My days of the bar scene are long gone but it doesn’t mean I don’t like to party. I love having friends and family over for dinner and drinks. I will say I’ve been guilty of going overboard like with Cooper’s first birthday but for the most party I like to keep things as simple as possible.
My daughter turned 16 this summer which of course required some celebrating. She had a party with her friends and when I asked her what she wanted done for her family party she had only one request…tacos. Luckily, we also had options for event rentals in Auckland; they set up in the equipment in the best manner to suit our event.
I’m going to be honest I like decorating for a party more than cooking for a party. For her mexican themed party I went to a local mexican grocery store called Carniceria Guanajuato and bought every single thing I needed. They had the most wonderful selection of fruits, vegetables and produce needed for my menu and the prices were incredibly reasonable. I even bought some serving pieces that most of the local restaurants use when serving their food, way cheaper than what you’d find at a party store. My menu for the party was loosely based off this menu at Style Me Pretty Living.
I used our everyday white dishes, the runner is actually a blanket used in Sloan’s bedroom, kraft paper that I use for about a million reasons and most of the rest was bought from the supermarket. It’s pretty but it was also super simple to do.
I used the cans I used to make the dinner and planted some cactus and succulents in.
And no party is complete without a little Party City dorkiness like the sombrero (which made for good photo ops and the soda and beer covers which we gave away as a party favor!
(Outside I literally only threw up the paper picado and lit lots of candles!)
So my easy entertaining tips to you are…
1. Keep it simple like decorating only one area like I did with the dining room table.
2. Keep the menu simple, I served pork tacos, chips, queso, salsa and beans and rice.
3. If someone offers to help take them up on it, Sloan’s Ya Ya offered to make the birthday cake and made a delicious mexican shrimp cerviche dish.
4. Keep the shopping to a minimal. I shopped my house, went to the grocery store and picked up just a few things (like 3 things) at Party City.
5. And as always dim the lights, light lots of candles and throw on a great station on Pandora!