Favorite Mexican recipes

From classic margaritas and salsa verde to crab tacos and Mexican chocolate ice cream, here are the dishes you're craving now

Fun and easy desert-Mex party

Relax, the secret to throwing a no-fuss holiday party is simple: Stick to a theme. Here's how

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Drumstick flowers in a Chinese tea tin
Photography by Andrea M. Gómez

3 More party themes: Dim sum + tree decorating

Great dish + simple sides  Naked Shrimp and Chive Dumplings, rice, and a variety of store-bought Asian dipping sauces

Cool cocktail Lager-style beers (try Session from Full Sail Brewing Co., in Hood River, Oregon) or extra pale ales (try Steelhead from Mad River Brewing Co., in Humboldt County, CA)

Color scheme + decor idea Blue and yellow + drumsticks (Craspedia globosa) in tea tins

Fun activity Follow tree-trimming with a mah-jongg marathon

Thoughtful favor Personalized fortune cookies (from 41 cents each;  personalized-fortune-cookies.com)

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