A South of the Border Purim Seudah

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Call it Mordechai in Mexico... or a South of the Border Seudah.  It is time to plan a Purim Party!  It's on a Sunday, so no excuses!  CreativeJewishMom teamed up with JoyofKosher and CouldntBeParve to create a fantastic fiesta with everything from (crepe paper) flowers to flan. Ole!

Set the scene with the right tablecloth, or in this case, a Mexican blanket decorated with some bright crepe paper flowers.  If you can't find a Mexican blanket, any colorful woven table cloth will work.  Bring out all your colorful dishes, paint some whimsical styrofoam fruit (which you can turn into a placeholder by adding a flag or tag tied with some twine or string) and decorate some wine glasses, add napkin rings from plastic bottles and throw those crepe paper flowers into a recycled bleach bottle vase and sprinkle a few flowers across the table.

To complete the look, hang some Mexican sombreros (now available for Purim at costume stores) some crepe paper streamers, and some papel picado (Mexican tissue paper banners) if you can find them, or make some yourself!  And of course don't forget a sweet-filled Pinata -- the perfect finale for your fiesta!

When your guests arrive start them off with Salsa, Chips and some Grapefruit Guacamole.

Serve some Watermelon Mango Margaritas for the adults and Mint Orange Agave Coolers for the kids.

Then sit down to a seudah fit for a King or Queen with Grilled Southwestern Steaks with Spicy Corn, Chicken with Mango Ginger Salsa, Roasted Vegetables, and Rice.

End the feast with CouldntBeParve's Flan.

Don't forget the Mexican Mishloach Manot!  Lay a colorful napkin in a basket and fill with Homemade or Store Bought Salsa, Chips, Beans, Rice, and Dulce de Leche Hamantashen.

To make these whimsical styrofoam fruit:

You'll Need:

  • styrofoam or paper mache fruit
  • acrylic craft paint
  • wooden skewers
  • a protective coat of acrylic varnish if you'll be using this outdoors

How To: Since my fruit are made from styrofoam, I stuck a skewer into the bottom of each one, so that I could paint the fruit on all sides and avoid touching it while it was being painted. I did not paint a base coat of white over the existing color of the fruit, but if you want to paint the fruit pastel colors, so that would be a good idea, and you can certainly do that with white spray paint. Other than that, well, paint the fruit a base color, and when that is dry paint the details—polka dots, stripes, dashes, you name it! And I do think that these fruit would look great hanging as a mobile, or strung on a string, then again, you could also glue them onto a big straw hat for a great costume!

Here are the links to the other craft projects written about above from CreativeJewishMom:

crepe paper flowers

napkin rings from plastic bottles

recycled bleach bottle vase

painted wine glasses