In this issue of Party Yak:
Mexican Theme Party Ideas
Mexican party food recipes from sangria to quacamole to nachos to armadillo eggs and lobster tacos.
And get lots of doable fiesta decoration, invitation, and music suggestions. Plus, How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers
Get out your huaraches and peasant shirts and blouses 'cause it's Fiesta Time!
Let's start with the food. Everybody loves Mexican party food. Of course, what we call dinner fare they often call snacks. Here are a few great snacks, and Mexican drinks.
Dips and appetizers can carry the party, if you like, or act as starters before the main meal. The larger the crowd, the greater the variety.Beverages
Then point them in the direction of...
Appetizers and Dips
Serve an avocado-based dip, naturally, like Spicy Guacamole Dip or the cooler-on-the-tongue Avocado Dip, or the attractive and muy popular 7 Layer Dip. All pair well with Black Bean Dip.
Shrimp Ceviche has its own category because it can be appetizer, salad or main course. Very classy, too.
Warm things up a bit with a Mexican Cheese Fondue served with meatballs and rolled tortillas or Super Nachos, the goodie-layered universal favorite. Both of these delicious Mexican recipes double as starter and main dish.
And speaking of Main Dishes...
A make-your-own-taco bar is the most practical arrangement for a large Mexican theme party, but when you can swing it serve hot, freshly prepared Beef Tacos with Chunky Guacamole or our tricked out Gourmet Fish or Lobster Tacos. Tacos and Chile Rellenos are a great combo; guests love it.
Taco Salad is a nice main dish also, but don't serve it with tacos; it's redundant.
Mexican food would not be complete without beans, rice and Salsa on the side. But you can add some "wow" and satisfy the "hot and spicy" lovers with Jalapeno Hushpuppies or kicky little Armadillo Eggs.
Top off the meal with Flan, the classic, churros or sopapillas.
How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers:
For each flower, stack 6-10 full sheets of tissue paper or crepe paper, either of one bright color or several colors alternately. (Place a contrasting color on top and trim it later if you want the "flower center" effect shown.) Fold the layers accordion-style. Round the ends with scissors, popsicle-stick shape.
pinch the middle of the accordion and secure it with florists' wire.
The wire serves as the stem, which you can wrap in green florists' tape,
if you like. Carefully separate the sheets of tissue, bringing the side
edges together to form a multi-layered flower.
Smaller flowers can be crafted using fewer and smaller sheets of tissue, and securing them with a pipe cleaner.
One of the great things about a Mexican theme party is that laid-back quality of it, especially after a margarita or two.
Enjoy Fiesta! Part II : Tequila and Tequila Drink Recipes.