Cinco de Mayo: Throw a Fiesta!

Flickr photo by Steve Snodgrass
Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of when Mexican soldiers defeated the French forces in 1862, in what's known as the Battle of Puebla. Though the holiday is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico (weird, huh?), it's still a great way to celebrate Mexican traditions.

Heck, you don't have to twist my arm. I'll take any excuse for drinking a margarita and eating some Mexican cuisine ... here are some tips if you're planning on throwing your own fiesta next Wednesday:



  • Bright colors are essential for a fiesta, so fill balloons with helium and let the bright blues, yellows, and greens float through the air.
  • Display tiny potted cacti ... careful not to prick your finger!
  • If you're hosting an evening get-together, line your entryway with farolitos, which are paper bags filled with sand and a votive candle inside.
  • Create streamers and flags using tissue paper and this simple how-to from Martha Stewart.
  • Red and green peppers can be used in areas other than the kitchen. Fill large clear vases with the colorful red and green vegetables for some pretty decor.


  • If you want your Cinco de Mayo festivities to have any authenticity at all, a pinata is a must. You can fill it with candy, trinkets, or if you're serving alcohol, packets of aspirin.

What to serve:

Are you doing anything special next week for Cinco de Mayo?

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