Ideas for Cinco de Mayo Party and Mexican Theme Party Decor
April 20, 2022
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Ideas for Cinco de Mayo Party and Mexican Theme Party Decor

Need ideas for a Cinco de Mayo party or Mexican theme party any time soon? You've come to the right place. I'm giddy about this avocado themed fiesta and can't wait to share all the goodness with you! When my local Zurchers Party Store asked if I wanted to design a Cinco de Mayo party using their wide range of fiesta products I jumped at the chance!

So even though they sponsored this party, I selected each item myself to design just the right event. I would never use or recommend anything I didn't absolutely love.

Ideas for Cinco de Mayo party by Salt Lake City Party Stylist

What Does Cinco de Mayo Celebrate

Cinco de Mayo is ironically more of an American holiday that celebrates Mexican culture. The fifth of May is a holiday commemorating an unlikely victory of the Mexican army over France at the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican War in 1862.

But before I lull you to sleep with a history lesson, you can join the irony that while for most Mexicans it's just another day, Americans have adopted it as a widespread celebration! What can we say? Cinco de Mayo has now become synonymous with Mexican culture here in the United States, most widely celebrated in areas with a large Mexican-American populations like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.

Cinco de Mayo is often confused for Mexican Independence Day, but it's not. September 16 is the real celebration of Mexicos independence from Spain. So while you may toast with tacos on May 5th, make sure you wish your Mexican brothers and sisters a Happy Independence Day in September.

Mexican fiesta decorations with sombrero and flags

Ideas for Cinco de Mayo Party Decor

Cactus centerpiece on Cinco de Mayo party table

Simple ideas for Cinco de mayo party centerpieces include wrapped food cans, and sombreros. Adding a tasseled placemat to a cake plate creates a festive focal point without a lot of fuss.

Colorful pattern ideas for Cinco de Mayo party place setting

Easy fiesta table settings include brightly colored plates and napkins with a Mexican design. Then use a large sarape as a table runner and minis as placemats to bring in that Mexican decor.

Get the look:

Papel picado banner with colorful pots - Ideas for Cinco de Mayo party decor

Papel Picado banners are very Mexican and you can dress up a store bought banner by adding colorful pom poms.

Let's Avo Fiesta

Let's Avo Fiesta! Cinco de Mayo party ideas

Did you know that Mexico is the number one grower of avocados in the world? Pretty cool right? It seemed fitting to use an avocado theme for this Cinco de Mayo party.

A simple fringe backdrop makes for a perfect focal point behind the food table and works double duty as a photo booth after dinner. Learn how easy it is to DIY your own Mexican Fiesta Backdrop here. {coming soon}


Mini avocado piñata for Cinco de Mayo party decor ideas

Mini avocado piñatas make a wonderful party favor and dress up the table.

Avocado glasses - ideas for Cinco de Mayo party

Other silly decor like these avocado sunglasses and mini sombrero headband play double duty as table decor and photo booth props.

Cinco de Mayo Party Menu Ideas

Food for Cinco de Mayo celebration

You can go so many fun ways with Mexican food for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. You can find our Fun Fiesta Menu at Food for Cinco de Mayo Celebrations. But how amazing does this plate of food look!?

Let me tell you… really is so delicious. Even if it wasn't all authentic Mexican food…the Tex-Mex inspired dishes are a little better for you than the standard American Mexican food.

Ideas for Cinco de Mayo party table

And with a healthier spin on the traditional fried ice cream dessert we can all feel pretty good about the menu!

Check out all the recipes, then join me, your Healthy Hostess for better-for-you holiday and party foods. Grab your free food substitution guide below as the first step in your next healthy holiday.

Ideas for Cinco de Mayo Party Photo Booth

Cinco de Mayo Party decoration ideas

You don't need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to a Photo Booth. Use the fringe wall decor to highlight the dinner table, then use it as the backdrop for fun photos. When the props double duty as part of the decor it's another win-win. Grab the large sombrero and Large cactus balloon or Large Avocado Balloon for a fun photoshoot with your guests.

Avocado Cinco de Mayo party decorations

And the party favors can also double as photo props like these mini avocado piñatas, mini sombrero headbands, and too cool avocado sunglasses!

Get the look:

Learn More About Mexico as a Family

Let's Avo Fiesta! Cinco de Mayo party ideas

If you love learning about other cultures and trying new foods you'll love our Celebrate the Globe program I created for families. Check out the Mexico Cultural Celebration Guide to get past the stereotypes and learn something new about a country you might think you already know about.

If you host an avocado themed fiesta or have more ideas for Cinco de Mayo party, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. We love celebrating all your hard work! 


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