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If you’re looking for a holiday to throw a party in May how about a Cinco de Mayo celebration?

Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5, is not the Mexican Independence Day, that’s on September 16.  This holiday is celebrated both in Mexico and the US to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over Napoleon III’s French forces on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, specially in the state of Puebla, but in recent years it’s become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one.  Many Americans don’t really know its significance but head out to their favorite Mexican restaurant for a nice plate of Mexican food and a few margaritas.

This year why not celebrate at home and throw your own “fiesta” for family and friends; at least you won’t have to worry about having too many margaritas.

Make it fun and interesting.  Hold a salsa, chili, or guacamole  contest; ask friends and relatives to make their favorite salsa, chili, or guacamole and bring it to the party.  Everyone will have a blast sampling the entries and judging who has the best.

Put up a colorful backdrop and add some props, sombreros, maracas, serapes, etc. for a photo booth.

Here are a few budget ideas for your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.

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What’s a fiesta without lots of colors and a pinata?  Learn how to make these “pinata” decor from Brit + Co.  It’s easy, all you need are bright colored tissue paper, scissors, and a glue gun.

Instructions click here!

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Planning it All decorates with paper lanterns.

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Keep the menu simple with a Nacho or Taco Bar.  Let guests make their own nachos or tacos so you can enjoy your own party.

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Churros for dessert; a churro bar or in paper cones.

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For drinks you can do a Sangria or Margarita Bar.








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For non-alcoholic drinks set out a bucket of Jarritos!