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A Cinco De Mayo Celebration
A Latin celebration means I can use a variety of bright, bold colors all at once and create a beautiful fun and festive Latin party! For a Latin celebration like Cinco de Mayo you may think to use the traditional red, white and green. Well, I say bring on more of those festive colors to your party and see just how happy it can make you and your guest feel.
What Color Should I Use?
The possibilities can be endless when it comes to choosing the right color. Just throw them all together and the results can be truly authentic. I did just that with my Dia de Los Muertos Party. Click here to check it out!
Look at all that color! Revosos(shawls) are not only to be worn. I chose to use one draped across the center of the table and my other brightly colored revosos were beautifully used to brighten up my ordinary folding chairs, another favorite!
A Latin Setting
For my Tamale Tradition party I used papel picado as place mats. Where do you find these? My aunt was at a Mexican restaurant in California and saw these hanging throughout the room. She asked the manager if she could purchase them and though he didn’t have any on hand he was nice enough to order a whole bunch for her. Score for me!
Fun and Fancy Chair Covers
This is one of my favorite ideas. Now most of you probably don’t have revoses(Mexican shawls) just hanging around. I have a stash from my Mexican dance group so they come in handy all the time! If your really interested in covering up your chairs, strips of colored material can work just great!
Certain flowers whether real or artificial make me feel south of the border! Here are a few flowers that are popular in Mexico and can definitely bring a Latin feel into your home.
Here’s my interpretation!
Try making your own out of tissue paper! Google Mexican paper flowers and see just how many are making this popular crafts!
There are so many recipes to choose from when deciding on a Latin meal. I chose to make my menu simple and stuck with a few authentic recipes that still made us feel like we really crossed the border for the evening.
Tacos de Carnitas
Carnitas are traditionally cooked in a large pot of lard! I choose to lay low on the fat and ditch the lard and use my crock pot for convenience with a few other light ingredients.
3 – 4 lbs of boneless pork shoulder or roast butt.
Use this spice rub for your meat
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp chile powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
Rub down your meat and place in the crock pot.
Add 3/4 cups orange juice or Sunny Delight works great too! Add a 1/2 cup of beef broth and cook on low for 8 – 10 hrs or until pork shreds easily with fork.
After my meat is tender and easily falls apart into nice juicy pieces, I place in a pan over the stove and add a little bacon grease to make them nice and crisp, just the way carnitas should be. Serve with limes, chopped onions, cilantro and salsa fresca. That’s it! No need for anything else other than making sure you have plenty of corn tortillas to fill. Of course you could serve with rice and beans but when you have a whole pot full of carnitas to challenge it might just be enough. You never know, it could turn into a contest on who can eat the most carnitas!
Chips and Salsa
A dish without a bowl of chips and Salsa Fresca just wouldn’t be completely Latin!
I like to cut and fry my tortillas for a real homemade taste but simply buying a good bag of chips can make your life a whole lot easier.
6 Roma tomatoes
1 small onion
1 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 – 2 Serrano peppers
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. cumin
Mix all together and refrigerate.
I did my best to figure out exactly what portions I use. But remember it’s all to your taste.
(No rum and still a lot of Fun)
No need to run out and buy some liquor for a great tasting drink! Here’s a fun mocktail that hits the spot.
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup coconut cream (the thick sweetened kind, not coconut milk, 1/2 can)
3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, 1/4 can
4 cups ice.
In a blender add juice, coconut cream and then the sweetened condensed milk. Pulse to mix then add the ice. The longer you process the smoother your drink will be. Feel free to play around with your drink and add a little more sugar or even vanilla ice cream. It’s all to your taste…Cheers!
Arroz Con LEche
This Mexican rice pudding recipe is one of my favorites.
6 cups boiling water
1 tsp salt
3/4 cups rice
1 quart milk, scalded
2 pieces stick cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg yolks, well beaten
1/4 cup cold milk
To briskly boiling water add the teaspoon of salt and rice, and cook for 15 minutes. Drain and add rice to hot milk. Add cinnamon stick and cook until rice is tender, about 1/2 hour. Stir in sugar. Remove pudding from heat and take out cinnamon stick and add beaten egg yolks mixed with cold milk. Return to heat and cook until think, approximately 5 minutes longer. Pour pudding into serving dishes and sprinkle with powdered cinnamon. Serves 6
Happy Cinco De Mayo!