Mexican Cuisine is now the Most Popular Ethnic Food in America

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations May 5, 2013, National Party Supply Internet Retailer, 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.

Yummy Cinco de Mayo party appetizer – a Habanero Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball

Yummy Cinco de Mayo party appetizer – a Habanero Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball



  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1  4 oz. jar diced pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Serrano seeded and diced
  • 1 Habanero seeded and diced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon, diced

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.

Princess Party Quinceañera Ideas

An Occasion Fit for a Princess

A Sweet Sixteenth birthday is a special occasion to almost every girl in America.  For young ladies in the Hispanic culture, a Quinceañera is a similar (but more formal) occasion.  The birthday girl gets to dress up in a beautiful ball gown and has a court of girls and boys, as well as an escort, to attend her.  There’s a fancy dinner, a dance (occasionally a rehearsed dance performed by the guest of honor, her escort, and the court), and, of course, a cake.  Those are only a few of the main components, though.  Don’t forget about the decorations!

Princess Party Quinceañera Decorations

For an elegant Quinceañera celebration, elegant decorations are the key to a memorable party.  Elegant tableware, as well as elegant draperies, will set the initial tone.  However, no Quince party (no matter how elegant) is complete without balloons.  You have a few options.  You could get Quince-specific balloons and display them around the room.  Then again, you could find colors that fit with the color of your birthday girl’s dress and a few other colors that match it and place clusters of the matching colors throughout the room.

Once you have balloons and a few other decorations chosen, you need to look into tableware.  If you want an elegant, polished look for your event, try silver-banded dinner plates and clear utensils and glasses.  Choose a solid-colored table cover and look into monogrammed napkins.  Also, for a final, finishing touch on your tables, select an elegant centerpiece.  For a princess Quinceañera party, you have a few options.  You could choose a centerpiece modeled after a pumpkin-shaped carriage or you could look for a small candelabra centerpiece.

Princess Party Quinceañera Gift Ideas

Traditionally, the parents of the birthday girl are the ones to put together the party.  However, a small gift is usually expected, also.  What better gift can parents give their princess but a tiara?  There are a wide variety of tiaras to choose from no matter where you go to find one, so you’ll definitely be able to find one to fit your birthday girl perfectly.  Whatever other gifts you choose to give your birthday girl should be much more personal, but the princess Quinceañera party of her dreams and a beautiful tiara to wear at her party will remind her of how special she really is to you and will make her very thankful.

The Princess of the Quinceañera Party

An Elegant Quince is Key

Typically, when planning a Quinceañera (sometimes simply called a Quince) celebration, parents take great care to make their daughter feel like a princess.  The guest of honor traditionally wears a beautiful dress in white or light pink while her court wears another color of her choice.  In more recent years, the birthday girl wears a long dress in the color of her choice while the girls in her court wear shorter dresses in the same or a complementing color, while the boys wear black pants, black shoes, and shirts in the chosen color.  When decorating for the Quinceañera, the colors of the decorations must fit into the color scheme that your birthday girl has chosen.

Colored Decorations for Your Quinceañera

The first part of a Quince is the invitation.  Once your invitations are chosen, the tone of your Quinceañera is set.  Of course, from there, you’ll want to find tableware in the proper color for your Quince.  Naturally, with tableware comes a centerpiece.

From here, you need to look into decorations for the party room.  At the entryway, place an entrance arch for your birthday girl and her court of boys and girls to walk under.  Outside the party room or party building, hang a banner so guests will know that they are headed to the correct place.

A party simply isn’t a party without some balloons.  Whether you choose to use a few Mylar balloons in with the classic latex balloons or not, pick balloons that will match your color scheme.  You’ll also want to create a small photo corner, perhaps with the entrance archway and a few balloon clusters.  Finally, the last touch to the entire Quinceañera celebration, you must remember to get your precious birthday girl a tiara and a keepsake box in which to put the tiara after her birthday.

Themed Quinceañera Decorations

Recently, themed Quinceañera parties have become more and more popular.  These themes could include anything from a Fairytale and Castle theme to a tattoo theme.  A very popular party theme for many birthday girls is a candy party.  This way, the favors become much easier—personalized candy bars and personalized lollipops are perfect!

Whichever direction your birthday girl guides you during the planning of her Quinceañera, just remember that she’ll remember it forever as one of the biggest days of her life.  If you help her throughout the entire planning process, she’ll be grateful to have the best parents a girl could ask for.

Princess Ideas for Her Girls Birthday Party

She’ll Always Be Your Princess!

“Yes, my Lady, your company eagerly awaits you and desires your presence!” Age matters not, because girls love to be treated like princesses. Whether they are gallantly riding horses in open meadows and fields, dancing merrily while hoping to meet prince charming or dining elegantly in serene surroundings, a princess party is the ultimate foundation for dozens of girl’s birthday party ideas.

Planning the Perfect Princess Party

Princesses have their own personalities, preferences and desires. Before anything else can be accomplished, the perfect theme, one that will please her grace beyond measure, should be determined, so that all party decoration supplies coordinate together.

Personalized invitations, menus, table decorations, activities, birthday party games and matching party favors will each add a touch of style and flair to the grand and wonderful celebration. Every detail should be considered including lighting decorations, balloons and even gift wrap supplies.

Decorating for a Princess Party

Begin by layering sheer, shimmering gossamer fabric all over the room, designing special photo corners, tying bows around chairs, covering unsightly areas and creating a soft and welcoming ambience for your majesty.

Determine the menu and how to present your offerings. Buffet style banquets are excellent for more casual and social events, while barbecues work well for outside gatherings. Princess parties needn’t always be formal. However, the elegance of hosting a sit-down meal should be happily considered as well. Consider the classic girl’s tea party, for example.

Use garland, balloons and ribbon freely, hanging it from light fixtures, draping it over curtains and swaying it in archways and doorways. Separate party events like eating, dancing and games, allowing guests the courtesy of enjoying whatever they are doing, at any given time.

Hosting the Ultimate Girl’s Birthday Party

It’s the little things that make all the difference, when planning a girl’s birthday party. Choosing the right colors, selecting her favorite foods, presenting the “to die for” cake and playing the perfect music all contribute to the overall success of hosting a girl’s birthday party every princess will love. Girls have a way of lighting up the room when they look and feel like princesses, which is why every girl deserves to be treated like royalty on her birthday.

Need a few more girls princess party ideas?  Check out these tips:

Celebrate with a Colorful Rainbow Party

All over the world, rainbows symbolize dreams, faith, good fortune and optimism. Double rainbows are considered an omen of a double helping of blessings and of transformation. Beauty and positive symbolism make the rainbow a perfect party theme for many occasions.

  • A rainbow party is a wonderful theme for a birthday party, particularly a milestone birthday that of itself symbolizes transformation; e.g., Quinceañera or Sweet 16.

  • The rainbow’s reputation as a harbinger of good fortune makes it a natural for baby showers, graduation, retirement celebrations and bon voyage parties.

  • Rainbow colors are associated with parts of the 60s and 70s so many a retro party makes use of these colors.

  • Dreams of the Future and Dreams Come True make a rainbow theme a perennial candidate for prom and graduation events.

  • Of course, the rainbow is nearly indispensable to a St. Patrick’s Day or other Irish party!
  • Instead of trying to decorate with 5 or 6 colors, we recommend in most cases sticking with 3 or fewer and then bringing in the full spectrum strategically. St. Patrick’s Day might involve 2 shades of green or green with gold; if your party has a guest of honor, use his or her favorite color(s) for most of the wall, ceiling and table decorations. Save space for one or two large decorating pieces that bring home the theme, such as a customized rainbow banner, mural or arch. Finally, add table accents in the form of rainbow mylar balloons and rainbow-and-gold mint tins.

    Dreams really can come true! Turn your party dreams into reality with Rainbow party supplies.


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