Cinco de Mayo, or May 5 in Spanish, is a holiday that many believe signifies Mexico’s independence. However, National Geographic reports Mexico actually declared its independence on Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayo is actually the celebration of Mexico’s unlikely win in battle against the French army during the Battle of Puebla in 1826. In recent years, celebrating this holiday has grown increasingly popular in the U.S., so hosting a festive and fun event this May 5 might be just what your friends have been longing for.

Here are a few ideas that are sure to spice up your party:

Mexican flair
Since the festive occasion is meant to honor and celebrate Mexico defeating the French so long ago, it might be fun to try and go authentic with the food you serve guests and the decorations you use to help enhance the space.

Filling a popular Mexican pinata with candy for kids in attendance is a great idea. Make sure to keep it outside or in an open space so youngsters won’t accidently break any windows or other valuables. Setting a craft table for the kids to create maracas is another great option.

SheKnows reports for this creative idea, each child will need two large paper cups, paintbrushes and red, white and green paint, dried pinto or other types of beans, and craft tape.

Let the kids cover the cups in any patterns or styles they like and then set them aside to dry. When the cups are ready to go, have the youngsters add some beans into one cup and then help them use the tape to fasten the two cups together.

For the adults
No party is complete without a signature cocktail and this is no different when it comes to Cinco de Mayo. To keep with the Mexican spirit, it might be a perfect idea to whip up a batch of margaritas for the occasion.

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All Recipes suggests trying a tasty grapefruit margarita at your affair.

      For this cocktail you’ll need:

    • 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
    • 1 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1/2 cup triple sec

1/2 cup tequila

  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds


Combine all ingredients except the seeds in a large pitcher. Stir the mixture together and either set out or serve with a few seeds dropped in.

Ordering colorful Cinco de Mayo flowers will finish the transformation for your fiesta.

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