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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner

There's a warm breeze in the air and the days are getting longer, which means that the summer months are approaching.
Rejoice in the joys of the new season by preparing for a Cinco de Mayo party!

Cinco de Mayo, which literally translates as the fifth of May, is celebrated every year to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over invading French forces on May 5, 1862.

However, historic significance aside, anyone can get in on this fun and festive holiday, which also serves as a harbinger of the summer.

To make the most of the coming holiday, send out your Cinco de Mayo invitations now. Then, begin the party planning!

Stock up on fiesta supplies!

South-of-the-border decorations, like sombreros, maracas, festive table runners, printed cups and strings of colorful party lights are the perfect Cinco de Mayo decorations.

Feel free to go a little over the top, and place novelty Cinco de Mayo party goods around your home, as well.

For example, a few inflatable cacti will add a funny touch to your fiesta, and you could even pick up an inflatable sombrero-shaped computer to keep your beverages cold.

What's a fiesta without food?

There are a few options when it comes to Cinco de Mayo party fare.

You could make some Mexican dishes for your guests – impress your friends by whipping up creamy guacamole, spicy salsa verde and a few different types of quesadillas. Then, really wow them with your own version of a traditional Mexican dish like enchiladas or tamales.

Of course, for dessert, don't forget the Mexican coffee and chocolate!

However, if you're not handy in the kitchen, why not just order in from your favorite Mexican restaurant, or ask guests to bring a few of their own best dishes?

You could even use the international holiday as a jumping-off point for an around-the-world potluck dinner. Ask revelers to prepare a family recipe or their favorite exotic dish, and have a giant buffet dinner before the festivities kick off.

No matter what treats you decide to serve, don't forget about the margaritas! They may be essential to a good Cinco de Mayo party. Whether you prefer them frozen, up or on the rocks, set up a station where your guests can easily make their own delicious margaritas - and don't forget the salt.

Test your guest's knowledge

Nearly everyone will enjoy a fun and raucous party, but you can test your guest's knowledge of Mexican history by organizing a trivia competition.

Ask them questions about the formation of the country, modern Mexican politics and the history of Cinco de Mayo.

You could even throw out a few questions out about the ingredients or preparation of any traditional dishes that your guests sampled at the party.

Have a few Cinco de Mayo items, like maracas, put aside to hand out to guests as prizes for their knowledge or as party favors.


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