31 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Ideas {recipes, printables, party decor}

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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!

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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.

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Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

1.  Easy Burrito Bowl 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.

2.  DIY Fiesta 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.

3.  How to Throw a Cinco de Mayo Party ~ Ole! Add some spice to your fiesta with this amazing Cinco de Mayo party!  Lots of pictures and party details for a Cinco de Mayo party. Fun homemade decorations, recipes, and party favors you can use for any your Fiesta.

4.  Fiesta “Forty” Party ~ A big milestone deserves a full blown celebration! Fiesta style, hot pink, turquoise, yellow and orange. Homemade pom poms brighten things up and a mariachi to liven the party. A taco bar with tacos made to order. To top it all off…a homemade Tres Leches cake. The recipe is available when you click the click. {wink} 

5.  Mexican Fiesta Party ~ Lots of pictures and party details for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta party. Fun decorations in bright pink, orange and yellow, taqueria stand, drink stand and party favors you can use for your Fiesta.

6.  Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas  ~ Lots of inspiration packed into this party, from the honeycomb and tissue flowers to the fiesta banner! Fun will be had at this stylish party!!

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Decorations

7.  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.

8.  DIY Fringe Runner ~ A tutorial on how to make a fringe table runner for easy fun and festive decor.

9.  Paper Senoritas ~ A cheap and easy way to decorate for your tables for your party using the free printable.

10.  Cinco de Mayo Succulent Cans ~ Make these festive DIY centerpieces for as inexpensive as one dollar. Tissue paper is accordion folded and ruffle fringe is added to glass containers.

11.  Paper Fan Garland ~ Whether you have mariachi’s or not this adorable paper fan garland is the perfect accompaniment to your “fiesta”.

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Food

12.  Homemade Salsa ~ Homemade fresh salsa is incredibly flavorful and a great way to provide a nutrient boost in scoopable, munchable form. 

13.  Easiest Fish Tacos ~ There are two amazingly yummy recipes in this post including pineapple guacamole and easy fish tacos.  Delicioso!

14.  Mom’s Guacamole ~ Learn how an easy recipe for guacamole. I call it Mom’s Guacamole because she taught me how to make it. PERFECT for both Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day.

15.  Mexican Grilled Corn ~ Mexican Grilled Corn, or Elotes, is the perfect summer side dish and one of the tastiest ways to get your veggies!

16.  Pineapple Pork Tacos ~ A yummy taco dinner with a grown up twist for this fun celebration.

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17.  Homemade Horchata {vegan} ~ A creamy and delicious traditional beverage.  Made with cashews instead of the traditional almonds.  

18.  Easy Lazy Churro ~ Churro’s are definitely a favorite in my home!  And, how fun are they on a stick?  Made with puff pastry dough.  Don’t forget to enlist in your children’s help! {wink}

19.  Margarita Cookies ~ The classic margarita drink in the form of a cookie.  A sugar cookie mix is kicked up a notch with coconut and topped with a lime, rum and vanilla frosting.

20.  Tres Leches Cake ~ The cake is so moist and delicious.  It’s soaked in three milks, condensed milk, evaporated milk and, depending on the recipe, half and half, whole milk or heavy cream

21.  DIY Pinata Cookies  ~ Talk about a perfect party favor for Cinco de Mayo!  These adorable little cookies break open to reveal an extra treat inside.  Check out the pictures instructions to make your own little pinatas.

22.  Cactus Dessert ~ Ole! Aren’t these cactus desserts adorable?!  They’re similar to dirt pudding cups, but use sugar cookie mix, vanilla pudding and vanilla wafer crumbs.  They’re so easy your children can help you!  {wink}

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Free Printables

23.  Cinco de Mayo Printable Flags ~ String the flags together for a garland or use as a centerpiece either way their festive and fun!

24.  Pin the Tail on the Pinata ~ Just like the classic “pin the tail” on the donkey game, this pin the tail on the pinata is sure to delight adults and children alike.  

25.  Fiesta Party Kit Printable ~ All the printables you need to throw a fiesta for Cinco de Mayo with this free printable set.  It includes a printable sign, fiesta toppers and fiesta tags. 

26.  Printable Fiesta Sign ~ “Let the fiesta begin”, this Cinco de Mayo printable is a free PDF download that you can turn into a colorful sign to greet your party guests for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Just add chips and salsa.

27.  Cinco de Mayo Photo Booth Props ~ If you are looking for some fun entertainment for a party full of teenagers or adults, set up a make shift photo booth and print out a set of these photo booth props.  Guest will be acting like kids as they dress up to take pictures during the celebration.

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Cinco de Mayo Activities 

28.  Mini Cactus Pinatas {Cinco de Mayo Decor} ~ These mini cactus pinatas are adorable! With this fabulous post you’ll learn how to create them from scratch. Easier than you would think, and super cute to boot! Perfect to help decorate for your Cinco de Mayo bash!

29.  Mariachi Guitar ~ This cute cardboard guitar will give your favorite little ones a cute way to jam out together.  They will feel like little rockstars as they strum the rubber band strings.

30.  Lucha Libre Mask Template ~ Did someone say Nacho Libre?!  These Lucha Libre masks crack me up.  Print these free Mexican Luchadores mask templates to let your children decorate themselves.  

31.  Easter Egg Maracas ~ If you have some leftover plastic Easter eggs then this is a fabulous project for you.  The project is easy peasy too!  Grab your plastic eggs, plastic spoons, popcorn kernels, tape and markers.  Your children will love decorating and shaking their maracas!

 

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