Mark your engagement with the verve of a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Think vibrant table settings decked out in the most colorful Mexican decorations from sombreros to piñatas. For party fare, set up a self-serve taco bar filled with fresh ingredients and grilled meats; and for beverages, serve traditional drinks as well as chic Mexican-style cocktails infused with tequila. End the party with gracious favors for the guests and special gifts for the mothers—great ways of saying “muchisimas gracias!”
Your Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Planning Checklist:
1. The Colors - Let colors come alive with a vibrant palette that combines hues of yellow, red, blue, pink, orange, and green. Think bold and bright!
2. The Table Décor and Centerpieces - Infuse some fiesta fun into the table décor by using real sombreros and piñatas. Simply set down a large sombrero at each table end, group piñata-inspired crepe paper balls between them, and scatter colorful streamers everywhere, including the guest chairs.
3. The Food - Make the food just as festive as the décor by having a taco bar with a generous array of terra cotta trays holding plates of sliced avocados, spicy salsa, shredded lettuce (you can also substitute red and green cabbage), black or pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, and onion garnish. Serve up an assortment of grilled meats such as carne asada (beef), carnitas (pork), and camarones (shrimp.) Don’t forget to serve heaping bowls of crispy tortillas and tangy salsa dips!
4. The Drinks - Consider fun Cinco de Mayo cocktails infused with tequila such Margaritas, Mexican martinis, the Paloma, and Tequila Sunrise. A tray of glasses filled with refreshing Mojitos is also a wonderful addition! For non-alcoholic beverages, be sure to include colorful and fruity Mexican sodas in flavors such as guava, pineapple, and strawberry served up in tall glasses of ice garnished with a sprig of mint.
5. The Entertainment – Next to having a live mariachi band, consider playing some salsa music at the party. For an added element of surprise, hire a salsa dance instructor to get guests dancing at the party.
6. The Favors – As a savory treat to enjoy after the party, consider edible favors such as Mexican wedding cookies, polvorones (Mexican sugar cookies), or churros presented in organza-wrapped heart shaped boxes. To add a pop of color at the table, try using wrap colors in fuchsia, red, and burnt orange. This easy yet effective approach allows you to save on purchasing additional table decorations.
7. The Special Gifts – As thank-you gifts for the mothers of the bride and groom, including aunts and godmothers, consider giving them specially handpainted sachets filled with some sweet Mexican candies. The pouches can later be used to hold coins or trinkets.
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