How to Throw a Cinco de Mayo Party

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, “The Fifth of May”, commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army.  Why not throw your own Mexican theme party? When you are doing a Mexican theme, think vibrant and vivacious. The colors should be bright, loud and excessive. The music should be upbeat and fun.

The Invite

Get the fiesta started!  Send out colorful invitations asking friends to join you for Margaritas and Munchies.  Like this one here. Spice up your Cinco de Mayo fiesta party with these fun invitations featuring a chili pepper border.

 The Look

Layout Mexican blankets, sombreros, dolls or any other souvenirs you’ve collected from Mexico.  Incorporate them into your decor. Decorate with lots of colorful streamers using colors mainly such as red, green and white.

Decorate the room with colorful, oversized paper flowers and make smaller flowers for the female guests to wear in their hair.  Tutorial here.

Don’t forget to hang a pinata!



As your guests arrive, have a cold margarita ready to hand out. Hint: Give your glasses an edge by rimming them in lime juice and rock salt or sugar first.  Try this “guilt-free” Partida Margarita here.


Make a Create-Your-Own-Taco Buffet or Burrito Bar

Keep it simple.  Make two DIY main course meals out of the same ingredients. Place shredded chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo in serving bowls; then arrange hard and soft shells on a platter. Layout burrito sized tortillas.  Encourage guests to pile up their tacos and roll up their burritos…and come back for seconds!



Play Latin tunes like  Mariachi music.  Just hook up your iPod to a small set of outdoor speakers and you’re ready to jam.



How about serving up these Corona Popsicles with a slice of lime.  Maybe Strawberry Margarita popsicle sounds better.  Keeping it really simple…no recipe!  Just pour and freeze. Instructions courtesy of Bakers Royale




  • Dixie cups, popsicle sticks and Mike’s Hard Lemonade Strawberry Margarita. As a side note, the traditional margarita made with Tequila needs a much colder temperature to freeze than the traditional home unit allows, so that’s why something like these Mike’s Hard Lemonade is better suited for making these popsicles.
  • To assemble: Pour and freeze the Strawberry Margarita for two hours then insert the popsicle sticks in the middle. Freeze for another two hours or until the Strawberry Margarita Popsicles solidify. Garnish with a lime and serve.
  • Small note, do not rim with salt until serving time as the salt will melt the pops. Alternatively, you can rim the Strawberry Margarita Pops with chunky crystal sugar for an aesthetic effect without worrying about the melting factor.
  • To keep popsicles chilled as long as possible, place the serving tray in the freezer and then top  the tray with a layer of crushed iced.


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