Cinco de Mayo commemorates the day that the Mexican army, against overwhelming odds, triumphed over invading French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In honor of this historic event, millions of people across the United States celebrate Mexico’s heritage with parties and parades full of food, music, and merry-making. Here are some muy bueno ideas for creating a fun-filled fiesta with family and friends.
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1) Festive Decorations
Make prominent use of the green, white, and red colors of the Mexican flag in your decorations. Employ these colors in streamers, buntings, and balloons as well as in plates, cups, bowls, and utensils.
Traditional Saltillo designs feature bright-colored stripes and are used on blankets, rugs, wraps, and ponchos. Use these iconic Saltillo patterns on tablecloths, table runners, and placemats to make your tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and chimichangas look extra appetizing!
Colorful tissue paper flowers are also an essential element in Cinco de Mayo decor. Visit a party supplier or make these pretty ornaments yourself to add an exuberant burst of color to your party.
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2) Dress the Part
Add to the festive air of your celebration by encouraging your guests to attend in a Mexican-inspired getup. This can be as easy as wearing hues of green, white, and red clothing and throwing on a large, colorful sombrero.
Women can wear old-fashioned peasant dresses and sandals, and then pull their hair back and tie it up with bright ribbons. A long, colorful full skirt that reaches down to the ankles paired with a white off-shoulder blouse creates a simple yet characteristic south of the border look.
Men can dress up as traditional mariachi musicians by donning a white shirt, black pants, a red sash, and a pair of black shoes. Complete the look with a “serape” or a Mexican shawl draped over the shoulder, a sombrero, and most importantly, a guitar or accordion as a prop.
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3) Primo Entertainment
Turn up the heat at your Cinco de Mayo party by playing some traditional Mexican music. Mariachi band music is a very popular choice, but other folk music styles such as Tejano, Banda, and Ranchera will also get your toes tapping. Get some albums online, buy some maracas, and have fun dancing along to the music.
Nothing says fiesta like a big, colorful piñata! Aside from being great decorations, piñatas also serve as a fun activity for kids and grown-ups alike. Many party supply stores sell a wide variety of these paper-maché creations. Fill your piñata with an assortment of candy, novelty items, and other treats to give everyone a smashing good time.
Get that authentic Mexican look and feel in your home with these hot tips that will surely spice up your Cinco de Mayo celebration!