Who loves Cinco de Mayo? This girl does!
When MJD and I were engaged, I declared to him that Cinco de Mayo was going to be our “holiday” to host parties. You know how you have those friends who always host Halloween (my bestie Liz is this friend) or the ones who open up their home for Friendsgiving? Well we were going to be the Cinco de Mayo couple. Why you may ask? Well our last name is DiMaggio which is May in Italian. I thought it’d be really cute if we had a Cinco DiMaggio party as a play off of our last name. I’m a big nerd, I know… it’s kind of miraculous MJD still wanted to go forward with the wedding at that point 😉
Well even though I declared that our holiday, I haven’t yet had the chance to host a Cinco de Mayo party, but that all changed this year when Nola’s Fresh Foods reached out about a Boston-style Cinco de Mayo celebration. You may be surprised to hear this, but there a number of local Boston brands that make the perfect items for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Nola’s salsa, Mi Nina’s chips and tortillas and Taza’s Mexican chocolate made for a delicious Cinco de Mayo (aka Cinco DiMaggio) dinner party.
Appetizers for any sort of Mexican night are easy because who doesn’t love salsa and guac? I made our appetizers a salsa tasting of sorts so we could compare which of the Nola’s salsas were our favorite. I love using chalkboards to label apps and it was perfect for the salsa tasting. I had picked these up at World Market before MJD’s birthday party and was excited to use them again. This bright turquoise serving piece was an impulse buy a few days before hosting (#targetdoesitagain) and I thought it really made the salsa tasting super fun and colorful :).
I always fill up on chips and salsa, but really tried not to this night as I knew the main course of Mango- Avocado Shrimp Tacos and mexican quinoa made with Nola’s salsa were to come. Plus there was dessert of the most delicious, spicy, chocolatey brownies made with Taza.
You definitely can’t have Cinco de Mayo without cervezas and margaritas! Make sure you have plenty of Corona and tequila on hand when hosting Cinco de Mayo. If you are more into cocktails than beer, try your hand at one of my fave margarita recipes, like grapefruit margs.
Happy party planning!
FYI- this post was sponsored by Nola’s Fresh Foods who supplied me with complimentary products. All opinions and images are my own.