Throw a Cinco de Mayo Party

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Cinco de Mayo is a perfect occasion to throw a fiesta with Mexican food, music, and decorations. Although this is not Mexican Independence Day (which is another great time to throw a Mexican party), it is a time when people like to get together to celebrate Mexican culture. If you can't spend Cinco de Mayo in Mexico, the next best thing is to throw a party celebrating all things Mexican. Here you'll find all the resources you need for planning your Mexican fiesta!

Invitations:

Set the right mood for your Cinco de Mayo party before it even starts by sending out Mexican-themed party invitations. If you're feeling crafty you can design your own handmade invitations.

Decorations:

The colors of the Mexican flag (red, white and green), are good choices for your decorations. If you have Mexican handicrafts or papel picado on hand, these will add a nice touch to your decor, or you might want to think about stringing up some chili pepper lights to add a festive touch to your party.

Drinks:

Tequila and mezcal are Mexican drinks that you may want to have on hand for your party.

Mexican Food:

Some favorite appetizers for a Cinco de Mayo party include jalapeño poppers, and nachos with guacamole and salsa.

Party Music:

Playing some mariachi music or other Mexican popular music will help set the tone of your fiesta. You can take the work out of selecting Mexican music by purchasing one of these CDs: Cinco de Mayo Party Music or Mexico's Greatest Hits.

Fun and Games:

No Mexican fiesta is complete without a piñata. You can purchase one online or you may prefer to make one yourself.

If there will be kids at your party, you can print out some activities to keep them busy, such as this wordsearch or any of these puzzles.

Have fun, and happy Cinco de Mayo!