Your ultimate Cinco de Mayo party-planning guide


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Cinco de Mayo falls on Thursday this year. If you're thinking of throwing a party this weekend, then look no further than this handy party-planning guide for some inspiration on what to serve and how to serve it. 


Taco bar

Good Housekeeping 

Good Housekeeping offers a step-by-step guide on how to set up this self-serve taco smorgasbord. With this setup, everybody wins: guests can mix and match and have exactly what they want, and you can actually enjoy the party!


7 taco recipes


Whether you assemble them before serving them or set them up as a buffet for guests to help themselves, you have to check out these gorgeous taco recipes, which include everything from tongue and carnitas to tofu.


Burrito bar

The Handmade Home 

We also love The Handmade Home's easy burrito bowl bar. Adorable!


Don't forget the Jarritos!


Tamarind and Jamaica are our favorites. What are yours?


Quick bites

With Style & Grace 

With Style & Grace is responsible for this Cinco de Mayo-inspired popcorn. It's seasoned with salt, cumin, chili powder, ground pepper, lime juice and lime zest, but the secret kick comes from the half teaspoon of tequila you add to the butter mixture before popping.


Finger food


Skinnymom rounded up 18 easy finger foods made skinny (win!) that you can whip up guilt-free for your celebration.


Individual Seven-Layer Dips

The Girl Who Ate Everything 

Speaking of finger food, check out these individual seven-layer dips by The Girl Who Ate Everything. It's kind of like a taco in a cup. Easy peasy!


Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Serious Eats 

No Cinco de Mayo roundup is complete without some Mexican street corn. What's not to love about corn on the cob covered in Mexican crema, crumbled cotija and chili powder? Serious Eats knows what's up.




Of course the star of any Cinco de Mayo celebration is the margarita — whether you make it with booze or without. Check out the blood orange margarita, the sangria margarita, the lavender margarita and more here. And when you're done with those, check out four more margaritas and a mojito over at Jerry James Stone