Liven Up The Holiday with These Festive Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Hey, there, party people! Are you planning to throw an epic Cinco de Mayo party? Do you need some Cinco de Mayo party ideas to help you do things differently? Like having the real good stuff at your party? You know what we’re talking about. Cinco parties, although fun and full of tequila, sometimes seem like the same old same old thing. There are nachos, chips and guac and plenty of Mexican beer — we do love us some Corona — but just like traveling and discovering there are non-tourist things to see, Cinco de Mayo parties can have more gems than typically included.

This is a list of Cinco de Mayo party ideas that includes a little bit of history (’cause you know someone’s gonnaask what you’re celebrating, and who better than the host to answer thoughtfully?), bright and fun decor, DIY photo booth ideas and authentically bomb food.

Ready? Thought so. Here are our favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas for the best one yet.

5.) Know Cinco de Mayo History and Fun Facts 

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The battle of Cinco de Mayo, 1862, Puebla, Mexico

So what are we celebrating, someone asks as you make sure the Michelada station hasn’t run dry (keep reading for that). Every host should know their stuff, including the whyto this epic fiesta. We’re here to help you out.

History defines Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, as a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Phew! That may be wordy but not complicated.

Fun fact 1: Battle of Puebla was a huge risk for Mexico. The country was the underdog, but it just goes to show you sometimes underdogs really do win.

It can be loosely related to America’s Fourth of July, but there are two major differences between the two. The first—and second fun fact—is that this is not Mexico’s actual Independence Day. Mexico’s Día de la Independencia happened 50 years prior to the battle that Cinco de Mayo commemorates when the country declared war against the Spanish colonial government. Second, Cinco de Mayo is not as popular as Fourth of July to Mexicans. There is mostly celebration in the U.S. and the state of Puebla where the battle took place.

Another fun fact for you: Did you know Los Angeles has the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.?