You’re on your way to enjoying a fantastic Cinco de Mayo Party.
Cinco de Mayo: Host a Fiesta!
It may come as a surprise to most that Cinco de Mayo is more widely celebrated in the
U.S. than in Mexico. Some say it’s because of the large Mexican population, others say it is
marketing celebration for things like Corona and tequila, much like St. Patty’s day is for Irish
whiskey and Guinness. Historically, it is said that since the Mexicans defeated the French at
the Battle of Puebla on May 5, it prevented the French from attacking the U.S. while we were
in the middle of the Civil War. Regardless of the reason, it’s a good excuse to throw a party so
grab a margarita, throw on your sombrero and get ready for Gig Salad’s Cinco de Mayo party
Más Tacos Por Favor
One of the most important things to take into consideration while planning a Cinco de
Mayo party is the guest list. Get an estimate of how many people will be attending so that you
don’t overpurchase food and drinks. These are two of the most essential ingredients to any
Cinco de Mayo party. You may want to hire a caterer to assist you with all the food. You should offer classic Mexican fares like,
tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and chimichangas served with rice, beans, guacamole, and salsa.
This can take a lot of prep work so get that caterer.
Drinks are another essential part of the party. One of the reasons the holiday took off
so well in U.S. is because beverage companies saw an opportunity and capitalized on it. At
most parties, you will find a lot of tequila, margaritas, and Mexican beer. Be sure to hire a
bartender to keep the adult
Bring on the Band!
When it comes to entertainment, you have so many options. There are so many different
styles of Hispanic,
bands and musicians. Most notable and appropriate style of music would be a Mariachi band, since they are a Mexican
band. If you can’t get a Mariachi band, bands of the following genres would also be appropriate
for a Cinco de Mayo party: Bolero,
Latin, Merengue, and Salsa. Nothing says fiesta, though, like a mariachi band
strolling through the crowd.
What goes better with a band than a group of dancers? Pair a Mariachi band with
traditional Jalisco dancers in their bright, full flowing skirts. You can use Latin and Salsa dancers with their respective bands as well. Have the dancers dress
brightly or in the colors of the Mexican flag of red, green, and white.
Where’s Your Sombrero?
Last on the list of to-dos for your Cinco de Mayo party is decorations. As I’m sure you know by now, the theme of
the decor will be Mexican. The colors should be bright or based on the colors of the Mexican
flag: red, green, and white. You could even decorate with miniature flags or with bright, colorful
hangings and banners.
A fantastic party favor and activity all-in-one would be a pinata filled with lots of goodies;
fill it with candy, beads, or other favors. It’s a fun activity everyone can participate in, and
everyone gets to reap the benefits! If you want to go above and beyond, have sombreros,
ponchos, or maracas as party favors for your guests; however, if you don’t want things getting
too loud, I’d avoid a lot of maracas.
Whether you’re celebrating your heritage or showing appreciation for the Mexican culture,
there is a lot involved with hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration. If this seems like a lot of work,
hire an event planner to do it
all or maybe just do a little. As always, you can find all the entertainment and services you need
on Gig Salad to throw a successful Cinco de Mayo celebration. Tener una fiesta fantástica!
(Have a fantastic party!)