Family Fiesta!

Family Fiesta!

Did you know?

Mexico is the second most popular destination for Canadian travellers, just behind the United States.

Got the winter blues but can't get away? Instead of heading to a sunny destination, bring the tropics to your home with a south-of-the-border dinner theme.

Ready to feel the heat? Try a Mexican fiesta dinner. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

Setting the mood

  • Whether it's authentic Mexican or Tex Mex, set the mood with bold, brilliant colours.
  • Ever been to Mexico? Use pillows, travel posters, postcards and mix them into the decor.
  • Use a vibrant Mexican blanket as a table runner. Don't have a blanket? Try a white tablecloth and cross with multicoloured fabric.
  • As a centrepiece, line a few small cacti on the middle of the table or scatter red and green chilies.
  • Involve the kids in making tissue paper flowers to decorate the room.


  • Play traditional mariachi music during dinner to add to the tropical ambience.


  • Make your own tacos with your family's favourite toppings: cheese, salsa, guacamole, tomatoes, chili, chicken, refried beans, chives.
  • For dessert, try a tropical salad with mangoes and pineapple -- or any of your favourites --  topped with paper umbrellas.


  • Kids and adults can cap the night by taking a whack at a pinata stuffed with goodies.

Here are a few additional recipe ideas:

Have you headed south for dinner? Send us your ideas or photos.


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