When well-known chef Hugh Acheson entertains at home, he likes to keep things simple and fun. The award-winning chef and cookbook author and Top Chef judge mixes a batch of tasty drinks and sets a casual buffet to make his guests feel welcome and relaxed.
The ingredients for a fun and simple Mexican fiesta include:
? A ready-to-pour pitcher of refreshing cocktails.
? A serve-yourself buffet piled with recipes you can mostly make ahead.
? Vibrant decorations such as paper pom-poms (make them yourself or buy them in a wide range of colors at amazon.com), bright linens, and richly hued flowers in colorful pottery vases (try an interesting pairing like these spray roses with two-tone geranium leaves from the garden).