Cinco de Mayo Party Essentials

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! Even though the holiday is only celebrated in a few towns in Mexico, Americans like to celebrate the day to honor Mexican culture — much like we use St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish culture. If you’ve never celebrated Cinco de Mayo it can be a raucous affair. To do it right, there are a few things you should include in your celebration. Here are 5 Cinco de Mayo party essentials to make your party spectacular.pinata

Piñatas The piñata is a  favorite Mexican party tradition. It’s a papier-mâiché animal or shape filled with candy and covered in brightly colored crepe paper. The concept is a mesh between western European and Aztec and Mayan traditions that evolved into a religious symbol. Now, it’s mostly used as a game for kids in which a batter is blindfolded and tries to hit the piñata with a stick or bat until it explodes to spill out candy for the kids.

sombreroSombreros The word “sombrero” means “hat” in Spanish, but a Mexican sombrero is unique in that it has a wide brim. It was originally used to shield people from the bright, hot desert sun. Now it’s worn mostly during cultural celebrations and it has been adopted as part of the uniform of mariachi musicians.

mariachiMariachi Music Horns, violins, guitars, and maracas make up the sweet sounds you know as mariachi music. It’s folk music the combines the instruments of the indigenous people of Mexico with the European instruments brought over by the Spanish. It was originally considered rural folk music, but musicians eventually moved to more urban areas where the sound evolved into the music we here at restaurants and plazas now.

margaritasMargaritas (or tequila) The margarita is the preferred beverage of Cinco de Mayo, but its roots are as mixed up as the drink itself. A Tijauna restaurant owner claims he mixed up the drink for an actress who was allergic to all alcoholic beverages except tequila — which she didn’t like. The other origin story is that a Texas socialite came up with the mix as a signature cocktail for her Acapulco vacation home. Either way, the Margarita was born in Mexico and it’s used to celebrate Cinco de Mayo every year.

tacosTacos The Taco is a truly Mexican fare. According to historian Jeffrey M. Pilcher, the taco probably originated among Mexican miners in the 1700s. “Tacos” were little pieces of paper wrapped around gunpowder to stick in rocks to excavate iron ore. Pilcher believes this was the model for the modern taco.

Of course you don’t have to have all of these things to make your Cinco de Mayo party a blast, but they sure do help make things festive!

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Cinco de Mayo: Our Favorite DIY Piñatas

We’re ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo here at LTD! It’s a holiday that’s only celebrated in certain parts of Mexico, but Americans have made it into a big day to celebrate everything Mexican and all that we have adopted from Mexican culture. One of the things we adopted is the piñata — the papier-mâiché animals that we bat with a club until it bursts with candy. They’re fun for parties, but they can also be a fun craft — and there are some pretty crafty people out there. We’ve picked out some of our favorite DIY piñatas.

pinata-ice-cream-coneEasy Ice Cream Check out this ice cream cone piñata from Six Sisters Stuff! They always have something cute to contribute to the craft world — and they make it look so easy! This one actually might be. They did the regular papier-mâiché method using balloons and made a paper cone to shape it into our favorite summer treat. The secret to making it look edible (and adorable!) is all in the positioning of the crepe paper.

pinata-strawberrySimple Strawberry Oceans of Notions gets a big high five for this strawberry! It’s amazing how many types of food piñatas you can make with a balloon! Pink and green tissue paper and black construction paper and that ice cream cone becomes a berry! You don’t have to be a super-crafter to make an adorable piñata, you just have to have the right idea.

pinata-angry-birdBasic Bird The right idea for Cindy Derosier was an Angry Bird piñata! What joy her boys must have had at their party with that! The process is so simple and the end product is so clever! We’ll probably be seeing Candy Crush candy hanging from her trees next year!

pinata-captain-americaStraightforward Shield Maureen Wilkinson strayed from using a balloon for her Captain America shield piñata and instead fashioned the shell of the shield from craft board. A couple of circles and a good strip to connect the two is what she used as the base. To make the signature shield she used feathered crepe paper, a little imagination and a lot of patience!

pinata-minionPapier-Mâiché Minion Le Coin de Mel used two balloons to pull together a minion piñata. What she did with them is pretty clever — she tied the two balloon knots together and bridged the gap between them by wrapping it in paper to make one long torso just like they’re drawn! Instead of using crepe paper, she painted her piñata, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make yours with the traditional tissue paper. Either way, it makes a fun party activity for Cinco de Mayo or a birthday party.

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