I don’t know about you all, but Kim and I are ready for a fiesta, and Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. I might be biased (tacos), but I love Cinco de Mayo parties because of the food, margaritas, and fun, colorful decorations! Plus, could it get anymore perfect than having Cinco de Mayo 2020 on a Taco Tuesday? Yeah, I don’t think so.
How many times have you thought about celebrating this fun holiday but then life got too busy and it passed you by? Well, then this is your year! I have put together my favorite food, drink, dessert, and decoration ideas to help you throw the best Cinco de Mayo party ever. Grab the sombrero and let’s get going.
Food and Drink:
Tacos. Let’s just get this one out of the way first because we all know it’s coming. In my opinion, there is no other option for food. Tacos are very versatile and can please people with any dietary restriction. If I had my way, I would serve tacos at every holiday celebration. But, just in case you’re all not as crazy about tacos as I am, I’ve put together some more ideas for ya.
Nacho bar. This is another crowd pleaser, and a little more interactive. The only requirements are chips and cheese sauce, and after that you can get as creative as you want with the toppings. Meat, beans, pico, and jalapeños are some of my favorite additional toppings
Build your own burrito bar. Burritos are almost (almost) as good as tacos, and another great option to please many different eaters. You could easily make a burrito vegetarian, gluten free, and/or dairy free.
Homemade tortillas. If you want a fun, new food activity to try, make your own tortillas for the party! I promise, it is not as hard as you think, and you can use homemade tortillas for any of the above meals. It will definitely impress your guests, even if it is just your family, and they taste amazing! Definitely worth it.
Salsa and guacamole. The perfect appetizer or topping for your meal! Salsa and guac are one of my favorite snacks to make myself because it’s so easy!
Margaritas. I think we can all agree that it’s not Cinco de Mayo without a marg! You could go classic, frozen, or even try a spin on it and add a new flavor, Check out our spring cocktails blog post to see how we make our grapefruit-rita.
Churros & ice cream. Because DisneyLand just released their churro recipe, I HAD to put this in here. Obviously, nothing will taste as great as getting one in the park itself, but, I can verify that these are tasty. It really fits the theme and is the perfect end to a Cinco de Mayo meal!
Cactus cookies. These are tasty and a great decorating activity if you want to involve the kids! (Or, just do it yourself and have a great time like I did). Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and find a cute cactus cookie cutter. Support local businesses and order one from Etsy!
Dessert tacos. Tacos for the meal and the dessert? 100% yes. There are many different things you can use for the shell: pancakes, waffles, cinnamon sugar tortillas, or you can buy waffle cone shells in the shape of a taco. Fill them with fruit, chocolate, whip cream, or any other sweet treat!
When I was first planning the decorations, I realized there were many things I already had around my house that would be perfect. Use what you have to make your life easier! I also have a few DIY projects that are fairly easy and super cute.
Chalkboard menu/sign. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: chalkboards are a lifesaver when it comes to decorating! For a party at home like this, I always use it for the menu. But, you can use them to draw a graphic, a cute saying, or even just “Happy Cinco de Mayo!”.
Vase with lemon/lime slices. When I think of Cinco de Mayo, I think of bright colors! Fill a vase with some lemon and lime slices and water and you have a great piece of decor. You could also throw some colorful flowers in to spice things up.
Cactus banner. If you want something a little more crafty, make a cactus banner! You could use felt like mine, or paper. My sister made me this one last year and I had to bring it out for this celebration.
Bright colored tissue paper. Simple and easy, my favorite. Tissue paper can be used in so many ways! You can lay it out in layers on tables, turn it into fake flowers, make giant pom-poms to hang from the ceiling...the possibilities are endless. It’s an inexpensive way to bring color to the decor!
Sombrero Serving “Bowl”. Perfect for serving chips, and very low maintenance. No instructions needed.
Succulents and cacti. As it warms up outside, I seem to accumulate more plants inside. Especially succulents and cacti. They make great centerpieces for Cinco de Mayo, and look awesome with everything else!
I hope these ideas help get you ready for Cinco de Mayo this year! This underrated holiday deserves some love, preferably in taco form.