Stay in to have all the fun of going out with none of the hassle with this portable, dinner-to-go party.
Arrive, Relax, and Eat
You and all of your friends have finally synced schedules for a girls' getaway weekend! After traveling all day, the last
thing anyone wants to do is get dressed for dinner out. Instead, stay in, get comfy, and catch up over this portable "party
to-go" menu that includes cocktails! All you have to do is unpack, pour, and pop the food in the oven once you've arrived! Download the Playlist from iTunes
Mexican Inspired Menu
Pack a cooler with your pre-made dinner fixings. Make a tasty casserole, like this Green Chile-Chicken Casserole, the day
before and freeze it. It can thaw out in the cooler while you're traveling so it's oven-ready when you arrive. Prep the ingredients
to Mexican slaw so that it is assembly-only once you arrive. For appetizers, buy guacamole, salsa, and chips from the store
for guests to munch on when they arrive.
To make this dinner even easier, serve just one versatile cocktail throughout the night. Put a Mexican spin on a traditional
Salty Dog cocktail (vodka and grapefruit with a salt rim) and make a Chihuahua instead with ruby red grapefruit, tequila blanco,
lime juice, a splash of Tabasco®, and a salt rim. The Chihuahua isn't too salty, too sweet, or too strong so you and your
guests can drink them all through the night.
For this portable dinner party, packing correctly is key! We recommend mixing up a big batch of the Chihuahua, freezing it
overnight, and letting it thaw alongside your casserole in the cooler to a refreshing slushy texture. Place the cooler, other
food items, any table decorations, and serving pieces you will need last in the car. This way, they are the first things you
can get out when you arrive. You will not want to be sifting through your clothes and towels to get to the food.
Make It Pretty
You may be having your weekend getaway in a bland rental. No worries! You can easily perk it up with a few quick tricks. Bring
colorful paper plates and napkins to give your table a festive (and disposable) look. Tuck a bright, Mexican-inspired blanket
into your bag for a makeshift tablecloth. Cut down on waste by purchasing cute, inexpensive, and reusable plastic cups for
everyone on the trip to enjoy and take home as a fun token.