Tuesday, April 27, 2010
So it’s almost that festive time of the year: Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican victory festival observed by Mexican-American communities and primarily in Puebla, Mexico. This day celebrates patriotism, unity and Mexican heritage.
Why not have a little celebration with your kids, they will love it! Here are some of our family favorites!
• 2 ripe Haas avocados
• 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro,leaves chopped
• 1/4 medium red onion, diced
• 2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed, seeded and finely diced (optional)
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
• salt and pepper freshly ground, to taste
1. Cut the avocados into halves and remove the seeds. Peel the fruit and place in a mixing bowl.
2. Have kids mash avocados with a potato masher or fork until chunky. (Good luck stopping them from mashing into a thin paste!) They can add the remaining ingredients (after grown-ups have chopped the jalapeños) and mix with a fork
Photo credit above:american feast dot com
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo crudités
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and get your kids to eat their veggies with healthy crudités in the colors of the Mexican bandera nacional, or national flag.
• Pea pods or green beans
• Jicama, cut into strips
• Red pepper
• Green pepper
• Orange pepper
1. Arrange pea pods, jicama sticks, and red pepper strips on a platter as shown, then center a green pepper ring and the bottom of an orange pepper on top.
2. Set out your snack with dips in the same festive colors: green guacamole, white ranch dressing, and red salsa.
above photo credit from: Family fun
In Seattle WA there is a wonderful bakery called Trophy's and in the past they created a cupcake in honor of the holiday it's the Margarita Cupcake, a Lime Cupcake made with lime zest, fresh lime juice and lime oil topped with tequila and lime Buttercream and finished with candied lime zest and salt.Yum! I wonder if Trophy ships to DC...
above photo credit from: trophy cupcakes
For your Cinco de Mayo celebration, why not make your own pinata to add to your festive decor? Making a pinata is a great craft to do with the whole family. With just a few simple supplies and a little imagination, you’ll have a beautiful pinata in no time. Hang it up in the backyard or the park for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. The kids will love it! Here’s how to make it:
2 cups flour
3 cups water
Newspaper, cut into long inch strips
Paint, crayons, or markers
Colored crepe paper
1. Blow up a large balloon and tie the end
2. Mix the flour and water together until it makes a smooth paste
3. Dip the newspaper strips into the flour and water mixture
4. Carefully place the strips on the balloon until it is covered, leaving a hole at the top
5. Set aside and let the balloon dry
6. After the it feels pretty dry, place another layer of newspaper dipped in the mixture over the balloon and let dry again
7. Put one more layer of paper on the balloon – be sure you still leave the hole at the top
8. Now the fun part- when it’s completely dry, pop and remove the balloon
9. Get your creativity going and paint your pinata with different designs and colors
10. Traditional pinatas are made in a pointed star shape and have colored crepe paper from the sides and bottom so feel free to add some colored crepe paper to your pinata.
11. Punch 2 small holes in the top near the opening and string a large piece of string through the two holes
12. Fill your pinata (through the hole you left at the top) with candy, toys, or any other fun surprises. In order to keep the prizes/candy inside from pooling in one area, also fill the pinata with leftover newspaper strips or crepe paper.
13. Your done! Now you need a good place to tie pinata and a stick and and a blindfold.
If you are an advanced pinata creator, use your imagination to create a fun design like a flower or an animal shape. Try using thick colored paper filled with scrunched up newspaper and glue or tape to add any details to your basic pinata structure.
idea and photo from:Purple trail
Cactus ring toss
How To Play The Game:
1. Player stands behind the starting line and gets 3 large rings.
2. Player throws the rings at the cactus and needs to hook one of the arms to win.
3. If the player is not successful they go to the back of the line and lets someone else have a turn.
4. Take a picture of your guests with the big cactus
above photo credit: ultimate party shop dot com
How do you celebrate? Any ideas we'd love you to share them with us.