It’s that time of year again; when we begin to feel a hint of what it might be like to actually live in Mexico, where hot days, warm nights and sun filled taquerias are the norm. When boots and winter hats are traded for flip-flops and baseball caps or in our case here at Margaritas, sombreros.
With our most beloved holiday, Cinco de Mayo, right around the corner, we have parties on the mind and we want to help you throw a Cinco de Mayo party that won’t soon be forgotten.
At Margaritas, we celebrate Cinco de Mayoall week with celebrations – a little something for everyone.
But you should also know how to throw a good Cinco de Mayo party yourself. Here’s how:
You have settled on a date (May 5th perhaps?), time and place. You have whittled down your invitee list and now it’s time to order the invitations. If you prefer paperless invites, companies like Evite, Greenvelope, Paperless Post and Punchbowl have a wide selection. Or if paper is more your thing try Zazzle, Tiny Prints, Shutterfly or Minted. Don’t forget to include any pertinent information such as dress (if you want your guests to dress in Mexican themed garb) and a RSVP reply by date.
What’s a Cinco de Mayo party without food?! We would say not much of a party at all. The food is key, if for no other reason than to compliment the perfect margaritas you will be serving. But preparing party sized portions of burritos, chimichangas, tacos, taquitos and quesadillas can be time consuming not to mention a bit stressful if cooking isn’t your thing. This is where we come in.
At Margaritas we have a full catering menu that includes everything from taco and fajita bars with all the fixings, to a variety of burritos, baby chimis, quesadillas, taquitos, chicken tenders, guacamole, churros and appetizer combos. Another quick and easy idea to compliment your main courses and apps is to put together a salsa bar with different flavors of salsas and chips, allowing your guests to sample them all!
Short on time? Don’t forget about the Margaritas Take Home Kit – a pint of salsa, half-pint of fresh guacamole, big bag of chips and a quart of our fresh-made Margaritas Squeeze (Margarita Mix – just add Tequila and Triple Sec). Available at all restaurants for $10.99!
If there is one great gift the Mexican culture bestowed upon the rest of us, it is our namesake, the Margarita.
Tequila, the margarita’s main ingredient, is made from the cooked heart of the agave plant. Traditionally served in a margarita glass, which happens to resemble an upside down sombrero, it has become acceptable to use a variety of glasses such as pint glasses or mason jars. So if you don’t want to dole out the coin to buy heaps of margarita glasses, consider buying colorful plastic margarita glasses from Amazon or any party supply store, or buy mason jars which you can reuse later as drinking glasses, for canning or for organizing desk supplies (the uses for mason jars are literally endless). Plus, you will have them all ready to go next year when Cinco de Mayo rolls around again!
Besides the margarita and the well-known Mexican beers such as Dos Equis and Corona, Mojitos and Sangrias are popular in the Mexican culture as well. Here are some recipes to get you going:
Margarita – Serving on the rocks may be easiest, unless you are looking to invest in a frozen margarita machine and continue the party all through the summer. Cut up lime wedges ahead of time, salt glasses so they are ready to go and use a beverage dispenser and carafes to create a margarita self-serve bar and keep your day of party duties to a minimum.
To make the perfect margarita:
- 2oz of Tequila
- 1oz of Triple Sec
- 3oz of Margaritas Squeeze (always shake your Squeeze before pouring, and yes we sell our Squeeze at all Margaritas locations!)
Follow these steps:
- Fill a pint glass to the rim with ice
- Add your ingredients
- Cover the glass with a shaker and then Shake, Shake, Shake it up
- Pour into a margarita glass that has been rimmed with salt
- Garnish with a nice fresh lime
Mojito – Possibly the most refreshing of all drinks, fresh mint is KEY to the mojito.
Sangria – Choose from these delicious recipe options to make a great big punch bowl of Sangria for an easy, refreshing set-it-and-forget-it drink option.
Mexican Beer – Does Quis, Coronoa, Bohemia and Negra Modelo are just a sampling of great Mexican beer choices. For a complete list of the top rated beers according to the BeerAdvocate click here. Don’t forget to dress up your cervezas with mini zarape coozies and sombreros!
At the heart of Mexico is their vibrant, feel good, get on your feet and dance music. Mariachi music, which actually doesn’t refer to a genre but a group of musicians dressed in charro suits playing guitars, violins and harps, is probably the most well-known of Mexican music. So if you are going big then hire a Mariachi band, but if you prefer to keep costs down consider putting together a Mexican themed playlist, such as this one.
Mexico and Cinco de Mayo are all about the bright colors and spicy flavors, so play off of those themes when picking your decorations and you can’t go wrong.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Chili pepper serving dishes
- DIY papel picado coasters
- Sombreros, mini guitars and mariachis
- DIY Mexican crepe paper flowers
- Festive napkins, tablecloths and serving items
- Chili pepper lights
- Succulents for centerpieces and to place on serving tables. They can also double as party favors at the end of the day!
For additional inspiration, visit Pinterest—a great source of creative ideas.
For the kids
A Cinco de Mayo party should be fun for the whole family. Here are some ideas for the kids:
- Make non-alcoholic frozen margaritas, buy lemonade in clear bottles or pour into mason jars with colorful straws
- Put up a Cinco de Mayo themed Piñata
- Buy fake mustaches, colorful sunglasses and sombreros for dress up
- Play pin the tail on the donkey
- Have the kids make Cinco de Mayo sombrero cookies
We hope these tips and ideas have set you on your way to planning the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!