Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage full of food, drinks, dancing and music! Often mistaken as Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican army’s victory over French militaries at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862*. Now, if you’re looking to throw a party that no one will mistake as aburrido or boring, use these festive party tips!
Allow your guests to embrace Mexico’s rich culture by setting the stage with the proper décor. Start by incorporating the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white and red) with streamers, banners, lanterns and more. For tableware, use bright colors such as yellow, orange and pink. Also, what’s a Cinco de Mayo party without a piñata? You can fill it with candy, toys, confetti and streamers. Decorations are available at many local stores, such as Party City.
Now when it comes to food, many people will go for the typical beef tacos. Try changing it up a bit with a traditional Mexican recipe such as enchiladas, tamales and/or homemade salsa. You can find some great recipes online! If you’re not skilled in the kitchen, you can choose to order food from an authentic Mexican restaurant in your area.
Pair your Mexican cuisine with a signature drink. Sangrias and margaritas are sure to be a crowd favorite! If your party includes little ones, I would pick something that can also be turned into a kiddie cocktail. That way everyone can feel included. You can turn any adult beverage into a kiddie cocktail by substituting alcohol with juice or soda. Part of the fun is the drinkware! In fact, the more colorful the better! Again, you can pick up some fun and cheap glasses from any local store.
What’s a party without dancing? If you are willing to spring for a Mariachi Band, more power to ya! But if you’re on a budget (like most people), you can choose to play music from any mp3 player. You can download traditional Cinco de Mayo music, which includes genres such as mariachi, salsa and Latin. Once the music starts playing, you won’t be able to stop people from dancing!