Thursday, May 5, 2016

Event Recap: 40th Fiesta Party!

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This past weekend was quite a party packed one! I celebrated my 40th birthday on Saturday with a Fiesta theme (a nod to the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations) and it was beyond amazing. Patrick did a great job planning and hosting my special day while allowing me to provide some input since he knows how much I love to plan parties and entertain friends and family. I especially loved this on the invites sent...
Señors & Señoritas, grab your sobrero and SALSA over to Casa de Kenny... Join us as we celebrate with a festive birthday fiesta! It's NACHO ordinary fiesta - the salsa will be hot, the margaritas will flow, it's great to be 40 years old, you know! 

We'll have a Mexican inspired feast, plenty to drink, a bounce house for the kiddies, candy filled piñata, possibly some karaoke (you know how she loves to sing) and a great time for everyone in store. TACO 'bout a party! Hope you can make it!


Patrick also insisted to have the party catered so I can enjoy some time out of the kitchen lol. Since it was a Mexican Fiesta, he had the party catered by our favorite local Mexican restaurant, Alcapulco Mexican Restaurant. They did an AWESOME job providing our taco bar which included: rice, beans, carne asada and chicken tamales. We also had some pork carnitas from another local Mexican place especially known for their carnitas, Carnitas Don Roy.


We had a tower of toppings for guests to dress their tacos - by the way, sour cream is awesome served out of a squeeze bottle with little to no mess! The toppings also was used for our Nacho Bar (unpictured). We had a big galvanized tub full of fresh tortilla chips, also from Alcapulco Mexican Restaurannt, along with a triple crock pot of dips - nacho cheese, chili cheese and taco joe dip (made by my mother in law, Marnee.)


And what's a fiesta without salsas?! We had a good mix of salsas too which added lots of fresh color and a nice variety of flavors from mild, medium to extra hot!


I love having guests get interactive with food so we also had a DIY guacamole station. Aside from avocados, we had mix ins available including fresh cilantro, red onions, jalapenos, garlic infused oil, house seasoning (garlic powder, salt & pepper) and fresh lime juice


My friend Angel gets into his customized batch of guacamole using my stone molcajete...


And of course, we had a nice sampling of hard ciders and Mexican beers... olé!


For dessert, we had a buffet table set up to hold all our sweets. I loved how festive this looked!


A tres leches cake seemed fitting for my birthday this year, which was topped with white chocolate and fresh fruit.


We also had a tower of filled churros - strawberry, vanilla and plain - with some dessert sauces for drizzling (white chocolate, caramel and dark chocolate.)


I also made a Dulce de Leche cheeseball, served with cinnamon graham crackers. Friends loved it and said it tasted like a caramel cheesecake. Recipe coming soon!


To balance the sweets out, we had a fresh fruit salad as well. So fresh and colorful!


We had more drinks aside from the beers and in these dispensers, the bebidas included horchata (cinnamon rice milk), agua de sandia (watermelon juice), and limonada (limeade).


And here are the real party drinks - Margaritas! We made 3 pitchers of margaritas - pineapple, mango and peach. Guests were also welcome to make classic ones too. And quite a few folks lifted their shot glasses filled with Rumchata with birthday wishes for me lol.


The obligatory pic with friends while sporting my '40 birthday' hat lol...


And a great shot of some friends just hanging in my favorite part of our house - the kitchen!


Overall, it was a wonderful celebration. With friends, family and great food surrounding me, I wouldn't have wanted a better way to celebrate. So party it up for Cinco de Mayo just as we did for my birthday this year! 

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