Burrito Bowl Bar Birthday

For my sister’s 25th birthday, my mom and I decided to put together a Mexican themed party for her and some of her close friends. Every year her birthday celebrations fall on St. Patrick’s day weekend. I’ve never been one to really celebrate St. Paddy’s day (outside of the year I celebrated in Ireland!) so this was a great way to make the best of the weekend, and still avoid the crazy crowds and lineups that were happening downtown.  We wanted to make it extra special, so we were set on providing guests with a full spread (drinks/apps + a main + dessert).

We brainstormed a few different ideas for what type of meal we could do. We wanted something fun and delicious but also something that wouldn’t require too much prep work as we were feeding around 25 people. I came up with the idea of making our own burrito bowl bar so we could let guests take as much or as little as they wanted and really it was only the protein we had to prepare (besides chopping all the additional toppings). We went ahead and found an awesome burrito chicken recipe and a beef recipe. For toppings we had diced peppers, crushed doritos, shredded lettuce, chilies, corn, beans, cheese and salsa, sour cream and guacamole. For dessert, my aunt has always made me and my sister her signature confetti birthday cake with vanilla icing and sprinkles. I wanted to add a little something that kept with the Mexican theme we were going for, but wouldn’t take away from the cake. I decided to attempt this churro ball recipe. I definitely wouldn’t call myself an experienced baker, so during the process they turned into churro bites as I’m not quite sure how to make them keep their round shape (any tips are greatly appreciated!). However, I served them with warmed Nutella and they were a hit 🙂


We went to Party City for most of the decorations. What we decided on brought just the right amount of “tackiness” to the evening.


The cutest little pink flamingo lights.


Homemade red-wine sangria to start.


I wasn’t able to get a picture of the full-spread on the table because it was instantly crowded with guests who we’re patiently waiting to dig in 🙂


The finished product!


Time for dessert!









The birthday girl and her cake 🙂

I would definitely go with the idea of a burrito bowl bar for a party again! It was relatively easy and was a huge hit with the guests. Let me know if you have any other great entertainment ideas or meal ideas for feeding a larger crowd 🙂








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