Americans really enjoy celebrating the day Mexico was victorious over the French in the Battle of Puebla – otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo. If you’re looking for a way to party at home, here’s how you can put your creativity to the test and create your own Cinco de Mayo gathering. 

Send out Cinco invitations; you can make your own red, white and green invite or save paper and e-vite friends and family. Make the party potluck style and have guests bring a themed dish. 

An obvious staple of any party: start with the food. 

One idea is to have a build-your-own taco bar, with ingredients that will delight every kind of guest. Some suggestions: corn tortillas (cheaper and healthier), roasted veggies, cheese, grilled pineapple and guacamole. 

Chips and queso are a good idea for cheese lovers out there. You can also offer a variety of flavored salsas for dipping. Mini chimis and taquitos are also perfect finger foods for parties. 

If you’re having an all-ages party, why not try some festive drinks such as horchata or agua fresca for non-drinkers. For those that do enjoy something a bit stronger, a margarita bar with salt-rimmed glasses is always a crowd favorite. Prepare the mix beforehand so pitchers can be poured and limes can be added quickly. Mix it up and add a Paloma (tequila and grapefruit juice) station, too. 

Decorations can be found at many stores, but for money-saving purposes, you can head to any dollar store and find streamers, red/white/green cups and paper plates, balloons and candy to fill your homemade piñata. 

Tune into some festive stations and playlists on your favorite music app and keep the dancing going into the night and have a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo! 




Build a homemade star piñata


1. Inflate a regular balloon.

2. Tear newspaper into 2” strips.

3. Create a papier-mâché paste with one cup of flour and one cup of water in a bowl. 

4. Dip the strips of newspaper in the paste and plaster strips over the balloon. Continue until the balloon is fully covered by a layer of newspaper. 

5. Add a couple more layers of newspaper, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. 

6. Once all the layers are fully dry, pop the balloon. 

7. Attach a line of five party hats around the piñata with strong tape. These are the points of your star. 

8. Decorate the piñata in colorful crepe paper, leaving a few ribbons hanging from tips of the cones. 

9. Cut a large hole in the papier-mâché and stuff your piñata with candy. 

10. Poke four small holes around the large hole and thread string through the smaller holes to hang the piñata.