Party Essentials: How To Set Up A Margarita Bar

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I’m going to let you in on a not-so-little secret of mine—I LOVE to entertain! When the weather warms up, I use every excuse to throw backyard bashes, dinner parties, and fun get-togethers. Since Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, I thought that entertaining for this holiday would be the perfect opportunity to kick off the pre-summer party season! Cinco de Mayo of course calls for my favorite margaritas and guac recipe. Talk about a match made in heaven! To kick it up a notch, I went all out with a DIY margarita bar because a girl needs options when it comes to festive libations. And don’t think that Cinco de Mayo is the only occasion to break out these recipes… They’re perfect way to cool down all summer long.

Here are the four simple steps that I followed when creating my ultimate margarita bar. And don’t miss my recipes for three delicious margaritas, plus the Lachey family’s favorite guacamole. Enjoy!

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How to Set Up a Margarita Bar

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Step One: Find a great location.
For the location of my margarita bar, I chose the veranda right outside of my dining room. I felt that the greenery and the waterfall were a great backdrop for the Cinco de Mayo festivities! It’s a shaded area and has string lights glittering above it, which creates an amazing ambience for my guests once the sun goes down. How beautiful is the rug and table combination from Teak & Lace Rentals?

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Step Two: Pick a theme.
When prepping my bar décor I always make sure to reach for accents that fit with the theme I’m going for. Something I love about Mexican culture is their use of color, so adding bright hues for this celebration was definitely a must. I’m talking bold reds, greens, blues, yellows and oranges. My inspiration was these fun and festive napkins…

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Step Three: Add personality.
When you are hosting a party, it is important to add your personality to the decorations. That being said, I can’t host a party without some pretty flower arrangements. They looked amazing against the colorful napkins and fresh fruit! You may have to play around with the placement of your food and drinks to find your desired look. Something I keep in mind when entertaining: When there are a lot of items on the bar or table, a great trick to break up the elements and add depth is to heighten certain objects. I did this by putting wooden blocks on the bar and setting the drinks on top. The end result is both cute and effective.

Also, you want to have some open area on your table for guests to place their drink or food while refilling. Don’t over fill the table. Florals and personal touches go a long way. Another one of my favorite fillers for more intimate parties are photos in frames. Even tiny ones make he biggest impression!

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Step Four: Dig in!
Once you get your bar set up just the way you like it, it is time to fill that baby up with food and drinks! To help you dress your bar to Cinco de Mayo perfection, I’m including my favorite margarita recipes below. There’s one for everyone—sweet, spicy, and extra fruity! I’m also sharing my family’s favorite guacamole recipe. So, keep scrolling for the recipes and prepare yourself because your mouth will start watering…

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Classic Skinny Margarita


Serves 8

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups tequila
  • 2½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons light agave nectar
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • Sea salt for garnish
  • Fresh lime wedges for garnish

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Instructions:

  1. Rim the edges of your margarita glasses with salt by wetting the edge with a lime slice and dipping the edge down in a plate of sea salt. Set aside. If you prefer no salt, this is an easy step to omit and cut back on sodium. I like a little bit of salt but Nick doesn’t like it on his margarita glass.
  1. Fill a large pitcher with tequila, lime juice, orange juice, tripe sec, light agave nectar, and ice cubes. Stir with a large spoon until mixture is fully blended and chilled. At this point you can blend in a blender, or omit the ice and just have an ice bucket on your station. Keep in mind the temperature and time your margarita will be out. Nothing worse than a watered down drink! I like this one on the rocks!
  1. Pour margaritas into glasses over ice (if not blended) and add a lime wedge for garnish. Enjoy!

Peach Jalapeño Margarita 


Serves 8

Ingredients: 

  • 2 packages frozen peaches
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 2 cups tequila
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (from 6 limes)

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Instructions:

  1. Cut one of your jalapenos into rounds and remove the seeds.
  1. Combine your peaches, jalapeno slices, ice, tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a blender. Blend until pureed and smooth.
  1. Cut your second jalapeno into rounds and place on top of margaritas as a garnish. Serve cold!

Watermelon Lime Margarita


Serves 8
 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large watermelon, cubed
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 cups tequila
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (from 6 limes)
  • Fresh limes for garnish

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Instructions:

  1. Cut your watermelon and cut the fruit into cubes. In a blender, combine the watermelon, ice, tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Blend until pureed and smooth.
  1. Cut limes into rounds and place in pitcher for garnish. Serve cold!

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The Lachey Family’s Favorite Guacamole Recipe

In my opinion, the bet guacamole recipes have just a few basic ingredients. My family likes it with just 5 ingredients!

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Ingredients:
 

  • Avocado
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Red onion
  • Lime

Instructions: 

I feel like an old grandmother who won’t give up the measurements, but I can honestly say I have never measured the ingredients. Just play with it! That way YOU can take credit for the end result! Just tell your guests, “I played around with some basic ingredients until I got the taste just right!” I use probably 3 or 4 avocados, 2 or 3 tomatoes (squeeze out the juice), ¼ or ½ red onion, 1 lime, and a handful of chopped cilantro. Add salt to taste, but if the chips are just right you don’t even need it!

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I registered for this Molcajete bowl at our wedding from William Sonoma. I LOVE when I use gifts that family and friends gave us to create traditions for my growing family. Maybe one day Brooklyn or Cam can have this bowl! 😉

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There you have it everyone! CHEERS!

What are some of your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes?

I’d love to hear all of your suggestions in the comments! And stay tuned for more entertaining posts coming up in the next few months—I think you’re going to love what we have in store here on VanessaLachey.com!

Xx,
Vanessa

 

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVT461MFiZg daniellie sieber

    Wauw! Beatiful! You are my everything!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVT461MFiZg daniellie sieber

    To see all this makes me hungry & thirsty! I Wonder how IT s Taste?