I'm not great at celebrating holidays. I don't do tons of decorating. I don't buy/make lots of gifts. I just live the holiday like many other days.....that is unless they are holidays about other countries. I did a Chinese New Year party and I decided to have a Cinco de Mayo party too!
Now that the weather is usually dry and warm, I thought a neighborhood party would be appropriate. I started out inviting a few new people who have moved in since last fall and just kept inviting more and more people. I have a problem drawing a stopping line because I don't want to leave anyone out. Anyway, about 30 people ended up eating and playing at our house. I actually wanted to invite more, but was worried that we might not have enough food. We did a wanna-be Cafe Rio burrito/salad menu. I made the sweet pulled pork and creamy cilantro dressing and asked/assigned each family or couple to bring a part of the meal for everyone i.e. cheese, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, tortilla etc. It turned out very well and yummy. I think everyone had enough to eat and enjoyed the tastiness! After dinner, I stuffed a duck-looking pinata with treats and Chris hung it from one of the trees outside. The kids took turns hitting it. We made it through all the kids once without it getting hurt. The second time through, Cameron hit the body off the head. The kids took turns whacking it while it was on the ground. Such fun to appropriately take out aggression on a pinata. I prefer that if Cadence and Cooper want to smash something, they hit a pinata:)
I put 7 bags of candy in it. Hopefully, it was enough for the kids to enjoy. They were great about sharing. As I have said before, I not a great party host. I like to go to parties, but not be in charge of them. However, I am improving in this area. The longer I live, the more I realize that it is people, not things, that matter. To be invited to a party is to feel included, wanted, important and loved. I may never be rich or famous, but I hope to be someone that people will say "she cares." I look forward to hosting many more parties in my very modest home and letting people know that relationships are important!
Happy Birthday to my mom and Happy Cinco De Mayo to the rest of the world!!!