Cinco de Mayo (that’s the 5th of May for you gringos) is right around the corner and it’s a Saturday this year, you guys. The party is ON. Here are some ways to put together a Cinco party in a cinch and on a peso.

cinco de dec-o

Even if you haven’t started planning your party until right now when you saw this blog that made you think, “Hey, I should have a Cinco de Mayo party,” it’s all bueno. It doesn’t take much time, effort or dinero.

Gordmans has mucho choices for decorations, from adorable pineapple salt & pepper shakers to ceramic cacti. We also have festive kitchen accessories, utensils and serving dishes.

There are also some easy DIY decorations you can make, if you’re one of those crafty folks.

  • Tissue paper flowers – Lay 3-5 pieces of brightly colored tissue paper in a stack. Then fold up the stack like a closed fan. Wrap a pipe cleaner or twist tie around the middle of the folded paper. Then pull each piece of paper up until you achieve a fluffy flower.
  • Clothespin garland – Grab a pack of clothespins at the store and paint each one with 4-5 different brightly colored paints. Clip the pins to a long piece of yarn or rope and hang it around a doorway, over the fireplace, around the kitchen table or anywhere you please. You can even make some Cinco de Mayo art and clip them to the clothespins.
  • Festive bottles – Have a few empty Corona bottles? Or if it’s a family friendly fiesta, maybe Topo Chico water bottles? Pour bright-colored paint into each bottle and tip and twist the bottle until the paint covers the inside. Wait for the paint to dry, and stick a flower or a few straws into each bottle. Display as you wish.

cinco de fun-o

A party isn’t really a party without games. You could just pull out the ol’ deck of cards and play Go Fish or you pick up a couple of games at Gordmans that will get everyone in the mood to fiesta, like inflatable cactus limbo (14.99) or the Taco Takeover game (4.99). Both are perfect for family fun or grownup gregariousness.

You could also play a little game we like to call Pass the Cactus. Get everyone at your party to stand in a circle, put on some music with a Latin flair and have your guests pass a plastic cactus (Gordmans has plenty for less than $10) around the circle. When the music stops, whoever is holding the cactus is out. Yes, it’s musical chairs, minus the chairs and plus a cactus.

cinco de drink-o

Let’s face it, Cinco de Mayo tends to result in record margarita sales. But serving margaritas at your party doesn’t have to be muy costly. Gordmans has margarita mixes under $4, as well as fun and festive glasses and cups. We also have cute metal tubs you can fill with ice and cerveza.

Going the non-alcoholic route? You can still serve mocktails in our colorful drinkware. Here’s how to make an easy one.

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups of sliced strawberries with hulls removed
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ can lime concentrated
  • ½ cup unflavored sparkling water
  • 2 cups of ice
  • A blender

 

Put the ice in a blender. Add strawberries, orange juice and lime concentrate. Blend and serve everyone your delicious strawberry fauxgerita.

 

cinco de yum-o

A Cinco de Mayo party without munchies is no bueno. Even just a serving bowl with tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole will make your guests muy contento. Gordmans has a super cool serving bowl with detachable dip containers. But here are a few other ideas if you want to give your guests more goodies.

  • Churro muddy buddies – Combine a few cups of plain Chex cereal, 4 Tbsp. butter, 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon in a large bowl. Try not to eat it all before your party starts.
  • Mexican popcorn – Pop some popcorn. It can be plain, buttered and/or salted. If you don’t use pre-buttered, go ahead and melt some to add to the popcorn. Then add a sprinkling of chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika and ground coriander. Also add salt if you’re using plain popcorn.
  • Mexican flag strawberries – Melt some white baking chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals until completely smooth. Dip whole strawberries into the white chocolate almost to the top, but leave a little bit of red showing. Then immediately dip the tip of each strawberry into green decorating sugar. Allow to set in the fridge.

What are you doing reading blogs? You have a Cinco de Mayo party to prepare for! First we fiesta, then we siesta! Olé!