Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo (literally the fifth of May) began with the Mexican army's victory over French troops during the 1862 Battle of Puebla. California has been commemorating the day since the 1860s, but the holiday gained national recognition during the 1940s. The modern cultural celebration, which focuses on food, drink and revelry, is more popular in the United States than in Mexico. Americans celebrate with festivals, parades and themed fiestas, and we've gathered together five bloggers we hope might invite us to their fabulous Cinco de Mayo parties this year.
A festive setting
Bird's Party knows how to make every detail count for a themed party. Visit the Bird's Party Blog for endless Cinco de Mayo party inspiration. Take advantage of spring temperatures and set up your party outside, where green is the perfect backdrop for colorful Cinco de Mayo decorations. You can purchase piñata-themed printables and soak in the vibrant colors used on everything from the centerpieces to the dessert table.
Tequila cocktails times two
Carrie and Jessica, the cocktail connoisseurs behind One Martini at a Time, know the key to a successful party is offering beverages for a variety of tastes. A Cinco de Mayo celebration calls for margaritas, and these cocktail bloggers don't disappoint. Their Classic Margarita is a simple favorite, and party guests who like their tequila cocktails on the sweeter side will enjoy the Drunken Clementine Margarita. Visit One Martini at a Time for the margarita recipes.
Shake it up
Put aside the cocktail shakers and help the kids make these celebratory party shakers. Dana from MADE puts your leftover plastic Easter eggs to use with these upcycled maracas. Upcycled crafts are a wonderful way to make use of materials you already have in the house — some of which would just languish in a drawer if not for creative bloggers like Dana.
Fill your plate with fresh flavors
Dara at Cookin' Canuk loves Cinco de Mayo parties and knows not all delicious dishes need to feature calorie-laden ingredients. Her Mexican Slaw uses sweet mango, creamy avocado and cumin lime vinaigrette for a flavorful way to sneak some vegetables onto your party plate. Don't miss the creamy green chile and cilantro sauce on grilled fish tacos for a burst of flavor — use the leftovers as a dip.
Spice up the party
Party Pinching has an entire Cinco de Mayo celebration too hot to miss! From her Rice Krispie Treat Hot Chili Peppers to a clever place setting featuring individual chili pepper piñatas, Norene balances a number of sweet deserts with the idea of spicy peppers. Don't miss her piñata instructions or the tiny taco cupcake toppers, and help plan all your parties by following her.