17 Easy Ideas for an Outdoor Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Home

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Host your own Cinco de Mayo celebration to celebrate Mexican culture! Borrow these ideas for your own high-color, low-stress Cinco de Mayo complete with a few of our favorite authentic Mexican recipes.

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

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On Cinco de Mayo, keep things colorful and casual at home with a Mexican-theme party filled with food, family, and fun. We give you tips for party presentation, along with our best Mexican recipes.

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Festive Decor

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Blaine Moats

These easy Cinco de Mayo decorations bring a touch of color to any outdoor summer night. Line your deck or porch wall with DIY tissue paper poms that provide a bright and festive backdrop for an appetizer or drink station. For an extra festive touch, use the poms to create a DIY photo booth wall!

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Floral Centerpieces

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Blaine Moats

Bold blooms are one of our favorite Cinco de Mayo decorations. Place stems of bright flowers and bold cactus plants in old glass jars to set the mood for a Mexican fiesta. Let the party begin!

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Adults-Only Bar Table

Rhubarb Agua Fresca
Blaine Moats

Set up a Cinco de Mayo party bar area with colorful cocktails arranged on a bold tablecloth or against a bright backdrop. Let family members mix their own margaritas or palomas to get the party started—or mix up a big batch of our nonalcoholic Rhubarb Agua Fresca!

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Tasty Food Spread

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Blaine Moats

A family-style Cinco de Mayo spread helps keep with the party's casual tone. Offer diners an array of tasty Mexican appetizers like salsas and sauces to try, and bring hot dishes directly from the oven to the table. If you can, prepare salads and appetizers the day before, so you're not scrambling to finish dinner.

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Colorful Drinkware

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Blaine Moats

Don't worry about providing different glasses for each kind of drink served—these colorful glasses work for margaritas, cocktails, and nonalcoholic drinks alike! The mismatched floral patterns add a gorgeous pop of color and pair well with plain glasses if you need to supplement a few extras for a large crowd.

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Cinco de Mayo Place Setting

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Blaine Moats

It wouldn't be a Mexican fiesta without a bright and fun place setting. Pair bright plates and napkins with metallic utensils for a burst of color. Using vibrant serving ware means you don't even need a tablecloth—the dishes and linens speak for themselves! And don't worry about matching dishes and napkins; one of our favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas is mixing and matching the bright colors.

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Burnt-Orange Anejo Sour

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Blaine Moats

This margarita-whiskey sour combo is a must-have at any Mexican-theme celebration. Our tasty recipe combines dark tequila, orange liqueur, sweet vermouth, and classic orange soda to create a cocktail your guests will be raving about long after the party ends. To get the perfectly garnished look, brûlée orange slices (with a kitchen torch or in the oven) to place directly on the drink's surface.

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Shrimp Ceviche Tostada with Fennel and Grapefruit

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Blaine Moats

For an outdoor Cinco de Mayo party, these tasty tostadas—with shrimp, fennel, and grapefruit—are the perfect make-it-yourself option. Lay out the corn tortillas and all the toppings (you'll just need to prep the toppers the vegetables), and let each diner put together their own.

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Make-Ahead Chunky Guacamole

Make-Ahead Chunky Guacamole

Green onions, fresh cilantro, and hot pepper sauce make up this coarsely mashed crowd-pleasing Mexican appetizer. Because this guacamole is made with sour cream and lime juice, you can make it a day in advance and it won't brown in the refrigerator, saving you time on party day. Be sure to cover the guacamole with plastic wrap to keep out air that will also cause the avocado mixture to brown.

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Spoon Bread-Stuffed Poblanos

Spoon Bread-Stuffed Poblanos
Blaine Moats

Stuffed peppers topped with roasted corn will be the star of your Cinco de Mayo party food spread. Char the poblanos to make them soft and tender while giving them a smoky flavor that perfectly accents the mild heat of the pepper. This vegetarian dish packs just the right amount of punch.

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Pineapple Margaritas

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A margarita is a must at any Mexican celebration. Try a sparkling margarita (made with a splash of champagne) at your Cinco de Mayo party, or mix up a big batch of classic lime on the rocks.

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Pickled-Jalapeno Fried Chicken

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Blaine Moats

When you start planning your Cinco de Mayo party menu, fried chicken is likely not at the top of your list—but it should be. Our jalapeño marinade instantly turns an American classic into a spicy main dish that pairs well with the rest of your Mexican cuisine.

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Beef Enchiladas

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Carson Downing

It wouldn't be a Mexican fiesta without enchiladas! These beef enchiladas are big on flavor, thanks to green onion, garlic, and jalapeño. For a fresh and fruity kick, top the enchiladas with fresh pico de gallo.

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Chocolate Banana Air-Fryer Empanadas with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Chocolate Banana Air-Fryer Empanadas with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Alison Miksch

You're looking at the perfect Mexican party dessert. These hand pies are golden and delicious after just six minutes in your air fryer.

Test Kitchen Tip: Serve this Cinco de Mayo recipe with plenty of homemade whipped cream!

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Tres Leches Strawberry Shortcake

Tres Leches Strawberry Shortcake
Blaine Moats

Put our delicious tres leches spin on this classic American dessert. To make the cake, pour the classic tres leches milk mixture over a freshly baked shortbread, then top with fresh berries. It's quick, easy, and so tasty!

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Tag Your Drink

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Make it easy to remember which glass is yours with this fun Cinco de Mayo party idea. Simply use a zester to initial a lime wedge for each guest's drink.

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