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Impromptu Fiesta: 5 Last-Minute Cinco de Mayo Ideas

Decided to host an impromptu fiesta at home to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Creating a festive celebration isn't tough - in fact, Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that doesn't require much to make it fun.

All you really need to worry about is your menu and the music. Anything additional is just that - extra!

Here are the five tips we've come up with to create an instant fiesta at home, even if it's not Cinco de Mayo!

Set up a Salsa/Guac Bar

Set up a salsa bar for dinner to top nachos or quesadillas. We recommend as much of a variety as you can, whether you choose to use store-brought jars or homemade recipes.

Guacamole , Pineapple Salsa and Pico de Gallo are all classic toppings you'll want to have, but consider more creative mixes like this Strawberry Jalapeno Chutney .

Make a Mexican Music Playlist

Download Mexican music or create a Pandora station to blast fiesta tunes throughout your home. It's a simple, yet essential piece of turning an ordinary party into a fiesta!

Pick Up a Pinata

Whether you have kids or not, Cinco de Mayo is incomplete without a traditional pinata. Pick one up from the party store and have some fun - it won't take long and won't run your budget up either. Before you swing away, use it as a decorative embellishment on your salsa bar.

Margs are a Must

Margaritas are a big part of Cinco de Mayo parties and guests will expect them at the bar of your party, no matter how short notice your invite is. Mix up whatever is easiest for you, but we recommend serving your margaritas on the rocks.

For one thing you can prep your mix ahead of time so you don't spend the entire night working on refills. For another, it'll cut costs - you're in control of how much liquor is being used in every glass!

Our favorite margarita recipe for just such an occasion is easy enough to turn into a punch. Make sure you've got fresh ice nearby your punch as well as optional limes, and sugar and salt in plates so guests can rim their glasses and top off with a lime garnish if they want.

Don't Have Decorations? Don't Worry!

No one expects an all-out Mexican theme party, so don't sweat the decorations. Use your pinata as a centerpiece and if you can, add a touch of Mexico to the table and room with homemade paper banners in the color of the Mexican flag (red, white, green) or use festive colors like yellow, pink and blue.

We've got a super simple tutorial on how to make a basic banner . Hang them about the room or on focal points like your bar and buffet.

Consider using red, white and green plates, utensils and napkins too add a touch of Mexico to your space as well.


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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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