Oh the food, my favorite part about throwing a party. If it were up to me, I would make everything under the sun. Luckily my Mom and Hubby bring me back to reality and make me focus.
Here is a cupcake tease... I'll get back to these in a minute :)
I decided on a Mexican theme. It is definitely our favorite food. We set up an appetizer table. Here is some bean dip, guacamole, taco dip and taco chips. This taco dip is the one with sour cream, cream cheese and a taco packet. It is topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese and black olives. I substituted greek yogurt for the sour cream and could taste no difference! The bean dip is just 2 cans of black beans with some garlic powder, chipotle powder, mexican oregano, and a little cheddar cheese blended together until mostly smooth.
We had the regular drinks, soda, ice tea, lime water, beer and juice boxes for the kiddos. We also made some sangria and it was very yummy!
We served a taco bar! There is nothing more fun than making your own tacos. If it were up to me, I would eat tacos everyday!! I got a rotisserie chicken from the store, cleaned it, shredded it and made it mexican with one of those McCormick taco packets. Just follow the directions on the packet. Then I made Beef Barbacoa. Hubby shared this recipe with me from The Kitchn last month. It was delicious! I will definitely be making this again!! Under the orange napkins are corn and flour tortillas. Hubby made up some cheese quesadillas for the kiddos.
Then we served all the taco toppings with it. Tomato, greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), salsa, tomato, guacamole, onion, cilantro, cheese, limes and salsa verde.
And now for the cupcakes...
I made Dark Chocolate cupcakes and Coconut cupcakes. They are the same cupcakes I made last year. The dark chocolate cupcakes were such a hit last year. A few people asked me if I was making them again so I had to. They are simply amazing! The recipes are here.
PB of course chose dark chocolate. He was thrilled that his cupcake looked like Kermit.
Here is a quick look at how I did it:
I made blobs for eyes and then shaped them with a wet spatula.
I bought black icing in the icing display at the store for the eyes. Here is how I drew them all on.
I drew all the eyes at once.
Then I added the mouths. I bought red icing for this too. But I made the green and the white icing.
I had so much fun doing this party, thanks so much for letting me share this with you!