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Here’s how to plan a simple Taco or nacho bar party for Cinco de Mayo or any other Fiesta! With recipes, easy party decor, and activities, you don’t need to stress about throwing a memorable party!
SIMPLE CINCO DE MAYO PARTY IDEAS!
Cinco de Mayo is May 5th. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to celebrate this holiday (even if just to have a great excuse to eat Mexican food), I’ve got you covered!
QUICK CINCO DE MAYO DECORATIONS
Since this Cinco de Mayo party was a last minute decision, I had to only use things I already had in my house to decorate with. My children were napping, so going to the store wasn’t an option. But sometimes, it’s fun to be forced to be creative with what you have instead of just buying more.
Challenge: See how many decorations you already have to use!
CENTERPIECE & TABLE IDEAS
I always love covering the table in either butcher paper or wrapping paper. For this party, I used butcher paper, which gave our Cinco de Mayo party a more authentic feel.
For the centerpiece, I used a thrifted plastic plate, photo props from a Target clearance rack a few years ago (that I use somehow each year!) and a jar of beans. Because beans are Mexican, right?
If you plan to have photo props, get double use out of them by using for a centerpiece!
For the place settings, I just pulled out some striped napkins I had and mustaches for the photos. I always keep a stash of these square paper plates and cups from Dollar Tree on hand. They are classy and easy to toss when the party is over!
A guessing jar is always a good idea. Fill a small jar with jelly beans or black beans and have your guests guess how many are inside. The closest guess wins a treat or the jar of candy!
I love having a stash of party banners (from clearance racks or homemade) that can be pulled out to decorate fast. This Fiesta banner strung across a giant chalkboard provided a great backdrop for the Nacho Bar. Scattering a few balloons added a simple, festive touch, too!
CINCO DE MAYO MENU
Choosing a simple Cinco De Mayo like a nacho bar will make your party easy to prep for. If you’re not feeling a nacho bar, you could make Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Rice, and Healthy Un-fried Fried Ice Cream, but a Nacho Bar is simple and super yummy. Plus then everyone can create their own nachos!
GOURMET NACHO BAR TOPPINGS:
- Tortilla chips
- Taco beef
- Slow Cooker Salsa chicken
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
Set out all the toppings and let everyone create their own gourmet nachos!
A fun side dish is a mini 7-layer chip dip that I saw via Everything Mommyhood . Basically, you just layer black beans, avocados, sour cream, salsa, chopped tomatoes, cheese and olives into a clear cup!
DON’T FORGET CINCO DE MAYO PHOTOS!
And of course, what’s a party without some fun photos? Grab some fun Fiesta photo props and you’re good to go!