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Cinco de Mayo Party Help

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We're having a Cinco de Mayo party tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone has some quick, simple ideas for munchies. I'm hoping for some fairly simple snack/munchie ideas, that I can prepare ahead of time.

We'll also be serving margaritas on the rocks. Due to the volume of margaritas I'm expecting to make, I don't think I'll be able to make them from scratch so I was wondering if anyone can recommend a decent, relatively inexpensive premade mix. Can already have the alcohol in the mix or not.

Also, I was wondering if anyone has ever used those frozen bucket things. How long do they have to be frozen and are they somewhat decent?

I know these premade mix things don't make the best drinks and will be far from "top shelf" but I for this particular party they will be perfectly suitable! :-)

Thanks!

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  1. I've used those frozen bucket things and I have to say, for serving the average crowd (of not necessarily chowhounds), they are super easy and a crowd pleaser. Try to get the kind with a spigot (Master of Mixes "Big Bucket" Margarita Mixer comes with a spigot, though, I've never tried it--I think they are all about the same though)--otherwise, you have to serve them with a soup ladle or something which is a hassle.

    To get frozen margaritas, you have to put it in the freezer for 8 hours. For on the rocks, you have to put it in the fridge long enough to chill it thoroughly, so, 8 hours would be more than safe.

    There's a thread hopping about regarding Mexican appetizers. I'll see if I can find a link. Here it is http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51433...

    ~TDQ

    1. We've brought the buckets to the beach a few times. They're fine. They freeze/slush up overnight. I'd say this is one of the easiest parties to throw. Good chips, some good homemade salsas (tons of recipes on this site), guacamole, bean dips, taco fixings. Buy lots of limes. I never have enough!

      1. If you make your margaritas ahead of time and freeze them in large gallon or so zip-locs, you'll have a slushie like frozen mix. The alcohol will keep it from turning into a block of ice.

        1. There are not many worse things to me than a bad margarita - I disagree on the frozen bucket things - I think they are awful!

          If you have to go with mixes I'd get the Jose Cuervo mixes or the frozen Bacardi mixes (I know you said you wanted them on the rocks - but....). You can add fresh strawberries to the lime margarita mix and it makes a pretty tasty strawberry margarita.

          1. Thanks for the great suggestions everyone! I really appreciate it!