Budget Cinco de Mayo Party with Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs

Today I’m sharing tips for how to plan a Budget Cinco de Mayo Party with Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs (sponsored by  Garden of Eatin’® chips #ChippedChallenge campaign).

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Sky’s the limit when creating a budget-friendly Cinco de Mayo party! When you plan ahead, borrow, delegate, and stick within your budget, you’ll feel good about hosting a party that combines delicious foods with fun and a festive spirit. It really can be done, and today I’m giving you tips for how to do this.

First of all, we love to bring people together in our home, but quite honestly, we do not have the budget to provide the entire meal – especially for a large group! But large groups are fun, so how do you pull this off?

with Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs

I’ve learned to use the resources that we have, borrow what I don’t have, and invest in a few inexpensive things (usually from the Dollar Store) that will make the party complete.

What makes a party complete? Besides the people, the table setting is important, but serving healthy foods is also on the top of the list for me.

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This recipe is easy to prep ahead of time, combining a variety of salads, toppings, rice, beans, meat, and chips and dips– and you’ll have very happy guests.

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Garden of Eatin’ chips.

Also, the root of any great Mexican-themed party is fantastic chips. We have fallen in love with Garden of Eatin’ tortilla chips, because they are sturdy enough to hold tons of toppings and dips, and the flavor variety is out-of-this-world. Here’s a fun bit of trivia for this party we hosted. My friend Karen (who owns an organic juice bar, NW Raw, in Ashland, OR), brought a bag of the Blue Corn chips, saying they are their family favorite! That’s funny – they are our family favorite, too!

Garden of Eatin’® chips #ChippedChallenge

Quality chips are important. Garden of Eatin’® chips are also made with organic ingredients (whole corn kernels with no hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives), plus they are kosher certified and gluten-free!)

Some of our favorites: Blue Corn, Sweet Potato, and White Cantina Style with Lime.

How to plan the party.

Guests love to build their own plates with a potluck or buffet-type setting, and then gather together at one big table! Decide what your budget is for the party, and stick to it. Shop the Dollar Store, borrow from friends, delegate the dishes, and invest your time into making the party ambience festive and fun!

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Plan the menu.

Healthy toppings like fresh veggies, homemade guacamole and fresh salsas, rice or quinoa, and Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs are totally Cinco-approved. The dessert served was these simple Mini Margarita Cheesecakes.

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Use what you have.

We used our side patio, added an extra table, hung a festive tassel garland. We leave our party lights up year round. I already had the (Dollar Store) white dishes, chargers, and ironed white cloth napkins.

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Borrow from others.

I didn’t have enough of the Mexican-rimmed glasses so I borrowed a few from my friends. You may need to grab a few extra chairs from your neighbors as well.

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Lime place cards.

Buy a bag of limes at Costco, and use chalkboard place cards (with toothpick).

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Reuse and repurpose.

My recent yard sale find, I hung a Mexican blanket over the steps. The limes from place cards will be used in next week’s recipes. I reused the succulent centerpieces (with dry beans) from this party. Most dishes I already owned.

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Delegate food & drink.

Everyone brought food and drink. If the host provides the meat and a few sides or toppings, guests can bring the rest of the food, making this type of party very budget-friendly. (Above, Michelle’s amazing meatballs!)

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Dollar store finds.

I used white dishes (plates and bowls) that I already had, and bought tall, vibrantly colored bottles for flowers, and clear glasses for water– all purchased from the Dollar Store. I spent about $10.

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Flowers and garland.

I borrowed some flowers from a friend’s yard, and bought one bunch of flowers from Costco ($8.99), because I was specifically looking for orange. I already had the festive tassle garland, that we hung with the patio lights.

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My husband pulled up a Pandora Mexican instrumental music playlist – and the party began!

Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs.

Now for the delicious recipe, Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs. It’s very easy! Marinate the chicken overnight. Broil or barbecue ahead of time. Cut into small pieces. Serve with your Mexican feast, or use the meat in any Mexican dish, such as enchiladas, tacos, taco salad, tostadas, or rice bowls as we did at our party!

The goal for me as a hostess is to create a cozy space for friends to gather and hang out—all night long if they wish!

I hope you’re inspired today to host your own little Cinco do Mayo party, or a festive Mexican-themed party this spring or summer! It’s an easy and fun party to host in the great outdoors!

What ways have you learned to cut costs when hosting a larger dinner party?

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Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs

Yield: 12-14

Prep Time: 20 minutes + overnight

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes per pan

Total Time: 20 minutes + marinate overnight

Serve at a Mexican Fiesta! Make the day before; cut into small pieces. Reheat before the party!

Ingredients:

  • 7 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp seasoning salt
  • 2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup honey

Directions:

  1. Prepare the chicken (cut off any fat) and place in a ziploc bag.
  2. Mix together the paprika, chipotle powder, cayenne, salt, lime, and honey in a bowl. Pour over the chicken and marinate overnight in the bag. Squeeze out the air in the bag.
  3. Broil the chicken for 4 minutes on each side (or grill until done).
  4. Cut into small pieces and serve as a side meat to go with any Mexican buffet.

Other menu items to try:

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive {appetizer}

Chicken Black Bean Skillet Dip {appetizer}

Mexican Slaw Dip (or salad) {appetizer}

Black Bean Farro Avocado {side}

One-Pot Beans and Quinoa {side}

Green Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette {side}

Vegetable Quinoa Bowls {main}

Sweet Potato Corn Chip Aztec Pie {main}

Mini Margarita Cheesecakes {dessert}

Almond Lime Flan Cake {dessert}

This crunchy, crispy, “chipped” post is sponsored by Garden of Eatin’®, the #1 natural and organic tortilla chip brand, part of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. As always, all opinions are my own!

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Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs

Budget Cinco de Mayo Party with Honey Lime Boneless Chicken Thighs

7 comments

  1. This looks incredibly flavorful and so delicious! My family would really enjoy this for dinner!

  2. I always find great ideas on your party posts, the lime place cards are genius! And after the party I can recycle those limes for margaritas!

  3. What a great party recipe! LOVE this!

  4. These are some great tips for throwing a party and I love your decorations so festive! That chicken recipe looks perfect a simple weeknight meal too. Oh and I love Garden of Eatin’ chips, I didn’t realize they make Catina Style, I’m going to have to look for that now.

  5. I’d LOVE to attend one of your parties! You have a special knack for entertaining. Plus that chicken looks fabulous!!!

  6. Oh my Gawd Sandy! This looks amazing! I want to come to a party soon, I’ll help setup!!

  7. I make this recipe a lot!  It’s probably our favorite recipe for chicken in a taco.  The left overs freeze and reheat really well, too!

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