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Cinco de Mayo Invitations

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Grab your maracas and put on that flashy sombrero…Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner!  For many of us in the US, Cinco de Mayo is a day filled with Mexican foods and traditions that we love so much, from Spanish music to margaritas, tacos, fajitas and guacamole as we celebrate and support Mexican pride and heritage.  For others, it is a celebration  which marks the freedom given to the state of Puebla during the first years of the Civil War.  The Mexican army defeated the French forces at the Battle of Puebla, which was on May 5, 1862.  One of the coolest things I learned about the Battle of Puebla?  The Mexican army defeated the French, who doubled numbers over the Mexican army.  No country in the American continents has been invaded by a European army ever since!

Celebrate this amazingly festive holiday by hosting your own Cinco de Mayo party, which lucky for us, just happens to fall on a Saturday this year!  A Cinco de Mayo party is a very easy party to plan, even if it’s last minute or low budget.  All you need is Mexican food and drinks, and a few vibrant decorations, and you’ll be good to go!  The most popular Mexican party foods seem to be chips & salsa, guacamole, queso, do-it-yourself fajitas, tacos or enchiladas, which are great for a large group of guests.  For dessert, offer up some empanadas or a sugary churro treat.

To go with your Mexican cuisine, offer up some frozen margaritas, or a margarita on the rocks.  Below we’ve listed a great at-home recipe so that you can make your own frozen margarita treat…

Margarita on the Rocks

2 oz silver tequila
1 oz lime juice
1 oz orange-flavored liquor
1 slice of lime

Combine ice, tequila, lime juice and liquor in a cocktail shaker and shake well.  Pour over ice in a margarita glass and garnish with a lime wedge.  Want a frozen treat?  Multiply your ingredients and blend instead of shake!

To set the scene for your Cinco de Mayo party, send out a Cinco de Mayo party invitation a few weeks before your event.  Think bright, flashy, fiesta themed colors, chili pepper and a catchy “fiesta, no siesta” saying to entice your guests to join in on the fun Mexican fiesta!  Two of our favorite Cinco de Mayo invitations are shown below, which feature colored party lanterns and beer, along with rows of chili pepper lights.  Coordinate your party invitation with a Cinco de Mayo sticker, favor tag or return address label and add a coordinating response card for a complete Mexican party ensemble, like the cards shown below.

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