15 Ways to Tell it's a New Mexican Birthday Party
Well, this won't be as funny if you have never lived in New Mexico or have even visited New Mexico. I doubt many of you would even understand most of these hilarious stereotypes, but I'll still post them:
1. Some of the guests didn't bring a gift, but brought extra-uninvited kids.
2. The cake says, "Happy Birthday Mijo" instead of the child's real name.
3. The party is at Peter Piper Pizza but they brought their own food, cake, and a pinata.
4. It's a child's party but there are more grown-ups than children.
5. It's Mijo's 1st birthday and the party food is carne asada, arroz, frijoles, ensalada, pico de gallo, and 10 cases of beer.
6. For entertainment, instead of playing pin the tail on the donkey, there is usually a televised baseball, football game, or a live fight.
7. The party was supposed to be over at 6:00; it's 8:00 and the party is just starting.
8. The host calls someone who's on their way and tells them to stop and get some tortillas, cokes, and ice.
9. You hear someone go up to the birthday child and say, "Mira, tan lindo (or bonita). I'm going to get you something next week when I get paid."
10. The party is Saturday, and you get a call from the hostess Friday night saying, "I'm giving Mijo a birthday party tomorrow at 3:00."
11. Some guests bring gifts that are still in the store bag.
12. The cake didn't come from the store; it came from the mother of the comadre of your friend's sister who makes really good cakes.
13. You are told you have to save your plate and fork you ate your food with, so you can eat your cake (sometimes even your cup).
14. Guests automatically wrap up a plate of food and cake to take home (sometimes wondering who they are).
15. It's Mijo's party, but since his cousin Licha is there and her birthday is in a few days, it becomes Mijo's AND Licha's party.