Cinco de mayo

party ideas

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to gather your friends and family for a festive celebration! The fifth of May, or Cinco de Mayo, is celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States to mark the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican War on May 5, 1862. 

Decor ideas

Consider using the colors of the Mexican flag: green, red, and white. You can string colorful papel picado (lacy paper) banners and hang piñatas of all shapes and sizes! Hang festive paper lanterns from the ceilings and walls, and add a variety of bright balloons and streamers. Use lots of Mexican cultural symbols like serapes, maracas, cacti, and sombreros.

Floral Arrangement with Bright Colors

You can incorporate orange roses and bright pink peonies into your floral centerpiece. Not only will they look beautiful, but they will also add a fun and festive feel to your home. You can also include other bright colors, such as yellow, purple, and red, to bring the Mexican fiesta to life. 

Serve Delicious Food

Traditional Mexican food like guacamole, tacos, enchiladas, and burritos are all sure to be a hit at your party. Consider a burrito or taco bar with plenty of grilled meats like pork, ground beef, and chicken. Don’t forget to serve some of your delicious Mexican desserts like tres leches cake, churros, or sopapillas.

Set Up a Margarita Bar

You can create a fun and festive atmosphere by setting up a variety of margarita flavors and ingredients. Start off with a base of Classic Margarita with a good tequila. Then, add some  fun ingredients like jalapeno simple syrup, cilantro, and chili pepper. You can also add a variety of fruit juices, like strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, and mango to make even more unique margarita flavors.


Make sure to have plenty of margarita salt, sugar, and limes for your guests to garnish their drinks. My favorite trick for a perfect margarita rim is to use agave nectar to stick the salt or raw sugar on.

Cinco de Mayo is a great way to bring people together to celebrate Mexican culture with delicious food, drinks, and decorations. With the right Cinco de Mayo party ideas, and a bit of creativity and planning, you can make the most of this holiday. Don’t forget to share pictures of your party on Instagram and tag @ninahendrickhome if you use any of these ideas!

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