Events & Holidays

How to Put Together the Ultimate Cinco De Mayo Celebration

A Cinco de Mayo celebration is unlike any other springtime gathering. Cinco de Mayo is a colorful, musical, delectable food and beverage festival that honors Mexican American culture and heritage. There’s plenty of color inspiration for your party’s color plan, from the brilliant hues of traditional Mexican clothing to the flag’s symbolic red, white, and green. Tablecloths, flatware, and drinkware offer a plethora of festive decorating options. Remove your table covers and use a serape as a colorful tablecloth if you have one hanging around. Continue reading to learn how to throw the best Cinco De Mayo party ever.


The most important part of any Cinco de Mayo celebration is the food. Your guests will most certainly arrive hungry, and they will anticipate delicious Mexican cuisine. Some people have put up magnificent spreads for their parties, but you don’t have to spend all of your money on food. Explore possibilities at a few different price points to discover the one that’s perfect for you. Consider how restaurants such as Chipotle and Qdoba build out their menus, and then replicate their alternatives to ensure that everyone of your guests will find something they enjoy. You may wish to provide several alternative possibilities for combinations depending on how much time and money you have to spend.


The decorations can help to separate your (awesome) party from the others. It will help your guests relax and will undoubtedly be a discussion starter. When your friends realize how much effort you’ve put into making your apartment festive for the party, they’ll be overjoyed. You have numerous decorating alternatives depending on your budget. Most party decorations, such as balloons and streamers, are made in China, and ordering directly from China can save you a lot of money. The downside is that it can take a month or more to arrive. You may be able to take advantage of specials and coupons at your local party store if you shop early.


Because most people identify Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, it’s a smart idea to incorporate them into your celebration. Simple ingredients include margarita mix, tequila, ice, and a mixer. Because salt is inexpensive, salted rims will make your drinks appear more sophisticated and authentic. You may even rent a frozen drink machine and match it with nice margarita serving glasses if you have the funds. Getting all of the drinks you’ll need for your Cinco de Mayo party together might be costly, especially if they’re alcoholic. 


Every party requires music, and you’ll want to go all out on Cinco de Mayo. You can hire traditional musicians, such as a mariachi band or a Spanish DJ, or make your own playlist. If you don’t have a Mariachi band on speed dial, the next best thing is to listen to salsa or other traditional Mexican music on a CD. If you want to join in the fun, you may always utilize a Tambourine and Maracas set and just invite your visitors to play music (they’ll adore being a part of the show, especially after a Margarita!).