How To Host Your Own Cinco De Mayo Party

Cinco De Mayo is the perfect time for parties… It’s the one time we can justify the amount of Mexican food we eat (chips and salsa for dayssss, am I right?). When the party-planning becomes your responsibility, we all want to be the host or hostess with the mostest with great food, drinks and company. Here are our must-haves to throw a Cinco De Mayo party for the books.

1. Understand the History

Some people think Cinco De Mayo is Mexico’s independence day. If you thought that, you are definitely not alone, but Mexico’s Independence Day is actually celebrated on September 16. Cinco De Mayo is significant because it celebrates the Mexican army’s victory again the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla. So, now you know. (You can thank us for those extra trivia points later).

 

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2. Load Up On Classic Foods

Chips, and salsa, and queso, oh my! Cinco De Mayo appetizers are super easy to whip up; just by gathering together some chips and different salsas. To add some pizzaz, make guacamole from scratch by mashing together some ripe avocados, adding some veggies of your choice (tomato and onion are pretty popular) and salt and pepper to taste. Also, if you want to spice it up, add some fresh jalapenos! For your main meal, make a taco bar with meat and veggies options and you’ll be good to go. Check out this link for additional recipes to change up your taco flavors.

3. Good Music, Good Times

Great tunes can definitely bring your party up a notch and move people off the couch. Get your friends in the mood to dance by making an awesome and festive music playlist. Some music outlets have them pre-set, but you can always customize one. Keeping the energy high and your music volume higher (if your neighbors don’t mind) will be part of the recipe for a successful party.

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4. Decorate to the Nines

Set up your space for success by decorating your home with budget-friendly options! Festive plates and napkins will add that extra detail to your Cinco de Mayo gathering. And it doesn’t hurt to have a fun banner that people can see reminding them it’s party time. Plus, it’s a great photo op! Check out this link for decorations.

Oh, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box and make themed desserts that people can snack on or take with them. Here is a link to a cute sombrero cookie recipe that will knock the calcetines off your guests.

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