Mexican Fiesta / Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas
Cinco de Mayo is May 5
Another of summer’s all time great party ideas is having a Mexican Fiesta! A Fiesta is a perfect opportunity to indulge your fantasies with outrageous color combinations, wild decorations, and best of all… a reason to dust off those Mexican recipes you’ve been holding on to! Can you tell, I am really all about the food?
Here’s a bit of history: On May 5, 1862, an army of 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated French occupational forces that were twice as large in what is known as the Battle of Puebla. Mexico won their independence from France.
Today, the date means celebrating the Mexican culture with tasty Mexican dishes… or lots of food. Many towns and cities hold Cinco de Mayo celebrations with food tastings, mariachi music, and folk dances.
During these celebrations, it is common to “crack open” a pinata, or two. Although piñatas are uniquely thought of as a fun activity for fiestas nowadays, they have a long, rich history. There is some debate, but it is now thought that its origin is not Spanish but rather Chinese, coming to Mexico via Europe in the 16th century. This is still controversial as the Mayans had a similar tradition long before the arrival of the Spanish. Wherever the tradition came from, it is now part of our party traditions, and everyone loves to “whack” the piñata! Click on the video below to learn how to make your own pinata.
Set up a Taco or Nacho Bar for your guests. Be original and creative with your serving platters. Pile up appetizers or desserts (like fresh-fruit kebabs) on cactus, palm leaves or in a hollowed-out watermelon half.
Visit our Shopping Links page to find some great pinatas for your party. There are also links for party decorations, Margarita lights, Margarita supplies and glasses, and lots more. On our Decoration Tutorials and Craft Download pages find links to make your own piñatas, party banners and paper flowers.
Here a quick way to create some Mini Taco bowls for your party. Use these as party food, or use them as serving bowls for dips.
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375. Sprinkle each tortilla lightly with water and stack them on a plate. Cover the top with another plate turned upside down and microwave the tortillas for 1 minute or until warm. Turn two 12 cup muffin pans upside down. Mist each side of a tortilla lightly with cooking spray and center it in the space between 4 muffin cups, creating a bowl. Repeat with the 5 remaining tortillas, forming 3 bowls on each tin. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
And… What’s a fiesta without Margaritas?!! Try out these non-alcoholic recipes for Margarita Punch and Frozen Strawberry Margaritas.