Cinco de Mayo has gone from being a Mexican holiday of Independence to a continent-wide celebration to kick off spring every year. And who doesn’t love a reason to throw a great party with a theme?
Keep the fiesta going all summer long by celebrating Mexican culture, cuisine and cocktails with a Margarita Madness party!
Setup & Snacks
Décor: Hit the craft store and grab some fabric in a fun stripe or bold floral print to drape over your table and bar — think vibrant colors like reds, greens, and yellows. At the party store, you’re sure to find a good piñata, and pick up some mini sombreros and Dia de los Muertos figurines to decorate tables and buffets. Grab supplies for tissue flowers for a beautiful, traditional DIY décor project, and be sure to bedeck your space with loads of strings of party lights, and definitely break out your colorful serving dishes!
For the Menu: Keep things easy with a make-your-own taco bar with easy toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, beans, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo in serving bowls. Arrange hard taco shells and tortillas (corn and/or flour) on a platter, and dinner is ready. My recipe for Spicy Mexican Salad with Black Beans and Hominy is great as a dip for crispy tortilla or plantain chips.
To Drink: Cerveza, sangria, and margaritas obviously top the list of Mexican-inspired drinks to serve, but other ideas include agua fresca (a traditional Mexican drink made with fresh fruit, water and sugar) that you could serve with or without alcohol. Or if you happen to live near a place that sells Mexican Coca-Cola, be sure to grab some for the bar! Made with natural cane sugar and sold in small, old school bottles, this less processed version of the original has garnered quite a following in the United States.
Kick off the party right by serving cold margaritas to guests as they arrive. Pour your cocktails over the rocks in glasses with salted rims. Cover just half the mouth of the glass so guests have the option to drink from either side.
Piñata Time: For a grown-up take on everyone’s favorite party game, fill your piñata with real Mexican candy and tiny bottles of tequila and mezcal (make sure they’re plastic!). If you don’t live in a place where you can buy real Mexican candy, a quick search online can lead you to fun, authentic treats from Mexico as long as you plan ahead. It’s the perfect way to rev up your party’s atmosphere and give guests an excuse to get silly — blindfolds mandatory!
The Perfect Playlist: If you can hire a mariachi band, definitely do that, but if you can’t, you can still make a great musical mix for your bash. Spotify or Pandora are great options for finding current Mexican pop hits, or add some iconic Mexican performers like Santana and Selena to your usual party playlist (if they’re not already there). Move some furniture out of the way, add our killer recipe for Kick Your Shoes Off Margaritas and it won’t be long before everyone’s on the dancefloor!