Citrus-infused Cinco de Mayo Party

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Spice up your social calendar by hosting a citrus-infused party just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Touches of lemons, limes and oranges are sure to have your guests shouting 'Olé!'

A frozen mango margarita is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces triple sec liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 mango - peeled, seeded and sliced
  • a few ice cubes
  • 1/4 Cup mango nectar
  • slice of mango or orange for garnish
Directions

1. In a blender, combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, mango, and ice. Blend until ice is finely crushed.

2. Sweeten with mango nectar to your liking.

Citrus Salsa

A fruity twist to a classic Cinco de Mayo recipe.


Ingredients
  • 1 orange, peeled, sectioned, and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 Cup canned pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1/4 Cup diced fresh mango
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon diced red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Directions

1. In a medium bowl, combine oranges, pineapple chunks, mango, minced jalapenos, 3 tablespoons orange juice, diced red bell pepper, sugar, and cilantro.

2. Mix well, and refrigerate covered.

3. Serve when chilled or ready to celebrate!

Citrus Guacamole

A crowd pleasing Cinco de Mayo food that is easy and filling.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and mashed 1/2 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon pineapple juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 Cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste
  • hot sauce to taste
Directions

1. In a large bowl, stir together the avocados, lime juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, cumin, cilantro and salt.

2. Mix in hot sauce. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving.

*TIP* Place one of the avocado pits in the bowl to help keep it fresh.

The traditional decor for a Cinco de Mayo affair include serapes, pinatas and Mexican hats. In addition to using these items in your decor scheme, incorporate the following:

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Citrus-Inspired
Capture elements of spring and set the scene by implementing touches of citrus. Think bowls of lemons and limes or citrus fruit topiaries.

Decorating with fruit is easy, will enhance your theme and adds a touch of class to the atmosphere.

Keep Clean Up Easy

Depending on the number of guests you've invited, you may want to opt for disposable dishware. Stick to solid colors so that you can reuse the unused dishware on another occasion.
Consider using red, white or green to commemorate the Mexican flag or yellow, lime or orange to enhance your citrus theme.
Consider your menu as well. Salsa and guacamole will look best in a color that contrasts, such as yellow. Tortilla chips will pop in green or red bowls.

 

Infuse your playlist of modern hits with festive tunes for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Some popular choices are:

1. The Macarena
2. La Bamba
3. Hot Hot Hot
4. Bamboleo
5. Tequila
6. Un Dos Tres Maria
7. I Like It Like That
8. La Copa De La Vida (The Cup of Life)
9. Guadalajara
10. La Cucaracha

 

 

Keep it simple! Invest your time and effort in the party itself. Feel free to alert your guests of your party by digital invitation (like the one here).

When writing a note or email, play up the theme of the party. If you're short on time, consider a fun, simple party invitation from Tiny Prints. Ask your guests to join you for a zesty time at your citrus-infused celebration of Mexican culture.

As a courtesy, be sure to include details about what will be served, whether it be lunch, dinner or simply drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Make it clear whether or not you would like your guests to bring a drink or dish.

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