Checklist For A Fun and Festive Cinco de Mayo Celebration


Hola Guapas! I know everyone is excited for spring and gearing up for summer—some of our favorite parts of these seasons are the warm weather, fragrant plants, and of course social events! Speaking of social gatherings, have you thought about hosting a Cinco de Mayo party this year? The key to a successful outdoor spring event is organization. To help you with that, here is a custom-made checklist for creating a memorable fiesta to share with family and friends.

  1.  Start out with a gorgeous electronic invite. Here are some free Cinco de Mayo-themed options from paperless post.
  2. If your guests ask what they can bring, instead of having ten people arrive with wine or flowers, have them contribute food. Ask your neighbor to bring a fruit salad, assign your cousin chips and salsa, and ask a friend to make a dessert. This lightens your load on party day and prevents you from winding up with seven bottles of too-sweet Chardonnay.
  3. Use sturdy re-useable cups, napkins, plates, and silverware. Find a happy medium between breakable glass or ceramics and onetimeuse items that may blow away—consider simple cloth napkins and govino—PBA-free, reusable, and shatterproof stemware for wine and other beverages.
  4. Provide shady seating for elderly guests. Want to invite tío Hernan and tía Gloria? Make sure all your party guests are comfortable by scoping out the best shady spots in your yard and placing chairs there. If you’re low on tree cover, no pasa nada! Create your own shade with a big umbrella—just make sure you set this all up beforehand.
  5. If you have children (or the young at heart) coming over, get a piñata! Everybody loves watching other people stumble around blindfolded, and a fun activity ensures kids will remember this as a notable family celebration.
  6. Make one or two simple, delicious Mexican dishes to make the day special (and inexpensive), like this arroz con leche from our contributor Dalia Ceja.
  7. Prepare fresh Margaritas and Guacamole. Add cucumber to the margaritas for a flavor bump, and of course use lots of fresh limes. Hint: try this recipe from the food network for killer guac.
  8. If you like to go all-out, find some colorful, DIY party decoration ideas on Pinterest. Alternatively, keep the decorating mellow by highlighting the colors of the Mexican flag in your tablecloth and napkins. This will create a festive look without taking much prep time.
  9. Set up a taco bar. On a folding table covered with a cloth, set out lots of ingredients for people to create their own tacos. This gives kids something fun to do and allows everyone control over their own plate—it also lessens the work of the host. Hint: provide chili peppers and salsas of different heat levels to accommodate all your guests.
  10. It’s all about the music! What is a party without great tunes? Lucky for you, we’ve created this awesome Cinco de Mayo playlist on Spotify with a blend of traditional mariachi and some contemporary Mexican sounds—just press play and enjoy!

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