Cinco de Mayo is only a week away, and if you're wondering how it's already almost May, your not the only one. Decor, food, drinks; I always take the opportunity to invite my friends over and celebrate. Whether you are hosting a small or large party, or just want a festive drink before heading out, these are a few things that will get your crowd in the mood and celebrating.
Decor is everything at an event, it helps everyone feel more festive. Also, did I mention that the decor makes the difference between an Instagram-able event and one that isn’t. You spent the time to plan and invite your friends over, so why not make sure it is Instagram-worthy. Now you don’t need to go out and spend a ton of money in order to have the best party setup, here are a few ways you can decorate without blowing your budget.
- Save empty Corona, Pacifico, or any Mexican beer cans. Rinse out, arrange some flowers in them, and place where needed.
- Utilize empty cans of beans, tomatoes, sauces, etc. and fill with a cute little succulent or a floral arrangement.
- Balloon images seem to be the latest craze, but they can get expensive. Creating a backdrop for friends to take pictures in front of can be as simple as utilizing an empty wall. Hang a sombrero, paper banners, letter cut outs and some string lights, and just like that you have created the perfect photo opp.
If you say that food isn't a motivating factor in determining whether to go to a party, are you even telling the truth, I mean that’s my motivation often times. Be sure to offer a variety of options, for the meat eaters, the vegetarians and the vegans who may be attending.
- A must have: chips, salsa and guacamole of course. Be sure this combo doesn’t run out, as many people can’t resist from reaching into the bowl in front of them.
- Having a taco bar is probably the best bet at satisfying every guests’ needs. Set it up so that they are able to serve themselves. Offer a variety of toppings, so that there is meat and cheese, as well as vegetable options for the vegetarians and vegans.
Now for the drinks, of course you can go classic with mexican beer and margaritas, but if you want to try something new that will wow your guests, I suggest trying one or both of the following recipes.
- Avocado Margarita. Take the classic margarita for a creamy twist by adding avocado.
1 ripe avocado, pitted
2 cups ice
4 ounces tequila
2 ounces orange liqueuer
2 ounces fresh lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, optional
Pinch of salt
1-3 teaspoons agave nectar, optional
1-3 slices jalapeno, optional
Add avocado, ice, tequila, orange liqueur lime juice, cilantro and salt to blender. Pulse until smooth. Taste and add extra agave nectar to sweeten, pulse until smooth. Serve immediately in glasses that have been rimmed with salt and enjoy!
- Pink Senorita. Perfect for a sweet drink with a sour twist.
2 ounces Tequila
4 ounces pink grapefruit juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Splash of cranberry juice
Fill shaker with ice cubes. Add tequila, grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Shake and
strain into chilled glasses filled with ice cubes. Pour cranberry juice over each glass.
Garnish with fresh mint and enjoy!
Author: April Leonard @apeeshitt