Hostess With The Mostest: Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party Boston Style

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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 πŸ˜‰Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party Inspiration- Cinco de Mayo- Mexican Diinner Party- Mexican food- Salsa tasting- Entertaining- Hostess With The Mostest- Boston Chic Party-1

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 :).

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I always fill up on chips and salsa, but really tried not to this night asΒ I knew the main course of Mango- Avocado Shrimp TacosΒ 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.

Thanks to Nola’s Fresh Foods, Mi Nina Tortillas and Taza for helping to make Cinco de Mayo Boston Style a reality πŸ™‚

Happy party planning!

xoxo, Jenna

FYI- this post was sponsored by Nola’s Fresh Foods who supplied me with complimentary products. All opinions and images are my own.

50 Comments

  1. April 22, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Your table setting is so gorgeous!

  2. Biana
    April 22, 2016 / 10:32 am

    What an awesome spread!! I can see why you guys declared this your holiday!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  3. April 22, 2016 / 10:33 am

    I love that Cinco de Mayo is your declared holiday to host. That was my holiday with my bestie, but she moved across the country : ( Mexican food is my absolute favorite. I love your serving tray with the little chalkboard signs!

  4. April 22, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Oh my goodness this post is the way to my heart!!! I am definitely going to have to copy this recipe into my recipe book! Thanks for sharing (: XOXO, Scout

  5. April 22, 2016 / 11:39 am

    What a cute party idea & I LOVE the play off your last name! Your dip trio tray looks delicious and I’m not craving Mexican food. So fun!!!

    xox,
    Kristin

  6. April 22, 2016 / 11:56 am

    I think I need that turquoise serving pieces, oh and ALL of the salsa. Great post!

    xo Kristy
    style-blueprint.com

  7. April 22, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Oh my goodness! I was drooling reading this post! I can’t wait for Cinco de Mayo now! So much fun & I want to try out these tips! Thanks for inspiring!

    XOXO Morgan
    http://www.styleonedge.net

  8. April 22, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    This is beautiful! Also, I’m now so incredibly hungry I may be hustling my tush over to my favorite Mexican place as we speak!

  9. April 22, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    I am officially sitting at work hungry AND I just ate… such a gorgeous tablescape! I need to take lessons. Oh and that’s the cutest story between you and your man. xoxo.

    Sarah
    http://www.parkertheprepster.com

  10. Emily
    April 22, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Wow this looks amazing, my mouth is watering from that!! And it’s cute that you guys celebrate this together πŸ™‚

    xoxo Emily
    ditchtheheels.com

  11. April 22, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Thanks a lot for this article! I have great ideas for my next party! I love how you set your table! Bravo

  12. April 23, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Looks like I’m not the only one inspired by your tablescape and tacos!! Chips too of course. Do you know where I can find the Nola’s salsa? I’d love to try it but wasn’t sure where they are selling it. Next is getting an invite to your party… πŸ˜‰ jk..

  13. Heather Johnson
    April 23, 2016 / 11:01 am

    Oh My Goodness! I LOVE LOVE this post! Cinco de Mayo is my favorite, and I am officially drooling (and I haven’t even had breakfast yet, lol!) Such beautiful photos as well – I need to learn some food photography skills! Love the post, gorgeous!
    XX,
    Heather
    http://www.alittlecasual.com

  14. April 24, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    This all looks so incredibly delicious!!! I am definitely adding this to my recipe book for when I’m craving a Mexican fiesta night. Such a fun post! Thanks for sharing! XOXO, Scout

  15. April 26, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I thought I commented, but I guess not! Anyway, can I get an invite next time you throw a party like this?! Haha, everything looks amazing and I loveeee tacos! Nola’s salsa is SO good! xo

    • April 27, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Yes! I’d love to do a blogger party! I’ll keep you posted πŸ™‚ I love Nola’s too- so so yum!

  16. April 26, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    This is such a cute set up! Loving the chalkboard labels! Such a fun post, thanks for sharing!

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