Mexican finger-food is an easy way to feed a crowd. Arrange platters filled with taco shells, tortillas and all the fixings, these from El Camión (Ballard, 6416 15th Ave. NW; 206.784.5411; elcamionseattle.com). Mexican beer or soda, such as Jarritos, available at Cash & Carry (multiple locations including 1760 Fourth Ave. S; 206.343.7156; smartfoodservice.com) are fun, but consider a signature beverage. Shea created the Horcha Cha!—a riff on horchata, a traditional rice drink, served warm and spiked with tequila. Make a virgin batch for the under-21 crowd and add fresh cinnamon whipped cream. Find the recipe here.
Entertaining: A Day of the Dead-Themed Fiesta
Spice up your Halloween party with a Mexican Day of the Dead-themed fiesta, straight from the imagination of Trophy Cupcakes’Jennifer Shea, whose just-published book, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle’s Prize-Winning Cupcake Bakery (Sasquatch, $24.95), serves up an easy five-step plan for inspired and festive celebrations.