Fiesta Fun: How to Throw a Cinco de Mayo Celebration

 Set Up a Sombrero Station
DAVID TSAY
Break out the blender and throw a family-friendly Cinco de Mayo party with easy crafts and fun recipes from Mexican mom Pati Jinich, author of the new cookbook Mexican Today.
DAVID TSAY
DAVID TSAY

Mexican Sliders

With beans, cheese, and avocado, these flavorful turkey burgers are practically a full meal in a bun.

DAVID TSAY
DAVID TSAY

Wild-Style Mexican Hot Dogs

Serve the dogs undressed so kids (and grown-ups) can choose their favorite add-ons.

See how to make these bacon-wrapped cheesy dogs. The kids will certainly approve this mouthwatering upgrade to their favorite cookout food.

DAVID TSAY
DAVID TSAY

Mango-Vanilla Slushy

Serve these sweet slurps—part drink and part dessert—alongside or instead of margaritas. For a fun twist, freeze the blend into ice-pop molds.

See how to make this refreshing mango vanilla slushy. Kids can enjoy it virgin, but grown-ups may want to add a splash of rum or tequila.

DAVID TSAY
DAVID TSAY

Corn With Lime and Cotija

Cut cobs in half for little hands.

DAVID TSAY
DAVID TSAY

Pineapple Pico de Gallo

Start with a whole pineapple or precut chunks, and chop the fruit finely for the perfect salsa-to-chip ratio. 

See how to make this pineapple pico de gallo salsa. Serve it with some tortilla chips for a fresh and healthy snack.

See how to cut a pineapple (and get the most out of this flavorful fruit) in a few easy steps. Trust us, it's easier than it looks!

DAVID TSAY
DAVID TSAY

Make Shakers to Share

Craft some fun with DIY maracas. Fill leftover plastic Easter eggs with 1 tsp. popcorn kernels; snap closed. Help children hold the egg between two plastic spoons while they wrap washi tape around them to hold the egg in place and make a handle. Continue wrapping until the egg and spoons are completely covered.

DAVID TSAY
DAVID TSAY

Set Up a Sombrero Station

Keep little partygoers busy with craft-your-own paper sombreros. Before the party, hot-glue upsidedown paper cups to the center of paper dinner plates. Set out glue and decorating supplies, like pom-poms, mini-ball fringe, and chenille stems, and encourage the kids to style their hats.

Share the gallery



Parents may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.