It feels like just yesterday that we were dancing the night away at Kelly's New Year's Eve wedding, and yet somehow here we are, on the eve of Cinco de Mayo! And while the time rushing by tends to totally stress us out, the promise of margaritas and copious amounts of salsa makes it all okay.
This year, we're skipping the crowds at our local Mexican restaurant, and opting to stay in with friends. That way, we can eat all the tacos we want, and stand in zero lines. AKA, Heaven. We're throwing a Cinco de Mayo party, and you're invited. And guess what? GUAC IS FREE. #praisehandsemoji
Luckily, it doesn't take much to turn your average Taco Tuesday into a full-on fiesta worthy of a Cinco celebration. Follow our steps below for the best Cinco de Mayo, ever.
Turn on the Fiesta Latina playlist on Spotify, and turn up the party. It's the perfect dance-y mix to get everyone feeling festive.
Keep it simple by adding a few cheeky decor details, and let the fresh ingredients in the food and drinks take center stage.
You know we love a good banner - and this printable version is the perfect way to pay homage to all of your favorites. Download it, print it, and hang it over the bar for a festive touch.
This super fun print coordinates perfectly with the other decor, and would be adorable in your entry way, or simply placed next to the taco bar. We're going to leave it up all year round! It would work perfectly in a guest room.
If you throw a party and you don't have paper straws and flags, was it even really a party? Don't be caught without these funky straw flags. Again, who says you have to retire them after Cinco de Mayo? Summer is margarita season, in our opinion.
Into all three? We've got you! Click here to download the party pack bundle and make your life that much easier.
As you may have guessed, we love to throw a great party. But resist the urge to entertain, and instead focus on hospitality. Keep your guests' glasses full and the chips stocked, and we promise they won't even notice that you pulled the party together in mere minutes.
Food & Drink
Let's be honest, this is the most important part of any party - and probably even more so on Cinco de Mayo.
A taco bar is the only way to go. Whether you supply all the toppings, or ask your guests to bring one with them, this is a great way to feed a crowd. Even better, the rice, beans, and variety of toppings makes it easy to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters or dietary restrictions.
With the food handled, you can focus your attention on a crowd stopping cocktail. And lucky for you, the Flash Bash crew has got your back.
Beet + Ginger Margarita
We love a good margarita paired with chips and salsa - seriously YUM. But sometimes we need to add a twist to the typical margarita. So we took a note from our Beet + Ginger Martini Cocktail and created this beaut. The simple syrup is a great mixer and really adds that extra flavor and complexity that can be absent in a typical margarita. Give it a shot, and then pat yourself on the back for getting your veggies in. We promise you won't even taste anything but deliciousness.
2 beets beets, trimmed, peeled and chopped into 2” pieces
2 large pieces of ginger, peeled and chopped into 1” pieces
4 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar or coconut sugar
1½ oz. tequila (per drink)
1 oz. lime juice (pre drink)
2 Limes, sliced into wedges
Salt for rimming your glass
Sparkling water (Optional)
In a medium pot, place the beets, ginger, sugar, and water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 15 minutes. The longer you simmer it, the sweeter it will become.
Strain the beets and ginger from the liquid, remove from the heat and cool. (You can pour this into a glass container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.)
Take a lime wedge and run it around the edge of your glass. Sprinkle your salt onto a small plate and run the limed edges of your glass through the salt, rimming it all the way around in salt.
Add ice to your glass, pour in your tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, and 2 oz. of your beet + ginger simple syrup. squeeze a lime slice into your glass enjoy! For extra yumminess, blend everything together and sip responsibly!
Optional: To cut some of the sweetness, top with sparkling water.
And that's it! You're minutes away from a killer Cinco de Mayo party.