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Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!

If you ask me, it is one of the best excuses for a holiday I’ve ever heard of. This was our invite:

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From what I understand , Cinco de Mayo is way more American than Mexican, which probably goes along with what we serve as well!  Today we had a build-your-own taco & burrito bar, 7 layer dips, red & white sangria, margaritas, salsas, guacamole, Mexican wedding cookies, home-made margarita cheesecake and the piste de resistance – Choco-Tacos!

Oh yes so very Mexican indeed ;)

Ok. really it is just an excuse to get outside for the first season’s party, drink some cerveza, hopefully eat a little queso and hang with friends!

I am at that stage in my life, that if you don’t have kids, you probably don’t want to hang-out with me, so I hang with everyone else in that same boat.  Let’s have a party and oh yeah, BRING YOUR KIDS!  Oh yes, the kids were brought let me tell you!


First I had the kids race around the house with jelly beans on spoons – I called it the “Mexican Jumping Bean” game.  They thought that was ridiculous, but they sure didn’t mind the jelly beans!

Next we did a little limbo. It is amazing how low those kids can go!  Funny, no adults participated in that one…

And for the finale, we had three different piñatas.  One was designed for tiny kids by my girlfriend.  It was wonderfully clever. She perforated a garbage bag with strings coming out of the bottom.  When the very little kids pulled, the candy was in little party bags and this way they all evenly received  a treat.   There’s a picture above.  Great idea.  The other piñatas were classic piñatas which were gifts from some of the families.  Last year I had one piñata for 50 kids….yeah, that didn’t go too well.  It was like Lord of the Flies!  So this year we broke into smaller groups and had enough piñata for every child to get a few turns.  Yeah, it was still a little Lord of the Flies!  It cracks me up to see what lengths kids will go to, to collect a few Smarties and fireballs.  Oh, and they were all fighting over who could keep the carcasses! Serious kid stuff. I love it.

It was an awesome day with awesome weather…THANK YOU. THANK YOU PARTY GODS!

As my creative project today, I thought I’d show you our little garden room we rehabbed for the party.

Here is the before:

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And here is the after:

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Ta dah!

We’ve only lived at this house for one summer.  Needless to say, we didn’t do anything last summer, so I wanted to make sure my kids had a fun little place to play.  As I removed the mulch that was placed there by the old home owners, I found a groovy little stone floor.  The rest is the magic of a coat of paint and some second-hand finds off of Craig’s List.  We are going to put some toys in there like an old doll house to play with too.  But for today, all the kids had fun playing with the beaded curtains and pretending it was their house.  Gosh I remember how much I loved playing house as a kid.

So my creativity came in the form of entertainment today and I had a lot of fun.

I am wiped out and with this, I must bid thee farewell.

Buenos noches mi amigos!


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Before I left on vacation, I had to tend to serious business – A party invite!

For many years we had a Christmas party.  It made sense, there was a town Christmas tree lighting right in front of our house.  People could go to the village festivities and then pop in for a warm libation.

When we moved, the Christmas party just didn’t seem fitting.  We love to host parties and entertain, so what could we do?

We finally decided against any major holidays and started honing in on the minors.  I know people who have spring equinox and summer solstice parties…there’s boxing day…and Halloween my favorite. Another friend has a pink party when the peonies blossom.  But if you remember back to Post #63 It’s Taco Nite then you would know that Cinco de Mayo is a perfect excuse for a party at our house!  Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salsa, cerveza, margaritas, poblanos, queso blanco…oh I could go on and on….It’s definitely a food favorite! FOOD + DRINK = PARTY right?

So we tried it out last year.  Cinco de mayo was on a Saturday.  We had good weather and great attendance.  But there was one mishap.  I had taken an adult count for food, but I didn’t really factor in a kid count.  With my two kids, their preschools and elementary schools, the number of kids easily totaled 50 if not more.  If you think about it, there are generally two adults per couple, but kids? Gosh they can range from 1-5 per family!

So, with a Cinco de Mayo party – you’ve got to have a piñata right?  It’s cute. Kids love piñatas…. Well, I only bought one piñata.  Do you see where this is going?  Yep.  50 kids + one piñata = total chaos!!!  There was a line of 25 girls and 25 boys ranging from 2 yrs old to 15 yrs old.  How many kids do you think got to swing the stick?  Yeah, not too many… the piñata split open and out came LORD OF THE FLIES!!!

I will be working on an improvement for this year.  I have some ideas.

Anyway, parties aren’t always so easy.  They can be a wild success or a total flop.  You could have perfect weather or a hurricane.  The older I get, the more I realize don’t sweat the small stuff.  It’s not going to be perfect, but what would be worse, is if you didn’t have it at all!  So, send out an invite.  The day will finally arrive, you will have no control, you’ll do your best, but for the most part, people will be thankful that they gathered, that they had fun and got to celebrate something out of the ordinary.

Oh yeah, Sign me up!!!


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