My Mexican Inspired Luxury Dinner Party

Project Food Blog Challenge #3 Prompt: Celebrate! You’ve made it this far, and the next challenge is to hold a party for your friends and family. Whether you’re an experienced host or an entertaining newbie, get creative and host a luxurious dinner party where your guests will discover new tastes and exotic flavors. Share your hosting secrets with readers, like how to cook for a crowd, plan a menu, or involve guests in the prep.

My very first dinner party was a rousing success! My goal in the menu planning was to incorporate fresh, exotic ingredients, and bold, Mexican-inspired dishes that my guests would be tasting for the first time. Not only did I introduce them to some new flavors but myself as well.

Mexican Dinner Party Menu for Project Food Blog


Sweet and spicy, finger-licking good Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings

Sonoran Quesadillas with Manchego Cheese and Poblano Peppers and Onions. To make these a thin, flour tortilla is smeared with butter and baked until golden brown and crispy. The tortillas are then topped with shredded Manchego cheese and roasted, sauteed poblano peppers and onions.

Sonoran Quesadilla

Thick, creamy and mild Butternut and Chayote Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds packs a sweet little kick of heat from the chipotle cream.

Butternut Chayote Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream

Mountains of hand-fried Tortilla Chips.

Hand Fried Tortilla Chips

Two kinds each of salsa and quacamole.

Salsa and Quacamole

Frozen Mango Margaritas.

Frozen Mango Margarita
Mexican Dinner Party Menu for Project Food Blog


Melt-in-your-mouth, slow-cooked Shredded Flank Steak, tender and packed full of flavor, this was the main object of our affections.

Printable Steak Taco Recipe (Opens in a New Window)

Slow Cooked Shredded Flank Steak

Along with the “Puffy” Taco, filled with steak and topped with the fresh, clean taste of home-made Crema. The ‘puffy’ taco is made by quickly deep-frying corn tortillas; light, crispy and delicate, they put a whole new spin on the classic taco.

Shredded Steak Puffy Taco

A take on much-loved Mexican street corn, this Roasted Corn with Queso, Cilantro and Chile Powder may be the reason I never look at corn the same way again.

Roasted Corn with Queso, Cilantro and Chile Powder

Dense and starchy Yuca Fries dusted with chile powder and salt with a Sour Cream Salsa Dipping Sauce were a nice change-up from regular french fries.

Yuca Fries with Sour Cream Salsa Dipping Sauce

Vibrant, sweet and refreshing Prickly Pear Aqua Fresca.

Prickly Pear Aqua Fresca


A decadent Chocoflan with Dulce de Leche and Walnuts. The bottom half is a deep, dark, dense chocolate cake, the top half is a traditional flan, rich and creamy, topped with luscious homemade Dulce de Leche and walnuts. 

Chocoflan with Dulce de Leche and Walnuts

Chocoflan with Dulce de Leche and Walnuts

A traditional Mexican Churro, similar to a donut, mini-sized, with cinnamon and spice and a Dulce de Leche dipping sauce. We drank Mayan Hot Chocolate (not shown) with dessert, a hot chocolate drink seasoned with red pepper and cinnamon.

Mini Cinnamon Spice Churros with Dulce de Leche Dipping Sauce

Chayote squash, yuca and prickly pear were new to all of us. For some it was the first time eating manchego cheese, tomatillos, poblanos and flan. And it was the first time for all of us eating the famed “puffy” taco. I can say with all certainty it will not be the last! Everything was well received and loved by all! The puffy tacos, chicken wings, soup and chocoflan received the most praise

For my first dinner party this was very ambitious. It would not of been as successful without my meticulous planning. I did it all myself aside from a little bit of help with vegetable prepping the morning of the dinner and my family kindly washing lots of dishes for me.

I cannot stress enough the importance of mapping things out, right down to the tiniest detail.

This is what worked for me:

-Plan the menu with alternate recipes and also take into account any allergies your guests may have, whether they have specific dietary needs (like being a vegetarian) and if it’s a spicy meal, like this one, consider what their threshold for heat is. Also, consider seasonal ingredients and ways to incorporate them to make them special.
-Alternate recipes are important. Always have a back-up plan. You don’t want to be at the market to find they don’t have something and then have to scramble to think of something else, right there on the spot. For instance, I planned to make squash blossom and manchego quesadillas but couldn’t find the squash blossoms. I didn’t fret because I had an alternate recipe waiting in the wings – poblano peppers and manchego quesadillas. Print out all the recipes including the alternates/back-up ones and have them with you when you shop to refer to.
-Make a shopping list and check it twice. Go over the recipes and compare them against the list and with what you have on hand already.
-Make a time-line with detailed lists on the tasks that need to be completed and when. Plan to do as much of the cooking and prep work as can be done the day before. Enlist in some help. It will ease the stress on the day of and give you time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor with your quests.

I will be spotlighting these recipes over the next week or so and adding the recipe links here, if there’s a recipe you would like before then just let me know.

Here is a Printable Copy of My Three Day Plan (Opens in a New Window).
And a Printable Copy of my Shopping List.

My Mexican Inspired Dinner Party for Project Food Blog

So what do you think, would you like to R.S.V.P. to my dinner party? Please click on the badge below to vote for me and keep my dream alive. You can sign in with your foodbuzz, twitter or facebook. Thank-you! xoxo

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  1. Fresh Local and Best says

    Your dinner looks amazing! I love homemade tortilla chips, it's no comparison to the ones you get in a bag. Also the shredded carne asada looks so rich, it's fantastic. I have many food food memories with churros, which also look scrumptious.

  2. 5 Star Foodie says

    I would definitely RSVP to your party! Everything looks amazing, what a feast! Right now I would love to have a bite of each of those decadent desserts!

  3. says

    Your guests were in for a treat! I wish I could have sampled all of your amazing food (especially that cake…talk about divine!) Congratulations on making it to round 3. You will definitely have my vote again. For your first dinner party…this was out of this world!

  4. Kerstin says

    What a spread Reeni, I'm so impressed, everything looks so tasty! I'd like a mango margarita please :)

  5. Bridgett ~ La Bella says

    Oh wow, the steak taco and mango margarita would win me over in an instant.

  6. Megan says

    Reeni – I cannot believe this was your first dinner party! Everything looks incredible. And you made so much stuff. Amazing job! Good luck!!

  7. Daniel Saraga says

    Congrats on a great round 3! That dinner looks excellent. I'm also impressed that so many of the dishes were corn free (I'm not a fan).The Quesadillas in particular look excellent.

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