5 Festive Decorating Tips for Your Cinco De Mayo Party May 3, 2017 00:00



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Welcome to May!

While students might associate this wonderful month with the end of school and good sons and daughters know that Mother’s Day is right around the corner, there’s one more May date that warrants significant celebration: Cinco de Mayo!

Commonly mistaken as Mexico’s Independence Day (actually on September 16th), Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the impressive defeat of French forces by the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It has since become an overarching celebration of Latin culture by people of any ancestry.

And while May 5th might be less than a week away, there’s still time to throw up a few choice decorations and party favors to really add a bit of flair to your party this year. Check out the tips below to make your Cinco de Mayo get together a real hit!

Sombreros, sombreros, sombreros


One of the key elements to really nailing the right spirit at your Cinco de Mayo parties is the décor. And few décor calls out Mexico like a good old fashioned sombrero.

Whether you decide to go with traditional straw or if you lean a bit more towards some pizzazz with felt like the one shown above, a few well-placed sombreros are essential for any Cinco de Mayo party worth its salt.

And you can even buy them in bulk to hand out to your party guests to really set the atmosphere.

It’s all about color!



When it comes to picking out the right design scheme for your party, Cinco de Mayo has some really beautiful color options that will not only brighten up your home, they’ll also help put your guests in the right frame of mind and add to the authenticity of the décor.

Try using plenty of pinks, purples, yellows and greens like the colors shown above. Bright blue is another popular color for this holiday as well. The question now is how are you going to use them?

Napkins and table cloths can add a few bursts of Cinco de Mayo color to your home and are a some of the most common decorations. But if you really want to blow your guests out of the water this year, try incorporating these hues directly into your lighting.

As you may already know, accent lighting is one of the best ways to change the personality and general feel of a room. And when you combine this technique with actual colored light, like that produced by a smart bulb, you can change the entire design of your home with your lights alone. 

Pepper your party with Papel Picado


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Literally translated as “pecked paper,” this decoration is one of the most well-known and widely recognized types of Mexican folk art and is the perfect way to add a splash of color to your party.

While you can find these intricately designed tissue paper hangings in almost any party store, you could add a touch of personal style to the décor by creating your own instead. All it takes is a bit of colored tissue paper, a pair of scissors, and a ball of yarn. It couldn’t be easier!

The Cinco de Mayo spread


While technically not a decorating tip, keeping your guests’ bellies full with delicious and authentic Mexican dishes is one of the most important parts of throwing a successful Cinco de Mayo party.

Chips, salsa, and guacamole are some of the staples but don’t stop there! Chimichangas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, bean dips, and tamales are all fair game. And don’t skimp on the margaritas!

Don’t forget the piñata!

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No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without a traditional Mexican piñata! While nothing beats taking a few blindfolded swings at these candy-filled festivities, piñatas can be used for more than just a fun diversion.

This year, try placing a few small piñatas around the party and at the serving station. Beyond putting your guests in the festive mood, these can provide a few bursts of much needed color as well.

Let us know what you think!

How else have you decorated your home to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year? Do you have any other tips to really bring a party to life? Let us know in the comment section below and help celebrate this Cinco de Mayo with the Flux Smart product line!