This Is How You Throw the Best (and Authentic!) Taco Party Ever

Because deep down, we all know Mexican is our favorite food.

Tacos are big in my house. My kids and husband alike look forward to a Mexican feast—mainly because they all loves chips, salsa, guacamole and cheese—but also because the meal, with all its moving parts, is just plain festive. Unlike mac and cheese night or pizza night, tacos involve bowls overflowing with lettuce and beans and rice and cheese, from which everyone gets to pinch and pick as they cobble together their very own, totally-unique-to-them taco.

And while I don’t always roll out the red carpet (or break out the nice napkins) on a random Tuesday with my kids, I do when I’m entertaining friends. Hosting a Mexican-themed party at your house is just so easy—the cuisine it easy to divvy up for a potluck-style meal (one person brings the guac, another is responsible for the seven layer dip). And while you might not be in charge of the entire menu, that doesn’t mean the evening should lack in authenticity. A tortilla warmer, for instance, is practical and harkens to everyone’s favorite Mexican restaurant, whereas the artisan-made margarita glasses I’ve included below are a must for when the happy hour portion of the night officially kicks off. Festive patterns and bright colors (and a gorgeous glass pitcher!) round out the theme. So, if you don’t have taco night on your calendar, you better get one on there stat.

A Vessel For Your Bottomless Chips & Salsa

Mexicali Chip & Dip

BUY FROM: Pier1, $29.95

A Must-Have When Making Tortillas From Scratch

Victoria Cast Iron Tortilla Press and Pataconera

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $24.99 (Regularly $30, 17% Off!)

The Lazy Chef’s Quickie Quesadilla Maker

George Foreman Quesadilla Maker

BUY FROM: Amazon, $27.81

To Keep All Those Homemade Tortillas Warm

IMUSA Tortilla Warmer

BUY FROM: Amazon, $11.50

For Grinding Up All that Guac

Sur la Table Preseasoned Pig Molcajete

BUY FROM: Sur la Table, $54.95

Here’s How You Keep Your Tacos Tidy

KitchRite Stainless Steel Taco Holders, Set of 2

BUY FROM: Amazon, SALE $12.25 (Regularly $14.95, 18% Off!)

Gorgeous Dinner Plates to Serve Your Feast On

Anthropologie Revella Dinner Plate

BUY FROM: Anthropologie, $18/each

Because Authentic Marg Glasses Are a Must

Novica Javier and Efren Artisan Happy Hour Margarita Glass

BUY FROM: Wayfair, $96.90

Because Festive Linens Always Elevate the Experience…

Cost Plus World Market Magenta Bhuti Pompom Napkins, Set of 4

BUY FROM: Cost Plus World Market, $15.96

…And Beaded Napkin Rings Seal the Mexican Flavor

Sur la Table Beaded Napkin Ring

BUY FROM: Sur la Table, $6/each

Beautiful (and Tiny!) Bowls For All Your Fixings

Inside Out Nut Bowl

BUY FROM: Anthropologie, $10/each

Because Your Theme Should Go Straight Through to S&P

Cost Plus World Market Los Muertos Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

BUY FROM: Cost Plus World Market, $9.99

Perfect For Serving Horchata, Margaritas or Whatever!

Tiki Stripe Painted Pitcher

BUY FROM: Pier1, SALE $23.96 (Regularly $29.95, 20% Off!)

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