Throwing the perfect Cinco de Mayo party will not only involve making the tastiest margaritas but also decorating your home accordingly. This day is to celebrate the Battle of Puebla which took place in 1862, the victory has been celebrated ever since. The holiday spread to the US where you can find tons of people each year enjoying the Mexican culture. Here is how YOU can have the perfect Cinco de Mayo party with the right decorations, food, and drinks.
Colorful sombreros, big ones and mini ones are a must. Don’t even think about forgoing them. If you don’t look good in hats then wear it anyways because it will automatically put you in the celebratory spirit! Serapes are less common, however, they make great ponchos or colorful rugs. They will breathe extra life into your entryway or living room and you can hand some out to guests for them to wear. The lighting is of the utmost importance. Using luminarias to light your sidewalk or backyard, these little punched tin candle holders will exude a calming glow. Last but not least, a Mexican flag! Of course it can’t be a celebration without the country’s colors being represented.
There are three famous dishes from Puebla so naturally you should cook at least one of them on this special day. There’s Mole Poblano, Chalupas, and Chiles en Nogada. The first one has a hefty list of ingredients but it must be worth it if it’s the most eaten dish on Cinco de Mayo. The second can be summed up as thick tortillas with salsa. The third involves boneless pork butt and incorporates all colors of the Mexican flag. You can find all three dishes’ recipes on the internet, the key is to find and make the most authentic one!
Margaritas are Mexican therefore you NEED to make them for your Cinco de Mayo party. However, you’re going to forgo the store bought mix and make a true margarita: 7 parts tequila, 4 parts triple sec, and 3 parts lime juice. If you’re feeling adventurous and would like something different or just another option, try a paloma. One shot of tequila, three shots of Squirt, and grapefruit soda will give you a new refreshing drink that people will love!
Women traditionally wear China Poblana or Escaramuza, which are dresses and skirts filled with colors and lace. They’re flowy and perfect for dancing! Men typically wear Guayaberas, which are traditional shirts with some kind of vertical motif on the front. You can also just wear something colorful and bright, just make sure you have some red, white, and/or green in there!
How are you going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?