Top Cinco de Mayo Celebration Must-Haves
1. It’s all about color.
Mexican heritage includes bright and vibrant colors in clothes, artwork, and in the home. If you’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo party this weekend, dress up your house and tablescape to mirror Mexican style. Create a bold statement in your tablesetting by using colors like reds, oranges, greens, yellows in your tableware and decor. Whether hosting indoors or outside, hang bright paper lanterns in an array or colors to create a fun and festive vibe that will get all your guests in the mood for a traditional fiesta!
2. Go fresh or go home.
Fresh produce is of utmost importance to Mexican cuisine! Head to your local farmer’s market or grocer the morning of your Cinco de Mayo gathering to make sure you have the freshest of ingredients. Grab bright veggies like tomatoes, peppers, onions , avocados…and don’t forget jalapenos for spice! Mexican’s know the secret to creating the most delicious meals is keeping it simple (think guacamole!). I suggest providing a make-it-yourself taco bar with fresh tortillas, rice, beans, seafood or chicken, shredded cheese, guacamole and lots of colorful veggies. Guests will have fun creating their own tacos and you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy your party. Quick tip: By extra veggies or fruit; they make beautiful decor, whether displayed in a bowl as a centerpiece or used as a creative placesetting, it’s an inexpensive and easy way to decorate your Cinco de Mayo party.
3. Spanish music is a must.
Another must-have for your Cinco de Mayo party is traditional Spanish music. I suggest listening to a Mexican or mariachi station on Pandora. Another option would be the Santana station, Mexican-American rock guitarist, Carlos Santana. It’s a simple and quick way to create the overall Cinco de Mayo experience for guests.
4. A dance party is a given.
Mexican culture has always included a love for dancing, especially when good friends and family are around to join in on the celebrations. Every hallmark moment in Mexican society is centered around dancing – birthday, weddings, informal gatherings, baptisms and anniversaries. That being said, make sure you have some space set aside for dancing after you’ve finished your Cinco de Mayo meal. Turn the music up and get the party started! Show-off Tip: Learn some traditional Mexican dance moves that you can teach your guests.
5. Provide authentic drinks.
Both tequila and Mexican beer are staple drink options at holiday gatherings and everyday celebrations in the Mexican culture. Afterall, tequila originated in Mexico – it’s what wine is to Italy! Make sure you have these drinks available for your guests, including non-alcoholic margaritas for the kids and those who don’t drink alcohol. I’m a big fan of this beer margarita recipe from Food Network’s Sandra Lee.
Last but not least, good friends and family are a must for your Cinco de Mayo party. Mexican culture places a huge importance on the family and spending quality time together, so make sure your guest list includes the closest of your friends and family so you can let loose with your loved ones.