Throw a Fiesta: Bright & Tasty

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, so it’s time to dust off the sombrero, crank up the mariachi band, and fire up the margarita machine. Throw a colorful fiesta to celebrate this Mexican-American holiday with my party planning tips.


Cinco de Mayo is one of the easiest holidays to decorate, just think bright! Anything in bright reds, yellows, oranges, greens, purples, and blues are good choices. Make simple paper flags out of tissue paper and string them around your house, from the front door to the patio. The more the merrier. We have lots of colorful invitation templates to get the party word out.


At the heart of any good celebration is the buffet table, and Mexican cuisine couldn’t be easier to prepare. Along with the usual suspects – chips, queso, salsa, guacamole - throw together a taco bar and let guests help themselves. Offer soft and hard tacos and display all the fixings in colorful dishes. A bright tablecloth will pull the buffet together.

Cheesy Chili Dip in a Cinco de Mayo spread courtesy of Pocket Change Gourmet.
Cheesy Chili Dip in a Cinco de Mayo spread courtesy of Pocket Change Gourmet.

This Mango Avocado salsa comes together in minutes, and is great to serve with chips, or to top your tacos with.

• 1 mango – peeled, pitted, and diced
• 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
• 4 medium tomatoes – diced
• 1 jalapeno pepper – seeded and diced
• ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 3 cloves garlic – minced
• 1 tsp. salt
• 2 tbs. fresh lime juice
• ¼ cup red onion – chopped
• 3 tbs. olive oil
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized serving bowl. Stir until it is well mixed. For best results, refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


Music is the life of a party, so prep your iPod with a playlist that includes an array of danceable latin music. Warning: Bad moves may be ahead. Party Supplies Hut has put together a list of Cinco de Mayo tunes to get the party started:

[twocol_one]Cup of Life by Ricky Martin
How Far is Heaven? By Los Lonely Boys
Hips Don't Lie by Shakira
La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
I Like It by Enrique Iglesias [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena
Who Says by Selena Gomez
On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez
Conga by Miami Sound Machine
La Bamba by Ritchie Valens [/twocol_one_last]


Keep the kids entertained with a Mexican Hat Dance Relay. Set up two sombreros a distance away and divide the kids into two groups, allocating each group a sombrero. Have a child from each team race to the sombrero, do a silly Mexican hat dance around it, then run back to tag their next team member. The first team to have all members complete the relay wins a prize.


And finally, what Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without margaritas. Hire a margarita machine to keep the beverage flowing, or show off your cocktail skills by blending your own. Have a bucket of Coronas on ice, and plenty of lemonade for the kiddos.

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Betsy Pruit of the Belly Feathers Party Community created this stylish margarita table.

Pomegranate Margarita Martini
• 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
• 2 oz lemon flavored vodka
• 1 oz. tequila
• ½ tsp. lime juice
• 1 cup ice
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and mix. Rim a cocktail glass with a lime wedge and the dip it in sugar. Pour drink into glass and garnish with a lime.

One final tip, brush up on your Macarena skills!