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How to Throw a Last Minute Cinco De Mayo Nacho Bar Party


Planning a Cinco de Mayo party? Check out these simple and fun ideas to throw together a Nacho Bar party in no time!

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas



I remember Cinco de Mayo last year so vividly. It was the first day in months that I didn’t take a nap. Morning sickness had taken it’s toll on me and I wasn’t about to give up precious nap time to try and feel better. When I realized it was Cinco de Mayo and I was finally feeling better, I used nap time to throw together a Nacho Bar party for a few friends. I’m sharing a few ideas in case you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but don’t have a lot of time to throw a huge party together. If nothing else, it will give you a dinner idea for your family!

Cinco de Mayo Decor

Since I wasn’t planning this party weeks in advance and my kids were napping, I had to find things around my house to decorate with. A festive plate, some photo booth props, and a guessing jar of jelly beans were the perfect centerpiece.


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!




Extra Little Things

Wrapping the table in butcher paper made for easy cleanup and my favorite white square paper plates from Dollar Tree made an appearance, too. A bright straw and striped napkin made the place settings look super festive, even though they weren’t Cinc0-de-Mayo specific. That’s what I love about generic party supplies–you can make them work for any occasion!


The Menu

The menu was super simple. Luckily, I was able to quickly cook up the meat and everything else I had on hand. In years past, we’ve eaten Chicken FajitasMexican Rice, and Healthy Un-fried Ice Cream, but a Nacho Bar was simpler and super yummy.

We included the following for our Nacho Bar:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Taco beef
  • Crockpot Salsa chicken
  • Tomatoes
  • Avacados
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  • Mini 7-layer chip dip (black beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, chopped olives) via Everything Mommyhood 


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Don’t Forget Cinco de Mayo Photos!

And of course, what’s a party without some fun photos? You can find some sombreros at the dollar store and you can easily make some mustaches out of black cardstock and sucker sticks.



Are you planning on hosting a Cinco de Mayo party? Tell me what you’re eating!


Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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