Fiesta Time! Cinco de Mayo! Ole!
Can you believe that May 5 will soon be here before you know it?
We have the Kentucky Derby on May 4th and then right into another entertaining day and tablescape.
I love Mexican food.
Yes, I am getting a head start on Cinco de Mayo.
I posted about Cinco de Mayo with an explanation of this “Holiday”.
Click on the below if you would care to read it.
I really enjoy smaller dinner parties….like 4 people, and the Captain and I are entertaining two very good friends this evening who just happen to love Mexican (or Tex-Mex) food as much as we do.
After living in New Mexico for so many years, I crave roasting green chiles, plucking dried red chiles from a Ristra hanging at my door and making Pinto beans an almost daily dish.
However, the menu tonight calls for simplicity and something cooling so I am making a Taco Salad….very simple.
Perhaps you remember this recipe for taco salad….the recipe is at the following link,…I love serving it in my large Blue enameled cast iron Brazier Pan.
This tablescape is really simple and I am using my everyday Fiesta dishes.
My everyday dishes and my most favorite set of dishes is the colorful Fiesta dishes, of which I am fortunate to have a 20 place setting.
These sturdy plates and cups have survived children and grandchildren and yet they live on in my cabinet, dishwasher and daily use.
Some colors of my collection are no longer made, but they do not get preferential treatment in my kitchen.
I have a plate stand next to my gas stove top that makes it so convenient when cooking for two…or three or four or more.
I drink from the cups every single day and I must share that the matching glasses in my cabinet are definitely antique as they are no longer manufactured….they are really an odd… almost soda fountain shape with the stripes at the bottom of the glass matching the plate colors.
Although the manufacturer of Fiesta ware provides a matching flatware….the flatware I have is no longer produced.
However, for this evenings meal, I will be using glassware that I purchased many years ago on a trip to Mexico (while living in New Mexico)….along with a serape-type tablecloth.
I am also using a colorful chip and dip tray for the beginning of the meal…sort of appetizers consisting of blue corn chips, Doritos and guacamole, salsa and Queso. The dips will be served in avocado and chile-pepper shaped bowls.
I love to use whatever Mexican decor I happen to have hanging about and these cans provide a great vase for colorful Mexican Daisies.
Perhaps you remember this Donkey Pinata from my last 2014 Cinco de Mayo post.
I made little flowers positioned in an empty tomato sauce can. See Below.
Aren’t these simple and cute?
Yes, I do love Mexican food and so does my Captain!
And I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo…!
Do you my dear readers, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your favorite Mexican foods?