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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco de Mayo party ideas

Hello everyone!  And Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Or better yet, Happy Cinco de Miracle Whip!  We like Miracle Whip better than Mayo in our house.  How about in yours?

Just wanted you to know I was still alive.  It's been so long since I last wrote a post that I completely forgot how to do so.  

Do you have a party to celebrate?  We usually do, but not this year.  So I'll share photos of the last 2 Cinco de Mayo parties that we've had.  

I always do everything as cheaply and easy as possible.  But hopefully you will see that everything can still look great when being cheap & lazy like me.

Everyone knows they have arrived at the right place when greeted by a "Party!" banner.  I got this one a couple of years ago from Target's Dollar Spot.

I love to change up my mantel for every occasion.  The "Fiesta" banner was another Target Dollar Spot find a few years back.  

I love to collect lanterns, candle holders and bright colored bottles whenever I can find them for cheap.   This year I picked up a few colored bottles at Dollar Tree.  I just use them out in my yard the rest of the year.  I actually found this red one in my backyard when we moved in about 10 years ago. 

The brightly colored plates came from Michaels about 3 years ago.  I got them on clearance after Cinco de Mayo, I just used them the following year.  

I made this wreath from dollar store flowers. 


I don't usually decorate with bright colors.  So it's a nice change to do so for Cinco de Mayo.

Next I decided the outside needed to be decorated.  I have an arbor that I love to decorate to use as a backdrop for a photo booth.

Crepe paper is a cheap way to decorate.  I gathered different colors & made ruffles.

And some I just cut.  I have used them for a couple of years.  

And here it is all decorated

I added this Mexican star lantern that I found in Old Town San Diego.  We got it on clearance at 90% off.  My husband had to fix something on it. But he is pretty handy so now it looks good as new.  

I even made my own crepe paper flowers.  I remember going to Tijuana as a kid & seeing them on almost every street corner.  

You need a few props for the photo booth.  I found all of the Sombreros at Dollar Tree about 3 years ago. 

 And you must have mustaches!

My neighbors even had Mexican ponchos.  And a serape that we put on the bench. 

Isn't Zeke the cutest?  

We always have nachos with homemade salsa for almost every party at our house.  Yum!  For dinner we had tacos, rice & beans.  Just didn't get any photos.  We don't drink alcohol in our family.  But it is always fun to have non spiked punch in margarita glasses.  

After eating, It was warm enough for everyone to swim in the pool.  Then it was time for the pinata. 

My neighbor made this pinata.  I think it was her first or second one.  I was pretty impressed. 

The kids took turns trying to break the pinata. 

Finally the deed was done & everyone scrambled to get their share of the candy & goodies. 

Even our dog Cooky wanted to party.

This year we will most likely have chicken tacos to celebrate.  Might even break out the margarita glasses to have my Pepsi in.  I like to live dangerously.