¡Ay, ay! Cinco de Mayo está aquí y…. that’s the extent of my Spanish (minus some curse words my mother would yell in anger), but that doesn’t at all hinder the festivities to be held on May 5th, known as the Mexican national holiday Cinco de Mayo. Most might think that May 5th is Mexican Independence Day, but that is actually in September, and this holiday actually signifies the defeat of French invaders by a much smaller and less equipped Mexican army. Though it wasn’t a huge game-changer in Mexican history, the event helped citizens build confidence in their power as a nation and brought a renewed sense of unity. Even today, Cinco de Mayo represents a day for Hispanics to recognize their roots and feel pride in their culture. But you know us: we just want to party. So grab some cervezas, some amigos, and maybe a sope or two and let’s make a fiesta in honor of Cinco de Mayo!
No, not that kind of booze hat. Nice try, though!
We probably don’t need to say it, but yes, there will be alcohol at any celebration from us, and Cinco de Mayo is no exception. But no ordinary bottle stopper will do, so top off your drink with some lime, maybe a little salt, and a Sombrero Booze Hat. Perhaps the most appropriate alcohol for this holiday is tequila, which graces us from (where else) Tequila, Mexico, and this bottle stopper will keep clumsy amigos from spilling (or stealing a sip) from your bebida especial. You might also consider serving your hombres Rum-Spiked Horchata, which will provide some refreshing quench with a bit of a bite!
Me gusta cervezas! Another wonderful example of my Spanish capacity. A Citrus Saw and Opener is a must for cold, refreshing beers on Cinco de Mayo. Perfect as a standalone bottle opener, it also effectively slices limes for adding that little zing. What cold brew would be complete on Cinco de Mayo without a little homemade salsa and tortilla chips on the side. ¡Ay!
Okay, maybe you have fiesta-goers who are not drinkers (we call them party poopers or designated drivers– bless their hearts). Serve them cool drinks with Chilly Peppers Ice Cubes, plastic peppers that are also reusable ice cubes! No need to hear someone yell, ¡Arriba! because these ice cubes won’t water down beverages. Add them to a traditional Mexican summer drink like Agua Fresca (a melon-lime drink) and let them cool their palates after munching on your spicy chunky salsa from above!
Yes, we realize so far we’ve only mentioned items associated with beverages. What must you wear to a Cinco de Mayo celebration? You might done a traditional dress like a folklorico dancer—
Or you could dress in something to accompany your oversized sombrero, a Mexican blanket! We love the array of colors, and draping yourself in a typical Mexican poncho will hide your growing belly from continuous munching and look way festive for Cinco de Mayo. Plus, it doubles as a napkin and a blankie for your siesta, AKA food coma! Or you could just throw on a sweater of some sort like El Guapo from Three Amigos.
Or you could fancy it up with something… a bit more ornamental.
No Cinco de Mayo party would be complete without some activities, so get everyone into smashing mode with a homemade piñata! Traditionally, a star-shaped piñata would be what you’d expect and would be filled with goodies like candies, small games, and perhaps some money. At an adult party, though, you might consider adding grown-up goodies like small bottle openers, lighters, gum, key rings, and of course, noise makers!
What are you waiting for, my friend? Vamanos and get this fiesta goin’! And when it’s all said and done, and the partygoers have all left for their casas y camas, it’s your time for a little siesta. Yes, Cinco de Mayo might be more of a party holiday thanks to big comapny advertising, but the spirit of unity and pride still holds true for Hispanics and for others who wish to participate in some of the festivities. And that’s something worth celebrating, yes?