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I don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the same vim that I used to, but it remains one of my favorite holidays. It might have something to do with the fact that I’ll drink a margarita any day, any time, because it really is always 5 o’clock somewhere. I’ve even found a bunch of super fun, family-friendly, easy DIY Cinco de Mayo party ideas from crafts to decorations to very yummy recipes, all of which make me love it even more.

Check them out, so you can do the same. With a margarita on the side. Even a virgin one.

Decorate!

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Set the mood by stringing colorful garland around the house. I love this colorful fiesta garlandfrom the PaperAltar Etsy shop. They’re not cheap, but can easily be reused for a birthday party or any celebration.

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If you’d rather save the money for extra guacamole (yum) you can make this DIY Cinco de Mayo party garland spied on Lovely Indeed. It looks super easy which means a lot, coming from this craft-impaired mama.

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Talk about easy: give your Cinco de Mayo table festive flair with a cleverlime place card ideafrom Real Simple. This is so simple (real simple) that you can do it even if you’re just setting the table for your own family.

Craft!

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A simple craft activity with the kids can turn any afternoon into a rockin’ party. And projects don’t get more doable than this colleciton ofeasy Cinco de Mayo craftsthat we rounded up for you last year.I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to make aDIY mini piñata?

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If you have plastic Easter eggs still lying around, turn them intoCinco de Mayo maracas. Brilliant.

Eat!

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The most important Cinco de Mayo food is, hands down, guacamole. And it is so incredibly easy to whip up yourself. Check out one of these5 amazing homemade guacamole recipesand make sure the avocados are perfectly ripe by May 5.

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Get in the kitchen with your kids to make homemade tortillas. This is one of theeasiest kitchen projects ever, promise, and it’s especially great to do with kids. You’ll be amazed at what they’ll eat if it’s stuffed inside of tortillas that they made by hand. Kale tacos anyone?

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One cannot survive on guacamole alone. Okay, I can, but it doesn’t quite make a complete family dinner, so throw in theseBlack and White Tacos from Foodie Bride. It doesn’t get more simple or affordable, and they can be prepped ahead.

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If you’re craving a different taco filling, go for it. Make your favorite and then, instead of filling taco shells or soft tortillas, pile the filling into bowl-shaped tortilla chips to make taco bites. I make Taco Bites, which you can find on my site One Hungry Mama, using a simple ground beef and black bean filling.

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End your meal with a sweet paleta, a Latin American style popsicle. These creative and very pretty Cinco de Mayo Paletas from Girlichef stack strawberry, coconut and—of all things—avocado layers. Yum. You could also layer juices in a Zoku popsicle maker for a quick, easy cheat.

Drink!

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You know where this is going, right? Straight to Margaritaville. If you love margaritas as much as I do, trust me that you’ll have to look no further for margarita recipes. Ever. Visit our post on fabulous Cinco de Mayo margarita recipes for some of the best ideas I’ve seen, including the classic pictured here, made with a surprising secret ingredient.

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I also like these7 sophisticated margarita recipesthat are more for sipping than however you might have imbibed in college. Think cucumber, grapefruit, and even lemongrass varieties of this classic co*cktail.

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If margaritas sounds delicious but like way too much work, you need to pick up a bottle (or two) of Laughing Glass co*cktailspre-made margaritas. They might sound sketchy, but allow me to reassure you that this stuff, made with super premium Blanco tequila and organic agave, is totally delicious. I know because I’ve been lucky enough to try it. Without any artificial ingredients, preservatives or colors, this award-winning drink is all natural goodness that’s totally worth the shortcut. And the 100 calories per 4-ounce serving is too.

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You didn’t think we’d keep you pregnant mamas and non-drinkers hanging, did you? (Oh, yeah, and the kids, too!) This Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca from our friends at the The Kitchn is the perfect mocktail for the non-alcoholic set. Delicious, refreshing and festive.

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FAQs

How do you throw a fun Cinco de Mayo party? ›

Set the party space with colorful decorations such as papel picado, sombreros, cacti and maracas. Play Mexican music to create a festive atmosphere. Consider adding traditional Mexican games such as lotería or a piñata smashing to your party.

What are easy decorations for Cinco de Mayo? ›

Easy Decorations for Cinco de Mayo

Use bright tablecloths and napkins with traditional Mexican prints like stripes, flowers, or cacti. Add some succulents or cacti to your decor to give your party a desert vibe. Use traditional Mexican props like sombreros or maracas as centerpieces or decorations.

How to decorate a table for Cinco de Mayo party? ›

An easy and inexpensive way to decorate your Cinco De Mayo tablescape is with cut citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges. Not only is it colorful, but it adds some pops of freshness and aromatics to your design. Just throw it in your compose pile afterwards as to not waste food!

What not to do on Cinco de Mayo? ›

Here are some things you don't want to do:
  • Avoid wearing sombreros, fake mustaches and Mexican-themed costumes. ...
  • Avoid dredging up your high school Spanish, especially with native Spanish speakers.
  • And you can enjoy traditional Latin drinks, but don't use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to drink too much.
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What are 2 traditions for Cinco de Mayo? ›

What are some ways people celebrate Cinco de Mayo? In Mexico, the festivity is marked in the state of Puebla with historical re-enactments of the Battle of Puebla, parades, mariachi music, colorful costumes and fireworks.

What are the Cinco de Mayo colors? ›

There are colors associated with Cinco de Mayo

Red, white, and green are the colors of the Mexican flag, as well as the colors worn on this day of celebration. Red represents the blood of the heroes that have died fighting, white stands for unity and purity, and green is for hope.

What are three things Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of? ›

Cinco de Mayo
TypePolitical
SignificanceCelebration of the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862
CelebrationsParades, food, music, folkloric dancing, battle reenactments
DateMay 5
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What are some typical items you would expect to see at a Cinco de Mayo party in the United States? ›

A typical Cinco de Mayo celebration in the US will have foods like burritos, tacos, chips and salsa, and guacamole. As for drinks, Margaritas, beer, and tequila in general play a big role. In fact, beer sales on Cinco de Mayo exceed beer sales on other holidays such as St.

What are some dos and don'ts for Cinco de Mayo? ›

Avoid wearing sombreros, fake mustaches and Mexican-themed costumes. You don't want to perpetuate stereotypes. Avoid dredging up your high school Spanish, especially with native Spanish speakers. And you can enjoy traditional Latin drinks, but don't use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to drink too much.

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