Are you ready for Cinco de Mayo? It’s not too late to plan a fun, family-friendly Cinco de Mayo fiesta at home that doesn’t break the bank! If you’re looking for some easy ideas to make celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home then look no further! We’ve got you covered from setting the mood, to fun and easy crafts with the kids and creating a super yummy Cinco de Mayo fiesta menu that the whole family will love!
Set the mood
Get ready to transport yourself to Mexico right in your own home first by setting the mood with some Mexican music. You might not be able to get a live mariachi band in your home but you can easily find mariachi and Mexican and Latin music on iTunes, Amazon, satellite radio and even your cable TV! Just find some music or download a playlist and you’re all set!
Along with some festive music, decorate your kitchen, dining room or whatever room you’re going to dine with some inexpensive decorations like streamers draped from the ceiling and hanging from the doorway and make some easy tissue paper flowers to tape on the walls, around the door or to use on the table. Creating tissue paper flowers are super easy to make and you just need a few supplies to make them. You can even find tissue paper flowers kits at many craft stores. They’re easy, inexpensive and look great!
Tissue Paper Flowers
- Tissue paper in a variety of colors
- Floral wire or any type of thin floral wire
- Wire cutter
- Scotch tape
How to make flowers
- Pick 1,2 or 3 colors of tissue paper and lay them flat on a table.
- You’ll need 8 sheets total so if you do 1 color you just need 8 sheets or depending on the size of your tissue paper 4, and then cut it in half. If you do 2 colors you’ll do 4 sheets of each color and 3 colors would 3 sheets of two colors and 2 sheets of tissue paper for 1 color totaling 8 sheets.
- Next you’ll cut the tissue paper in half so you have 2 sheets. You can start with that for larger flowers or for smaller flowers cut the sheet you just cut in again at the widest part to get a total of 4 squares or rectangles. For the flowers shown these were roughly 10×10 inch. It doesn’t need to be specific. Larger size sheets will turn out to be larger flowers and smaller sheets will make smaller flowers.
- Starting at the longest end your going to fold tissue about 1 inch wide and fold the paper back and forth accordion style.
- Take a piece of wire and wrap it around the center of the tissue paper. Tuck the ends in or clip the ends off using the wire cutter.
- Trim the ends if desired. It’s not necessary. If you don’t you’ll get pointed tips or you can cut making a more rounded edge if you prefer.
- Now it’s time to fluff. Gently pull a piece of tissue paper up and keep fluffy each sheet pulling upwards until a puffy flower forms.
- Once you get it fluffed as you like you can place it on the table, tape it to the wall or wherever you’d like a little pop of color.
This is a great project to have the kids help with too! Depending on the kids age they can help fold up the paper or if they’re younger they can help fluff! They can even help pick out the colors of the flowers too!
Easy Paper Cup Piñatas
It wouldn’t be a Cinco de Mayo fiesta without a piñata! And if you’re going to have a piñata for your celebration you definitely want to get a donkey piñata! You can find them on Amazon, at Party City, Target and Walmart or you can skip the big piñata and make you’re own personal paper cup piñatas! These are super easy to make and the kids love decorate their own!
- Paper cups
- Tissue paper in a variety of colors cut into 1 1/2 inch wide strips – depending on size of cup you’ll need 5-7 strips per cup.
- Tissue paper cut in a circle 1 inch wider than the opening of the cup
- String or ribbon (curling ribbon works great) cut into 1 foot pieces. You need to pieces per cup.
- Tape or glue stick
- Goodies to fill the inside of the cups
How to make paper cup piñata
- Cut slits in strips of tissue paper to create a fringe.
- Wrap a strip of tissue paper around cut going around once and cutting off any excess paper. Secure tissue paper with a piece of tape or glue stick.
- Continue wrapping cup with tissue paper overlapping slightly and alternating colors until entire cup is covered.
- Poke a whole in the bottom of cup and thread piece of ribbon threw hole.
- Tie the ribbon inside of the cup in a knot.
- If you’re hanging the cups, tie a loop with the ribbon on the top so you can hang it.
- Fill the cup with goodies of your choice.
- Take a piece of the round tissue paper and place it over the opening of the cup.
- Take the excess and tuck it up and under the bottom fringe of tissue paper that’s around the cup and secure it with tape or glue stick.
- Take another piece of ribbon and attach it to the center of the tissue paper that’s covering the opening of the cup and secure the ribbon with a piece of tape or a glue stick.
- Hang the piñata up and when ready to open, tug and pull on the string. The tissue paper will rip and the goodies will fall out!
Don’t forget pin the tail on the donkey! Younger kids love this! You can find pin the tail on the donkey on Amazon or Party City!
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Menu
It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without some good Mexican food! Use some of these tasty ideas to create a fun and festive menu that the entire family will love!
- Chips and Salsa – It’s a must! Grab a bag of tortilla chips and grab some fresh salsa or your favorite jarred salsa from your local grocery store! You could even whip up a batch of tasty salsa in a snap with a few simple ingredients!
- Guacamole! Need we say more?
- Our favorite easy White Queso Dip! If you like the queso dip from Moe’s then you’re going to love this!
- 1 pound white American cheese
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 can (4 ounce) can diced green chilies (not drained)
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- Add all the ingredients except salt and pepper to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until cheese is melted and dip is creamy.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Keep warm or pour into desired serving dish and serve warm immediately.
Heavy cream is recommended. It really adds a nice creaminess to the dip. You can substitute half and half or whole milk. If using half and half or whole milk start with only ½ cup instead of 1 cup and add more ¼ cup at a time until desired consistency.
- Create a taco bar! Cook up some ground beef, chicken or turkey and season it with taco seasoning. Or spice up your taco bar and add this easy and delicious Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa to the menu! Along with your meat add shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, Mexican cheese, sour cream, hard taco shells, corn or flour tortillas, chopped cilantro, corn, black beans, taco sauce are just a few popular ingredients to include in your taco bar!
- Refried beans – grab a can or make your own!
- Mexican rice – Makes a perfect side dish!
- One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta – this taco Tuesday favorite will definitely become a Cinco de Mayo favorite too!
- Enchiladas are another fiesta fave! Try a simple beef enchilada smothered in a red enchilada sauce or these super yummy Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas!
- These easy Baked Churros are an tasty treat with only 4 ingredients!
- Grab the kiddos and make fun and easy Sombrero cookies!
- 1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough or plain store bought sugar cookies
- Some gum drops
- White frosting
- Piping bag or resealable plastic bag
- Nonpareils or colorful sprinkles
How to make cookies
- Bake cookies per package instructions and cool completely.
- Place a few scoops of frosting in a piping bag or resealable bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag to pipe frosting.
- Pipe frosting around outer rim of cookie and a dollop of frosting in the center.
- Add nonpareils or sprinkles in a shallow bowl and dip the cookie to cover in nonpareils.
- Add a gumdrop to the center of the cookie.