed*!!!!!!! :( :( :( )

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7 Kristina Sloggett May 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

don’t fret over it, Kath – just pick up where you’ve left off <3

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8 Kristina Sloggett May 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

wait, no… just pick up from where we are now. there, that’s it ;)

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