5 Tips To Style A Mexican Table….It’s Fiesta time!!

5 Tips To Style A Mexican Table….It’s Fiesta time!!

5 Tips To Style A Mexican Table….It’s Fiesta time!!

“Life without Mexican food is like no life at all!”

It’s the most perfect time of the year to share some spicy food and have some Fiesta fun with friends.

Thought I would share some Mexican styling ideas. My inspiration came from sharing a fabulous afternoon with my sister at a Mexican Restaurant in Durban North’s Mackeurtan Avenue, called El Toro Tapas & Tequila – definitely worth a visit if you want a good Mojito, great vibe & food and a little R & R!! http://www.eltoro.mobi/home

BASIC ITEMS TO STYLE YOUR TABLE:

  • Some bright tableware
  • Bright coloured table runners
  • Margarita glasses
  • Simple centerpieces
  • A menu to excite (keep an eye out for my next blog with ideas on simple food ideas to serve for a Mexican Fiesta!

I am sure we all have those bright dishes that we have bought over the years that are probably packed away in a corner of a kitchen cupboard.  My philosophy use what you have and don’t rush out and buy unless necessary. A Fiesta is all about the mix of colour and texture – so anything goes as long as it’s bright and colourful. Mrphome is always a good outlet when you looking for simple and inexpensive homeware to help style your gatherings.

BRIGHT COLOURED TABLE RUNNERS or USE A SERAPE (a shawl or blanket worn as a cloak by people from Latin America)

 

BRIGHT COLOURED TABLEWARE

 

… and cuttlery

 

BRIGHT FLOWERS OR SUCCULANTS MAKE FOR GREAT CENTREPIECES

So simple, buy a whole lot of green chillies and add a small votive Candle. Just be careful, wash hand well after arranging these!! Love this idea.

and,  Use an old tomato can as your vase and add some bright flowers that blend in with your chosen colour. Such a simple but effect centerpiece.

A MENU TO EXCITE AND TANTALIZE THE TASTE BUDS keep following and watch out for my next blog with great food ideas that were tried and tested at my FIESTA DINNER PARTY with friends.

 

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Great Ideas for a Mexican Fiesta

Great Ideas for a Mexican Fiesta

Great Ideas for a Mexican Fiesta

With food prices soaring why not create a DINNER CLUB with friends…

…It’s a great way to cut down on costs and gives rise to a far more relaxed and stress free gathering.  Sharing in the food experience makes for loads of conversation and laughter about the meal and how everything was researched. What a FAB evening this was. NO stress on the hosting couple as their task was to prepare the main course and set the ambiance for the dinner and the rest of the two couples decided on who made the entrée and dessert. I have never been the greatest at desserts so I chose to do the entréeJ

Sharing is caring and halving the load was even better, especially when you starting the evening with a few Tequila Mojitos, followed by loads of simple tasty food with a little EXTRA spice and loads of vinho!! My kind of evening!!

THE FIERY FIESTA MENU

A little tequila, mint, lime juice, club soda and crushed ice = Tequila Mojito’s served in Terracotta goblets, just so apt. We were handed one on arrival to help set the tone and then giggled at the flavoured water that was provided to take the heat off!!

NOW for my entrée. LAYERED MEXICAN DIP. I absolutely loved making this simple dish. Add some Cream cheese, salsa, cheese, lettuce & tomatoes and avocado crema. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making the crema, buy some good Guacamole which is readily available in most stores. I am all for making life simpler and easier without compromising flavours

My take on this entrée was to serve the Dip in individual votive glasses (always worth have loads of these around as they can be used for much) as I felt it added a touch of elegance to an otherwise simple dip. This entrée can be served in a larger glass container for all to share. There are no rules in Mexico!

The freshness and brightness of the ingredients is what makes for a great Fiesta. Remember to use these colours when creating your table décor.

LAYERED MEXICAN DIP FOR MY ENTRÉE

RECIPE

Author: Susie Gall

Recipe type: Dip, Salad

Serves: 6-8

 

INGREDIENTS

For the Layered Mexican Dip:

(Double all ingredients if using a 9×13 inch dish)

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 cup Picante sauce or tomato salsa – save ½ cup for topping

½ Iceberg lettuce, chopped into bite-size pieces

½-1 cup Cheddar Cheese or Mexican Cheese Blend, shredded

1-cup diced tomatoes

Avocado Crema, if desired – recipe below

Optional other ingredients:

Black olives

Avocados, diced

Black beans

Green, sliced or Sweet yellow onion, diced

Whatever else your little heart desires.

For the Avocado Crema:

2 avocados, peeled, pitted

Juice from ½ lime (approximately 1-tablespoon fresh juice)

2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons milk, if needed

Optional Ingredients:

½ teaspoon Sriracha Sauce (did not use this)

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1-teaspoon honey (I prefer unsweetened Crema)

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Layered Mexican Dip:

Combine softened cream cheese and ½ cup salsa. With a stand mixer, beat on medium-high until well combined and fluffier.

Place the cream cheese/salsa mixture in the bottom of a 9×9 glass baking dish or casserole and smooth out the mixture.

In this order, layer chopped lettuce, cheese and tomatoes over the cream cheese mixture.

Drizzle extra salsa over the top.

If desired (as I do) serve Avocado Crema on the side

The salad is delicious as is, but if you want to kick it up, add your favorite toppings.

 

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For the Avocado Crema:

Combine all Avocado Crema ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Pulse or mix until the ingredients are well blended and smooth. If needed, add a little milk.

 

Found on: http://www.simplysated.com/layered-mexican-dip/

MAIN COURSE

This was prepared by our hosts Daniel & Christina.  What an absolutely appropriate meal for this relaxed evening.  Nothing makes for more laughter and loads of conversation than eating with your hands. We all tucked in and made up our own wraps with the fantastic Mexican Casserole. An array of extra sauces and fillings were provided dependable on how spicy you liked your food.

What’s a FIESTA without some good red vinho to help with the spiciness and heat of the chilli. Now I know why the flavoured water was so freely availableJ

HOW TO BUILD YOUR WRAP…excitement!

NOW for the Dessert…

Tequila Lime Cheese Cake…can be served in squares as well but I really like the idea of using individual ramekins this way you don’t have to shareJ

THANK YOU TO DANIEL GONCALVES for the absolutely awesome photography for this blog.

 

WHAT A GREAT EVENING shared with friends and sooo looking forward to the next FIESTA or maybe FEAST with a touch of INDIA.

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