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Cinco de Mayo Party Planning

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Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the "fifth of May," commemorates the Battle of Puebla, when Mexico defeated France in the mid-1800s. While in Mexico the official holiday is a relatively quiet affair, it has developed into a massive cultural celebration of Mexican heritage in the U.S., especially in Mexican-American communities. 

Try your hand at this annual celebration of all things Mexico by throwing a party of your own. Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to get your Parrothead compadres together for good food, great drinks and party games. Here are a few fun party ideas for this Cinco de Mayo. 

Play Mexico pub trivia 
With massive cultural influences, a 1,900-mile long shared border and plenty of tropical vacation spots Parrotheads love, Mexico is hugely important to the U.S., but how much do you really know about our neighbor to the south? As part of your Cinco de Mayo celebration create a pub trivia-like game about Mexican pop culture, history, geography and music. It's guaranteed to be fun and informative. 

Go all out on your Cinco de Mayo celebration this year. Go all out on your Cinco de Mayo celebration this year.

Provide a Mexican drink bar 
Outfit your home bar with all Mexican ingredients. Prepare your frozen concoction maker to make the classic cocktail of this holiday for everyone at the party: A margarita! Use tequila and agave nectar that come straight from Mexico. 

Provide other Mexican adult beverages such as drinks made with mezcal or some frosty cervezas. Cola made with real sugar and agua fresca are sweet, non-alcoholic beverages younger guests will enjoy. 

"The first thing people want after a margarita is some tasty Mexican food."

Make plenty of food 
The first thing most people want after a ice-cold margarita is some tasty Mexican food. Go all out for Cinco de Mayo. Make your own salsa and guacamole, learn how to roll the perfect burrito, serve the hottest peppers you can find and grill some fresh fajitas.  

Try some crafts 
Crafts aren't just for kids' birthday parties, they can be a fun way for adults to relax and socialize at themed fiestas. Try your hand at making your own piñata or paper flowers. These crafts are surprisingly simple and leave you with something fun and colorful to show for it. 

It's not a party without dancing. Before your celebration, spend some time on YouTube, learning a Mexican dance then teach your guests the moves at your party. It might not look perfect, but you'll definitely have fun doing it. 

Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.