Dinner Party: Taco Night!

This Friday night, I had a little fiesta of my own. I invited 6 friends over, and let them vote on what they might want. Taco Night won! So, I went on pinterest and pinned a few ideas.

Follow Julie’s board Dinner Parties on Pinterest.

And here is what I chose to do for the night!

Apps:

  • Bowl of multi grain chips
  • Salsa
  • Queso

Chips were in the bowl (still in the bag) out on the table as soon before I left for work, and then I bought pre-made salsa, but added some fresh cilantro to it before putting on the table. I also heated the queso in a small crock pot cooker, so it was nice and warm. (And, was gone in about 30 minutes!) All three were ready to eat on my living room table at 6:25, for my guests to show up at 6:30. They were all on time. Also, don’t forget to have app plates and napkins already out!

Main Dish:

  • Tacos- soft and hard shells
    • I put them in the oven at 6:00 pm on warm
  • Chicken – frozen, and had options of either pulled or grilled
    • I added diced tomatoes, chicken broth, taco seasoning and ranch dressing
  • Ground Turkey
    • I cooked this at 5:45, with taco seasoning
  • Cilantro Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Corn

I borrowed my sister’s 3 pot crock pot! I can’t find hers, but just for an example. That way I could keep all my meat warm, but use the stove top for other cooking. I had 1/2 my mixture for the chicken already in the pot too, warming. The Cilantro rice was super easy. I cooked the 2 cups of rice by the directions with chicken broth, and then right before everyone got there, I added in the chopped cilantro.  I also had the black beans and corn heated on the stove top.

Toppings:

  • Cilantro
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Green onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Red and yellow pepper
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Limes

I forgot the sour cream and a Siracha dressing that I wanted to have out. Everyone loved this, as they could add whatever they wanted to their tacos! The more, the merrier.

Signature Drink:

  • Chopped Strawberries
  • Lemonade
  • White Grape Juice
  • One Can of Sprite
  • Mint leaves

Yum. This was so refreshing. I let them add what the wanted – champagne, chardonnay or vodka. We ran out of champagne, but it was fun to try other things too.

Dessert – Brownies on a Skillet

  • Brownies – that I made on Thursday night
  • Ice Cream
  • Condensed Milk
  • Chocolate Syrup

I have these small cast iron skillets, and you just want to make sure these are pretty hot. I usually reheat the brownies, then add the condensed milk over it (should bubble), chocolate syrup and ice cream when you are ready to serve!

Couple of things I learned:

  • You can always plan better and differently. But, you don’t know until you start experimenting.
  • Chop alllllllll your veggies the night before. You just run out of time.
  • Frozen chicken and ground turkey are super easy to use for this.
  • Fresh meat will spoil after a few days in the fridge. Gross. And, waste of money …leading to a last minute dash to Walmart.
  • Lay out and organize all your bowls, plates and spoons before anyone gets there. Once everyone arrives there’s no time! Especially for some who likes to talk as much as I do! I learned this from my sister!
  • I wish I would’ve put labels on the bowls too. I had two left over, and couldn’t remember what they were  for… so, we didn’t have sour cream or the Siracha sauce on the table.
  • I wish I had thought to pull out my galvanized tub, and had the wine/ champagne/ vodka in the ice. It would have kept them cold and looked pretty.
  • There is never enough ice. I’ve got to get better with that.

What a fun night. I’ve learned from this one, and am ready for more. Sorry, I was so busy talking I didn’t grab any pics!

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