32 Cinco de Mayo Food Recipes, Activities and Party Ideas


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!

32 Cinco de Mayo Food Recipes, Activities and Party Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

1.  Skippyjon Jones Fiesta {Cinco de Mayo Party} ~ Ole! Add some spice to your fiesta with this amazing Skippyjon Jones/Cinco de Mayo party!  Brittany has some unique party decor ideas to incorporate into your party.  Some of her ideas included a banner made from hard taco shells and sombrero’s used as a cupcake stand.  There are so many other fabulous ideas you don’t want to miss so make sure you click on the link.

Cinco de Mayo Ideas

2.  Welcome to Margaritaville Party {Adult Party Ideas} ~ While this margarita party was planned to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, this could easily turned into a fun adults only get together. Lots of inspiration packed into this party, from the margarita table with the lime tower to the decor with matching straws! Fun will be had at this stylish party!!

3. “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.

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

4. 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.


Cinco de Mayo Decorations

5.  Cinco de Mayo Party Centerpieces {Party Decor} ~ These colorful paper parasol topiaries are perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any type of tropical party.  Not only are they adorable they are easy, inexpensive, and only take about 20 minutes to make.  You can reuse them over and over for your summer parties.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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


9. 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.

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

10.  Individual Seven-Layer  Dip Cups ~ This tasty appetizer is a fun way to serve up a seven-layer dip at your next dinner party.  Everyone gets just the right amount of each ingredient, plus it looks prettier on the table to have several of these laid out than a half-eaten tray of messy beans.

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

12. 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!

13. 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.

Cinco de Mayo Recipe

14.  Mexican Lettuce Wraps ~ How to make Mexican Lettuce Wraps with a great recipe and pictured instructions on how to make this wonderful lunch or dinner. Perfect for a party or even snack or even a Mexican Lettuce Wrap Bar! You can adjust with your favorite veggies & favorite Wholly salsa!

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

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

16.  Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Cookies ~ Ole! Aren’t these sombrero cookies adorable?!  Learn how to dress up plain store bought sugar cookies.  They’re so easy your children can help you!  {wink}

Cinco de Mayo Dessert

17.  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.

Cinco de Mayo Recipe

18.  Deep Fried Ice Cream ~ Deep Fried Ice Cream is definitely a favorite in my home!  I’ll let you in on a little secret…it’s not really deep fried.  If you can scoop ice cream then you can easily make this recipe.  Don’t forget to enlist in your children’s help! {wink}

Free Printables

Free Printables

19.  Cinco de Mayo Party Favor Bags {Printable} ~ Make your own party favor bags with these darling Cinco de Mayo Printables.  In this post, she printed them onto vellum and filled the envelopes with homemade pralines.  Yum!

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

Cinco de Mayo Printables

23. Cinco de Mayo Printables ~ These cute printables have your FIESTA covered! The free printables include tags that say fiesta, drink up and Cinco de Mayo.  The recipe for the easiest margarita is also included.

Fiesta Crafts

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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

28. 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!

29. 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.

Cinco de Mayo Activities

30.  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!

31. 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.

Cinco de Mayo Activities

32. 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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