A Cinco de Mayo themed party can be a fun team way to relieve stress, celebrate a recent success or foster teamwork in your office. Of course, margaritas are generally a no-no in the workplace, and enchiladas might be a bit messy in the break room. With some delicious ideas and a little creativity, you can come up with a menu that is office-friendly and a crowd pleaser.
Set the Bar
A taco and nacho bar is ideal for Cinco de Mayo party food ideas for the office, as you can bring ingredients separately and everyone gets exactly what they want. Load up on staples, such as flour tortillas, precooked corn taco shells and tortilla chips; a variety of meat and beans, such as ground beef and shredded chicken as well as black and refried beans; and condiments, such as lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. If you are planning a potluck, assign ingredients to each coworker.
Another option is to make Mexican-inspired finger foods that are portable and easy to eat in an office setting. Some Mexican foods lend themselves to this idea, such as taquitos and flautas, but don’t stop there. Consider some favorites or ask your colleagues what foods they would expect at a Cinco de Mayo party. Then, think of a way to turn these into finger foods.
For example, use round corn tortilla chips to make mini bean and cheese tostadas by spreading warm refried beans and sprinkling shredded cheese on them. Create individual seven-layer dip by layering the ingredients in small plastic cups. Fill scoop-shaped tortilla chips with seasoned ground beef, lettuce and cheese for finger-friendly tacos.
As stated, you probably won’t want to serve any alcohol at your office gathering, but you can still add a Mexican flair to your beverage offerings. For instance, everyone will find something they love if you present sparkling non-alcoholic sangria, creamy spiced horchata and fruity agua fresca.
Don’t Forget Dessert
Caramel-topped flan is a Cinco de Mayo favorite, but it might be too messy for a workplace party. Other options include Mexican brownies, which you can make by adding two teaspoons of cinnamon and a scant 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder to your standard brownie batter; traditional tres leches cake; or empanadas, which are turnovers that can be filled with sweet or savory ingredients. Some favorite fillings include apple pie filling with cinnamon or caramel, chocolate and banana or even pumpkin.
Once you have your menu down, you can start planning the rest of your festive get-together. You can stream mariachi music from a nearby computer, decorate with red, white and green streamers and paper flowers and maybe play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey or hit a filled piñata. Your coworkers are sure to enjoy the fiesta.