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How to Plan a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

As if you need an excuse to eat all the chips and guac, these easy entertaining ideas will inspire your Cinco de Mayo party this year.

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cinco de mayo printable invitationCourtesy of Let's Mingle

Turn up the heat

Email invites have their place, but to really take your party to the next level, send punny printables (like these “hey hot stuff” cards from Let’s Mingle) attached to a mini bottle of hot sauce. Metallic confetti or tinsel stuffed inside adds the final fiesta-worthy touch.

Pair it with these can’t-be-beat Cinco de Mayo party recipes.

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cinco de mayo party decorvia Amazon

Set the scene

Say cheese (or should we say queso)! Festive decorations make the party. Hang these traditional papel picado banners or pin them up to make a unique photo booth backdrop. Come up with a creative hashtag for any pictures your guests share online so you can look back on all the memories.

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taco pinataCourtesy of Studio DIY

Pick the perfect pinata

Throwback to your childhood by hanging a pinata filled with a variety of candy and other little goodies. You can buy a classic donkey from the party store or make your own with crepe paper and cardboard (we love this trendy taco from Studio DIY).

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cactus decor for cinco de mayovia Amazon

Coordinate your place settings

Skip the plain paper plates in favor of a unique alternative like these cute cacti. You can pair them with similar patterned cups and utensils or mix and match colors and prints for a more festive feel.

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pin the sombrero gamevia Etsy

Plan games ahead of time

Every host knows that a good party shouldn’t be planned down to the last minute… but it’s a good idea to have some backup games and entertainment in case there’s a lull. This pin the sombrero on the donkey game is silly, fun and easy to put up at a moment’s notice.

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Fish tacosTaste of Home

Let guests make their meal

Did someone say tacos? Set up a build your own taco bar so everyone can pick and choose their favorite toppings. Make sure you have vegetarian options, as well, and of course plenty of guacamole. Get started with these fabulous taco recipes.

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cinco de mayo paper flowersvia Amazon

Opt for bright colors

When it comes to a Cinco de Mayo party, the brighter and bolder the colors, the better (think hot pink, citrus orange, lime green and vibrant blue). Giant tissue paper blooms, like these fiesta flowers, look gorgeous hung around the entryway.

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street dances of salsa in one of the central squares in Havana, where both the locals and the tourists can take the dance floor and dance till they dropLesinka372/Shutterstock

Break out the salsa

And we aren’t talking about pico de gallo (although that’s a must, too!). Get your blood pumping by asking everyone to join you on the dance floor for a little cha-cha-cha. You can hire a professional salsa dancer to teach you all the moves or simply follow a tutorial on YouTube.

And when you’re done, kick back with our favorite salsa recipes.

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Tres Leches CakeTaste of Home

Don’t forget dessert

After salty chips and savory tacos, guests are going to be craving something sweet. Treat them to an authentic Mexican dessert: tres leches cake. This cake is creamy and rich (and guests will be begging you for the recipe when the party is over).

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fiesta favor tagsvia Etsy

Tell your guests “gracias!”

The party doesn’t have to stop when the night is over. Send each person home with a mini bottle of tequila (wrapped in one of these adorable tags)—all they have to do is add lime and salt to make their own margaritas. Be an extra helpful host, and send them home with directions on how to prep that perfect drink at home!

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