Cinco de Mayo parties celebrate the summer
March 23, 2010
Many Americans are overjoyed when the warm weather hits. Not only do they get to shed their drab winter garb in favor of light, spring garments and soak up the sunshine, but the longer days and pleasant evenings make us all feel as if we're on summer vacation.
The summer also provides more opportunities to socialize and backyard barbecues or pool parties allow us all to get out of the office and spend time with friends.
To squeeze the most out of the summer months, take advantage of all of the holidays and excuses to get together.
Cinco de Mayo is approaching, and everyone from beach bums to busy parents should take advantage of the fun and festive occasion to plan a fiesta. The memories of warm weather, good company and delicious food will sustain them when the cold weather returns!
Cinco de Mayo decorations will set the scene.
If you decide to go for it and plan a Cinco de Mayo party for you and yours, Cinco de Mayo decorations and fiesta party supplies are essential to creating a party mood.
Stock up on things like maracas, sombreros, chili pepper bracelets, balloons, streamers and, of course, piñatas.
No matter what the median age of your party is, everyone loves taking a few swings at a piñata. Choose one in a fun shape, like a chili pepper or a donkey.
Look for other fiesta party goods like glasses designed to have fun cocktails in them. Remember, the more fiesta supplies you spread around, the better the atmosphere of your party will be.
Don't forget the food!
What's a summer party without food? Make the most of the holiday and use it as an excuse to indulge in your favorite south of the border dishes.
When guests arrive, have fresh guacamole, salsa and toasted corn chips waiting for them. Have your blender plugged in and frosted glasses nearby, so that you can offer the partygoers a few margaritas as well.
You could also set up a burrito station where guests can make their own custom burritos filled with their favorite ingredients. Put out dishes of beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, shredded chicken, rice and hot sauce.
It would also be a fun idea to set out plenty of fun cocktail glasses with paper umbrellas stuck in them, or light-up LED cocktail glasses that blink fluorescent colors.
If you plan to serve beer and soda, invest in an inflatable palm-tree-shaped cooler that can be filled with ice to keep drinks cold and can be reused every time you have a fete.
When everyone is all set, just sit back and mingle with your guests.
Dessert is the most important part of the meal
For dessert, you could attempt to make a coconut cake or dolce de leche. Or, set out a few choice blocks of decadent Mexican chocolate and serve strong coffee.
Partygoers will appreciate the sweet and revitalizing treats after such a festive gathering, and everyone will be able to relax and enjoy the warm summer evening.