Fiesta on the Patio

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A fiesta is a fun and easy way to host a backyard party.  The menu is chockfull of easily prepared foods and can be easily prepped in advance and serve.  There’s no slaving over a hot grill while trying to visit with guests.  Keep it simple with tacos, fajitas, chips, salsa and of course all the toppings.  You can show-off with your own homemade salsa from fresh ingredients found in your garden or even encourage a salsa competition…. or just keep it simple and buy your favorite jar.  I also recommend prepping a few pitchers of margaritas in advance.  (I’ll add a link to my absolute favorite recipe for a pitcher of Margaritas soon.)

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Use bright colored table cloths, inexpensive serapes and repurposed cans for flower vases.

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I love El Pato sauce. It’s super tasty and usually readily available in the specialty foods section of your grocery store. Keep the cans and use them as fun vases for brightly-colored flowers.  You can also serve seven-layer dip in individual cups, especially since seven-layer dip can get messy and  look less then appealing after a few hearty scoops from guests.  (Admittedly, there’s a little guilt when using this many  individual plastic cups… I off-set guilt by using melanine plates on the patio, but be prepared to hand wash some dishes or stuff that top rack of your dishwasher.)

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When it’s dessert time a colorful concoction like this layered cake made by Lexi, my stepdaughter, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I mean who could resist a slice of this cake.

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If you don’t have time to construct a multi-colored, six-layered cake, then don’t fret. Guests love a buffet of yummy desserts too.
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This dessert bar includes, magic cookie bars, macarons, cream puffs and an assortment of candy. Kids and adults alike love an assortment.

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