Cinco de Mayo Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Cinco de Mayo event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


Cinco de Mayo celebrations stand as annual tributes to the beauty and nobility of Latin culture; plus they’re a roaring good time, which means the host should plan a full program of festive Cinco de Mayo party songs.

Any Cinco de Mayo playlist should come complete with a full array of Latin songs that are rhythmic, danceable, and eternally celebratory. This list could include:

Cup of Life by Ricky Martin
Macarena by Los del Rio
How Far is Heaven? By Los Lonely Boys
Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira
La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
I Like It by Enrique Iglesias
Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena
Who Says by Selena Gomez
On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez
Conga by Miami Sound Machine
< La Bamba by Ritchie Valens

This selection of beautiful, rhythmic songs would best be supplemented by a host of equally colorful party supplies. These could include colorful piñatas to hang from the ceiling, a paper mache sombrero to serve as the centerpiece for a table decorated in all the colors of the rainbow, as well as plastic party favors that include bean bag chili peppers, tiny maracas and postcards depicting beautiful sunsets and other scenes, photographed in Latin locales. Select a cake that can be part of the theme decoration initially, until it’s time to serve the cake to the guests. At a gathering where there will be small children, consider hiring a babysitter to keep them occupied in another part of the house. Inspire everyone to be creative by setting up arts and crafts workstations with amazing activities from coloring and drawing to finger painting to be taken home.

For those celebrating Cinco de Mayo and wish to do a family activity in honor of the celebration, why not create a Cinco de Mayo piñata and other traditional party supplies? A homemade Cinco de Mayo piñata is very simple to make and takes little knowledge and materials. Include a handmade Cinco de Mayo piñata with other party supplies and decorations to create an authentic atmosphere. Cinco de Mayo banners, cactus and long horn cutouts, fiesta lanterns, Mexican flags, and tissue paper flowers are all appropriate for a lavish Cinco de Mayo celebration. It is important to research the history of Cinco de mayo to educate children on this day as well. The day, while festive, also has a significant meaning to the Mexican people.

Handmade Cinco de Mayo party supplies should also include a wide showcase centerpiece on the food table. While there are many ways to make a Cinco de Mayo centerpieces, colorful balloons, sombrero hat, and cactus are acceptable centerpieces for this wonderful celebration. Make a welcoming Cinco de Mayo banners with festive, vibrant colors out of construction paper. Cut out letters spelling Cinco de Mayo, string the letters together, and hang.


When having some guest over on this day, the fifth of May, why not celebrate with a Cinco de Mayo holiday cake. Here is the direction and party supplies to making Dulce de Leche Cream Cake for celebration. Start off with a white or yellow cake mix and preparing the cake according the directions provided on the package using a 13 by 9 inch baking pan. Once baked, allow for the proper cooling time in the pan on a wire rack. On to the next step, place sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl that is microwave safe. Place in microwave on medium power for four minutes, stir halfway through and the reduce power to medium-low. On this setting continue to microwave for 16 to 24 minutes, remember to stir with a wire whisk every couple of minutes until thick and light caramel color. Add the caramel topping by stirring it and allow to cool for fifteen minutes. Finally spread evenly on the cakes surface, allow to cool. Last step is to beat the cream into a large mixing bowl, until soft peaks are formed. Now add sugar and the vanilla extract, spoon over the cake and sprinkle almonds on top.

Cinco de Mayo is a festive occasion that celebrates a great achievement in Mexican history. It was May 5, 1862 in Mexico City when a Mexican army of about 4,000 defeated an elaborate French army double their size. The defeat is a great achievement because the French army, under the leadership of Emperor Napoleon III, had never lost a battle in more than half a century. The Mexican defeat of the French army is credited for enabling the U.S. armed forces to build up their strategic power and eventually defeat them and end the Civil War. Because of its dual benefit, Cinco De Mayo is an event that many Mexicans, as well as Americans celebrate.

Mexican culture is well known for its colorful and all encompassing method of celebration. A Cinco de Mayo party would be remiss if it did not feature elements of Mexican culture. Vibrant colors of red and greed mixed with white will set the tone of the festivities. Flowers are also a must have for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Flowers are perfect at tables and on other pieces of furniture at the Cinco de Mayo party. Mexican music that is high-spirited is another feature of Mexican culture that can set the tone of freedom at a Cinco de Mayo party. What foods are appropriate for a Cinco de Mayo celebration? Mexican food, of course! A great idea for a family celebration is to have each family contribute a Mexican dish. The host can provide tortilla chips and salsa for guests to snack on until the main meal is served. Before dinner, the guests can enjoy dancing, singing, and sharing. A piñata is a great activity for young children.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of pride and freedom. Lest the young forget its meaning, a moment of reflecting on the reason for celebrating Cinco de Mayo is appropriate at some point during the party.

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Cinco de Mayo History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Cinco de Mayo theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The history of Cinco De Mayo begins with the victory of the Mexican army over the French. This took place in the Battle of Puebla in the year 1862. It is mostly a regional holiday, which is celebrated in Puebla, which is the capital city of the Mexican state. But it is also celebrated in the United States, due to a large Mexican population.

The Fifth of May, which is the translation of Cinco De Mayo, is sometimes mistaken for the Independence Day in Mexico, which is actually celebrated on September 16th.

After gaining independence from the Spaniards in 1821, Mexico had realized an accumulation of a lot of debt over the years. England, France, and Spain were demanding payment back, and France was threatening to take parts of Mexico over again. When Mexico stopped their loan payments, France installed Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who was a relative of Napolean III, to rule over Mexico. Abraham Lincoln was sympathetic with Mexico at the time, but he was involved in fighting his own Civil War in America and could not directly assist them. The French were defeated by a Mexican General, Ignacio Zaragoza Sequin, with an army of only 4,500, although the French army was larger and stronger. This victory caused for a celebration amongst Mexican patriots, but it was short lived, and Napolean sent thousands more men to fight for the land. Although the Mexicans were defeated this time, it was also very short lived, as the American Civil War was over and they were able to finally provide assistance to Mexico.

Despite the French invasions, and Mexican defeats, Cinco De Mayo still honors the victory and bravery of the Mexican militia and General Zaragoza. Today the day is celebrated with cultural music, food, and Mexican cultural events. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats. As you plan a menu for a celebration remember, there may be vegetarians and vegans on the guest list so plan accordingly. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats. The history of Cinco de Mayo has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Cinco de Mayo to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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