Cinco de Mayo is a vibrant celebration of victory and joy. Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May for those without Google translation abilities) is the holiday that commemorates the day the Mexican army defeated France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867) in 1862.
While this holiday isn’t a huge celebration in Mexico, it is used as a way to honor Mexican culture and traditions. Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, Mexico, and a few other regions around the country participate in the celebrations.
In America, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, and traditional foods. The largest festivals primarily occur in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
We down margaritas, we eat copious amounts of guacamole and end up attempting to dance gracefully to mariachi music. The key to hosting a successful Cinco de Mayo fiesta is combining the flavor and pride of this holiday with some classic hosting skills to help you pull it off. From the invitations to the décor and menu suggestions, we have a ton of ideas and advice to help you through a unique fiesta this Cinco de Mayo!
With any invitation, be sure to check and re-check your details. Not only do you need to remember to include pertinent information like occasion and location, you need to weave in other key party elements. For instance, an RSVP is essential to a great party as is a line inquiring about any and all food related allergies.
When Cinco de Mayo rolls around, spring is in full swing. If you have the space, look to host your party outside. If not, bring it indoors with bright festive colors. In addition to the colors of the Mexican flag which are green, red, and white, add in bright hues like hot pink and fiery orange. For centerpieces, use succulents or cacti as your main table decoration and rely on papier-mâché for colorful banners.
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