Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

How To Host Your Own Cinco de Mayo Party! Including Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas for May 5th such as easy Mexican recipes, Cinco de Mayo desserts that’ll impress, margaritas, and affordable Cinco de Mayo decorations. 

Cinco de Mayo Party Foods and Desserts arranged on a table

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

The Cinco de Mayo party ideas we will cover in this post include:

  1. Easy, Crowd-Pleasing Recipes
  2. Desserts That’ll Be Sure To Impress Your Guests
  3. Drinks… aka Margaritas
  4. Affordable, Reusable, and Festive Decorations
  5. How To Host Your Own Cinco de Mayo Party

Recipes For A Cinco de Mayo Party

Sheet-Pan Crunch Wrap Supreme

This sheet-pan crunch wrap recipe is easy to make and definitely a crowd favorite.

It is filled with ground beef, so much cheese, and sauteed peppers and onions.

I like to top my slice with salsa and sour cream. Guacamole would be another yummy option!

Crunch Wrap Supreme and Nachos served on a Cinco de Mayo themed table

Sheet Pan Nachos

Nachos are so delicious and perfect for a party because they only take 5 minutes to prepare:

1. Add tortilla chips to a baking tray lined with tin foil.

2. Next, add your favorite nacho toppings. I chose cheese, ground beef, peppers, and onions.

3. Lastly, heat in a 350-degree oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Tortilla chips loaded with ground beef, peppers, onions, and melted sharp cheddar cheese

Other recipe ideas for Cinco de Mayo include taco board with steak and shrimp and the easiest fish tacos.

Desserts For A Cinco de Mayo Party

Cinco de Mayo Desserts Board

My favorite Cinco de Mayo dessert is this Cinco de Mayo desserts board.

It includes cactus chocolate-covered pretzels, mini churros, festive cupcakes, sugar cookies, and more.

Tray of cactus cookies, margarita glass cookies, mini churros, and cupcakes

Fiesta Sugar Cookies With Royal Icing

If you decide to go with just one dessert for your party, I highly recommend these fiesta sugar cookies! 

They are festive and really contribute to the theme of the party.

Check out my post for everything you need to know: Fiesta Sugar Cookies.

PS: if you are new to working with royal icing, I promise you will be much more confident after decorating your first batch.

Cactus sugar cookies, margarita glass sugar cookies, and chili pepper sugar cookies displayed on a wooden table

Fresh Fruit

I added a bowl of fresh strawberries, blackberries, and pineapple because it is colorful and healthy. 

You could also add (or substitute) orange slices and grapes.

Bowl of blackberries, pineapple, and strawberries

Other authentic Mexican dessert ideas for your Cinco de Mayo desserts table include tres leches cake, Mexican wedding cakes (aka Russian tea cakes), buñuelo, Mexican brownies, and sopapilla

Lofthouse sugar cookies with pink icing and rainbow sprinkles on a serving tray

Decorations For A Cinco de Mayo Party

Tablecloth: I used this colorful Mexican tablecloth for my Cinco de Mayo table. I love the stripes and vibrant colors. It is so soft and can also be used for a picnic or as a light blanket in the summer.

Balloons: These fiesta balloons are so festive! There are 27 pieces in a package and many of the pieces are reusable. The air pump makes blowing up the balloons a breeze. Just make sure you don’t overfill the balloons with air or they will pop. I accidentally did this. 🙂

Cinco de Mayo Party foods and Desserts arranged on a table with Cinco de Mayo decorations

Plants and Flowers: I added mini cactus (not pictured), succulents, and yellow tulips to the back of the table to fill up some empty space.

Artificial plants are a great way to decorate for parties on a budget.

Margarita Glasses: I filled these cactus margarita glasses with queso, salsa, and sour cream. This is a fun way to elevate your sauces!

Drinks For A Cinco de Mayo Party

Did you really celebrate Cinco de Mayo if you didn’t have margaritas?

Check out my Margarita Bar Cart guide.

How To Host Your Own Cinco de Mayo Party

  1. Invite your guests
  2. Pick your menu (food and drink)
  3. Go grocery shopping
  4. Pick your decorations
  5. Order your decorations
  6. Prep what you can a couple of days in advance
    • Decorate
    • Bake cookies
  7. Prep what you can the night before
    • Prepare the meats (if serving a crunch wrap and nachos)
    • Slice the fruit and store in separate containers (if serving a fruit bowl)
    • Set up your margarita bar cart.
  8. Finish cooking, baking, and add final touches to the decorations before your guests arrive

Cinco de Mayo Party foods and Desserts arranged on a table with Cinco de Mayo decorations

I Want To Hear From You!

Do you usually celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Did this post give you inspiration for your fiesta? Share your feedback in the comments section below!

Cinco de Mayo Party Foods and Desserts arranged on a table with balloons
Cinco de Mayo Party Foods and Desserts arranged on a table with decorations

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Samantha is the founder of the lifestyle blog, Lifestyled By Sam. She has been cooking and baking since her childhood and now loves hosting family and friends for the holidays. Lifestyle By Sam is dedicated to being your one-stop-shop for recipes and hosting your favorite holidays and events.

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