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Cinco de Mayo Party Food Ideas

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Cooking meals for holidays is so much fun, but it often proves to be very overwhelming. Even (especially?) when you really enjoy cooking, it’s all but impossible to pick a few recipes to serve that your group will love and that won’t take hours and hours to prepare. With Cinco de Mayo less than two weeks away, I’ve put together some of my favorite Cinco de Mayo party food ideas. I’ve included a range of simple to impressive but not overly complex dishes with something for everyone.

Cinco de Mayo Party Food Ideas - Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas via Damn Delicious | http://www.roseclearfield.com



You can’t beat a batch of freshly made salsa, pico de gallo, or guacamole with your favorite chips. Fill out the appetizers table with homemade jalapeno poppers, quesadillas, chicken skewers, or shrimp cocktail.

Cinco de Mayo Party Food Ideas - Weeknight Chicken Tacos via How Sweet Eats | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Main dish

My go-to main dish for Mexican food is tacos. I love serving them to a group of people because you can create a taco bar with different toppings. We eat a lot of old school ground beef tacos in our house, but I love chicken tacos, too. When I’m at a restaurant, I always go for fish tacos. Consider making a couple of different meats for your family or friends. I could spend this whole post just sharing taco recipes, but a few other great options include steak tacos, barbacoa beef tacos, shrimp tacos, and black bean and corn tacos. If you’re ambitious, make your own tortillas. (I don’t, so no judgment.) Provide adorable taco holders to keep everyone’s taco creations together.

Of course, you shouldn’t feel limited to tacos. Burritos and enchiladas are perfect for Cinco de Mayo party food, too. If you want to limit the carbs, offer the option to build tacos or burritos in bowls, iso guests can layer the ingredients of their choosing without a tortilla.

Cinco de Mayo Party Food Ideas - Mexican Street Corn via Little Spice Jar | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Side dishes

Keep your side dishes classic with homemade yellow rice and refried beans. Cilantro lime rice and Mexican street corn are other great options. I linked an ear corn recipe there, but you can also make street corn salad or dip!

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The only Mexican desserts I make are Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes and tres leches cake. If you want a tres leches cake variation, try chocolate or Bailey’s. You could even make tres leches cake donuts! I absolutely love churros, so I had to include a churro recipe or two here. My votes are for baked churros or churro cheesecake.

Cinco de Mayo Party Food Ideas - Perfect Pitcher Margaritas via Two Sisters Kitchen | http://www.roseclearfield.com


It wouldn’t be a Cinco de Mayo party without festive drinks. There’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple and making a batch of margaritas. For those who are more ambitious with their mixology, try ginger beergaritas or any one of the other amazing margarita variations Jessica mentions in this post. (It has a lot of other great Cinco de Mayo party food, too!) If you want a non-alcoholic drink, whip up a batch of horchata.

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What Cinco de Mayo party food do you like to serve at holiday celebrations?
I want to hear about your favorite food in the comments!


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The spring floral show, For the Birds, is up and running at the Mitchell Park Domes through May 29! As always, the Domes did a fabulous job with their featured seasonal show. The flowers are so colorful, and the birds scattered throughout the exhibit add such a sweet touch. A local organization donated the bird feeders and bird houses for the exhibit.

The flowers featured include blue hydrangeas, white Easter lilies, multicolored tulips, and forget-me-nots as well as flowering crabapple trees. (Thank you to the Domes Facebook page for providing this information because I don’t know the names of most flowers.) The birds featured are native to Wisconsin and include robins, red-tailed hawks, mourning doves, loons, and grackles. If you visit with kids, you can pick up scavenger hunt sheets to help you find the different flowers and birds.

For the Birds Spring Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

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A Long Overdue Adoption Update

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I am way overdue to write an update about our current state with the adoption process. I gave an update back in November about the home study and haven’t written anything else since. For those who have asked, thank you. For those of you who keep praying for us, thank you even more.

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Mid-Spring Inspiration

Remember my early spring inspiration post? My spring photography board is still going strong on Pinterest. A month later, the views outside are starting to resemble the images on the board. The grass is green, the trees are starting to bloom, and green shoots are popping up all over the place. The daffodils really came out in full force during the Easter weekend, which was very exciting. I can’t wait to see more plant growth over the coming weeks. My summer photography board will be a little more varied. But my spring board is all about the flowers. I’m sharing just a few of my favorite images here today.

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10 Quick Tips for Great Reflection Photos

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Taking reflection photos is a lot of fun. You come across a stunning reflected scene in a lake or you see the light strike a glass window just right and produce a beautiful reflection, and you want to capture the scene just so. While it’s hard to take a bad photo of a great reflection, transforming a good photo into a great photo is easier said than done.

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