3 Tips for Hosting a Backyard Fiesta
With warmer weather upon us, now is the time of year for hosts to share good times and good food with their guests outdoors. Whether you’re throwing a birthday party, an after party for a special event, or just having friends or co-workers over for a good time, one fun way to treat your guests is to a backyard fiesta with authentic Mexican food and margaritas!
After picking the right date and time, planning who to invite, and letting everybody know about your fiesta party in person, via text, and through Facebook, it’s time to make sure the party is a lot of fun for you and your guests. In addition to preparing a delicious, authentic Mexican meal with chips, salsa, guacamole dip, and tacos on your grill, be sure to try out the following 3 tips for a spectacular event in your outdoor living space:
Chips & Salsa plus a little guacamole is sure to be a hit in the appetizer department!
Piñata fun on your Artificial Turf
What kind of backyard fiesta party would it be without a game of piñata on your lushly green artificial turf lawn? Spinning your little ones and friends around blindfolded then setting them loose on the piñata with a stick while someone raises and lowers it with a string is genuine fun and guaranteed laughs.
Plus, after someone finally gets in a lucky hit and wallops that paper mâché creature, candy spills out for everybody to enjoy! You can easily pick up a piñata at your local international food market or Hispanic grocer. If not Amazon is your next best bet.
Margarita Bar at the Outdoor Kitchen
A must-have for the legally of age and responsible drinking crowd is a tasty margarita bar at your outdoor kitchen.What you’ll want to do to really wow them is make a big batch of Blood Orange margaritas. This colorful fruit is in season every Spring and the sweet, bold flavors make the Blood Orange margarita an unforgettable cocktail.
The recipe is simple. For each cocktail, you’ll need:
- 3 ounces of fresh Blood Orange juice
- 3/4-ounce fresh Lime Juice
- 2 ounces of Tequila
- and 1 ounce Agave Nectar
Ever tried a blood orange margarita? If you answered no, you're missing out!
Once you have your ingredients, get started:
- Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
- Wet the rim of a classy margarita glass with a blood orange slice and spin it through a pile of salt.
- Put some ice cubes in the salted glass and strain the cocktail into the glass to serve to your guests.
Mexican Music and Dancing on the Paver Patio
Of course, you’ll want to set the overall ambiance at your fiesta with some authentic Mexican music. To create a good playlist, search for Mexican music on YouTube and see what you like. Add those songs to a “Fiesta Playlist” on Spotify. Get on Pandora and search for Mexican music as well. When you find a song or band you really like, add that song to your playlist, and make another Pandora channel based on the song or band, and you’ll find other good ones you like. Do this for the songs you found on YouTube as well.
Not every song has to be Latin American, but keep it like 7:3 ratio of good Latin music to other songs. Mix things up. Some slow temp songs, some fast tempo. Hang some string lights over the paver patio to create a 'dance floor' like space. And if your guests are shy about dancing, get on that patio yourself and bust a move to break the ice!
So get out there and cha cha cha away! Enjoy precious time with loved ones and friends in the comfort of your outdoor living space. And don't forget the guacamole, it's not a fiesta without it!