The celebratory Cinco de Mayo is approaching on May 5, which means people will be especially busy. This marks the day that Mexico won the Battle of Puebla over the French army in 1862.
So, if you’re wondering how to hold a Cinco de Mayo party or just want an excuse to make tacos, try these simple and budget-friendly party ideas.
Cinco de Mayo decorations are simple to make and add a splash of color to any summer evening outside. Create a colorful and festive backdrop for a snack or drink station by lining your deck or porch wall with DIY tissue paper poms. Use the poms to make a DIY photo booth wall for an extra festive touch.
Our favorite Cinco de Mayo decorations are bright blossoms. Set the ambiance for a Mexican fiesta by arranging brilliant flower stems and strong cactus plants in vintage glass jars. Let the good times roll!
Fill the rim of a sombrero with interesting, colorful sweets and place it on top of a tall vase or glass to give it height.
Another option for an easy centerpiece is to buy canned Mexican food, such as beans, and fill the cans with large, vivid blossoms (place the food in an alternate container or prepare it as part of your feast).
How do you hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration while wearing a traditional Mexican hat? It’s actually quite simple. A sombrero can be used as a serving tray for appetizers or desserts in addition to being worn. You may also use it instead of flowers as a table centerpiece.
Arrange colorful beverages on a striking tablecloth or against a bright backdrop for a Cinco de Mayo celebration bar area. To get the party started, have everyone make their own margaritas or palomas—or make a huge batch of our nonalcoholic Rhubarb Agua Fresca!
It wouldn’t be a Mexican fiesta without a colorful and lively tablescape. For a pop of color, pair vibrant plates and napkins with metallic cutlery.
You won’t even need a tablecloth if you use colorful serving ware—the dishes and linens will speak for themselves! Don’t worry about matching dishes and napkins; mixing and matching bright colors is one of our favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas.
A typical Mexican folk art is papel picado (perforated paper). It’s a craft that entails cutting elaborate patterns out of coloured tissue paper. Fold the tissue paper in half horizontally, then in half again. To cut shapes out of paper, use scissors. Unfold the paper once you’ve made enough small patterns.
Cinco de Mayo Party Invitations
Make sure your invitation reflects your theme to let everyone know straight away that this is going to be a fun, festive fiesta. We prefer to offer an online sign up so that people can bring their favorite dishes to share.
FYI, every template in our site is coming for free and can be customized using your laptop, desktop and even through your smartphone.
How to Download
- What you need to do is click (left-click) the preview image.
- You should see a new page popped-up in your display, then you need to “right-click” the image and select “Save image as”
- Locate the destination folder, or just leave it as it is. Then “Enter” to start the download process.
Please note this, all files/materials have been included in that package, so once it’s finished, you are able to customize it right away.
Foods and Drinks Ideas
It’s time to enjoy the party with some feast and good meals. You may include these kind of simple foods below:
Slices of papaya, cantaloupe, mango, watermelon, and pineapple take on a new depth of flavor with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of chili powder, perfect for this caliente celebration.
Serve hard and soft shell tacos with a variety of toppings such as shredded cheese, meats, grilled vegetables, Mexican rice, lettuce, and more. You could also use nachos for this.
The kids can help you transform strawberries into the Mexican flag, which is simple and attractive. Top the red sweets with green sprinkles after dipping them in melted white candy. Enjoy!
Place one big flour tortilla in a skillet with a little oil, then add shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack) and other ingredients as it begins to brown. (Mushrooms, green onions, fresh tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and other ingredients can be added.) Fold the tortilla in half and heat for a few more minutes (until totally browned).
Piled High Nachos
Spread out your favorite bag of tortilla chips on a baking sheet evenly. Combine cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack cheeses in a mixing bowl (shredded). Now add your favorite toppings. (This could include ground beef, pork, or chicken, as well as black olives, tomatoes, and corn.) Preheat the oven to 400°F and bake for 5–10 minutes (until warm). Serve with sour cream, salsa, or guacamole on the side.
Party Activities and Games
Guests can look for items such as a little bag of tortilla chips, a bottle of spicy sauce, a sombrero, a miniature Mexican flag, and more. Ensure that the winner receives a fun award. (Perhaps everything they just discovered!)
How Hot Is It?
Arrange chili peppers (or sauces) of varying degrees of heat on a table. Keep track of the temperature. Allow a few courageous folks to try them out, and the rest of the audience may determine how hot they are based on their reactions.
Pass the Sombrero
Guests pass the hat around like musical chairs, and when the music stops, the person carrying the hat is out. Make things more exciting by allowing contestants to perform a Mexican hat dance in exchange for a chance to return to the game.
Selfie with a Mustache
Purchase a variety of stick-on mustaches and have your guests shoot silly selfies with them. Then, as a group, select who took the greatest photo.
You’ll be sure to have a festive fiesta with these Cinco de Mayo party ideas on hand. Grats!
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