Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken as Mexican Independence Day, but it’s actually an annual remembrance of an unlikely victory on May 5th, 1862 in Puebla, Mexico.
After successfully holding off the better equipped French Army in the Battle of Puebla, the victory was indeed a cause for celebration. It has now extended North of the border as a special day full of festivals, dancing and appreciation for Mexican heritage and pride.
Read on to see how you can bring the festivities home and throw your own fiesta surrounded by your amigas y amigos with style and flair.
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Let’s get started with setting the stage. A brightly colored well-dressed table is the best foundation, starting with any standard brightly colored flat sheet from your linen closet. Next you can use a Mexican serape as a runner.
If you don’t have one, try your local discount, thrift store, or flea market. Add a few fresh flowers, colorful linen or paper napkins and dishes. Remember it doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy – the idea is fun, festive and colorful.
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Next, do something unexpected and serve all your dips in terracotta pots of varying sizes. Smaller pots can be used for food and larger ones for table centerpieces filled with Mexican paper flowers, citrus fruit, avocados or peppers.
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String a few garlands up, procure a fun pinata filled with candy and mini bottles of your fave adult beverages.
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Now, what to serve? Any hostess knows the more dishes that can be made ahead, the more time you have to actually to enjoy your guests. Anything that can be made in a crockpot is a great start, like this delicious and deceptively easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Queso Dip.
But of course, what’s a fiesta without tacos?! You can set up a taco bar with creative ingredients that allow your guests to come up with creative twists on an old standard.
Nothing goes better with chips, salsa, and tacos than a good margarita. You can mix up a few different kinds in pitchers on a table with garnishes like lime and lemon wedges, rimming salts and sugars, and margarita glasses. Your guests can serve themselves while they enjoy the festivities.
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Round out the meal with some Mexican desserts, like flan, tres leches cake or churros.
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Lastly, set the mood with a playlist of your favorite Latin jams and prepare to eat drink and dance the night away!
Tell us how you’ll be enjoying the Cinco De Mayo festivities.