How to Plan a Mexican-Inspired Dinner Party

In honor Cinco de Mayo, we’re sharing some tips for planning a Mexican-inspired dinner party.

First Things First: Create the Perfect Menu

Right now, we’re planning a wedding reception for June 27th that will feature food stations, each with a different twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. We’ll also have a kids’ taco station complete with nacho cheese! To come up with the menu, we sat down with the bride and groom to figure out their favorite elements of Mexican cooking. We also discussed options for creating a unique feel at each of the different stations. Here’s what’s on the menu:

Appetizers
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Three Pepper Salsa
Assorted Corn Chips
Tex-Mex Station
Caribbean Station
American-Mex Station
Beef Brisket Taco Meat
Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos
Mini Pulled Pork Burritos
Sautéed Pepper and Onions
Black Bean and Sweet
Chicken Verde Tostadas
Mexican Rice
Potato Enchilada Bake
Pico de Gallo
Refried Beans
Pineapple Salsa
Salsa Verde
Mixed Melons with
Pico de Gallo
Fresh Guacamole
Fresh Herbs
Fresh Guacamole
Toppings:
Corn and Soft Taco Shells
Soft Taco Shells
Queso Fresco, Cilantro,
Toppings:
Toppings:
Limes
Salsa, Sour Cream,
Sour Cream, Queso Fresco
Lettuce, Shredded Cheddar,
Shredded Monterey Jack
Late-Night Snack
Jalapeno Mac & Cheese
BBQ Pork Sliders
You certainly don’t have to have appetizers, three different stations, and a late-night snack, but remember to have fun and be creative when designing your menu for the evening!

Craft Your Guest List: Send out Festive Invitations

There’s something exciting about receiving an invitation to a dinner party in the mail. We like the idea of sending an invitation that goes along with the theme. There are tons of free customizable templates online. Try this one from My Expression:

My Expression
Spice Things Up: Decorate for the Occasion

There are lots of ways to create Mexican-inspired decorations without breaking the bank. Check out some of these free printable decorations from the web:

Happy Thought
Whipperberry
Tatertots & Jello
Let the Fiesta Begin: Serve Up a Delicious Drink


Who doesn’t love an ice cold margarita? We like the idea of serving up something refreshing, like these Fresh Cherry Margaritas from Baker by Nature:

With a little creativity, you can plan an evening filled with fun and great food! Having trouble comping up with menu ideas? Head on over to our website to check out our Mexican Buffet menu. It’s a great place to start for inspiration!
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