Plan a Red-Hot Cinco de Mayo Bash

Spice up your party with these must-have items

Cinco de Mayo party
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Spice up your party with these must-have items
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South-of-the-Border Fun

Originally Cinco de Mayo was only celebrated in the small Mexican city of Puebla, where, on May 5, 1862, the Mexican militia defeated the French army. But it’s grown into a huge celebration north of the border, too! So if you’re playing hostess on May 5 (or the weekend after), WD has everything you need for the perfect Mexican-themed celebration. Gather up these fun items—from recipes to festive decorations—for a party no one will forget.

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Gather the Guests

The invitation is the first step in reeling your guests in, so why not make it fun and festive? Try 's premade Cinco de Mayo design or get creative and design your

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Corny Quesadillas

Try this light (and very authentic) version of a Mexican favorite—quesadillas. They can even be assembled up to four hours ahead of time, so they're perfect for entertaining.

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Wendell Webber
Chipotle Shrimp Cocktail Bites

These refreshing mini-wraps take only 30 minutes to prepare and are full of flavor. They are tangy and citrusy, and are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Charles Schiller
Favorite Layered Party Dip

Dip is a must-have at any party. This WD bean, guacamole, salsa and tortilla chip combo is perfect for a Mexican-themed bash. Get the Recipe.

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Caren Alpert
Mexican Pizza

Everyone loves pizza—especially kids! If you're inviting the little ones, this blend of simple Mexican staples like corn and avocado will satisfy their tummies, and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare!

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Kate Sears
Turkey Taco Cups

You're not going to want messy tacos when you're feeding a room full of people. So try these easy tortilla cups for the same satisfaction—minus the mess.

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Jacqueline Hopkins
Margarita Cheesecake Bars

For a sweet option, try these margarita-flavored cheesecake bites. The top layer is so creamy and smooth, it'll melt in your mouth. Plus, you can prepare them in advance.

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Mexican Chocolate Squares

For another dish to add to the dessert table, try these satisfying squares. You can make the dough five days in advance and remove from the fridge whenever you're ready to bake.

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Drink Up

When hosting a Cinco de Mayo bash, Mexican beer is the way to go. We suggest , and

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Margarita Mania

Cinco de Mayo could never be complete without margaritas! Have a taste of Mexico with this WD traditional recipe. We suggest using

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Cool Off

Keep your beers and other refreshments ice-cold in this inflatable cactus cooler. $20.95;

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Table Decor

To match the rest of your festive decorations, try this multicolored table runner. It's affordable and creates a simple-to-clean-up barrier between the food and your dining room table. $5.25;

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Start Sipping

These vibrant margarita glasses will let you serve the classic cocktail in style. They come in four bright colors and are plastic, so they make for an easy after-party cleanup. $9.99 for 20-piece set;

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Piñata Pizzazz

Piñatas are traditionally filled with candy, but if you're having an adults-only party, you can get creative with the favors. Try miniature plastic tequila bottles, bottle openers or beaded necklaces. Bull-Shaped Piñata, $12.99;

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Lighten Up

If you're planning on having your party go (well) into the night, spruce up your outdoors with these paper lanterns. The chili peppers are perfectly on theme! $6.99;

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Dancing Divas

Want some entertainment? Mexican and salsa music will have your guests up and out of their chairs in no time. We suggest downloading the any or all the songs from the Cinco De Mayo Celebration album. $8.99;

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