Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party

Some info about our Gourmet Group:  We are 4 couples who enjoy cooking, entertaining, and most of all, each other’s company. 
We take turns hosting in our homes.  The hosts decide on the menu (theme) from appetizers to dessert for the evening.  The hosts cook most of the meal, but give at least one course (along with all the recipes) to the other couples to prepare.  We love trying new recipes and ideas.  So most of the time the recipes are ones we haven’t cooked before, but they don’t have to be.


We hosted our Gourmet Group on May 5th this year for a “Cinco de Mayo” Themed Dinner Party.  Come take a look at our fiesta-filled evening.

cinco de mayo dinner party ideas


As I usually do when entertaining, I try to set the scene when my guests walk in the front door with the décor on my foyer chest (& also on my dining room chest).

For this evening, I kept the décor simple & pretty, as well as staying with my Cinco de Mayo theme.

Foyer Chest

cinco de mayo decor

Dining Room Chest

Mexican theme party decor



I had such fun putting this tablescape together!

~  A blast of color-full colors ~

Mexican theme decor for cinco de mayo

Various colored ‘salad’ plates, napkins, & placemats

Drink umbrellas, and different colors of party hats and water glasses

I thought yellow flowers coordinated best with my table colors.  So believe it or not, I bought all the flowers for the night at Dollar Tree.

{We actually had another dinner party for 12 the following Saturday night.  I kept pretty much the same tablescape & used the flowers for that evening too, so I really got my moneys-worth out of those flowers!}


Mexican tablescape ideas


Baby bananas, lemons, maracas

Mexican dinner party / table decor ideas


Fun Place Cards

Mexican dinner party ideas


Place Settings

cinco de mayo celebration dinner

Mexican dinner party ideas



cinco de mayo menu ideas



Shrimp Ceviche

I made this Shrimp Ceviche appetizer for both our Gourmet Group and our Dinner Party for 12.  It got rave reviews from both groups!  Recipe from Marcela Valladolid (Food Network).

cinco de mayo menu ideas - shrimp ceviche


Chorizo Quesadillas

cinco de mayo menu ideas - chorizo quesadillas


Avocado Fries with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Avocado Fries

Guacamole Bar With Chips

One of the guacamoles we served was a Bacon & Cilantro Guacamole

Others offered were Hatch Chile and Poblano & Pineapple Guacamoles, and a Tomatillo Salsa and a Chunky Traditional Salsa

Bacon & Cilantro Guacamole - cinco de mayo menu ideas



Mexican Salad

mexican salad / mexican menu ideas



Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas with Fillings of Their Choosing

{For our Dinner Party for 12 – which had many more fish foodies in the group – we also served Spicy Grilled Cajun Mahi Mahi Fajitas that our guests loved}

Mexican dinner party menu ideas


Sizzled Peppers & Onions

cinco de mayo menu ideas


Black Beans with Rice

Mexican dinner party ideas


Black Beans

cinco de mayo menu


Mexican Roasted Green Beans

Mexican dinner menu ideas




Margarita Cake

cinco de mayo menu - marguarita cake



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3 Responses to Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party

  1. A great combination of sweet and spice, these pictures are so mesmerising and tempting, will definately try some of these for my next event.

  2. Calvin Klein says:

    Absolutely love the dining room furniture!!!

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