Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta party
May 03, 2010
Cinco de Mayo began in Mexico, but that doesn't mean we Americans can't celebrate the holiday as well. The fifth of May is a time for friends to come together, relax and have a grand ol' time. It may not fall on a weekend this year, but so what? Try to indulge and have a blast anyway.
If you're throwing a Cinco de Mayo bash for your friends and family, well, that's a different story. Partying is easy, but coordinating a shindig takes some careful preparation.
To begin, make sure you stock up on fiesta supplies. Stretch to the far end of your imagination when shopping for these, as your party guests will be ecstatic to see something crazy. We care about our friends and want them to have a good time, so why not surprise them with something fun?
One of the most exciting ways to get into a fiesta mood is to purchase a good amount of chili pepper lights. These are just like Christmas tree lights, except hot-hot-hot!
The chili pepper is synonymous with Mexico, so once your friends and family see this familiar shape around the room, they'll be ready to let loose. And hey, if they're not, direct them to the margarita station!
Some other fiesta supplies you should make sure to purchase are a number of Mexican flags. Surprise everyone by placing them around the room. When the party gets going, your patrons are bound to pick them up and wave them in the air. Remember, if you see guests with a corona in one hand and a flag in the other, you know your work is done.
Next, start looking around for some Cinco de Mayo decorations. These can really run the gamut, but you may want to start with something that calls the desert to mind - cactuses. Try buying a few inflatable ones and place them out and about. It may not be super warm outside just yet, but we can guarantee this will make your guests sweaty.
Next, stock up on sombreros and ask people to wear them. Those who take you up on the offer will no doubt become the center of attention.
Finally, make sure you have a good amount of fiesta party goods. Try catering the event with Mexican delights such as tortilla chips and salsa. If you're a whiz in the kitchen, cook up a bunch of tacos and organize a taco buffet table. Watch as people eat their caliente cuisine off of red hot paper plates.
Remember, throwing a party isn't easy, but it can be a ball. When your guests call to thank you the next day and tell you what a blast they had, it will all be worth it.
So what are you waiting for? Vominos!