Nothing beats colorful Mexican vibes, delicious guacamole and a homemade pitcher of fresh margaritas (iced with salt on the rim, please!). I have had the privilege of throwing three killer fiesta parties all within this last month and have the best of the best recipes and decor ideas to share with you all.
Now before we begin, grab a fresh marg, sit back and relax as I inspire you to throw your very own fiesta party!
Since we are on the topic of margaritas, lets begin here.
If you like a good margarita I highly encourage you to consider making a big batch from scratch vs. buying store bought margarita mix. This does require a little labor of love and a juicer, but I promise it's well worth the work. Here is my secret big batch recipe, which promises to deliver pure enjoyment to your guests:
This recipe qualifies as a "skinny margarita" when using the agave nectar vs. simple syrup. And, funny enough, when testing the two I could hardly taste a difference. I will say do your guests a favor by purchasing good tequila. Purchasing high quality tequila does in fact impact the quality of your margarita. In comparison, at one fiesta party I used Costco branded tequila and at another I used Patron. Oh my, the patron margaritas were AMAZING. They tasted so fresh and smooth when drinking... almost dangerously smooth because you could hardly tell there was alcohol in the drink when in fact there was A TON.
It's always a good idea to offer a variety of beverages for your guests, so in addition to serving margaritas we offered wine and craft beer with silicone mustaches, of course. What better way to add personality to your ice buckets.
Hello, dessert table! These colorful paper fiesta fans can be purchased in Witty Bash's shop -- super affordable and such a statement piece! I called a local Mexican cafe and had them make homemade churros for pickup, less work for me and really added a nice Mexican touch. They were warm, crunchy and a little gooey on the inside (mouth-watering!). Also on the table is homemade lime bars that a girlfriend of mine brought (score!), Lauren Conrad's to-die-for (but to be honest, sorta hard to make) churro cake and snickerdoodle cactus cupcakes. Needless to say all of these desserts were gobbled up in no time. Here's a closer look:
On the Menu:
As for food, I ordered from a local Mexican taco shop, who delivered an abundance of amazing food! This allowed me more time to focus on drinks, apps, desserts and decor. Well worth paying for someone else to prepare the main course. If you live in the San Diego area, I highly recommend Taquizas Los Chunchys. They brought the most flavorful meats, homemade tortillas and every taco topping imaginable. I rented a few chaffing dishes, tables and chairs from my favorite SD based rental company Platinum Party Rentals, so once the food arrived everything was set and ready for guests to enjoy.
As guests arrived, I was sure to have a large batch of chips, homemade guacamole and salsa out for snacking. In addition, I added to the menu: corn in a cup, jalapeno poppers, and Mexican street cups. These items were super simple to make and really helped bring the theme to life... best of all, they were tasty.
You really can't go wrong with the ingredients involved in making guac. Add freshly ripe avocado, a little garlic, cilantro, fresh cherry tomatoes and about a fourth of an onion. I always like to add a little spice too, so you if you have any jalapeño left over mince that up and add in (start with only a little and add more if needed... you don't want to scorch tongues.) As an alternative, I sometimes add in siracha. I am sure you all have this staple in your pantry.
Corn in a Cup
Mexican Street Cups
These colorful fruity cups were a big hit at our fiesta! Here is how I made them:
I purchased pre-sliced mangos from Costco (time-saver, score!), mini watermelons, cucumber (be sure to peel them before slicing) and pineapple. Chop everything into little wedges and place into cups. I used limes as the garnish as well as tajin for the rim. Tajin is a Mexican seasoning which combines chilies, lime juice and sea salt ... it is absolutely delicious with fresh fruit and adds a nice zing! The tray that held the fruit cups came from Target... they have a great selection of cute serving platters and trays.
Turns out, I completely neglected to take a photo of my jalapeño poppers! I don't want to leave you hanging without a recipe, so here you go >> these are the easiest (and cheesiest) apps to make!
Up next you'll get the inside scoop for how to plan a fiesta baby shower, like a pro!
...stay tuned, friends. I am off to get a margarita.