Calling Your Cinco de Mayo Plans!

by Cate on May 3, 2007

I had been planning to have a small Cinco de Mayo fete for awhile now. The holiday is finally back on a Saturday, so I figured I might as well take advantage of that. The other day, my mom and I were talking about how expensive it can be to have parties sometimes, and I totally agree. Forget the food, if you get swept into decorations, alcohol and the like, the bottom line can definitely get away from you … and quickly. And that got me to thinking…

I like a challenge as much as the next person, so I decided to give myself one to make it interesting. There will be six adults and three kids, and I’m going to try and do it for $30. Someone doesn’t think I can do it. The Neighbors and The Newlywed Neighbors are going to be bringing a few things as well, so that will help to round it out. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be just a few cans of beans on the menu; there will be no shortage of food in my endeavor to meet my self-imposed challenge, I promise you. Having a well-stocked pantry will certainly help, and once I settle on a final menu, I’m going to hit the store tomorrow.

So that’s MY plan for our Cinco de Mayo this weekend. What’s yours? Throwing a party? And if so, what’s on YOUR menu?

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Madeline May 4, 2007 at 12:41 am

Clarification! I think you can do it, but not with the menu you are considering! Chips and salsa, some guac, quesadillas, yes, you could it. But you’re getting all fancy schmancy! ;)

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Claire May 4, 2007 at 3:11 am

I’m impressed…I believe you can do it! No plans here, maybe go to a party but I’m not sure. We’ll see!

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WhiteTrashBBQ May 4, 2007 at 4:11 am

No Cinco De Mayo in the Fernandez household. We’re meeting up with the relatives in Rumson and Locust, NJ for a first communion party followed by a Kentucky derby bash.

Prissy, fetch me a julep!

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Dani May 4, 2007 at 5:38 am

I kinda already had my Cinco de Mayo Party this year when I did a Cinco de Mayo themed Grandplattern in my Garde Manger class.

I love your idea with the $30 challenge!

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Heather May 4, 2007 at 12:54 pm

We are having a quarto de mayo party at work today. I brought the guacamole. Nothing big for tomorrow night as the rain and clouds have got me in the dumps.
But I definitely believe that you can do it for $30.

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Alisha May 4, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Good luck with your challenge! I’m sure you can do it if you plan really well.

We’re not doing a Cinco De Mayo celebration, but a dragon themed birthday party for my 6 year old. And, no, there’s no way I can get by on $30 for this one!

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Anonymous May 4, 2007 at 5:13 pm

I’ll be checking out the derby with some good food

the neighbor husband

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Charise May 4, 2007 at 5:49 pm

If you are just counting the food in the $30, I bet you can do it for that many people.

I was planning on going to the Derby with some college friends who live in Louisville, but don’t want to deal with the rain all day.

So we are having a small get together here as well, most likely with chicken enchiladas, beans and rice, guac and chips, and perhaps some kind of chipotle-cinnamon-chocolate dessert. A lot of pantry items will come into play, so it shouldn’t be too expensive either. (until we add in all the Mexican beer for me and tequila for everyone else!)

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Claire May 4, 2007 at 7:34 pm

I got bread for panzanella today…now i just have to get tomatoes! :-)

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Cate May 5, 2007 at 4:27 am

Madeline – gotta have some challenge, right? ;)

Claire – no plans? My favorite kind of day!

WhiteTrashBBQ – next year, Kentucky Derby party, definitely. Drink one for me. :)

Dani – what did you guys make? Any can’t-live-without recipes?

Heather – love, love, love homemade guacamole. :)

Alisha – definitely no kids birthday party for $30 – don’t I wish!

The Neighbor Husband – what time is it on?

Charise – I had enchiladas on the menu for awhile, but then found the Mexican Roast Chicken and changed my mind … for like the 10th time.

Claire – can’t wait to hear what you think. :) What am I supposed to be making again?

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