May is just around the corner and before you know it it will be time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. For some this means a great happy hour celebration at your local Mexican restaurant while those of American-Mexican descent celebrate their Mexican heritage and pride. During this day of celebration you can find events across the country highlighting the Mexican culture, especially through its food, music and dancing. This week I will cover everything from the food and drinks to the party piñata. You won’t want to miss out! So without further ado, here are my ten favorite Cinco de Mayo celebration ideas.
1. The Sombrero. You can’t have a Cinco de Mayo celebration without someone wearing this classic symbol. You can find these in just about any color combination you can imagine. Even in your favorite school colors!
2. Party Garland. I love all the bright colors or this festive holiday so creating your own party garland is the perfect way to accessorize. Martha Stewart has a great tutorial on making your own tissue paper garland.
3. Drink Cupcakes. Since the increased trend of the cupcake you can find all sorts of flavors including ones inspired by different drinks like the Corona Cupcakes and the Margarita Cupcakes. You really can have your cake and drink it too!
4. Mariachi Music. What would a Cinco de Mayo party celebration be without traditional mariachi music?!? You can find a great mix to play or hire a traditional mariachi band.
5. Mustache Straws. For a funny addition to your drinks attach mustaches to all your drinking straws. All your guests will be thoroughly entertained the rest of the evening with these! If you are not up for making them LittleRetreats on etsy has some great ones you can order.
6. Nacho Bar. Just like the popcorn bar ideas I shared with you a few weeks back, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to setup a nacho bar. Like this one from Piggy Bank Parties, you can include all types of different toppings, spices and chips for your guests to create their own party dip.
7. Bright Florals. The use of bright florals of any kind can transport you south in no time. Whether you have real or fake flowers at your fiesta the brighter the better! Need a way to display your florals? Try empty salsa cans, corona bottles or oversized margarita glasses. 
8. Party Piñata. Everyone young and old loves a piñata. Get a little creative this year and make your own by following this pinata tutorial by Studio DIY.
9. Lime & Pepper Decorations. In line with trying to go green at events using peppers and limes in your design creation for a Cinco de Mayo party is the perfect solution. These can be used post-party in recipes and other event decoration ideas.
10. Woven Serapes. Along with the sombrero I would consider this a requirement for any Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. You can use them as bench covers, wall hangings, or table runners.

Check back the rest of the week for more Cinco de Mayo party ideas and a fun recipe that will turn your party into a fiesta! How are you going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year?


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