Over the years I have perfected my entertaining strategies. Gone are the days where I slave away in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying themselves. Gone is the stress that everything will come together. With a little prep, I usually have everything made days ahead of time. All I really need to do on the day of a party are add a few simple touches.
I prefer buffet style serving.
I found a wonderful Carne Asada at the market. All we have to do is grill it for a few minutes and we are set. For this party, I grilled all the meat about an hour before our company was scheduled to arrive at kept it warm in the oven. When we were ready to eat, I simply put it on a serving dish.
Yummy condiments allow everyone to customize their tacos to their own liking. I chopped the onions and cilantro the day before and stored them in zip lock bags. I made the salsa and guacamole the day before as well.
Spanish Rice and refried beans can both be made ahead of time as well. I prefer to use refried beans from a can. I add cheese and enchilada sauce to them to make them special. I also keep this in the oven on warm.