Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.06.18 PMThere are many reasons why I love Austin; good vibes, great weather and delicious food. It’s also clear this city knows how to let loose and throw a party from time to time (I mean, there is literally a festival happening every other weekend). So I decided to compile some fun ideas together to help make your Cinco De Mayo fiesta (which is less than a week away!) extra spicy. Being from the PNW, there isn’t as much of a mexican presence like in Texas, so I fully embrace the holiday spirit, piñatas and all.

Decor: This is everything when it comes to a party. Unfortunately, it can also be very expensive and time consuming. Stick to decorating a specific area if you are on a budget i.e. the food and drink table, because that’s where people will be most ;) These cactus cupcake holders fulfill function and decor – perfect!Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 9.58.57 PM

Food:  Probably the main thing guests care about, other than the drink selection. There is nothing worse than showing up to a party to see only a half scoop of guac left in the bowl. Spare your guests from getting hangry and make individual servings like these seven layer dips, to prevent that one person, we all know, who takes enough to feed a family of four. Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.02.14 PM

Drinks: Cinco De Mayo is not Cinco De Mayo without, you guessed it, alcohol! Gosh, who doesn’t love a party where you’re encouraged to hit cardboard for candy while under the influence? Get innovative with drink ideas – make it an activity for guests to create their own! Sip on these blood orange margaritas I whipped up for National Margarita Day, they are delicious! But don’t drink and drive, people. SAMSUNG CSCGot leftover lime wedges? Jello shots are probably a good idea. 
Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.00.39 PMAttire: I’ve really been into embroidered tops lately so Cinco De Mayo comes at no better time to play a little dress up. If you live in Austin, check out Fiesta Mart to find authentic mexican shirts dresses. I could actually wear these year round.
Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.18.10 PMThese flower crowns are the ideal accessory for this colorful occasion. If you haven’t made one yet, check out this quick tutorial. SAMSUNG CSCAnd if you actually don’t know why Cinco De Mayo is a holiday (guilty <insert embarrassed face>), read up. Ay ay ay!

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