This blog post has been sponsored by El Monterey. All opinions are my own.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4500 men faced 6000 French soldiers. Long story short, the Mexicans won and so they party.
But the more the merrier, right?! I’m all about celebrating and hosting a party because that equals fun times no matter what the occasion.
You don’t have to be Martha Stewart or a Pinterest perfect homemaker to plan a fiesta (no really, see I did it and I have none of the abilities either of them have). Here are a few ideas to get you started to host a Cinco de Mayo party everyone will enjoy.
This year, try spicing up your fiesta with El Monterey taquitos, including their new bold flavor Fiery Hot Chicken (oh my gosh these are authentically hot!) and the seasoned battered Southwest Chicken and Taco Seasoned Beef & Cheese. They are so easy to make. Just pop them in your oven and in less than 15 minutes you have a tray of golden, crispy, full flavored snacks or appetizers, stuffed with meat and cheese to set out on the table to feed your guests.
From traditional guacamole to a pineapple peach salsa, I chose a range of mild to hot festive flavors to dip the El Monterey taquitos in. From smooth to chunky there was something for everyone and having a variety of flavors to choose from instead of just one or two, kicked the party up a notch.
Dare I say it isn’t a fiesta unless a margarita makes an appearance? In this case it’s non-alcoholic so everyone can enjoy it, and likely it’s actually more of a ‘punch’ than a margarita, but I sugared the rim and poured it in a margarita glass – so I say that makes it a margarita .
If you want to make this tasty treat for your own Cinco de Mayo party here’s the recipe:
Virgin Mango Peach Sparkling Margarita
22 oz. of mango nectar
4 peach mango frozen ice bars (approximately 77 grams each)
8 oz. of peach flavored carbonated water beverage
colored sugar crystals
Pour sugar crystals in shallow bowl or on a plate that has a large enough diameter to place your margarita glass on. Dip the rim of the glass in water and then press it into the sugar crystals so the rim is covered. You may have to move the edge of the glass around your bowl or plate some to ensure coverage around the whole rim. Set glasses aside.
Remove the ice pops from the sticks and place in blender, and then add the mango nectar. Blend until the ice pops are broken up and then to your desired consistency (if you’d like a chunkier more frozen drink stop blending before the ice pops are fully blended). Add the flavored carbonated water. Pour into margarita glasses and serve immediately.
Decorating for Cinco de Mayo is easy enough too! I picked up the the sign, the fiesta letters and the napkins (as well as the cute little salsa cups and spoons) at a party store all for under $20. And the little cards are from a free downloadable printable pdf I found online. So if you’re missing the crafty gene, no worries!
As an aside if Cinco de Mayo snuck up on you and party planning this year is just not in your schedule, you can still put a smile on your kids’ faces by whipping up an easy Cinco de Mayo Bento Lunch featuring El Monterey Taquitos as their protein, some Strawberry Sombreros, Grape & Pretzel Maracas, a Cheese Confetti Piñata (compelte with pretzel stick to whack it open) and a colorful drink to wash it down. You can see more detailed pictures of this Cinco de Mayo Bento Lunch here.
How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in your own way?
For more Cinco de Mayo party recipe ideas, visit the El Monterey website! Plus check out El Monterey’s Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and on Instagram for more inpsiration.
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