Pedir a la Novia Success

The meeting of families between the future bride and groom was a lovely get together. The groom’s family is as kind as the groom is. I couldn’t be happier for them both.

I was also super happy with how the table looked.

Buffet setup strategy: sweet and elegant with a gold runner and pink flowers and napkins. I was nervous about having different sized champagne glasses, but I ended up loving the way it looked.


Drink station. Simple glasses with the drinks in the refrigerator next to it. The flowers were the perfect touch to making it a little special.

The food was just enough. The individual Caesar salad bites were a hit, along with the empanadas (restaurant bought). I always have a cheese plate at gatherings. They are not very popular with Sr. Elizondo’s family, but the Zavala’s had plenty. Also, a cheese plate always looks chic on a table.








The toasts were made with champagne followed with carrot cake. Felicidades to the future Sr. & Sra.!


(The snafus of the event: The strawberries I bought were unusable/bad. The main flower bouquet deflated from humidity prior to the party. And the guests arrived early while I was still in a t-shirt and shorts setting up! However, all were survivable.)


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.