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    Host a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

    May 2, 2012

    Can’t make it to Mexico for Cinco De Mayo? Why not throw your own Mexican fiesta? We have some great ideas you can use to throw the best Cinco de Mayo party your friends have ever been to! We have included unique decorating tips, delicious foods, and festive clothing ideas. Start off by sending a quick and easy online invitation to your friends and family! We found this one at PaperlessPost.


    How to Decorate

     

    Deck your venue out with vibrant colors, especially with red, green, and white. Hang colorful streamers and light bright candles. Be sure to decorate with bright flowers everywhere. Flowers can be easily bought or made. Place the flowers on tables, in the entryway, and encourage guests to wear them in their hair. Wood maracas are also great for decorating; they look great as a table accent and can easily turn into a fun activity. Having the party outside? String white lights in the trees and don’t forget to hang a piñata. Piñatas are a traditional Mexican decoration and also double into a great game for the kids.

     

     

    Use bright table linens and serapes to cover tables. Want to try something more festive than using basic serving bowls? Place food in more creative containers, like on cactuses or in a hollowed out watermelon. Even try lining a sombrero with a colorful napkin and use it as a chip bowl.


    Now that your venue has been properly decorated, it is important to create the perfect playlist. Keep the party fun and upbeat with Mexican music from musicians like Gloria Estefan and Santana.

     

     

    What to Eat

     

    Keep it simple and traditional and set up a large buffet table with fixings for tacos. Fill bowls with shredded chicken, carne asada, and shrimp. Keep heated tortillas warm on a covered plate. Allow guests to garnish their tacos with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream. Perhaps the most important component of the whole party- guacamole. Make plenty of fresh guacamole, as people tend to come back for seconds and thirds. Place bowls of chips and guacamole on each table and let the guests enjoy one of the most favored Mexican appetizers.

     

     

    Want to serve different traditional Mexican dishes? Try cooking up some tortilla soup, empanadas, and enchiladas.

    Don’t let your guests go thirsty! Serve fun Mexican drinks like Corona and margaritasHave jamiaca, a traditional Mexican juice, for those guests who are under 21.

    What to Wear


    Wear bright, vibrant colors and adorn yourself with flowers and bold jewelry.  Women traditionally wear long flowing skirts or colorful dresses and shawls. As for shoes, wear cowboy boots or strappy sandals. If you are going for a more simple look, men should wear blue jeans and a white button up and women should wear flowing white clothing with colorful accents. The colors of the Mexican flag are red, white, ang green, so you'll want to focus on these or other bright colors when choosing your outfit. Checkout this festive look we found at The Owls Are Not What They Seem for some style inspiration. Want to go all out? Wear a sombrero and a serape or pancho.

     

     

    Do you have any other additional tips for throwing a Mexican Fiesta? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or leave us a comment here!