Cinco de Mayo typically entails sombreros, dancing, queso cheese, and margaritas. While life has changed a bit since last Cinco, that doesn’t mean the traditions need to!
Here are a few ways you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo traditions at home this year:
Decorate With Authentic Homewares
Decorations go a long way in making your home feel more festive. If you want to transform your casa for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, look for colorful Aztec textiles, embroidered Mexican folk art, and bright, colorful designs like this fringed, Mexican Serape table runner. Artisanal designs and handmade items are a part of Mexican culture. Mexican blown glass tumblers like these, Fair Trade, recycled, blue-rimmed juice glasses like these, and multi-colored confetti pitchers like this, will create an authentic Mexican look and feel at your fiesta.
Set the mood
Once you have your home looking festive, turn up the tunes to get it sounding festive too. Traditional Mexican Mariachi musical sounds come instruments like a guitarrón, harps, guitars, violins, and trumpets. We gathered up a few of our favorite Mariachi playlists, so all you need to do is hit play on your smartphone device to pump the tunes throughout your SmartHome’s stereo system. This Spotify Mariachi Playlist provides over five hours of Mexican suena. Listen to this Viva Mexico playlist to celebrate our neighbors in style.
Prepare a feast for your fiesta.
Is a fiesta really a fiesta without food? We think not. Mexican culture, like many cultures, centers around its cuisine, which is a blend of indigenous and Spanish influences. Staples in most traditional Mexican cuisines include corn, beans, and peppers. If you’re interested in creating a variety of different Mexican dishes, you can do so with just a few key ingredients like corn, beans, lettuce, peppers, avocado, onion, tomato, cheese, and tortillas.
These are a few of our favorite Mexican dishes:
- Restaurant Style White Queso
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
- Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas
- Mexican Casserole
- Vegan Carne Asada Tacos
- Churros with Chocolate Espresso Sauce
Shake up a cocktail
And finally, a margarita to really get the fiesta going. We selected a few you’ll love, whether you prefer spicy or sweet, skinny, or classic. All you need is a mixer like this, and one of those beautiful glasses we mentioned earlier for an authentic Cinco de Mayo experience.
- Strawberry Basil Margarita Summer Cocktail
- Margarita Mocktail
- Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita
- Skinny Margarita
If you’re more of a classic margarita kind, opt for this highly-rated New York Times Cooking Margarita Recipe:
2 ounces Blanco tequila
Juice of 1 whole lime
½ ounce triple sec, preferably Cointreau
Salt for rim (optional)
Lime wedge, for garnish
However you choose to spend the 5th of May, we hope you’re happy, healthy and enjoy your time at home. Happy Cinco de Mayo from your Lennar family!