Birthday Party Menu – Mexican Theme

Hey hey!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I’m still recovering (and may even be in the beginnings of a cold… boo!) from our wild and crazy weekend.  Saturday was a long church day with many activities, including cooking some food for the potluck.  I decided to do some Pinterest-ing to find some inspiration, and ended up making Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole and Southwest Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing.

They were both really easy to make and were hits!  I prepared both dishes in advance the day before (love that!), and my dishes were licked completely clean.  I didn’t hold out a lot of hope for the Tortilla-Black Bean casserole, because as I was making it, it looked kind of boring.  But it tasted really good!  And the Creamy Cilantro Lime dressing is “potent” (hubby’s word for flavorful), but it’s really yummy!  And the chopped salad ingredients are really versatile.  Whatever you have on hand, use it!

Anywho, that was Saturday.  Then I was cooking all day Sunday for my hubby’s 30th birthday par-tay!  It was tons of work, BUT we had such a blast.  We’re in that fun time of life when all our friends have kids as well, and it was just a hoot watching them run all over our house, blowing noise makers and wearing party hats 🙂

But, during the whole entire party, I forgot to take pictures!  Everything looked so yummy, but, alas, undocumented.  On Instagram, I snapped ONE picture of my ice cream cake, pre-assembly, and that’s it.  *Sigh.

Bad Blogger!

So, today, no Menu Monday as normal. We are on vacation this week, so no need for our usual menu.  But I thought I would share our menu from last night!

This menu doubled REALLY easily!  And I was able to prep most of it ahead of time, and then either reheat or put in the oven just prior to everyone showing up.  Click on the links to get to the Pinterest recipes.  I’ve jotted notes there as well, because I tweaked a few things in each recipe.  File this menu away for when you’re having a bash!

 

Chips with Salsa and Guacamole

Sparkling Lemonade and Berry Lemonade from Trader Joe’s

Roasted Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Mexican Rice

Southwest Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime dressing

Mint Oreo Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Happy cooking!  And see you next Monday for a proper Menu Monday.  I’ve got a few blog posts up my sleeve for this week, but it will be a little lighter due to our vacay.  You can follow along with our fun-filled week on Instagram.

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