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Written by Eve Gray
Cinco de Mayo party planning

Spice Up Your Cinco de Mayo Event

It's the middle of the winter.  The days are cold.  The wind is colder.  And that means it's the perfect time to being planning your Cinco de Mayo-themed event.  While May might seem far away, four months is actually the ideal amount of lead time to plan an event associated with a specific season or day on the calendar. You should begin planning your annual holiday party in August, Halloween parties in June, and Cinco de Mayo events...in January. Yes, it's time to start developing Cinco de Mayo party ideas.

Memorable Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas!

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, but it has evolved into much more than a celebration of a military battle.  Today, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture.  It's a day marked by festive spirit, captivating music, colorful decorations, and delicious food -- and that opens up a host of event entertainment options.  Starting your planning in January gives you ample time to organize everything perfectly, from the venue to the entertainment, to the cuisine. It also ensures you have the first pick of the best vendors and entertainers.

Make your fiesta the best-a!!!

Creating a Festive Atmosphere.

Your Cinco de Mayo fiesta should focus on creating a vibrant and authentic Mexican atmosphere. Music and dance are at the heart of this celebration. Imagine your guests being greeted by the lively sounds of a strolling Mariachi band -- perhaps an all-female one -- or being enchanted by the beautiful sounds of traditional Mexican folk music. Dancers in colorful costumes can add an extra layer of authenticity and excitement to your event. Whether you want a large-scale performance as featured entertainment on a stage or a smaller, more intimate performances scattered throughout your event, Altus can help you book the perfect musicians and dancers to fit your venue and budget.

Set the mood with Mexican folk music.

No Cinco de Mayo celebration would be complete without food & drink! Imagine a feast of Mexican flavors and spirits. Hiring chefs who specialize in Mexican cuisine can elevate your party to a culinary adventure.  Hiring a demonstration chef to run a hands-on cooking class will create an interactive experience your guests will remember long after your event is offer and the calendar turns to June or July or January.  It’s a fun way to get your guests involved and learn about the rich culinary traditions of Mexico.  From tantalizing tacos to sumptuous tamales, let your guests make and/or indulge in a variety of authentic dishes.

Drinks should be an integral part of your Cinco de Mayo party ideas if you're throwing a more adult-focused event.  Themed cocktails such as Palomas and Micheladas can set the tone.  A Margarita station featuring a wide variety of frozen or traditional flavors is always a sure hit, as is a tequila tasting station.  You could even bring in a tequila expert to conduct a tasting of various brands and ages, giving your customer knowledge they can use when out with friends, family, or business colleagues.  Looking for something less flashy but still traditional?  Consider creating a Carajillo bar.  These traditional Mexican coffee-based beverages combine coffee with Licor 43, a Spanish liquor with vanilla and citrus flavors.  Served hot or cold, Carajillos are perfect for indoor or outdoor events. No matter your food or beverage choices, Altus can assist in setting up a professional bar service, cooking demonstrations, or classes that cater to all your food and cocktail needs.

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Margaritas anyone?

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas: The Altus Advantage.

At Altus, we understand that budget is a key consideration in any event planning.  We also know that the prospect of handling all the details of planning an event can be intimidating.  That's why we offer a range of options to suit different budgets without compromising on the quality and authenticity of your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Whatever your Cinco de Mayo party ideas are -- whether you’re planning a small gathering, a large fiesta, or a corporate event -- we have solutions that cater to your specific needs. Choosing Altus for your Cinco de Mayo planning means you're opting for a hassle-free experience. We handle the details so you don't have to.  Our expertise in event planning, coupled with our extensive network of vendors and entertainers, ensures that every aspect of your celebration is taken care of.  This takes a lot of event-planning stress off your plate and frees you up to enjoy the celebration as much as your guests do and enjoy an event that truly honors the spirit of this special day.