We’ve been missing everything about our events—the décor, the food, the music & most importantly, the people. Until we can gather together again, we have been planning themed nights at home with the fam, to give us some of the experience and to flex our design muscles a bit!
We start by choosing themes that utilize items we already own and menus that don’t require any hard-to-find ingredients.
We love a good Taco Tuesday and don’t really need a reason to put tacos & tequila on the menu, but the fact that this Cinco De Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday calls for an even bigger celebration.
Taco and/or Nacho Bar
Beans and Rice
Chips & Guacamole
Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad with Tajin and Lime
To encourage everyone to build their own perfect pairing, we love to set up a build- your-own buffet. We love trying new Taco Tuesday recipes, but here are some of our tried and true options:
Barrett Prendergast’s Ground Turkey Tacos, Pickled Red Onions & Pinto Beans—you can find these on her Instagram page in the “recipes” highlights
What’s Gaby Cooking’s Carnitas Nachos, Perfect Fish Tacos, Guacamole, Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad—you really can’t go wrong with any of her recipes and she has enough to try a new one each week! (side note: we just ordered the newest copy of her book, Eat What You Want and can’t wait to dive in and share our favorite recipes with you!)
Martha Stewart’s Chicken Chili Tacos—we love a good slow cooker recipe that makes enough for taco salads the next day!
If cooking isn’t your thing, #TakeoutTuesday is also a great way to support your local restaurants. Here are a few of our favorite go-to spots:
No Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesday is complete without a margarita. We take our margaritas very seriously and prefer a classic margarita made with great tequila. Here is our go-to recipe:
2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously.
Yes, those papel picado do say “Will’s First Fiesta!” We love tacos & tequila so much, we made it a first birthday theme, and we love holidays (and hoarding decorations) so much, that we kept all of the décor to re-use every Cinco De Mayo.
The great thing about Cinco De Mayo décor is that many of the elements are actually functional and the perfect décor to use to set the table, all summer long. Here are a few of our favorite elements:
-Cactus and Succulents in terra cotta or bright colored pots
-Maracas from your kids music bin
-Mexican Blankets that can serve as picnic blankets, beach towels, area rugs, or tablecloths
-Hanging Lanterns & Papel Picado
-Bright Paper Straws
Pro Tip: even the ingredients can be used as décor—El Pato salsa cans as planters, Limes, Topo Chico & Tequila bottles as vases—if you’re like us, you may have a few empty tequila bottles around because..quarantine
If you’re looking to add to what you already have at home, check out our Amazon Storefront, and here are some more of our favorite sources for décor that can be used every Tuesday:
For more inspiration, check out this welcome dinner for Sabrina & Yishai’s wedding last year at The Montage in Laguna Beach
It’s not a fiesta without music–here is one of our favorite playlists from Bob Gail Music: