Just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations May 5, 2013, National Party Supply Internet Retailer, Shindigz.com releases the results of a nationwide survey. Mexican tops the list formerly held by Italian Cuisine.
For decades the most popular ethnic food cuisine has been Italian, ranging from pizza to pasta dishes. There are actually more Chinese restaurants in the United States than McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King combined, according to 2009 statistics.
But it’s the growth in Hispanic style food and beverages being consumed both at home and away that has surged the past couple of years. While Cinco de Mayo has an impact this time of year, the growth of Mexican influenced cuisine has been steady over the past 36 months.
Results from a national party poll conducted by Shindigz lists Chips and Salsa; Margaritas, and Guacamole as year round favorites. With more people cooking at home again, many are creating their own Hispanic influenced dishes such as this Habanero Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball which was featured on the Shindigz Party Recipe website.
In a large bowl or in the bowl of your mixer add the cream cheese and mayo and whip till well blended.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till well combined.
Pour out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around the cheese mixture and form a ball. Twist end tightly.
Refrigerate for 4 hours.
Cook up the bacon in a large skillet till crispy. Drain and cool. Crumble.
Remove cheese ball from refrigerator and roll in bacon crumbles.
Serve immediately with crackers, celery, apples or whatever else you like.
Shindigz is now featuring a new recipe every week at Shindigz Party Recipes.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Puebla where heavily outnumbered Mexican forces conquered the French on May 5, 1862. Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales and Marketing at Shindigz, a leading source for Cinco de Mayo party supplies says, “Today, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated in the United States at colorful festivals, parades, home gatherings, and classroom parties.”
The following top 7 places represent some of the best, 2012 Cinco de Mayo festivals and events:
#7 Puebla, Mexico – Festival Internacional 5 de Mayo
The home of the battle, Puebla, Mexico is going all out to celebrate the 150th anniversary. The festival has begun and continues through the holiday weekend. A highlight is the Mole Poblano festival on May 2 – 3, featuring the traditional sauce of chocolate and 20 plus ingredients.
This gateway to the Texas hill country hosts the 38th annual festival known for its parade, Little Miss and Miss Cinco de Mayo pageants, music, and Folklorico dancers. Catch the annual Texas Statewide Menudo Cook-Off. This soup of tripe, hominy and chili is cooked for hours and thought by many to be the elusive hangover cure.
Chicago knows how to throw a party! Held over three days this year, the downtown parade and Douglas Park festival will draw more than 100,000 (some claim 200,000) partiers throughout the weekend.
World famous for its Riverwalk, San Antonio hosts two major events over the holiday. The traditional weekend celebration held at the historic Market Square features Mariachis, Tejano and Conjunto music plus cultural dances and food. Added this year is Luminaria 2012, San Antonio’s celebration of arts and artists. Over 300,000 people are expected to be a part of these events.
#3 New York City – Street Fairs and Pub Crawls
New York’s East Harlem’s street fair is one of many Cinco de Mayo highlights. Want pub crawls? NYC’s crawls over the weekend are large and many. You’re sure to find your celebration in this city that never sleeps.
Over 400,000 attend this mile-high celebration over the weekend. Mexican music, food, and arts highlight this two day party in the Rockies. Need we say more?
Regarded as the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world, over 500,000 are predicted to make their way to downtown LA for music, food and games. This year the 23rd annual Fiesta Broadway is on Saturday, April 29.
Celebrate with Your Own Cinco de Mayo Party
It doesn’t matter how busy your life gets, you always have to remember to take time to relax ad unwind with your friends. Right about the time the adult world hits and work bogs you down and perhaps even college classes take their toll on your sanity, that’s when you need to step back, request a day off, and plan a fun get-together with your friends. (You might want to tell those friends to request a day off work, also.) While there are many themes to choose from for your party, here are six great, popular party ideas for you to start with.
Whatever theme you might choose, the main thing to remember is to not stress about the party planning. Your guests will love to be able to just have a time to get away from their crazy, hectic, adult lives and have a little fun again.
Fiesta Parties for Kids
Whether you’re decorating the classroom for Cinco de Mayo, hosting a slumber party, or just making afternoon snack time a little more fun, bright smiles await with these simple, fiesta party ideas for children. Sonrisas poco divertidas te aguardan cuando te uso estos sencillo, ideas de partido de fiesta para niños.
Adhere cactus, sombreros, and other festive cutouts to walls and drape fiesta or party lights around windows and ceilings. Accent with globos- balloons. The hot times fiesta kit-n-kaboodle includes all of the tableware you need for a group of eight. Entertain the group with pinatas, bulk candy, and loco pictures under a personalized fiesta arch! ¡Decora por un partido muy lindo y divertido!
Fiesta Party Snacks & Yummies for Children
When it’s time to go, sing an Adios Mis Amigos goodbye with 7″ maracas. Loud singing and the dog’s howling will make these party favors extra special! What are some of your favorite, fiesta party ideas for children?