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.?

4.) Showcase Bright and Lively Decor 

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We are LIVING for this vibrantly themed decor. And we think your guests might, too, because there is nothing like walking into a party and realizing serious thought (and fabulous style) has been put into this shindig.

First, you will want to start off with an eye-catching backdrop for your center table. Bright paper flowers the size of a person’s head will surely attract attention — and they really are beautiful and tie in the theme. Luckily, there is noneed to head out to your craft store. Amazon sells beautiful, affordable Cinco de Mayo-themed flowers and garlands.

You will also need the gorgeous textiles of a saltillo blanket to attach the flowers to. A matching serape table runner on the center table and the rests can be used for a cohesive design.

No list of Cinco de Mayo party ideas is complete without a proper fiesta banner or papelpicado. The DIY project is easy, lightning-quick and cheap. It really will add the needed pop throughout your place.

3.) Set Up a DIY Selfie Station 

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The Photo Booth Guys

Since 2016, selfie stations or photo booths — whatever you want to call them — have become a beloved party necessity. They’re fun, engaging and help break the ice, all of which your party wants. However intricate or simple the selfie station is, is 100 percent up to you.

For a minimal photo booth, use another serape blanket for a simple background. For your female guests, use flower headbands as props to bring out their inner Frida Kahlo. Gentlemen can opt for cactus-themed props.

If you have the DIY bug and want to put physical love into your fesista, check out the video below. It’s the perfect Cinco de Mayo party idea. Your guests will appreciate the hard work when they see their awesome selfies.

2.) Serve Deliciously Authentic Food

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Food Network

Everybody loves tacos. That’s a fact. So including a taco bar at your Cinco de Mayo is a foolproof plan, but we don’t mean just any taco bar. We mean a taqueria. You won’t have to quit yourday job to run this mini brick-and-mortar. Mostly, avoid the shredded cheese and follow the recipe below for that street taco taste your guests will enjoy.

Appetizers are easy if you stick with us. Why not serve the simple dishes: fruit cups and esquites. For the first, simple cut your choice of fruit in thick slices (mango and watermelon are a good choice) and place them in a cup that has a ring of chili powder.

For the esquites (corn cups), you will need:

Bring a large saucepan to boil. Add corn after it has been husked to boiling water. Cook until tender and let the corn cool. Once they are cooled separate the corn equally into cups (about 4) and add 1 tablespoon of mayo, 1 tablespoon of butter, sprinkle of queso fresco, chili, and salt in each cup. Decorate with a lime and there you have it. A treat your guests will love (recipe from Food Network).

1.) Whip Up Must-Have Mexican Drinks

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No. 1 of our Cinco de Mayo party ideas (to make your guests jump for joy) is having the right kind of drinks. That means replacing tired margaritas for Micheladas. The Mexican drink is all the rage in Latin America and in the States, especially in Southern California. So jump on board for the latest cocktail trend.
 
The drink includes Mexican beer, lime, chili powder and usually Clamato. Any fan of Bloody Marys will rejoice at this refreshing drink. The cocktail replaces vodka with beer for easier consumption, and the spiciness is up to the individual. Check out the video below for a quick but incredible Michelada recipe.
For non-alcoholic drinks, we think sticking to traditional drinks is the best bet. Jarritos is a popular Mexican soda with many delicious flavors, including strawberry, lime, tamarind and guava. There’s a flavor for everyone, making it perfect for any designated driver or kiddo. You can find the brand at most stores and don’t forget to use clay cups for your Cinco de Mayo theme. It’s the perfect finish!
Which Cinco de Mayo party idea do you want to try out? Let us know below! For more beer reading, visit “IPA Craze! Why Everyone Is So Obsessed With IPA Beer”.
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