Let's Celebrate: Cinco de Mayo

Here in the good Southwest, we take things like Cinco de Mayo quite seriously.  You see, it is a really good reason to eat delicious and authentic Mexican food, be surrounded by bright colors, and spend time with family.

Why not check out the history of Cinco de Mayo and plan a little celebration?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Use tissue paper for decor!  It is inexpensive, and really authentic for this sort of celebration...

These are all easy DIYs, and really add color to your fiesta as well.  

Another fun way to decorate is with the small succulents...

Of course, food is a very important aspect of a Cinco de Mayo celebration...

The food doesn't have to be a full-meal.  I love the idea of a salsa bar or just dessert.  We will probably get some carne asada meat from a local carniceria, and make black bean dip and cilantro lime rice.  Maybe even some mexican corn.  Mock fried ice cream is easy to make in advance--perfect for hosting!  Warm honey and cinnamon together and drizzle it on top for the perfect touch.  If you are hosting, to keep cost low, have everyone bring something!  Takes the stress off of you and your budget.

And of course, get-togethers are more fun with photos, and who doesn't like a few fun props?!

If you are looking for the perfect way to top off the day, try serving some horchata--a traditional Mexican rice drink.  Think rice pudding in liquid form, it is delicious!

I hope this gave you a few ideas on how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, whether it be a big or small celebration.  Let me know how it goes!

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