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What are some ideas for a taco bar party?

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A taco bar party should provide an assortment of taco toppings and give guests drink options. Simple, fiesta-inspired decorations can set a festive tone, and the party can end with a cool, delicious dessert.

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What are some ideas for a taco bar party?
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Taco bars require a variety of food options to allow guests the pleasure of creating exactly what they want. Taco shells should include hard, soft, corn, flour and whole wheat options. Meats include seasoned ground beef, chicken or pork, served with a Mexican cheese blend featuring cheddar, Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses. Other toppings include pickled jalapeños, tomatoes, lettuce, salsas and sour cream.

Because tacos can be spicy, plenty of beverages should be available. Soft drinks, water and punches are good non-alcoholic options. Adults may enjoy a signature drink, such as watermelon margaritas or piña coladas.

After the bounty of the taco bar's main course, dessert can be simple, such as a tres leches cake with fresh fruit or a margarita cheesecake. Dulce de leche ice cream is a cool end to a hot meal.

Planning and preparing ahead makes setting up the taco bar easy. Dicing tomatoes, shredding lettuce and cheese, chopping onions, slicing and seeding peppers, and filling spice bowls before the party means less work during the event. Prepared toppings can be stored in covered dishes in the refrigerator until party time.

Decorations for a taco bar can be simple and colorful, incorporating pinks, oranges, reds and yellows in the serving dishes and table decorations. Fresh flowers, paper stars and lanterns add a fiesta-like feel.

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