We were inspired to throw a party with one of Mexico's most beloved culinary exports as its theme — the soft taco — for a fun, festive and easy way to share a summer meal with friends and family.
Just say the word "taco", and people start craving this easy-to-make hand-held meal. And, because of its casual nature, a taco party instantly puts guests at ease, making it a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The setup is simple: a long table set with colorful linens, vibrant dishware and flatware, plenty of drink dispensers and lots of enticing filling options ready to spoon onto fresh, warm tortillas.
At this fun party, fresh tortillas are what hold the ingredients — and the party — together. Choose the freshest corn tortillas, and plan on about four per person. Set your table to make it easy for guests to build their tacos from a variety of filling choices. Stack small plates and set up condiment bowls for onions, shredded cabbage, avacado salsa and corn salad. Since tortillas should always be served warm, we tucked heated ones inside lidded woven baskets. Having everything set up buffet-style allows guests to mix and mingle, making it easy for those who don't know each other to become acquainted.
What makes a taco party so fun is the inherently festive atmosphere and nature of the main dish. From classic guacamole and pico de gallo to corn salad and fish, guests have a bounty of options for creating their own version of the perfect seaside taco.
To showcase our fillings we chose our Cabo Individual Bowls and our Rope Melamine Bowls. The Cabo Collection's painterly designs look like real earthenware, which lends an air of authenticity to the set up. Along the same lines, the Rope Dinnerware is carefully crafted to resemble hand-painted and glazed Italian ceramics, but each piece is made of shatterproof melamine.
Fillings are clearly marked with one of our downloadable '50s-style labels (they also make great place cards or napkin rings when baker's string is looped through them). Clear Enamel Serveware and Red Handle Serveware pieces are placed near each platter of toppings so that guests can easily build their taco creations.
Making sure everyone has enough to drink is easy. We set up multiple Acrylic Jug Dispensers and colorful melamine Monterey Drinkware so guests can refill their own beverages and hosts can focus on enjoying the food and friends.
Underneath all of our cheerful dinnerware, we laid down the Hermosa Stripe Runner and Malena Floral linens, which gives the table a confidently colorful base.