• Prep Thyme Kim

Mexican Dinner Party Planner

Updated: Sep 17, 2019

Plan and prep in advance and enjoy a stress free party.

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THE HIGH LEVEL PLAN
  • 3 weeks before party make quick pickling veggies (optional)

  • 1-2 weeks before party buy your party supplies, beverages, spices and protein

  • 1 week before party make your salsas and wash any serving bowls, plates, glasses that you haven’t used in awhile, measure out spice mixes per recipe

  • Day before party, buy fresh flowers, cilantro, avocados, lemons and limes, and fresh shrimp, decorate and set the table, or your kitchen counter

  • Day of party enjoy light breakfast, then set up crock pot, start your proteins, an hour so before the party set up the room/table and begin setting out your condiments, and make a cocktail and enjoy


THE RECIPES

THE DETAILED PLAN

3 WEEKS PRIOR

  • Who is coming?

  • Confirm Head Count

  • Purchase Veggies for Pickling:

  • Broccoli

  • Green Beans

  • Garlic

  • Red Onion

  • Small Red Potatoes

  • Red Wine Vinegar

  • Make Pickled Veggies

  • Decide if you will use your dishes or will buy paper products

  • Check your pantry and see what existing spices you have and determine what you will need to buy

  • Buy a sharpie and tape (painters tape trim 1inch is good)

  • I also recommend mise en place containers. They come in 1 cup, 1pint and 1 quart sizes and are great for planning meals.


2 WEEKS PRIOR

Buy your proteins and freeze

  • 2 pounds of chicken thighs

  • 4-5 pounds of pork shoulder- butt (Boston butt)

  • 2 pounds of shrimp (optional you can buy this the day before party if you are good on time)

SPICES

Prep your spice mixes, measure out and store till needed

  • Cayenne Pepper

  • Cinnamon

  • Cumin

  • Garlic Powder

  • Chili Powder

  • Oregano

  • Paprika

  • Salt and Pepper

  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)


5 DAYS PRIOR

Buy Salsa Ingredients:

  • 8-10 Med Tomatillos

  • 4 Lg Red Tomatoes

  • 2 bunches of Cilantro

  • 2 Jalapeños

  • 1 bulb of fresh garlic

  • 2 Limes

OTHER ITEMS

  • 1 can 16 oz canned whole tomatoes and

  • Small can of chipotle

  • 12 oz small/single orange juice

  • Corn and Flour Tortillas

  • Corn Chips for the Salsa

  • Beer, Wine and Spirits (Tequila or Mezcal)

  • Make your salsas and label with tape, date and name of salsa. You can do this 1 week in advance or a few days before.