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24 Cinco de Mayo Food, Activities, and Party Ideas To Make

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th every year.  Here are the most creative Cinco de Mayo food, activities, free printables, decorations, and party ideas to celebrate this fun and festive holiday with your family!

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

1.  How To Make Mini Pinata Party Favors ~ Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and these cute mini piñatas would be perfect party favors.  After everyone has taken a whack at the full size piñata, send each of them home with a mini version of their own.

2.  “Buenas Noches” Cinco de Mayo Fiesta ~ Lots of pictures and party details for a Cinco de Mayo dinner party.  Fun homemade decorations, recipes, and party favors you can use for any your Fiesta.

3.  DIY Papel Picado Mexican Banner ~ Papel Picado is a a traditional Mexican banner made by cutting intricate designs into tissue paper.  The perfect decoration for you Cinco de Mayo celebration, you can use this DIY tutorial to create your own.


4.  Drink Umbrella Wreath {How-To} ~ This bright festive wreath is the perfect Summer craft and would be fabulous at any beach themed party, Cinco de Mayo, etc.

5.  Mexican Fiesta Centerpiece ~ Make these festive DIY centerpieces for as inexpensive as one dollar.  Tissue paper is accordion folded and ruffle fringe is added to glass containers.

6.  Cinco de Mayo Chile Pepper Pom ~ Hang several of these festive chile peppers from the ceiling and you have yourself the perfect  Cinco de Mayo fiesta decor!  It’s also another fun way to make a tissue paper pom.

7.  Tissue Paper Streamers and Flags ~ Whether you have mariachi’s or not these adorable streamers and flags are the perfect accompaniment to your “fiesta”.


8.  Cinco de Mayo Recipes {Party Foods} ~ A collection of recipes, two dozen, to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Every category, from drinks to desserts, has something yummy for you to make and share with your guests.

9.  Sweet Mexican Corn Cake ~ Doesn’t this corn cake look yummy?  It is served as a side dish in some Mexican restaurants, but the combined sweetness from the cornmeal, whipping cream and corn make it the perfect dessert.  I always save the best for last.  This is it!

10.  Nacho Cupcakes ~ While they may look savory, these Nacho Cupcakes are really a sweet treat.  Topped with frosting and cinnamon sugar chips, they would be a perfect dessert for Cinco De Mayo.

 11.  Taco Salad Bar ~ This crowd-pleaser is super easy to prepare and serve.  Let your guests help themselves while you sit back and marvel at how easy it was to put this all together.  A tray like this feeds about 6 people.

12.  Skillet Queso Dip ~ This delicious Queso Dip would be a great appetizer for your Cinco de Mayo party.

13.  Cilantro Lime Pesto Burritos & Salsa ~ There are two amazingly yummy recipes in this post.  Both use fresh ingredients.  Delicioso!

Free Printables

14.  Cinco De Mayo Printable Banner ~ This Cinco de Mayo printable is a free PDF download that you can turn into a colorful pennant garland for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Just add chips and salsa.

15.  Cinco de Mayo Party Printables ~ Quickly plan your celebration with this free printables collection.  The collection consists of a 5×7 invitation, party circles, drink flags, water/beer bottle labels, and a “Cinco de Mayo” banner.

16.  Cinco de Mayo {free printables} ~ Dress up your Cinco de Mayo party with these free printable designs.  The free printables include party circles and invitation.

17.  Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Printables ~ These cute printables have your FIESTA covered!  The free printable a banner, tented cards, thank you favor tags, party circles, a yard sign and Spanish name tags.

Fiesta Crafts

18.  Flirty ‘Fiesta’ Flower Bouquets ~ Make these gorgeous paper bouquets as centerpiece ideas for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. You’ll love this technique so much, you will want to make bouquets for every season.

19.  Ruffled Crepe Paper Streamers ~ Dana created these gorgeous ruffled streamers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo using inexpensive crepe paper streamers in bright colors.  Change up the colors and this great tutorial can turn your boring party streamers into a fabulous decoration for any party.

20.  DIY Festive Mexican Paper Flowers ~ Bring some flair and joy to your party with these festive flowers.  You can make them with tissue paper or recycled newspaper.  Use the popular ‘poof’ method to create these flowers and adding extra colors.

21.  DIY Mexican Senorita Hair Accessory ~ Make this fun señorita hair piece in advance.  They are perfect as party favors, embellishing table decor, brooches, or as a party activity.

Cinco de Mayo Activities

22.  Cinco de Mayo Mini Pinatas ~ Whip up these festive Cinco de Mayo Mini Pinatas in minutes.  It’s so simple to make you can have your children help. No paper mache is used, just paper cone cups.  They would make great party favors too!

23.  Sombrero Dish {To-do} ~ These sombrero burrito bar dishes are a fun craft for kids.  Using colored paper plates, colored cups, and pom pom’s, you can create your own sombrero dish.

24.  Ojo de Dios Craft ~  These brightly colored Ojo de Dios craft is said to symbolize the eye of God.  It represents the power of seeing and understanding unseen things.  They are a combination of yarn and sticks.  A perfect craft for kid’s 5 and older.

History of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “fifth of May”, is a celebration held every year on May 5.  The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.

Happy Cinco de Mayo

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  1. Anel

    thanks for clarifying that cinco de mayo is observed in the US. I’m mexican and I can’t tell you how many times I have discovered that people think may 5th is our independence day. It isn’t, in fact, cinco de mayo isn’t even a day off from school, it is simply remembered but not celebrated. I do like all the ides for colorful fiesta though!

  2. Windy City Novelties

    I love Cinco de Mayo for many reason but one of the main ones is because of how colorful the decorations are. This year, Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby land on the same day so I can see how some of these decorations can work for both events!

  3. Platinum Touch Events

    Wow, sooo many great ideas and party inspiration here. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Jennyo

    How fun! I always get some Mexican jumping beans to hand out at Cinco de Mayo parties. They are so much fun! and now you can buy Mexican jumping beans online at http://www.amazingbeans.com

    HAVE FUN:)

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