cinco de mayo party


In college I had a friend whose favorite holiday was Cinco de Mayo. It was a big holiday for her – she and her family would get together and celebrate this important day, and I was always lucky enough to be invited.

Cinco de Mayo is less prominent for me these days, but I remember those celebrations fondly and create micro versions of them at our place. Seriously, micro – those celebrations I attended were huge.

Cinco de Mayo

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Whether I’m planning a themed dinner with margaritas for Jason and I, inviting a few people over or a whole house full, I have my party planning ideas for Cinco de Mayo small or big!


I tend to keep things simple, adding just a few touches to match the theme of the party. I also make decor functional when I can – a colorful stack of Fiestaware dishes would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo food! Also, what party is complete without a piñata?


My favorite aspect when planning an event. For Cinco de Mayo, I would include a self-serve taco bar, dips (seven layer, guacamole) in several small bowls placed about the room, and other small appetizer foods that are easily hand-held – stuffed sweet peppers or jalapeno poppers. I am also including a big batch of my (faux) huevos a la Mexicana enchiladas – always good.


One of my best party tips, especially for a crowd, is to make a signature cocktail. This way people can serve themselves if you wish, and nobody has to play bartender. If you have a large crowd, make several batches and have them on hand in the refrigerator.

A  good choice for Cinco de Mayo? Margaritas, of course! More specifically, a Sauza-rita…



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1 can frozen Limeade
1 can water
1 can Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 bottle light beer

In a large drink pitcher, add contents of one can Limeade. Fill can with water, pour into pitcher. Fill can with tequila, pour into pitcher. Add one bottle light beer of choice, stir to combine.



Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Recipe ideas for the party:

self-serve raw taco bar


mango habanero guacamole


seven layer dip with ‘noocho cheese’


[faux] huevos a la Mexicana enchilada


jalapeno poppers two ways – spicy and cheddar


raspberry jalapeno chocolates


salted double chocolate chili cookies

salted double chocolate chili cookies



He’s equally talented in the saving of lives and the ways of love. And best of all? He’s ready to pour you a Sauza-rita, and listen as you pour out your feelings. This perfect man is perfectly prepared to help make your ladies night unforgettably fun – with Sauza Blue, of course. Check him out at facebook/SauzaMargaritas.

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  1. says

    Oh man, we could certainly all use a party right about now! This sounds like the perfect spread. Also, when I first read the recipe I was all “where is she finding cans of Sauza??” You KNOW cans of straight tequila would be a little much, even for Cinco de Mayo. But then I realized you were using the limeade can to measure and all was well. :)

  2. says

    Cinco de Mayo is such a fun holiday! Well, I suppose in the way that us Americans like to capitalize on holidays that call for good food and festivities. 😉 Anyhow… I will most definitely be enjoying lots o’ guac and margaritas on the 5th! I like your idea of the ‘signature cocktail’ too — so much simpler than offering an array of options.

  3. says

    I didn’t even know Cinco de Mayo yet! 😯 Have to look it up on Wiki now. Your dishes and drinks look great, you seem to have enjoyed a wonderful celebration!

    (I’m so sorry, I won’t be able to catch with *all the things I’ve missed*!!!!!!! :( :( :( )

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