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Throw a Cinco de Mayo Party


A Cinco de Mayo Party
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Planning a Cinco de Mayo Party:

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by throwing a party with Mexican food, music, and decorations! This is the ideal occasion to celebrate Mexican culture (although it's not Mexican Independence Day as you may have been led to believe). If you can't spend Cinco de Mayo in Mexico, the next best thing is to throw a party in honor of Mexican culture. Here you'll find all the resources you need for planning your Mexican fiesta!


Set the right mood for your Cinco de Mayo party before it even starts by sending out Mexican-themed party invitations.


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 (compare prices) to add a festive touch to your party.


Tequila or mezcal are Mexican drinks that you should have on hand for your party. You can make margaritas, or any of these 5 de Mayo cocktails, or perhaps your guests would prefer some Mexican beer. For party guests who prefer non-alcoholic drinks, you can offer one of these refreshing Mexican drinks.

Mexican Food:

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

About.com's food channel offers lots of different options for 5 de Mayo menus and recipes. You can check out some of them here:

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 (compare prices) or Mexico's Greatest Hits (compare prices).

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 party!

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