Easy Cinco de Mayo Recipes
17 Easy Mexican Recipes to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo
Cinco de Mayo Party Menu
Many, probably most of us, have been locked inside our house for at least 6 weeks as we quarantine from COVID – 19. We are still locked down here in South Florida but it looks like we’ll start opening up more things soon.
So our Cinco de Mayo party will suffer this year, but it is our son-in-law’s birthday – so the party must go on!
So we’ll do a few things different and we’ll miss our neighbors and friends – but we’ll still celebrate!
A Word About Entertaining Safely in the Coming Months
Taking the input of family and friends, we’ve worked out our own plan for getting together and limiting everyone’s exposure. I’m not a germophobe. So this is very unnatural for me.
But this is better than not being able to see close (really close) friends and family.
#1 I sanitize all door handles before everyone arrives
#2 Everyone washes their hands when they walk in the door
# 3 No shared dishes
If I’m making my fav chicken mole enchilada casserole, I make everyone an individual serving. Over the years I’ve collected a variety of ramekins and small individual size casserole dishes. So I’ve dragged them out and ordered a an additional set from of 10 oz oval baking dishes from Amazon.
My obsession with little bowls is coming in handy here (I told my husband we needed them), so we’ll serve the pico de gallo and anything else that would ordinarily be shared in individual bowls. Easy.
#4 Gather and eat outside
We are super lucky here in Florida to have amazing weather and the heat and humidity are still holding off. We’ve rearranged our outdoor space to create more shade. Our lanai (patio) is covered so we can eat outside even if it’s raining.
#5 No cloth towels
We are using paper towels to dry our hands after our 20-second hand washes.
#6 Spray touched surfaces (like handles on faucets and flushers) with Lysol spray
Super simple and easy.
#7 Use disposable plates and utensils (when it makes sense)
Everyone disposes of their own plate
#8 Everyone cleans there own dish and puts it in the dishwasher
This just eliminates another surface that could spread germs.
#9 Use the dishwasher “Sanitize” setting
#10 Relax and enjoy each other
Let’s get this party started!
Celebrate Mexican independence with a south of the border inspired Mexican Fiesta.
We pretty much live in our backyard, I throw almost all my parties outside, poolside. It makes it super easy for people to come and go as they please and it makes clean-up a breeze.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Decorations:
This is a great time to head to my favorite place to buy inexpensive party decorations – The Dollar Store. Grab some bright colored streamers and some fiesta party platters and paper plates and napkins and you’re ready to go.
We probably all have a Mexican blanket somewhere in the house, brought back as a souvenir or purchased as a yoga blanket if you have one consider using it as a tablecloth for the beverage bar. It will absorb some of the water that sweats off the metal tubs of soda and beer.
Cinco de Mayo Lighting:
I hang strings of lights across the pool and over the dinner table. This works inside as well, it adds a really festive touch.
This is a must-have – we don’t have too many little ones anymore but the adults seem to like them just as much or maybe more.
Cinco de Mayo Centerpiece:
Use empty and cleaned cans of Mexican Foods to hold plastic utensils. Buy some inexpensive cactus or other succulents to decorate your table. They can then become part of this project. It’s one of my next projects.
Cinco de Mayo Yard Decorations:
You could make bag lights to scatter around the yard, I skip this step since I have small dogs and small dogs and open flames don’t mix. No trips to the emergency vet, for me.
Make it simple with a couple of slow-cooker dishes and create a make-your-own taco bar. Serve with store-bought tortilla chips and tortillas. Fresh pico de gallo is, worth the extra effort + with a food processor this comes together in no time at all. Same goes for guacamole, it’s so easy to make and taste so much better than anything you can buy.
Put Mexican sodas (available at most grocery stores – if you can’t find it grab some flavored Fanta) and Mexican beer in metal tubs filled with ice. Serve lime and orange wedges alongside the beer + thinly sliced jalapenos (make sure to seed them). Make margaritas or buy good quality premixed.
Tequila Tasting Bar:
We have a tequila tasting tradition – some of the guests bring a bottle of unusual tequila to donate to the tasting bar, which makes this really fun. Buy plastic shot glasses (Dollar Store) and have cut lime wedges and salt available for the tasting.
Seems like you just have to have a cocktail or 2 on Cinco de Mayo, so make sure you have a designated driver and the Uber app ready to go.
Collect Car Keys:
I hate arguing with someone who’s had one too many about driving home. Inevitably they think they are fine, but I’m not letting anyone in a car that has been drinking. So I collect keys when guests arrive. No one really thinks about why I collect keys – they just know I do. I have a bowl by the door and ask each guest to drop the keys in. Obstensively this is so we can move cars around if needed. No one ever questions it. I put the key bowl in a cabinet and give keys back to guests as they get ready to leave. Simple. And since we usually have to move a car or two to let folks out, my story holds up. Hope none of my friends are reading this – otherwise, I guess I’m busted.
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