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Turn up the heat with these awesome Cinco de Mayo parties

Viva la fiesta with these great ideas?

When Cinco de Mayo rolls around, you turn up the heat and pour the margaritas. But just because you’re throwing a fiesta, it doesn’t mean you can’t think outside the box. There are plenty of inventive and fun ideas you can work into your celebration. All you need is a little inspiration and a lot of imagination! Here are some easy ideas to help you host a great bash!


Forget the chili cook-off! Instead, challenge your guests to arrive with their best guacamole dish. With so many ways to make guacamole, you definitely won’t get sick of eating it.

Salsa Dancing Contest

Tell guests to arrive in their dancing shoes and host a salsa dancing contest. If your friends are rhythmically challenged, it’ll be an even better time from all of the hilarity that will ensue!

Piñata Party

Who doesn’t love playing with a piñata after a few margaritas? Instead of buying a store bought one, challenge guests to make their own by setting up a piñata party station. The kids will love the challenge and the candy that comes after it!

From Cinco de Mayo menus and party ideas to the best cocktail recipes, we’ve got you covered. Find all this and more on The Daily Meal’s Cinco de Mayo Recipes & Menus page.

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

In Mexico, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the state of Puebla. It has major significance in that part of the country because it commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 6, 1862.

There is a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day when in fact September 16th is the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

In the early hours of September 16, 1810, father Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators (Iganacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez to name a few), rang the bell at his church calling on everyone to fight for liberty.

This was the beginning of the Mexican Independence War, which lasted 10 years.

In the United States, this holiday has taken on a significance beyond that in Puebla, Mexico. Regardless of their own ethnic descent, Americans celebrate St. Patricks Day and Oktoberfest (among other holidays) to honor those of Irish and German descent. Similiarly, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated to honor the culture and experience of those of Mexican descent.

Especially in cities with large populations of those of Mexican ancestry, such as Los Angeles, San Fransico and San Antonio, Cinco de Mayo is grandly celebrated. Special events are held in Mexico, the United States and quite possibly all over the world.

Education sessions to teach students about its historical significance, music festivals and parades with people dressed in vibrant costumes, alot of dancing and good food is the norm on this holiday.

Party Ideas

There are so many fun things that you can do for this theme. Obviously the food and drinks can be over the top with so many great Mexican foods to choose from, but additionally think about what you can do with invitations, decorations and party attire. This kind of theme party is so much fun to plan and attend.

Decorations and Cinco de Mayo Games

Pinatas are a favorite at parties because they have a dual purpose: they decorate your house and they also can be used for entertainment.

One of the most fun games to play at a party is to fill a pinata with candy or other treats, have your guests team up and then let each person take a turn swinging at the pinata (blindfolded, of course). A bat works well but make sure you have enough room to spread out so nobody gets hurt!

Whichever team breaks open the pinata first gets a special prize but everybody wins because as soon as the treats start falling, everybody grabs to see how many pieces they can pick up and keep.

When my kids were between the ages of 7 and 10, we always had a pinata at their birthday parties. They loved choosing one, filling it and helping to hang it before their friends arrived.

This game is for adults and kids alike and is absolutely hysterical to watch. For a great selection of pinatas and other party supplies, see our special selection below from

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Fiesta Recipes

I had a great time picking out recipes for a fiesta party. You will find below some traditional recipes like Creamy Caramel Flan and Golden Margaritas but I also included several "Americanized" recipes for you to choose from.

This is one of those parties where you can either go all out with a sit down dinner or simply do appetizers and desserts. Whatever you decide, it's easy to find great recipes for a theme party starting with these:

This Mexican dish of tortilla chips smothered in chile sauce is just as good for dinner as it is for breakfast. Don't skimp on the garnishes they add color and freshness.

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Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

One reason I’m super excited about Cinco de Mayo this year is because we have a local Mexican food market that I discovered and love going to! For Christmas, we made tamales and were able to go this market to get fresh maza, corn husks and the rest of the supplies we needed to make our tamales. I feel like a little bit of an outsider there, but it’s a fantastic place to get great deals on meat and spices and it takes me to another world for just a few moments.

Much of the inspiration for this Cinco de Mayo party set up of mine came from walking around the market, looking at decorations and picking up these Jaritos soda bottles. I love that Mexican themed decorations are always so bright and colorful! It was also super fun layering a lace tablecloth with an authentic blanket that we have in the family.

When it comes to food for a Cinco de Mayo get together, there are so many options. We enjoyed this little meal after my party setup, so I kept it simple with slow cooker beef tacos with cilantro, lime and queso blanco, bean dip, my one pot taco soup, chips and salad plus festive pink margaritas! Instead of making cupcakes, I decided to go with store bought white cake cupcakes and spiced them up by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and a cinnamon stick! This was a super easy way to be able to have dessert, without adding another dish I had to make for this party.

I had a bit of a hard time finding decorations I loved for the back drop for this Cinco de Mayo party, but did find that Amazon has traditional paper flags. I found these colorful pinwheels at Michael’s for a few dollars! The coasters are from World Market and the festive silverware was found in the dollar section at Target!

I’ve talked about the importance of height differences when you’re setting up a tablescape for a party and a Cinco de Mayo party is no different. You can add visual height changes with different size bowls, glasses and adding things like a crate upside down for a cupcake stand, or the bottles in the back to add depth to the whole scene.

Watch the video: Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas (August 2022).