Sombreros, moustaches, tacos, salsa, guacamole – we are so ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and all things Mexican. Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—originally commemorates the Mexican 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War, despite being smaller and ill-equiped. Living in Australia though, we mainly use this day to wear sombreros and eat as much Mexican food as our stomachs can hold. We thought we’d give you some tips on how to throw a Cinco de Mayo party!
Food and Drinks
We understand that a lot of people don’t have the time to slave in the kitchen for hours before an event, so if you’re looking for someone to cater for your Mexican fiesta this year, and take the stress out of your food preparing, Flavours Catering are the business for you! They’re experienced in creating Mexican stations for your guests to enjoy. If you’re holding a large event, they can either staff your event, or if you’re only holding a smaller Mexican or private event, they can drop off your orders for you. If you want to add something a little special to your event, or are stuck with the styling of the party, they can even theme the catering for you as well.
However, on the other hand, if you are not looking to hire a caterer and have the time to cook for your guests, here’s one of Flavours Catering’s favourite Mexican Hot Dogs Recipe, which is super easy for you to create at home. Read below to learn how to make it at home and for your own Mexican fiestas.
Mexican Hot Dog Recipe
Ingredients (makes 20)
20 Par bake mini rolls from the supermarket
20 Cocktail Kransky and Cheese Chipolata sausages
500g Sour cream
1 250g jar of sliced Jalapeños
Fresh Salsa (can also be store-bought for ease)
Guacamole (can also be store-bought for ease)
Coriander leave to garnish
Bake of the par bake mini rolls as directed on the packet
Cook the Kransky Chipolatas on a grill until warmed through
Cut the par bake roll 3/4 the way through and place the Kransky Chipolatas in the roll
Top with sour cream, guacamole, fresh salsa, jalapeños and garnish with coriander
Guacamole is a must-have for any sort of Mexican themed party. Everyone should have a good guacamole recipe up their sleeve. Make it with mashed avocado, lime juice and lots of chopped coriander.
Quesadillas, nachos, chips, and guacamole are a super delicious was to kick off the festivities with other finger-friendly snacks. Flavours Catering set out Corn Cobettes on their Mexican food station. Display your corn chips in a Mexican sombrero, like in the display above.
Think about having a burrito bar so your guests can help themselves. Set out all the ingredients in bowls so your guests can pick and choose, and create their own burritos exactly how they like it. This way you don’t have to worry about the vegetarians and dairy free guests.
Sit down and enjoy a few drinks with your amigos. Wash down all your Mexican food with lemonade and margaritas. Make your margarita with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec, using as much ingredients as you need to be able to cater for the amount of guests you have.
Along with the mass amounts of food, don’t forget to style and decorate your party to get everyone into the Mexican spirit! For the colour theme, think oranges, hot pinks, yellows and greens as the typical colours associated with a Mexican theme. Go all out with the bold colours, and don’t worry about clashing. We recommend checking out Favor Lane Party Boutique’s Fiesta range for purchasing party supplies Australia wide.
Lastly, but most definitely not least, what’s a fiesta without a piñata. One of the most crucial element to turning your event into the Mexican theme you’ve always dreamed of, the piñata is most strongly identified with Mexico. Enjoy this activity with everyone, no matter what your age.
Newspaper, cut into 1-by-6-inch strips
Strong white paper (20-pound copy paper works well)
Tissue paper in several colours
Rotary cutter (optional)
Self-healing mat (optional)
Large needle or piece of wire
Candy, treats, and small prizes, for stuffing
1. Inflate the balloon, and coax it into a round shape by wrapping it with cloth tape. Set it aside.
Make paste: In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup wheat-paste powder with 4 1/2 cups water. Dip newspaper strips one at a time into the paste, and place them on the balloon, overlapping the strips slightly, until the balloon is completely covered. Let dry overnight. Repeat this process twice more for a total of three layers.
2. Our piñata design calls for six cones; to make them, cut six sheets of strong white paper into 7-inch squares. In a well-ventilated area, spray-mount different colours of tissue paper onto the squares. Place the point of a compass at the corner of one of the squares, and mark a 6 1/2-inch arc. Trim the paper around the edge of the arc. At 1/2-inch intervals, cut 1/2-inch-deep notches into the rounded edge. Roll the paper into a cone, and glue or tape the straight edges together where they meet. Cut 1/2 inch off the tip of the cone to create an opening for streamers. Fold the notches outward, and using craft glue, adhere the cone to the piñata. Repeat with the remaining cones, gluing the first two cones at opposite ends and spacing the remaining cones evenly around the sphere’s centre perimeter.
3. For the fringe decoration, begin by cutting tissue paper into narrow strips about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. A rotary cutter and a self-healing mat will enable you to cut through several layers of tissue at one time. Fold each strip lengthwise, creating a 1 1/2-inch strip, and cut the strip down the centre from the open side, up to within 1/2 inch of the folded edge. Each strip should yield four “fringes.” Starting at the bottom of the piñata, glue the strips, fringed edge up, in a tight circle. Glue a second row above the first one (the circle will be slightly larger), tucking the glued portions of the second row behind the fringe of the first. Work your way up the piñata, gluing rows of fringe in circles of increasing size. Glue a couple of rounds of tissue paper over the fringe at the top and bottom of the piñata.
5. To complete the piñata, use a utility knife to cut a small trap door near the top. Make two vertical cuts 3 inches apart, and connect them with one horizontal cut at the top to create a flap; fold the flap back. Using a piece of wire or large needle with a length of strong cord attached, punch two holes at the top of the piñata, and pull the cord through the holes. Knot the cord above the piñata, leaving enough to use for hanging.
6. For a final touch, twist 10 streamers together for each cone; apply a dab of craft glue to the twisted end, and tuck it into the small hole at the end of the cone. Repeat this for each of the cones. Fill the piñata with a selection of candy, treats, or prizes; push the flap back into place, and hang your piñata.
We’re positive that with these tips, you’ll be well on your way to throwing the best and most exciting Mexican fiesta that you and your amigos will ever attend. Don’t forget to stick on the Mexican tunes and dance the salsa with your sombreros and maracas.