Entertaining | How To Host A Stylish Cinco De Mayo Party

celebrate cinco de mayo with style

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Mexican food & drink, and fun ideas for a stylish cinco de mayo party. It’s the perfect time to celebrate by hosting a ladies night gathering with a few girl friends, mixing up margaritas, and serving up chips and salsa. I had the pleasure of working with Sauza blue tequila to come up with some ideas to help you celebrate in style, including their fabulous “sauzarita” recipe.

stylish cinco de mayo fiesta party

  • Is doesn’t take a lot to set the mood for cinco de mayo. Set up a bar cart or small table to hold drinks and snacks, and hang a colorful papel picado to bring in a traditional Mexican element, and add instant ambiance.

ideas for cinco de mayo

  • There’s no better drink to serve for cinco de mayo than a margarita. See our Sauza margarita recipe below for a delicious and easy choice.
  • Use a classic serape for a table runner to bring in a more authentic look.

guacamole served in avacado 'bowl' - cinco de mayo ideas

  • Presentation takes guacamole to the next level. Serve it inside avocado “bowls” and place it on a bed of rock salt to hold it steady.  You can have a couple of extras in the refrigerator for an easy swap out when you finish one off.

chips in rustic bowl - cinco de mayo

  • Keep everything casual by using rustic serving pieces for chips and salsas. A wooden dish and cutting board work beautifully here.

cinco de mayo ideas

  • Surely the ladies will eventually want to pull out the maracas and start shaking!  Provide several and use them as decor in the mean time. You can even let the gals take them home as favors if you like.
  • Make my favorite Mexican layer dip recipe in addition to the traditional salsa and guac.

silly napkins for ladies night cinco de mayo

  • I’ve always been a fan of silly, whimsical cocktail napkins and this type of gathering is the perfect occasion for grabbing a cute set. They’re a great conversation piece and this one above is very apropos.

mini papel picado drink flags - cinco de mayo ideas

  • Mimic the look of the papel picado by making mini drink markers. These are easy to make using a decorative edge punch and colorful tissue paper. Attach to wooden skewers with double sided tape.

cinco de mayo photo booth area

  • Turn up the party with a photo booth area that’s decked out with playful props. For a seated table for dining check out my Mexican Fiesta party inspiration.

Mexican wedding cookies for cinco de mayo

  • Set out Mexican wedding cookies in mini flower pots for a sweet treat that’s easy to grab.

Sauza-rita recipe for cinco de mayo

  • Mix up these tasty margaritas in advance and place the pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve. They’ll be at the ready when your first guest arrives.

Sauza-rita Recipe

  • 1 bottle light beer {12 oz.}
  • 1 can {12 oz.} frozen limeade – thawed
  • 1 can Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
  • 1 can water

Combine all ingredients together in a pitcher and chill until ready to serve.

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  • Have your “extra stash” available in case you need to make up another pitcher or grab another glass on the fly.

hostess outfit - cinco de mayo

  • As the hostess, set the tone and dress the part in a light flowy blouse that’s reminiscent of a Mexican poncho. This outfit is stylish and easy to move around in.


Sauza LogoHe’s equally talented in the saving of lives and the ways of love. And best of all? He’s ready to pour you a Sauza-rita, and listen as you pour out your feelings. This perfect man is perfectly prepared to help make your ladies night unforgettably fun – with Sauza Blue, of course. Check us out at http://facebook.com/SauzaMargaritas.


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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sauza® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sauza®.


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. This is all so fun and festive. Great job Chris. I especially loved the napkins LOL Nancy needs to go buy these in bulk hahaha


  1. […] for a little Mexican flavor to get you in the mood for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. I’ve been making this Mexican layer dip since my college days. I got the recipe while I was […]

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