FIESTA! We had our Cinco de Mayo party this weekend. Granted it's a few days late, but this party was such as blast, it's still worth posting. To give you an idea, the party started off with a guest arriving wearing a huge fake black mustache...and the night just kept getting better from there.
What made this party particularly fun was that it was a collaborative effort - both in planning and execution. Work and life have been particularly busy, so a couple of my girlfriends came over early to give me a hand. It was the first time I've had "guests chefs" in my kitchen, aside from my mom. It was fantastic! We laughed the entire afternoon as we cooked and decorated. And, it was very important that we "tested" all the drinks in advance. We had our own mini-party before the party! And before we knew it, we were a well-oiled machine: recipes cooked, plated and garnished. Done!
The recipes we made were authentic Mexican, rather simple to prepare and 100% delicious. We were so stuffed from the hors d'oeuvres, that it took quite some time for people to regain their appetites. Click on the links below to be redirected to recipes. For those dishes without links, recipes will be posted in the next few days.
Disclaimer: I don't speak Spanish, so please excuse any mistakes in the menu design. I tried my best! Click on menu to enlarge. Click here to see table décor.
Cinco de Mayo Dinner Menu
Bean and Corn Salsa
Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Spicy Shredded Chicken
Pico de Gallo
Zucchini with Roasted Peppers, Corn and Cream
Black, Yellow and Red Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Swiss Chards with Tomatoes and Potatoes
Beer-Battered Fried Plantains