When most people think of Cinco de Mayo, chances are it involves delicious Mexican food, bright decorations, and a fun chance to celebrate with family and friends. Although commonly confused with Mexican Independence Day, this holiday actually commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It’s not really celebrated in Mexico, and is most popular in parts of the US with high Mexican-American populations. Wherever (and however) you’re enjoying the holiday, Cinco de Mayo is a fun chance to celebrate Mexican culture. So after you’ve planned a menu and invited your favorite partiers, try these easy decoration DIYs to set a festive mood!
Despite having a history that spans countries and centuries, the piñata is now almost solely associated with Mexican culture. Traditionally they’re used for Christmas or birthday celebrations, but no Cinco de Mayo party in the States would be complete without one! I like that this DIY is straightforward: after covering a big balloon with newspaper paste, you simply wrap it with colorful fringe garlands. They’re so easy you might even want to make a bunch of small ones for your guests. Host of the year!
Meaning “confetti,” this traditional form of Mexican folk art is necessary to add a pop of color to your party. If you remember cutting snowflakes out of white paper in elementary school, you’re on the right track; this easy DIY involves folding and cutting custom shapes out of colorful tissue paper. After they’re strung onto twine, you have beautiful paper banners guaranteed to get the party started.
All the fun, none of the needle pricks. Give a nod to the Mexican cultural presence in the Southwest with these DIY cacti paper decorations! All you need to craft these beauties are planters, uncooked rice, paper and markers. I like how the structured bases pair with the fun and cartoonish plants-it’s super playful and perfect for a party. Who knows, you might want to leave these no-maintenance plants out year-round!
Every great party needs some mood lighting, and nothing tops these gorgeous luminarias. Traditionally made from punched tin or clay, luminarias are a staple at Mexican celebrations, and a great way to add visual appeal. This DIY involves puncturing coffee cans with nails, and the final design is totally up to you. As a bonus, these tin luminaries last much longer than their paper counterparts. All set for next year’s fiesta!
Mini Sombrero Place Cards
Many Cinco de Mayo celebrations include parades and mariachi performances, which would be used to feature fun Mexican folk songs. If you can’t manage to snag a personal group of your own, pay tribute to mariachi performers with mini sombrero place cards! These cute name card holders are made from terra cotta planters and acrylic paint. Guaranteed to brighten up your table (and get your guests in a partying mood!).
Now you’re ready to throw your own fiesta! Have any classic Cinco de Mayo decorations you think we should know about? Share them in the comments!