May the parties begin!

May the fourth be with you and also with you!!! I don’t know about you, but I love Star Wars and always enjoy May the 4th!!!! Last year I had my strolling strings students play the Star War theme music over the speakers for announcements… It was Epic!!!! I had the students do this again today and my principal, Dr. Powers ( seriously a huge star wars fan), LOVED IT! This may just become a tradition!


Start the celebrations and have a Star Wars Party. Here are some ideas on food and drink and decor inspirations for your next Star Wars Party.  Make it a Star Wars Trivia party with your favorite themed cocktails. Here are a couple drinks you could make, courtesy of Liquor.com :

 BB-8 DARK & STORMY

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A new take on the classic Dark & Stormy, this version is inspired by one of the series’ most lovable droids. The rum and ginger beer cocktail gets a simple twist with the addition of blueberry, creating a cute mimic of the appearance of BB-8’s face as a garnish.

Here’s the recipe!

Fill the glass to mostly full with your favorite ginger beer and some ice. I recommend Bundaberg. It’s pretty good. Then, top it off by slowly pouring in the rum. I used 1-2 shots, depending on the person’s preference.

Pouring the rum in slowly allows the alcohol to sit nicely on top of the ginger beer to create that layered effect. To garnish this cocktail, I quartered a lime and used a toothpick to hold in a blueberry to recreate BB-8’s little head. Use a knife to adjust the lime to sit on the glass.

BLUE MILK OF TATOOINE

Channel the alien planet from Star Wars with this creamy Slide 3combination of gin, coconut cream and blue curaçao.

1 oz
Coconut cream
12 oz
Blue curaçao
12 oz
Orgeat syrup
34 oz
Pineapple juice
34 oz
Lime juice
Glass:

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.

Shake, and strain into a milk bottle or Collins glass.

There are 5 more drinks on their Star Wars cocktail list… check them out: Here!

The Dark Side Martini by Eclectic Recipes:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz black rum
  • 3/4 oz crème de cacao
  • 1 cup ice
  • Black food color
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Directions:
1. Add black rum, crème de cacao, ice and 1 or 2 drops black food color to a martini shaker.
2. In small bowl, add brown sugar and 1 drop black food color. Mix with fork until all sugar is black. Wet rim of martini glass with water. Dip rim into sugar.
3. Strain martini into glass, and serve

The Death Star by the Geeky Hostess

Death Star Cocktail
The cool ice sphere can be found here!

Death Star Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Jagermeister
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz whiskey
  • 2 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 2 oz (or more) cola

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a glass with a Death Star ice sphere in it.
  2. Stir to mix ingredients.
  3. Enjoy!

Check out the other awesome drinks on her blog!

Or maybe you want to make these cocktails and enjoy some movie snacks along side as you watch all the Episodes!!! Make popcorn, have m&m’s, gummy bears, and sprite and water and rename them cool star wars names:

Star Wars Popcorn - this is the popcorn you've been looking for! So easy to make and it tastes delicious. Sweet, salty and crunchy, it would be a great Star Wars Party Food or a fun dessert for your Star Wars movie watching party! Follow us for more fun Star Wars Party Ideas.

Star Wars popcorn with m&m’s and marshmellows added in, R2D2 m&m’s, Edible Ewoks, Sprite becomes Yoda Soda, and Water becomes Skywater! You can write these  cute names on light saber shaped paper cards…

This website has downloadable labels for your Yoda Soda and Darth Pop!

https://maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com/2015/09/23/downloadable-yoda-soda-and-darth-pop-labels/

 

Pinterest has a ton of cute examples of food choices. Have fun with it… be creative!

Want to be healthy but still have a party? Here is a really cute blog I  found that have some great healthy ideas.

http://www.cleanandscentsible.com/2012/05/star-wars-party-food.html

 

Now to planning and having an awesome party!!!!

Right around the corner from the fourth is Cinco De Mayo… such a fun holiday to celebrate with friends, eating lots of Mexican food, decorating with tons of color and of course, the Margaritas!!!!! So get your floral crown ready, cuz here’s the some awesome ideas to throw an incredible Cinco De Mayo party!


This is one of my favorite floral headbands… I am so excited to give you some ideas!!!

So first things first… the food!!! One of the easiest and most fun things to do is have a taco/ nacho bar. Prepare your meats ahead of time: Steak, chicken and beef! Maybe you could prepare them in a crock pot… super easy and less stress. Then let your guests decide what toppings they want to add and how hot they want their food! Want to make it healthier????! Here are 2 of my favorite tacos out of 7 different tacos from the beachbody blog:

The Steak Tacos with Red peppers and Onions- only 299 calories!!!

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Steak lovers are in for a treat with these tasty tacos made with seasoned beef, sautéed peppers and onions, and fresh cilantro.

Total Time: 28 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 13 min.
Yield: 4 servings, 2 tacos each

Ingredients:
1 lb. raw beef flank (or round) steak
1 tsp. chili powder
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warm
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (or Italian parsley)

Preparation:
1. Rub steak with chili powder and salt and pepper (if desired).
2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add steak; cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until it reaches desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.
4. Cover steak with aluminum foil; let rest for 5 minutes.
5. Add onion and bell pepper to skillet; cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Remove from heat.
6. Cut steak against the grain into thin slices.
7. Top tortillas evenly with beef, onion mixture, and lime juice; garnish with cilantro.
8. Serve immediately.

The Chicken Tacos- Only 248 Calories!!!

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Even though these simple chicken tacos taste like delicious comfort food, they have only 248 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving.

Total Time: 18 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 8 min.
Yield: 4 servings, 2 tacos each

Ingredients:
1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb. raw chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp. ground cumin
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warm
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation:
1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion and chicken; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent and chicken is no longer pink.
3. Add garlic and cumin; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until well blended.
4. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
5. Top tortillas evenly with chicken mixture; garnish with cilantro.
6. Serve immediately.

Want some more healthy taco options and Mexican food, go to https://www.teambeachbody.com/teambeachbodyblog/nutrition/five-healthy-cinco-de-mayo-snacks?

Healthy and Quick??? Now that’s what i’m talking about…

3- Ingredient Crock Pot Chicken Tacos!!!

3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

1. Put the chicken in your slow cooker. 2.Cover with taco seasoning. 3. Cover with a jar of salsa. 4. Walk away.

Did you get all that? Should I repeat myself?

Yep. It’s that simple!

Margarita Time… It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Here are a couple recipes I have found and enjoyed!

The Classic Margarita

Best Classic Margarita Recipe

Ingredients:

    • kosher salt
    • ice cubes
    • 2 oz. tequila (I prefer silver or blanco)
    • 1 and 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 1/2 oz. simple syrup (if you don’t have any, make up a quick and easy batch or use agave nectar)
    • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec

Directions: Add desired amount of Salt around rim. Add 2 hand fulls of ice into the shaker and add the remaining ingredients and shake for 10 sec.

 

5 INGREDIENT GINGER BEER MARGARITAS

Ginger Beer meets Margarita!

5 Ingredient GINGER BEER Margs! Friggin' delicious

This fun drink comes from one of my favorite blogs: abeautifulmess.com!

This drink is simple – as always – with flavors that were seemingly meant for each other: Ginger beer, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, tequila, and salt for your rim (a must).

 

Just remember, the key to picking a good tequila is: Make sure it’s made with 100% agave. Then you’ll know it’s higher quality and made with the good stuff. This will ultimately affect the quality of your drinks.

 

This recipe is so easy to make. Just lime your rim with lime juice and salt, then add all of your ingredients with ice to a large glass or cocktail shaker and stir (as to not erupt your ginger beer – lesson learned). Then pour over more ice, garnish with lime and stir.

PRINT FRIENDLY VERSION

Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins
5-Ingredient margaritas made with ginger beer and fresh lime juice! Simple, flavorful and so delicious. The only margarita recipe you’ll ever need.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1.5 ounces (3 Tablespoons) 100% agave tequila (such as Altos)
  • 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces (6 Tbsp) ginger beer
  • .5 ounce (1 Tbsp) simple syrup
  • Coarse salt for lining rim
Instructions
  1. Line a small serving glass with fresh lime juice and dip in coarse salt (optional).
  2. Add tequila, simple syrup, ginger beer and lime juice to a large glass or cocktail shaker with 1/2 cup ice and stir vigorously. Don’t shake with a lid on or it will erupt from the ginger beer carbonation (lesson learned).
  3. Pour liquid (reserving ice) into serving glass with a few ice cubes (we just ordered this oversized ice cube mold and LOVE it). Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately. Repeat for more drinks, or double/triple the amounts for more people.

Or Maybe you really just want some Corona’s with lime!!! Drink it from the bottle or make it cuter by placing it in a different glass and garnishing it with a lime or edible flowers.

Enjoy!!!!!

Now you are ready to party with food… what about the decor?

Well the nice thing is that with Cinco De Mayo, the brighter the better! Grab the brightest coolest flowers you see at the store and place them in some vases, or painted wine bottles.  Maybe add some lemons or limes in the bass to add a little more pop of color. Pretty centerpiece/decoration

30 Mexican Fiesta Party DIY Ideas for Cinco De Mayo

This is an easy way to bring in more colors: Tissue roses along one of your entry ways!!! Love this!

Cinco de Mayo party decor ideas - Taco bout a party sign, tacos and tequila themed party

It’s a taco party!!!! Add some desert cacti balloons and Yellow plates and small cacti to the tables… Super cute party look!

Don’t forget to make a cute photo booth area with lots of colorful props… add some mustaches, sombrero hats, streamers, fun Spanish sayings, Maracas, and of course a banner saying “Cinco De Mayo”!

Here’s to your parties….. Enjoy!!!!!

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