Cinco de Mayo

It's not too late to plan a Cinco de Mayo party.  What can be better than a party with casual Mexican food, beer and margaritas?  We love the idea of a famiy friendly taco bar. Prepare a large pot of seasoned taco meat, heat up some  black beans and chop up various toppings and you're done.  This is such an easy way to feed a crowd. Set the buffet table with colorful linens and flowers than add earthy Heath Ceramics for a beautiful Mexican inspired table. 

Of course, margaritas are a must for the adults.  We like these fun and spicy margarita recipes that go a flavorful step beyond the traditional margarita.

Jalapeno Margaritas

Pulse 1 thin slice jalapeno, a handful of celery leaves, 6 ounces fresh lime juice and a spoonful of confectioners' sugar in a blender. Mix with 16 ounces tequila and 8 ounces orange liqueur in a pitcher; chill. Serve on the rocks in salt-rimmed glasses.

Pineapple Chili Margaritas

Wet the rim of 4 short glasses and dip in a mixture of 2 tablespoons coarse salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder. Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds of the way with ice. Add 1 cup tequila, 1 cup pineapple juice, 1/2 cup fresh lime juice and 11/2 tablespoons agave nectar. Shake well, then strain into the glasses.

Recipe Source: Food Network

The kids should also have a fun beverage.  Go to your local Latino market and buy some colorful Mexican sodas like Jarritos.  The unfamiliar beverage will really make the kids feel like they are trying something exotic!  Plop them in a large bucket full of ice so everyone can help themselves.

Finally, Download some Mexican  music to the ipod to set the mood and you're good to go.