In the States, Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity to enjoy both the company of good friends and delicious food. In case you didn’t know, this celebration actually commemorates the anniversary of an early victory by Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Still, why pass up a chance to gather with people you love, relax and enjoy a few drinks (namely of the tequila variety)? While this year’s Cinco de Mayo parties may be a little different than those of years past, here are ways you can still celebrate with a fun Cinco de Mayo menu from the comfort of your own home.

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Making the Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Menu

One of the best ways to honor Cinco de Mayo is with scrumptious food. This year you will likely have far fewer mouths to feed, meaning you can get pretty creative with the food you put on the table. Even better, consider serving up authentic Mexican fare. Check out this full Cinco de Mayo menu we have compiled, ranging from appetizers to desserts.

1. Grilled Corn, Crema Mexicana & Cilantro Crostini

Grilled Corn and Lime

We love a good crostini! This recipe for Grilled Corn, Crema Mexicana and Cilantro Crostini will be a hit with its fresh veggies, perfectly toasted ciabatta bread and tangy feta cheese. If you and your guests can handle it, top with cilantro and a sprinkling of chili powder for additional heat!

2. Tomato, Corn & Avocado Salsa

Tomato, Corn & Avocado Salsa

Skip the guac and go for a Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salsa instead. This recipe is super fresh with heaping chunks of tomato and avocado. We love the extra bit of hot and spicy heat from the finely chopped serrano peppers plus the zing of freshly squeezed lime juice. Alternatively, we might suggest a tomato, corn, and avocado salad with red onion for a recipe with even more bite.

3. Elote

Elote

A popular Mexican street food, Elote is a must-have treat. Who doesn’t love corn slathered in lime juice, mayonnaise, queso fresco and chile powder? This food can be a little messy, which is always fun in our opinion. If that isn’t your thing, consider serving your elote on a wooden skewer.

4. Sopes

Sopes Cinco De Mayo

A traditional mexican dish, Sopes are basically a tortilla boat that transports delicious and savory vegetables and meats to your mouth. This recipe can be customized to the toppings of your preference, but we love a good skirt steak and refried beans. This recipe is also great for kids who enjoy helping in the kitchen.

5. Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa

On to the main dish, these Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde are absolutely mouthwatering. Tender chicken in fresh tortillas have been drenched in salsa verde and topped with cotija cheese and cream; you simply can’t go wrong. While a little more time intensive, this recipe is well worth the work.

6. Churros with Chocolate & Espresso Sauce

Churros with Chocolate

You can’t have a Cinco de Mayo fiesta without churros. Sweet, sugary and warm, these Churros with Chocolate and Espresso Sauce are nothing short of perfect. While chocolate is a typical pairing, we think the bitterness of the espresso is a welcome adult flavor. If espresso isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other dipping sauces to try out.

7. Flan Cake

Flan Cake

If you haven’t enjoyed the rich and creamy taste of flan cake, you are truly missing out. Flan Cake is a bit like cheesecake but, dare we say it, better. If you want to kick this recipe up a notch, consider incorporating rum into the mixture.

Refreshing Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

We can’t forget the drinks! Keep it classy and fun with these brightly colored Cinco de Mayo cocktails. Featuring a variety of different alcohols, there is something to suit everyone’s palate.

1. Spicy Cucumber Margarita

 

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Cold and refreshing with a surprising touch of heat, this Spicy Cucumber Margarita is simply delicious. This recipe calls for tequila blanco, which lends notes of citrus and pepper. It is the perfect drink for an outdoor Cinco de Mayo bash.

2. Michelada 

 

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Featuring a mexican lager, this Michelada is a cerveza preparada beer mixed with lime juice, assorted sauces, spices, tomato juice and chile peppers. This drink may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is a classic. It is most likely to go over well with those who enjoy a Bloody Mary.

3. Cactus Juice Drink

Incredibly easy to make, a Cactus Juice Drink is fresh and fascinating. Made with a combination of Tequila, Amaretto and lime juice, it is both sweet and a little sour. It is a popular choice for those who may be experiencing warmer weather.

4. Tequila Matador

A celebratory drink, the Tequila Matador is similar to a margarita. Consisting of tequila, pineapple juice and lime, it can be topped with a pineapple ring for a bit of flair. Typically made with blanco tequila, you can swap it out for the tequila of your preference.

5. Mojitaria

 

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Cool, refreshing and sweet, a Mojitarita is a beautiful cross between the Mojito and Margarita. A blend of mint, lime and silver tequila, it is quite citrusy. Be sure to only muddle the mint for so long (unless you enjoy a more intense mint flavor).

Party Decor

Just because you are at home and celebrating with fewer people than normal, that doesn’t mean you can’t go all out. Decorating is one of the most fun aspects of hosting a Cinco de Mayo party. Get creative and treat your guests to a fun environment with some of the following decor ideas. 

1. Mini Piñata Place Cards

Mini Pinata Cinco De Mayo

Even if your party consists of only a few people, mini piñatas will be a hit. No matter your age, these fun and colorful paper mache goodies are an exciting sight to see. For the older crowd, they are especially likely to add a sense of nostalgia. Some mini piñatas even hold candy and can double as a party favor when placing cards at each table setting.

2. Papel Picado Banner

Papel Picado Banner

These bright and detailed banners are an easy way to infuse some fun into a space, no matter how small. String them above doorways, along the buffet table or around any other area that is lacking color. You can find them on Etsy or, if you have the time, try your hand and DIY.

3. Serapes

Serapes

Pass on the boring tablecloths and opt for a bold, multicolor serape. These striped Mexican blankets are not only beautiful but can also be used to decorate a number of areas. Pin them to an empty wall for a backdrop or use them for the buffet table. If your Cinco de Mayo fiesta is taking place outside, keep a few extras on hand in case your guests get cold.

4. Canned Succulents

 

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Succulents are always a hit and are a great way to add some fresh greenery to your event. Using old cans you have on hand, simply plant a few cacti. Poke some holes in the bottom of the can before adding a layer of rocks to the bottom. Then add dirt. Now you can use these live decorations for table centerpieces, but you can even consider gifting them to your guests once the party is over.

There you have it! We hope our Cinco de Mayo menu, cocktails and party decor help inspire you for the upcoming festivities. Let us know what food and drinks you will be preparing along with how you intend to celebrate! Who will you be spending the day with, and how do you plan on making it memorable?

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