While I do love hosting big sit-down dinners, there are times when I don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen and want to throw something a little more informal. Sometimes it’ll just be simple aperitif (a little food, potentially too much wine) but lately I’ve really been into build-your-own food bars. Not only are they really fun and easy to put together but I find they strike that perfect balance between ‘just drinks’ and a full fledged meal.
I created this small ‘Taco and Margarita Bar’ for one of our dinner parties last year and it was such a hit I thought I’d give you some tips on how to do your own today. I think it would be a really cute idea for a Mexican-inspired fiesta, a Taco Tuesday party, or any party you want really. I mean, who needs an excuse to eat tacos and drink margaritas anyway, right? ;)
A Taco And Margarita Bar
Inspired by the vibrant colors of Mexico, I created a bright background for my food bar using multi colored streamers. I used this awesome background tutorial by Lovely Indeed and it took very little time to set up. I then sprinkled the table with confetti, added a small bouquet of flowers and used different sized food vessels to create some visual interest. The glasses and cocktail umbrellas also added a festive touch to the whole set up.
Other decorating ideas would be: bunting, a floral background, succulents, paper fans, balloons, the list goes on!
The beauty of a DIY food bar is that you can choose to make it as simple or as elaborate as you wish. However, there are a few elements which I think are essential to a great taco bar such as:
Meat, Seafood, or Vegetables
Some recipes I love include:
- Spicy Chicken tacos
- Carne Asada tacos (Beef)
- Fish tacos
- Caramelized pork tacos with pineapple salsa
- Honey lime sweet potato tacos (Vegetarian)
A selection of tortillas (such as flour/corn/soft/hard shells etc.)
At least three side/topping options such as:
- Fried onions and capsicums
- Re-fried beans
- Black beans
- Grated Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Corn chips
- Fresh tomato
- Fresh herbs
Sauces, such as:
- Tabasco or other hot sauces
- Lime Juice
For the sake of simplicity, I decided to serve only two types of meat for my taco bar: barbecued beef (not pictured as it was still cooking when I took the pics) and chicken. I also selected a few items from the above list and offered two types of tortilla.
I’m a big fan of margaritas and since they go so well with tacos it made the choice of drinks for the party pretty easy! For a fun twist, I made three different fruity margaritas (using various fruit nectars) and served them in carafes alongside a few topping options. You could offer whatever you like of course, but don’t forget to also include a range of non alcoholic drinks for non drinkers/drivers.
I hope you enjoyed my simple tips for a fun DIY taco bar. Have you ever hosted a taco party? Any additional tips you’d like to share?