Nothing says “party” like a Mexican fiesta! Guacamole, salsa, chips, margaritas and tacos all speak the universal language of great taste and good times. Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or any other day of the year, hosting a Mexican fiesta is a laid-back, fun and festive way to bring people together.
For an anything-goes, easy-to-host (and easy-on-the-wallet) dinner, serve up a make-your-own taco bar with all the fixings. Most of the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time, and it’s a great way to accommodate dietary restrictions and picky eaters.
Here, check out some ideas for what to include—choose whatever you’d like:
—The meat: grilled + chopped chicken, fish, ground beef or pork (carne asada). Or, try this recipe for Baja-Style Fish Tacos.
—The wrap: Taco shells or tortillas. Pro tip: corn tortillas are naturally gluten-free!
—The fixings: Put out various toppings and side dishes, like salsa or pico de gallo, black or refried beans, jalapeños, queso fresco, shredded lettuce, sour cream, cilantro, radishes, hot sauce + lime wedges.
—The sides: Don’t forget the chips and guac! We love this Chipotle Chive Guacamole recipe from L.A.-based food blogger Gaby Dalkin
Serve everything buffet-style and let guests help themselves to encourage mingling. Offer cold cervezas (beer) and margaritas by the pitcher (or drink dispenser!). We’re partial to The Backyard Staycation, a refreshing twist on a margarita, as well as MeMe Diner’s thirst-quenching Watermelon Margarita.
We’ve got everything you need to set a festive table, starting with our boldly colored Maya Collection of glazed stoneware bowls + plates, designed to mix + match easily. The rich hues, especially cobalt blue, are a great backdrop for vibrant guacamole, ripe tomatoes and Mexican corn. The bowls and salad plates are the perfect size for grazing, while our Duo Glaze Bowls and Striped Rattan Dip Bowls are just-right for salsas + condiments.
If you really want to be authentic, keep tortillas warm in a Striped Wrapped Rattan Tortilla Holder and use a Molcajete + tejolete (mortar + pestle), hand-carved from volcanic rock, to make your guacamole. The rough surface of a molcajete helps crush and grind ingredients, while the heavy pestle does the blending + mixing work for you.
The finishing touches that will take your table to the next level: Natural Spun Woven Placemats made of abaca, to add summery texture; graphic, striped Arrow Napkins; earthy Rounded Terracotta Vases and a distinctive Rattan-Wrapped Taper Candleholder. Want to go in a more whimsical direction? Add fun with our Tropical Acrylic Cocktail Glasses and our Cactus Drink Dispenser. And what the heck, why not hang a piñata while you’re at it?
Last but never least, the playlist. Here are a few artists to get your Spotify lineup started (or just search “Cinco de Mayo”): Gipsy Kings, Calexico, Santana, Serena, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Herb Alpert + The Tijuana Brass.