Prepping For a Pedir a la Novia

Sr. Elizondo’s daughter is getting married. The custom here in Mexico is that the parents of the groom-to-be come to the parents house of the-bride-to-be and formally ask for the daughter’s hand for their son. This meeting is called Pedir a la Novia. Traditionally, the parents of the bride would dictate the terms of the wedding. These days it’s just a great way to meet the immediate families of both parties.

For this occasion, we will be serving merienda. Basically, merienda is the serving of appetizers between lunch and dinner. Here’s the menu I have come up with.


  • Individual Caesar salad bites
  • A cheeseboard
  • Empanadas


  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Cake


  • Mineral Water
  • Lemonade
  • Wine
  • Champagne (for a toast)

Since this is my first hosting of a Pedir a la Novia AND a merienda, I’m sure I’m overthinking everything. Then again, I would rather have everything be too much than not enough. Cross your fingers and wish me luck.



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