With the weather heating up, and summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your house host-ready!!
Cinco de Mayo kicks off the unofficial start to the summer season of entertaining; leading the way for every neighborhood and family BBQ, Memorial Day, and 4th of July.
Although some consider Cinco de Mayo to be a celebration for Mexico only, history proves there are many ties that make this holiday an integral part of American culture as well. On May 5th, 1862 a Texas man named General Zaragosa led troops to resist and defeat an invasion from France at the Battle of Puebla. This was during the height of the Civil War, and the victory at Puebla inspired the Spanish and Latino populations living in America to join the Armed Forces, ultimately helping the Union to win the Civil War. The holiday received its own commemorative stamp in 1998, and is annually observed at the White House in Washington D.C.
Now that we’re clear that Cinco de Mayo is in fact a celebration for Americans and Mexicans alike, let’s get down to planning the perfect party!
- Don’t Go Crazy With Decorations
We all love the occasional string of streamers or festive pinata, but this year try to keep your decor simple. A few summer inspired and well-placed floral vases will go much further than things you might pick up at a party store. Pick 2 or 3 complimentary colors, a texture like lace or burlap, and stay consistent. If you need some inspiration, check out this article on building your own unique vase arrangements. Have fun!
- Plan a Fancy Cocktail
Whether it’s a Moscow Mule, Margarita or Mint Mojito, pick a beverage of choice and stick to it. You’ll be doing yourself (and your guests!) a favor by prepping all the ingredients and taking the guess-work out of your party. To mix it up, you could even create a table spread with fresh mint, lime, berries and cucumbers to let your guests make their drinks their own! Tie it all together with a cooler of cold cervezas, and kick back for a good time.
- Make a Taco/ Burrito/ Appetizer Bar
Whatever you decide to serve, keep in mind that your guests will more than likely want to snack during your entire event. Setting up an appetizer bar, or planning a build-your-own-taco bar is an easy way for you to keep your guests fed without having to be in the kitchen the whole time. Prep your ingredients ahead of time for easy re-stock when food starts to run low!
- Set Up Your Lighting
As the sun goes down and it starts to get chilly, be sure to program the timer on your Switchmate App to kick on around dusk so that your guests in the backyard don’t get left in the dark. This quick and easy step will add some smart-home elegance to your party, and be one less thing for you to take care of as your celebration comes to a close.
Drink responsibly and stay safe. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Reyes, Raul A. “No, Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day – Here’s What It Is.” NBCNews.com. NBCUniversal News Group, 05 May 2016. Web. 03 May 2017.