18 Festive Cinco de Mayo Ideas

I’ve heard that Cinco de Mayo is actually a relatively small holiday in its native Mexico, however, in the U.S. it seems to have morphed into an annual celebration of Mexican heritage and culture of epic proportions. Now, you know me… I love any excuse to throw a good party and I think a Cinco de Mayo one would be such fun! I started poking around to see if there were any fun ideas I could gather into a post for you, and came away with quite a few.

Click through the gallery below to see a bevy of bright and colorful Cinco de Mayo party ideas that will most definitely get you feeling festive!

 

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  • Festive Printable Treat Bags 1 of 18
    Festive Printable Treat Bags
    Printable treat bags with a colorful banner make the perfect gift to send home with guests.
    Details here from Camille Styles
  • Chili Pepper Party Pom 2 of 18
    Chili Pepper Party Pom
    Here's a great tutorial on how to make a fun chili pepper party pom for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
    Details here from Oh My Creative
  • DIY Traditional Mexican Flowers 3 of 18
    DIY Traditional Mexican Flowers
    These bright and beautiful tissue paper flowers are said to be a traditional Mexican folk craft. Full tutorial when you click through.
    See the details here from 100 Layer Cake
  • Paper Tassel Banner 4 of 18
    Paper Tassel Banner
    This paper tassel banner would be so perfect at a Cinco de Mayo celebration!
    Inspiration via Etsy seller Chiarabelle
  • Printable Food And Drink Cards 5 of 18
    Printable Food And Drink Cards
    Not only do these printable cards identify what's being served, they help decide the menu too!
    Details here from Happy Thought
  • Downloadable Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages 6 of 18
    Downloadable Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages
    Keep the kid entertained with these festive Cinco de Mayo printable coloring pages!
    Details and download available here from Happy Thought
  • DIY Triangle Piñata 7 of 18
    DIY Triangle Piñata
    I think no Cinco de Mayo celebration would be complete without the requisite piñata, here's a great DIY version.
    See the full tutorial at Happy Thought
  • Lucha Libre Mask Printable Template 8 of 18
    Lucha Libre Mask Printable Template
    Luchadores unite! Here's a fun downloadable template to use so you can make one for everyone at the party!
    Details here from Happy Thought
  • Paper Decorations 9 of 18
    Paper Decorations
    Lots of great ideas and instructions here for excellent Cinco de Mayo decorations.
    Details here from Martha Stewart
  • Little Cone Piñatas 10 of 18
    Little Cone Piñatas
    These little mini piñatas could not be more simple.
    See the full tutorial here from One Charming Party
  • Papel Picado 11 of 18
    Papel Picado
    This darling banner is made from crepe paper and can be re-used again and again!
    See how to make your own here from Happy Thought
  • Bottle Displayed Paper Flowers 12 of 18
    Bottle Displayed Paper Flowers
    Save some old cerveza bottles and use them as party decor by filling them with a few of those paper flowers, so pretty and simple!
    Inspiration via Ruffled Blog
  • Lime Place Cards 13 of 18
    Lime Place Cards
    So easy, right?
    Inspiration via Real Simple
  • Margarita Station 14 of 18
    Margarita Station
    For the adults at the party, a build your own margarita station is a great idea!
    Inspiration from Private Island Party via Living Locurto
  • Festive Napkin Rings 15 of 18
    Festive Napkin Rings
    Sometimes it's the details that really make a party special, these fringed napkin rings are super cute!
    Details here from Confetti Pop
  • Piñata Sugar Cookies 16 of 18
    Piñata Sugar Cookies
    Piñata cookies, oh yeah!
    See the full tutorial here from She Knows
  • Pull Piñata Garland 17 of 18
    Pull Piñata Garland
    These are festive and cool and would be tons of fun at a Cinco de Mayo party!
    See the full tutorial here from Love and Cupcakes
  • Pinwheel Party Decor 18 of 18
    Pinwheel Party Decor
    Colorful paper fans are so much fun, perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
    Inspiration via The Party Dress

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