Throw the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Party
Complete with tacos and tequila, of course.
Margaritas, guacamole and tacos — what's not to love about Cinco de Mayo?
Recognized in Mexico as the day the Mexican army claimed an improbable victory against the French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, the holiday rose to popularity in the United States to celebrate Mexican-American culture.
Today, we're still carrying on that tradition by indulging in our favorite Mexican dishes and beverages. If you're planning on throwing your own bash to celebrate, take a look at a few of our favorite recipes and decorating ideas that will ensure your fiesta is a success.
A bright arrangement of flowers and colorful, geometric linens and dishes set the mood for a fun-filled fiesta.
Make it: Fiesta-Style Table Linens
Sugar Skull Place Cards
Easily make these place cards out of inexpensive aluminum pans.
Sugar Skull Style
Mexican sugar skulls have been cropping up more and more often in decor. Instead of standard place-card settings, Mexican sugar skulls were used to identify the seating arrangements. They were made inexpensively using disposable aluminum pans, a leatherworker’s stylus tool was used to hammer out the design and add each guest’s name.
Tools and Materials
Tin can be hard to find, hard to work with and a little expensive. So we used disposable aluminum pans instead. To make these personalized sugar skull place cards, you will need: 1 foil oven liner, stylus tool, sugar skull template, a cutting mat or wooden cutting board, and scissors.
Smooth Aluminum Pan Ridges
We used a stylus tool normally used for leather working “hammer” our skull. But you could probably use a ballpoint pen, as long as you don’t press too hard and pierce the aluminum. Download our paper template of a sugar skull. There’s enough room in the design to accommodate a person’s name at the bottom. The aluminum oven liners do come with some raised lines and imprinted writing, so start out by smoothing the aluminum using a paint stirrer.
Center the table with a sombrero to hold cupcakes or finger foods. Keep a second hat on hand for the photo booth.
Fiesta Table Setting
What better way to celebrate summer than an outdoor fiesta? This table is dressed up with orange burlap layered over a red tablecloth for a bold, colorful touch. A large sombrero sits on a tall candlestick and acts as the table's centerpiece. The sombrero is filled with cupcakes topped with miniature Mexican flags for a festive look.
Create your own piñata for guests to smash. Fill it with a variety of candy and let the bashing begin. This is a good idea to incorporate for the kids to enjoy.
Colorful Floral Wreath
Welcome guests to the party with a bold wreath of multicolored paper flowers.
Make it: Fiesta Flower Wreath
Whip up some delicious tacos to serve as the main meal. Your guests will be begging for this recipe.
Image courtesy of Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World by Angie Mosier
Make it: Tacos al Pastor Recipe
Elevate the standard ice pop with a little bubbly.
This blend of jalapeño, mango and coconut milk is not too sweet—and not too spicy.
Jalapeno adds a kick to the sweet flavors of mango and coconut.
Don't forget about dessert. These sweet cupcakes pair perfectly with a refreshing margarita.
Make it: Margarita Cupcakes Recipe
Queso, Por Favor
Please the cheese-lover with a trio of queso dips to satisfy every taste bud.
Adorable Party Favors
Send your guests home with these fun cacti favors to end the night.
Make it: Cute Mini Cactus Party Favors