The 5th of May is right around the corner, and we all know what that means – it’s almost Cinco de Mayo. This much awaited holiday celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over France back in 1862, and is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.
If you’re looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style, there’s no better way to do so than by throwing a themed party. So, bring out all of your best Mexican themed decorations, food recipes, and party favors. Here are some great tips on how to throw the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party at your house.
Break out the themed decor
The first step to throwing a party is to plan out how you’re going to decorate. Remember that your party decorations have the ability to liven up or kill the vibe of your event, which is why you need to make sure your setup is vibrant, colorful, and most importantly, on-theme.
A great way to start is to make your own tissue paper fiesta flowers to hang around the event venue. All you need for this is a bunch of brightly colored tissue, and gather them together in layers to create vibrant flowers. Not only are these festive, they make for a fantastic addition to your venue.
Another great idea is to make your own DIY cactus balloons and have them float up in the air to create that festive ambiance for your party. Just glue together some green balloons of various sizes, draw some thorns on them with a magic marker, and let them float up. Alternatively, you can also attach them to strings and tie them up in different places around the venue.
Another fabulous decor idea is to make Papel Picado streamers. Trace out some Papel Picado designs onto colored paper and make cut outs to post all over your walls for a fun, festive outlook.
Set up an easy-to-make, easy-to-grab fiesta feast
What’s a fiesta without a feast? Food is often the highlight of every party, but it’s especially important to make sure your Cinco de Mayo party food is up to the mark. But it can be very challenging to prepare a whole, elaborate feast on your own, especially when it involves a lot of heavy cooking. So, why not prepare a feast that’s easy to make, and easy to grab and eat as well?
Instead of going the elaborate route, set up your dinner table with a wide array of easy to prepare snacks and foods of Mexican heritage and allow your guests to make their own plates by filling up on what they like. Here are some fantastic food ideas to help inspire:
- Tortilla chips and guacamole
- Mango salsa
- DIY taco station with pre-cooked shells, fillings, and salsa
- Mini quesadilla dippers with a Mexican dip of your choice
Spread these out on the table so people can assemble their food and take what they like. Add a fun little dessert buffet in one corner by spreading out your favorite assorted candy pieces, cut up fruit, some melted chocolate, some skewers, and some chamoy candy.
Of course, since it’s Cinco de Mayo, you can’t forget the celebratory drinks. Add a twist to your classic margarita recipe by converting it into a fruity punch with a kick, so that your guests can have a refreshing drink and a celebratory buzz all in one.
3. Plan out the activities
What’s a party without some fun activities to keep the guests entertained? Keep the hype up at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta by planning out a bunch of super fun games and challenges for your guests to take part in.
One great way to keep guests entertained is to plan out a themed scavenger hunt. You can have your guests go around the venue looking for things like a mini Mexican flag, a tiny sombrero, and so much more.
Another great idea is to set up a Mexican Loteria game, which is basically the Mexican version of Bingo. All you have to do is hand out 4×4 bingo cards to all your party guests and whoever marks off the correct winning sequence wins the game, as well as a fabulous prize.
And of course, who can forget the traditional and classic Pinata smashing activity. Fill up a pinata with your favorite treats and have guests take turns swinging at it with a bat. The person who manages to smash it gets to keep all the goodies.
4. Send out some festive invites
Now that you’ve planned out what you’re going to be doing at your party, it’s time for the most important part. Making sure you invite all the right people. And to do that, you need to make sure you create and send out the right kind of invites.
Nothing gets people in the party mood like a fun, Cinco de Mayo themed invite popping up on their screens. You can create your own personalized invites by logging onto PosterMyWall and going through the wide range of Cinco de Mayo poster templates until you find something that matches your vibe. Then, you can customize it to your heart’s extent.
Create the perfect invite by starting off with some fun, vibrant colors that represent Mexican heritage and culture. Think of a catchy name for your party, and add it to your invite in a bright, bold font so it can’t be missed. Don’t forget to add all your RSVP details and throw in a few Cinco de Mayo themed elements to shake things up.
Once your invite is ready, you can send it out to your guests through email. If you want to reach out to a lot of people at once and spread the word about your fiesta, you can use PosterMyWall’s one size resize update to resize your invite into a post for Facebook, Instagram, or even a video for a story.
5. Send your guests off with themed party favors
A true party doesn’t end without a memorable token. And what’s Cinco de Mayo without something to remember it by?
End the party on a high note by handing out some parting favors to your guests as they get ready to leave. You can keep up the Cinco de Mayo theme by making your party favors into small pinatas made out of colored paper. Fill the pinatas with a bunch of small, fun snacks like candy, small bottles of liquor for the adult guests, and a small Mexican flag. Set them up on a table near the exit and hand them out as each guest leaves to leave them with a small token to remember Cinco de Mayo.
Let the celebrations go on!
Cinco de Mayo is a day of independence, celebration, and triumph. And there’s no better way to celebrate than a party with your family and friends.
Follow these tips to host the perfect Cinco de Mayo celebration and have your fiesta be the talk of the town.