Throw a Dirt Cheap Cinco de Mayo Party!

What is it? Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the “fifth of May,” like its American equivalent, the Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo was based on a highly improbable military victory that has had a lasting effect on Mexican history and culture.

You don’t have to be Mexican to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. In fact, the holiday is probably more popular in the States than it is in Mexico, where it is merely a regional holiday. Mexican Americans and their friends often throw intimate parties that involve decorations, activities, music, food, and, of course, plenty of alcohol.

Margaritas and cervezas can be found at most Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Because they are generally held outdoors, most celebrants prefer to hold parties at home, rather than at local restaurants. Party organizers can save money on food and alcohol if they are willing to do the work on their own.  The holiday has become so popular in America that most party stores now sell a full line of decorations and accessories for Cinco de Mayo.