It went really well! This party is probably my personal best for being ready when guests arrived - and I'd hope so since I've been planning for months and started actual work on Tuesday Unfortunately, I still didn't manage to be ready early enough to take artistic, Pinterest-style photos. You'll have to deal with regular ol' snapshots.
Co-hostesses, of course
W's sangria - people loved it!
Beer'garitas - a really good flavor for being made of such easy, shortcut ingredients
Tex-mex shrimp cocktail - made it 24 hours in advance and it did really well
Too much food - we had 3 people cancel this afternoon because they got sick and 2 flaked, so we had food for 20 instead of the 15 actual. I sent everybody home with to-go plates, but I hate that we spent the money on all that food in the first place.
The dressing for this salad is AWFUL - more sour than the most sour candy you've ever tried. We even dumped in 1/2 cup sugar in a last-ditch attempt to save it and no dice.
Beer - when given choices of margaritas & sangria, only 1 person drank beer! Anybody want some Dos Equis?
Table linens $20
Paper plates, margarita glasses, etc $26
Flowers $24 (4-day-old bunches at the grocery store marked down from $60)
Sombreros $5 ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
So it probably would have been lots cheaper to cater...if only any of the restaurants had spoken a little English!
Set for appetizers
(I put all these different colors together in this arrangement on the coffee table, away from the other orange & yellow arrangements. You know grocery bunches - you get a little of everything.)