Party Panache, Tex-Mex Summer Spread

 

With Labor Day a mere 2 weeks away,

I want to share this idea of feeding your group in a fairly laborless way!

 

 

 

 

 

This a family friendly way to have dinner,

Easy on the chef/hostess and fun for the diners/guests

 

 

 

 

Set out a Tex-Mex Summer Spread!

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t have to be full of fancy food,

You can heat up prepared queso, serve ready made quacamole

 

 

 

 

Open a jar of salsa and a container of sour cream

Pour chips into a bowl

 

 

 

 

Let people dip and nosh as they please

They can build their own tacos, salads or burritos

 

 

 

 

I’ve started doing versions of this at the beach house for the days when guests arrive,

my family can arrive anywhere between 3-8pm

Having a “help yourself buffet” keeps appetites in check

There are plenty of handy bites at the ready

 

 

 

 

Set everything out on colorful plates and the simplest food becomes party festive!

 

 

 

 

Chips and salsa and a Skinny Cheese Enchilada Dip

 

 

 

 

or a Taco Tuesday Dip

 

 

 

A festive Watermelon Basket

Filled with cut up watermelon to cool the palette

 

 

 

 

Or make a fun Cactus decoration with a watermelon and flowers

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Roasted Corn Salad Cups are salad, vegetables and chips all in one tasty bite!

 

 

 

 

Saute up a batch of taco meat and serve it straight from the skillet or try something unexpected like piling it on a sliced french bread loaf for a Taco Bread Boat

 

 

 

 

or make Baked Tacos

 

 

 

 

Serve extra toppings on the side, corn, tomatoes,

onions, salsa, lettuce, sour cream

Everyone can make their own

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salsa Chicken with Roasted Vegetables is another wonderful option

 

 

 

 

How about a festive Fiesta Frito Pie?

 

 

 

Pulled pork is wonderful in a taco shell or tortilla wrap

A great additional choice for diners that aren’t huge Tex-Mex fans

 

 

 

 

Drizzle it with BBQ sauce or sweeten it with some fresh pineapple

 

 

 

Serve it for guests to assemble in shells or wraps,

 

Asian Peach BBQ Pork Wrap

 

 

Or make a tray of BBQ Pork & Corn Nachos

 

 

 

or make easy BBQ Pulled Pork Pastry Puffs,

great for a buffet

 

 

 

Crispy tortilla bowls make a wonderful addition to the buffet spread,

they can be filled with a little of everything on the buffet spread

for a delicious Taco Salad

 

 

 

 

And to wind up this Tex-Mex summer spread

whip up a Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

 

 

 

This type of spread is perfect for casual summer gatherings, neighborhood parties, family reunions, bring the kids family dinners, and you can do as much or as little cooking as you like…take some short cuts and enjoy the festivities!

 

Just click on the green highlighted recipe title to get more info and the printable recipe

 

🍉🍍🥙🌮🍓

 

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

All About Home hosted by Common Ground & Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

 

 

Comments
38 Responses to “Party Panache, Tex-Mex Summer Spread”
  1. Wonderful party ideas and recipes, Jenna! We enjoyed delicious Tex-Mex while we were in Austin. Have a wonderful day and stay cool!

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  2. Rita C. says:

    Wow, you are such a creative hostess! And I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that labor day is just two weeks away. Yesterday I saw a report that it was the last Saturday of 2019 without college football!

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  3. Cyndi Raines says:

    Ole`! Wow, what a great spread and so very delicious also. Will remember your trick about flour tortillas made into taco shells spaced on the oven rack, how smart is that! Will pin for sure and thank you for this great post! Hard to believe summer is flying by! Love fall, but not ready to go there yet! Have a beautiful Sunday!

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  4. helenfern says:

    Everything looks amazing! I love the fruit and veggie cactus decoration. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – hope to see you every week! Have a fabulous week ahead.

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  5. Carol says:

    Fabulous food art and food to eat that is great any time of year when you have a crowd!! Pinned for the future. Thanks for all the work of putting it together

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  6. Sandra Garth says:

    We usually do the whole grilling thing but this is a delicious alternative.

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  7. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, everything looks yummy! I was just planning to do a taco bar for my family. It is so hot that heavy food just doesn’t sound too appealing. I figured a taco bar would be the perfect thing! Happy Sunday!

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  8. lulu says:

    As you might guess, TexMex has great appeal for me.

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  9. Jodi says:

    OMG! My favorite way to eat! SOOOOO many yummy choices! I want to be at this party!!!

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  10. Looks pretty darned delish to me and I love your taco painting!

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  11. This looks SO delicious!! I am sure who ever comes to your home for this dinner will go home very happy! Such a great idea, and easy. Tex-Mex is always a good idea, isn’t it? And you certainly present it beautifully too. Hope your week is a beautiful one! xo Lidy

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  12. Cindy Conner says:

    Love all the wonderful and tasty dish ideas Jenna. Making me awful hungry right about now! Girl, I haven’t thought about Labor day and can’t believe it’s almost here! More than half the year already gone! My mercy. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  13. Benita says:

    Jenna, you have some of the yummiest recipes and most beautiful dishes!! I love it all! Hugs!

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  14. Mary says:

    No one goes hungry at your house Jenna! I’m still lovin’ your watermelon cactus centerpiece! 🍉

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  15. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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  16. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations!
    Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,447 this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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