Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas + Free Printable

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I cannot believe we are about to enter May! March and April flew by, and now we are fast approaching Cinco De Mayo! Being a California native, we have a strong Hispanic influence which gives us the opportunity to celebrate different cultures and holidays, like Cinco De Mayo. I am always looking for easy party ideas, and years of celebrating has given me lost of great Cinco De Mayo party ideas to share with you.

Great Cinco De Mayo party ideas! Includes a killer Mint Margarita recipe, maraca cookie decorating tutorial, Mexican party decoration ideas, and free printables. Everything you need to throw a fabulous party.

Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas

This year I decided to take a more natural approach to Cinco De Mayo, and break free of the traditional décor. I was inspired by the natural beauty of the blooming flowers in our garden.

One of my favorite Cinco De Mayo party ideas is to use fresh flowers from the garden to decorate your tables.

The vibrant colors coming from our garden were basically asking to be combined in to some sort of arrangement. I love the idea of using various vases and plants to pull together one look. My pots and vases were a combination of small white pots, tin cans, and painted mason jars.

Clay pots make a great flower vase for your Cinco De Mayo party.

The clay pots I have had for a while, but was unsure what to do with them, I thought they were a perfect nod to the beautiful pottery that has come out of Mexico.

Old Tin Cans are a great way to display flowers for a charming, rustic look at your next party.

The tin can was actually an old stewed tomato can that I removed the label from. The woven table clothe is an old family heirloom, and while it is not from Mexico, it totally reminded me of all the beautiful tapestry, and had such an antique feel with its thick woven pattern.

Flowers are a great way to decorate for your Cinco De Mayo party.

I love the vibrant red flowers with the stark white, I of course had to incorporate a succulent, just to give it a little dessert like feel. I used my spare limes to give a little bit of texture to the arrangement as well.

Use an old piece of wood to make a fun sign for your party.

My sign was a last minute DIY from some old scrap wood. It would be so cute as an entry way piece to a Cinco De Mayo Party!

Mexican folk art papel picado tutorial

Paula at frogprince paperie has a beautiful tutorial to help you make Papel Picado banners to go perfectly with your simple centerpiece and wood sign!

Mint Margaritas For Your Cinco De Mayo Party

What kind of Cinco De Mayo party would it be without some Margaritas! My mint plant was my inspiration for this delicious treat!

I love the idea of incorporating mint into a margarita! DELICIOUS Mint Margarita recipe - it would be great for a party.

I am not normally a huge fan of Margarita mix, but Trader Joe’s has a delicious and refreshing mix that isn’t too sweet, and is really quite refreshing!

Trader Joe's Margarita Mix - YUM!

Mint Margarita Ingredients:

  • Trader Joe’s Margarita Mix
  • Mint
  • Lime
  • Tequila
  • A splash of grand Marnier

This is a simple drink to make. Just muddle your mint leaves in the bottom of the pitcher, pour the margarita mix in, and stir. The final step is to strain the mint leaves out, and then blend with the tequila and ice.

Mint Margaritas are the perfect drink for your next fiesta! I can't wait to try this recipe.

It was INSANELY DELICIOUS! The mint really took the classic margarita to the next level.

Maraca Sugar Cookies

A party is not complete without some dessert!

Maraca Cookies! These are super cute. Great royal icing cookie decorating idea.

I made maraca sugar cookies, to serve for the guests. The kids were thrilled with the bright colors. The beauty of decorating them is that you really could use any colors or design you would like.

Maraca cookies are super easy to decorate. A great Cinco De Mayo party activity for kids!

Watch this quick video to see how I decorated my maraca sugar cookies:


Mexican maracas pretty much come in any color or style, so use your artistic license and have fun. You could also leave the cookies blank, and let the kids decorate! It would be a great party activity.

Maraca Sugar Cookies

I love to give my guests a little treat to take home, so as a parting gift I packaged up some mini Wholly Guacamoles.

A simple package of wholly guacamole is great for a gift to hand your guests as they leave.

I thought they were the cutest little snack, and would be something that people could actually use afterward!

Wholly Guacamole Gift Bag

So let’s get geared up for Cinco De Mayo this year. Get inspired from the things around you, and think outside of the Sombrero!

Grab Your Free Cinco De Mayo Printable HERE!

Cinco De Mayo sign - Fiesta Like There's No Manana

Want more ideas for fun Cinco De Mayo desserts?
We have an Easy “Fried” Ice Cream Recipe you will love and a Churros Recipe that has more free Cinco De Mayo printables.

Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream made easy! This is something the kids could help make and love to eat, too. SO GOOD!

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.