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How to Have a Fun Wallet-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Party

Cinco de Mayo is a popular Mexican holiday, celebrating Mexico’s independence from Spain, that usually involves a celebration (fiesta) full of bright colors, friends, and lots of great food (tacos) and drinks. With that being said, to have a really great Cinco de Mayo celebration, you’re going to have to do a fair bit of shopping. Here are a few tips to help you save money this Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Food

As we all know, food is a major part of any Cinco de Mayo celebration. Wholesale suppliers such as Costco and Sam’s Club can provide you with the best bang for your buck in regards to getting large quantities of food for less. Tortillas, protein (chicken and beef) chips, salsa and cheese can all be purchased for less than market price if bought in bulk. So, get a headcount of the number of guests beforehand so you can know how much food to buy.

Cinco de Mayo Drinks

It wouldn’t be a Cinco de Mayo without the right amount of alcohol to really get the party started. If you make it clear to your guests that you will be purchasing and preparing the food, it will be a lot easier to convince them to bring alcohol. Since beer, soda and tequila require no initial preparation or hassle in most cases, your guests would gladly pick up these items on their way to your party. No Sweat! Want to get really authentic? Ask one of your friends to be the Michelada bartender.

Cinco de Mayo Décor

Cinco de Mayo parties are known for being very bright and colorful with multicolored streamers hanging on the door (and ceiling if you like) and an array of bright napkins and plates on the table. If you go to a store such as Party City for Cinco de Mayo decorations, you will most likely pay premium due to the timeliness of the event. Don’t do it! Instead mix and match those leftover plates from Christmas (the red and green will mix in just fine) or get creative and visit your local arts and crafts store and make decorations for your Cinco de Mayo party. Michaels has streamers that can be purchased for less than $1.50 for 81ft of paper. The regular price of a streamer for a doorway is about $9 per door. You could purchase 3 different colors from Michaels and create multiple door streamers for every entrance, repurpose the streamers for tables and chairs and you might even have some left over for next year, all for about the same price you’d would pay if you went to Party City or some other party good specialty store.

Family and Friends

Once you’ve got the food, drinks and décor figured out, all that’s left is lots of family and great friends (and some bumping music) to make your Cinco de Mayo party one to remember…without breaking the bank.


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