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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Here is a last minute easy tabletop idea for your fiesta tonight! 

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I know you've got some colored vases lying around.  Place them on a brightly colored tablecloth with a festive flower in each and voila!  Grab some brightnapkins and glassware and you're all set.  That's the beauty of a fiesta-it doesn't have to be all matchy matchy and anything bright goes.

Check out our other Cinco de Mayo ideas here !

(photo from southernliving.com)


Margaritas Three Ways

With Summer and Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I have margaritas on the brain!  I'm a "on the rocks" gal but these are irresistible.  Serve these unique versions at your next fiesta.

Beer 'Garitas

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I keep saying I'm going to try these and haven't yet...have you?

Prep: 5 min. For a bolder flavor, use a dark beer. Serve in 16-oz. mason jars for fun.

Makes 4 servings

  • 1  cup  frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1  cup  tequila
  • 1/2  cup  orange liqueur
  • Crushed ice
  • 1/2  to 1 cup cold beer

1. Stir together first 3 ingredients until well blended. Fill 4 medium glasses with crushed ice. Pour limeade mixture evenly into glasses. Add beer to taste.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Minute Maid Frozen Concentrate for Limeade, José Cuervo Especial tequila, and Triple Sec for orange liqueur

Scarlet Margaritas

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This is the prettiest color!

Prep: 10 min. If pomegranates are not available, no problem. This drink is just as delicious without the fresh seeds.

Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

  • 4  cups  crushed ice
  • 1  cup  pomegranate juice
  • 1/2  cup  orange liqueur
  • 1/2  cup  tequila
  • 1  tablespoon  lime juice
  • 4  tablespoons  pomegranate seeds (1/2 fresh pomegranate) (optional)
  • Lime wedges
  • Coarse salt
  • Garnish: lime slices

1. Process first 5 ingredients, and, if desired, pomegranate seeds in a blender 30 seconds or until frothy.

2. Rub rims of 6 glasses with lime wedges; dip in salt to coat. Pour margarita evenly into prepared glasses. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Pom Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

Blue Margaritas

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Look at that frosty pitcher-ice cold!

For an even coating around the rim of each glass, dip first in lime juice and then salt.

Makes 5 cups     

1  (10-ounce) can frozen margarita mix

  • 3/4  cup  tequila
  • 1/4  cup  blue curaçao liqueur
  • 2  tablespoons  lime juice
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Fill with ice to 5-cup level, and process until smooth. Serve immediately

    Come back soon for our Cinco de Mayo/Fiesta menu ideas!  I guess it can't be all about the cocktails ;)

    (images from southernliving.com)


    Who Wants Ice Cream?

    I do! I do!  Especially when it is these adorable SOAPSICLES!  Yes that's right-they are soap.  What a terrific gift idea for mom, friends and children.  They would also make great party favors. 

    Here are a few of my favorites, there are many more over at Soapy Love!

    Nilla Sammie

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    Peachy Keen

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    Lemonade

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    All Soapsicles are the same size as a real popsicle and only $8!


    Surprising Mojitos

    Here is another treat to serve at your Cinco de Mayo or fiesta celebrations!  It sounds so refreshing. I can't wait to try it!

    Jello Mojito Granita

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    Prep Time:
    20 min
    Total Time:
    3 hr 20 min
    Makes:
    6 servings
     
    Ingredients:
     
    1 cup boiling water
    1 pkg.  (3 oz.) JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin
    3/4 cup carbonated lemon-lime beverage
    1/4 cup  rum or water
    2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint
    2 Tbsp.  lime juice
     
    STIR boiling water into gelatin mix in medium bowl 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients.

    POUR into 9-inch square pan. Freeze 3 hours or until firm.

    SPOON frozen gelatin mixture into large bowl. Beat with mixer on high speed until smooth. Store leftovers in airtight container in freezer.

    (photo from kraftfoods.com)


    Under the Sea

    Are you daydreaming of days on the beach, hearing the crashing waves with a fruity concoction in your hand like I am?  Ahhhhhhh...   Then you will like these pictures.

    I'm loving the new more natural look of beach/sea life decor.  The creams and tans are just so clean and fresh.  Plus you don't have to live at the beach to incorporate them into your existing decor!  These new neutrals go with everything.  Not only is it great for homes but also looks amazing at parties and weddings.

    These are a few of my favorite sea things:

    Sea Life Pillows

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    Japanese Float Table Lamp

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    Natural Starfish

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    Shells on Strings

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    Mini Recycled Glass Tealight Holders

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    And my favorite of all!  Seascape Table Setting

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    Happy Hour

    Well I'm already getting ready for Cinco de Mayo!  I love celebrating Mexcian-style and I love margaritas even more!  Enjoy these Margarita Bites at your next Fiesta! 

    Margarita Bites

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    2 cups boiling water
    2 pkg.  (3 oz. each) JELL-O Margarita Flavor Gelatin (or lime flavored)
    1/2 cup tequila or cold water
    Zest and juice from 1 lime
    2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

    ADD boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir with whisk 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in tequila and 2 Tbsp. lime juice. Add COOL WHIP and 1 tsp. lime zest; stir until COOL WHIP is completely melted and mixture is well blended.

    POUR into 8-inch square pan.

    REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 36 pieces to serve.

     

    (photo and recipe from kraftfoods.com)


    Margarita Time

    I just love my new items over at Hostess Jo!  The colors of these are so bright and cheerful.  Everything in this line is hand painted, raised ceramic.  They all look three dimensional.  I wish you could see them in person!  Oh yeah, you can if you order one ;)

    Perfect for the pool or summer entertaining.

    Chip and Dip

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    Party Bowls

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    And for the seafood lover:

    This tureen would be perfect for your lobster or crab bisque, or your clam chowder.  The matching soup mugs would definitely impress your guests.

    Lobster Tureen

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    Soup Mugs

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    EVERYTHING in the store is on SALE 15% OFF through March 31!  So hurry!


    Fresh Idea

    We are getting closer to our "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree..." wedding shower.  I've shown you our ideas for the centerpieces.  Since then, I've found so many great ideas for using green apples in your wedding or shower decor on the web.  Below is another beautiful way to show off your apples.  We are serving Green Apple Martinis and this is perfect!

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    Isn't this lovely?  You could even use this as the centerpiece.  This would be great for a Spring or Summer party too, it doesn't have to be just for showers.  Get creative, try serving lemonade or limeade this way!  How refreshing...

    (photo from countryliving.com)