Our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Buffet didn’t have too many selections but enough to keep us in leftovers for several days. Even when I try to cook a little we still end up with too much. Initially, I wasn’t going to put together a buffet table. However, there were a few things left in my Cinco de Mayo stash that I wanted to use.
Since there wasn’t a ton of food on the table I set it up in the kitchen rather than the basement. To cover the table I used the serape-inspired cover I mentioned in my previous post. Our kitchen table is square-ish so the cover hung over the sides quite a bit.
As far as décor the Fiesta sign was about it. Once the food and beverages were on the table there wasn’t much room left and that was ok. When you’re setting up a buffet there isn’t typically much décor. Using colorful and different serving pieces and props can make up for the lack of it.
The menu consisted of Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas with flour tortillas. Of course, we had lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole. In my haste to take pictures before all daylight was gone, I forgot to set out the salsa and cheese.
We also had Spanish Rice and Refried Beans. The pork, rice, lettuce, and tomatoes were served in ceramic bowls that looked like onions. Two of the bowls are sitting on mini cutting boards like the ones I used on the dining room tablescape. They hold quite a bit of food and were a gift from my former daughter-in-law.
The bowls with the pork and the rice are held up by El Pato cans of tomatoes. I wanted to have more Mexican canned goods but I couldn’t find any others without a paper label.
There are two different sizes of tortillas and they’re served on aqua plates. Also sitting on the plates are orange bowls; one has guacamole and the other refried beans.
To wash it down; Jarrita sodas that I found in the ethnic food section at the grocery store. I served them from a galvanized container that I found in the Target Dollar Bin. At $3.00 it was a good buy. In the spirit of the celebration, I gave each bottle a mustache.
Also in the container is a leather covered flask that was a souvenir from our daughter’s trip abroad. It held the tequila for the Margaritas. The salted rimmed glasses were standing at the ready.
My unofficial centerpiece was this basket of peppers. I got the wire basket during one of my thrift store runs several years ago. Most of the time it’s used as a bread basket. Don’t you just love things that serve more than one purpose? The colors of these peppers are amazing and they will not go to waste. I use bell peppers in almost everything I cook and the Mr. loves hot peppers. The hot peppers will go into some jars of vinegar so they don’t go to waste.
I have the basket of peppers sitting on a cigar box. This box came from a garage sale and I was pleased as punch to find it. At the time I was putting together a masculine tablescape and it fit the Havana theme perfectly. After all these years this box still smells wonderful. It almost smells like sweet cedar and one day I’ll investigate the lable that’s on it.
There you have it folks our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Buffet for 2017, it was very good.
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