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With the Cinco de Mayo party quickly approaching tacos & wine are on my mind! I was excited to prep for our annual dinner party and since we are in our new home it will kind of serve as a housewarming party at the same time. Mexican food is maybe my favorite flavor palettes besides Indian so this is a holiday to be celebrated in our home. Black Box Wine is such an easy choice especially for parties at our place. They stay good for up to 6 weeks, are high quality unlike some boxed wines & still super affordable. Each box equals 4 bottles of traditional 750 ml bottles of wine making party planning easy depending on the number of guests & I love that the packaging is Eco-friendly and totally recyclable. Black Box Wines has also won over 50 Gold Medals for its quality and are available for 40% less than comparable bottled wines, what’s not to love?
The great thing about the food prep is everything is simple, fresh & super tasty and I always like to throw in some spicy options. I like to start with some homemade salsa, guacamole and chips. You can always grab a few flavors of tortilla chips at the store and I love to leave limes out for people to top them with! I always say to prepare the salsa ahead of time and the guacamole fresh before the party. Avocados can be tricky and brown at the weirdest times especially when left in open air and since it’s so easy to throw together the ingredients I like to wait.
For the meats I prefer to marinate them at least a few hours before grilling but for preparation sake you can always do it the night before to knock out a step. Both of these marinades are easy to mix and should be things you have around the house already. For the veggies I prefer a homemade taco seasoning but you can always grab whatever is easier for you! Throw them in a plastic bag and then toss on the grill. Everyone’s cooking preference and grill settings will vary but we generally cook the chicken for 5-10 minutes total and the steak about 8 minutes for the steak – flipping sides half way through.
I love to make a topping bar for guests just so it’s easy to navigate helping yourself and also looks adorable! You can add as many or as little sides as you like but grilled veggies, cheese, sour cream, & jalapenos are always staples in our home. Just lay butcher paper down on your table and organize your food in an easy to assemble order. Then use a marker or paint pen to label everything and add your colorful plates & napkins!
Decor can always be simple but fun! The great thing about Cinco de Mayo is all the color and vibrancy surrounding the holiday. So enjoy the bright napkins, tableware & pinatas and have as much fun as you like!
Let me know how you plan to spend the holiday and if you try out any of the recipes! Make sure to check out other ideas at the Simple Entertaining Social Hub too!
- 1 lb Sirloin and/or Chicken, cut into strips
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
- Salt & Black Pepper to taste
- 1 Yellow, Red & Orange Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Salt & Black Pepper to taste
- Layer meat in plastic bag or glass baking dish
- Mix remaining ingredients in bowl and cover meat
- Toss evenly and refrigerate overnight or up to 4 hours
- Grill 5 minutes per side outdoors or on a cast iron skillet on medium
- Heat oil in saucepan on medium
- Add pepper and seasonings and cook for around 15 minutes or until soft