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Tips on Hosting a Cinco De Mayo Fiesta in Your Backyard!

Sombreros optional, attendance mandatory. Here’s how to host a knock-out Cinco de Mayo fiesta filled with authentic Mexican treats in your backyard.

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Start Planning a Cinco De Mayo Bash That You Can Host in Your Own Backyard

April is already gone, and just like that, May has arrived with her slew of holidays to celebrate! May is certainly a busy month, with Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo, and a smattering of other lesser-known holidays. So why not start planning your backyard parties a little early?

First up on the calendar: Cinco de Mayo. This holiday doesn’t fall in summer, but with its bright colors and festive reputation, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to host a lively party in your backyard. Ready to get started? Here are a few Cinco de Mayo party tips you won’t want to miss!

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Do a Little Research

Before you host this pre-summer backyard bash, learn a little about the holiday you’re about to celebrate. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day, rather, it’s a celebration of Mexico standing its ground and securing an “unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.” Enjoying tacos and margaritas is great, just make sure you know the significance of the holiday before you indulge!

Don’t Just Send a Text Invite, Spread the Word

If you really want to know the recipe for hosting a memorable backyard bash in honor of Cinco de Mayo, a crowd of good company is the number one ingredient. Good friends (and probably some strong tequila) are must-haves, so make sure you send out an invitation early. Pro tip: Facebook invites are a thing of the past, so try sending a themed e-vite from Paperless Post.

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via Frog Prince Paperie

Make Your Own Papel Picado Banners

A staple in many Mexican cities, papel picado banners wave their beautiful, bold colors proudly — it’s a folk art tradition that signals celebration. For your Cinco de Mayo bash, add a festive air to your party by crafting your own papel picado banners. Follow this easy tutorial for papel picado from Frog Prince Paperie, and you’ll be on your way to having the perfect backyard decorations for Cinco de Mayo.

Plan Your Drink Menu

Chances are strong that if you tell your friends and family you’re hosting a backyard Cinco de Mayo fiesta, then your guests will arrive anticipating margaritas. So don’t disappoint them!

This year, kick up your Cinco de Mayo drink menu with a spicy grapefruit margarita. Dust off that old pitcher and fill it with cayenne simple syrup, fresh squeezed grapefruit, a spice or salt rub, and the tequila of your choice. Trust us, this drink will go down in infamy.

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Skip the Big Meal, Encourage Grazing!

A backyard fiesta should be fun, free-spirited, and open for people to move about and mingle. Don’t add more work for yourself by adding a formal sit-down meal; instead, plan a few food options that are handheld and easy for people to pick up and munch on while still carrying on a conversation.

Our top picks? Molotes are a go-to Mexican recipe that makes an excellent party snack (think hand pies, stuffed with delicious fillings like Oaxaca cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted green chiles). Or Churro-inspired popcorn (bites of warm cinnamon deliciousness that are drizzled with warm chocolate sauce? Who could resist?!). These hand-held, authentic Mexican snacks will help your party go off without a hitch!

What are your backyard party tips? Let us know!

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Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.

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