easy cinco de mayo party ideas

I find the bars and restaurants way too crowded on Cinco de Mayo – I much prefer to drink margaritas in my own home  rather than pay an exorbitant fee for watered down ones with bad queso. For me, all you really need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo are margaritas, friends, and some guacamole. It’s not hard to pull together a quick party. If you want to throw together some Mexican-style decor as a bonus, here are some fun ideas:

easy cinco de mayo party ideas | paper lanterns


Paper lanterns are an easy, affordable addition to your decor. You can find them at party supply stores; Amazon has them in packs of 8 or 10 for about $1 or so a piece. Add lightbulbs and you’re done! If you can’t find fiesta style lanterns you can stick to red, white and green (the colors of the Mexican flag) or do fun bright colors. Photo via Party People Blog.

easy cinco de mayo party ideas | pink and orange centerpiece

Speaking of bright colors, I love the idea of bright pinks, greens and oranges. Anything you have in these bright colors can be a fun centerpiece. I love the above idea by Pizzazzerie, taking bright pink milk bottles and orange vases with bright pink and orange flowers. Very cute and simple! Visit the link for a free invitation printable!


easy cinco de mayo party ideas  | simple centerpiece

For a subtler centerpiece idea, or an accent piece on the taco bar buffet (more on that in a minute) I love the idea of using a salsa can as a vase! Photo via The Glamorous Housewife.

easy cinco de mayo party ideas | nacho bar


In terms of the menu, Cinco de Mayo is very DIY-friendly, as in, let your guests do the work. I love the idea of a make-your-own taco bar – provide the taco shells or tortillas, meat and fixings.

Other make-your-own ideas include:

  • Nacho bar (such as the above photo via Catch My Party – love those mini flags!)
  • A guacamole recipe challenge – have guests bring a bowl of their own mix and do a blind taste test
  • Fajita bar – a bit more complicated than tacos but even more delicious!

easy cinco de mayo party ideas

And of course, Cinco de Mayo isn’t complete with a delicious pitcher of margaritas! Here are some ideas  to have fun with the classic margarita!




  1. Jamie says:

    I love paper lanterns! They are so cost friendly, but add so much fun to a party! I am also a huge fan of nacho bars!

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