Cinco de Mayo

Originally held to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over French forces, Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican culture, heritage and tradition both in Mexico and abroad.

Learn about the history of Cinco de Mayo and be inspired to host your own celebration with this Holiday Guide from The Real Housewives of Sydney's Nicole O'Neil

Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the "Fifth of May" and the holiday is an annual celebration that is held each year on May 5th to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. 

From it's origins in the early 1860's, Cinco de Mayo has become more and more popular internationally. Whilst in Mexico the celebrations are mostly ceremonial commemoration of the battle itself, those with Mexican heritage in the United States (and abroad) use the day to celebrate their Mexican culture. 

How is Cinco de Mayo celebrated? 

Cinco de Mayo celebrations vary from place to place. 

In Mexico, May 5th is not observed as a national holiday, however, all public schools are closed nationwide. The celebrations really kick off in the state of Puebla, where the battle took place, as it is one of only two states in Mexico where Cinco de Mayo is recognised as a public holiday. 

The celebrations range from historical reenactments to colourful parades and mouthwatering meals shared with friends and family. 

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican culture. Many school districts hold special events to educate students about the historical significance of the day and special events are held throughout the country to highlight and celebrate Mexican culture. From music festivals and mariachi demonstrations to delicious Mexican inspired meals and regional dancing. 

Globally, Cinco de Mayo celebrations have become more and more popular. Some of the celebrations include an annual "Cinco de Mayo Street Festival" in Ontario Canada where many pubs and restaurants will also have Mexican performers or special celebratory menus and here in Australia there is a Mexican Festival held annually in Brisbane, Queensland to honour the day. 

Cinco de Mayo Party Menu Ideas


What's a party without the food? Here are some of my top menu suggestions; 

To Nibble: 
Corn chips with
guacamole & salsa

To Drink:

To Eat:
Keep it casual and fun with Tacos, Quesadillas, Burritos, Nachos or Enchiladas

Party Favor Ideas for Cinco De Mayo Party


Looking for a fun party favour for your guests to take home?

Why not let your decorations double as favours? For my Cinco de Mayo table, I used mini tabasco bottles and maracas as place card holders which guests then took home. 

Each of my guests also took home one of the mini potted succulents on the table as well. 

Cinco de Mayo Table Setting Inspiration and Ideas


Be inspired to throw your own Fiesta with my Mexican Themed Fiesta Party Table Setting.

Bright, colourful and so much fun, this table setting is easy to recreate and is guaranteed to be a hit with all of your party guests! 

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