Cinco de Mayo is actually one of my favorite holidays. This is probably because I love Mexican food and take advantage of any opportunity to eat some ;) Last year I has a couple friends over for Cinco de Mayo and I made some Mexican food. It was lots of fun so I decided to do it again this year! Much to my surprise we had a great turnout, especially since it fell on a Thursday. We ate lots of yummy Mexican food, listened to some fun Spanish music (Music Choice – Sounds of the Seasons never fail me when I want some festive music, especially for random holidays like Mardi Gras and its available through our cable TV.)
Once my party planning was in full swing I made this tissue paper banner to hang across the room. It gave our house a wonderful “fiesta” feel. I wanted to incorporate as much of the bright colors as possible, especially at the table.
I made these fun flower napkin holders which actually doubled as hair clips for all the ladies (and the guys who sported them as well). And I got a variety of flavors of Jarritos soda from our local Food City to add a little bit more color to the table and to add little seating tags for each person.
We had a small appetizer area set up with lots of chips and dips. I made a spicy bean dip and some yummy salsa (recipe below) to go with the chips, along with some queso blanco, quacamole and sour cream. I also made this delicious little fruit cups. Each cup was filled with a variety of fruit, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of chili powder. I had these in New Mexico when Lorraine and I went to the Las Cruces Enchilada Fiesta and loved them! I was skeptical at first but its so good.
We had tons of delicious food for dinner. We started with a chicken tortilla soup. Followed by some Mexican rice, Spicy Citrus Black Beans, and some creamy green chili chicken enchiladas (not authentic at all but very yummy). And for dessert I made a dulce de leche ice cream with a Mexican spiced hot fudge to go on top…and let me tell you, that dulce de leche ice cream was to die for! I’ll share the rest of the recipes in separate posts later this week.
I also asked each of our guests to bring a non perishable food item to the dinner so that it could be donated. This time of year tends to be challenging for food banks so we did what we could to help out!
Before I go I want to leave you with this speedy salsa recipe! If you don’t already have a fabulous salsa recipe, or if you need one that is super quick to make with always on hand ingredients, this one is for you! You cant go wrong with this one and it tastes super fresh even though it uses canned tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup canned diced jalapenos, drained
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (14.5 oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes