Instead of heading to a party supply store for your Cinco de Mayo party decorations, take a trip to your local Latin communities with authentic Mexican markets.
Seek out decor items like pinatas, Mexican candy, and papel picado that are authentic and easy on the wallet.
Party supply stores mark up pricing on items that are cheaply made, while authentic pinatas, candy and papel picado tend to be made in Mexico and are often handcrafted.
If you don't have any local stores that sell authentic Mexican goods, head online to stores like Casa Bonampak that have attractive, budget-friendly options for handmade papel picado.
Traditional Cinco de Mayo colors are red, green and white. Creating a new twist on the traditional Cinco de Mayo decor is as simple as sticking with one color scheme and using it throughout the decor.
If you choose to use an all-white Cinco de Mayo color scheme, for example, purchase an all-white pinata as well as white candies.
Continue with the all-white theme by using candles in tall glass jars grouped together in twos, threes and fours for soft ambient lighting for the party.
White platters and trays, white spray-painted sombreros (or traditional sombreros with white ribbon used to replace the colorful traditional trim) and small white flower arrangements can round out the Cinco de Mayo party decorations.