5 Steps to Throwing an Amazing Cinco de Mayo Party

Cinco de Mayo is one of the most underrated holidays in America – in my opinion, it might as well be a national holiday. Celebrating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla, it’s become more popular in America than it is in Mexico. The perfect celebration of South-of-the-border culture and tradition is what you’re aiming for when throwing your party. Here are 5 ways you can knock your Cinco de Mayo party out of the park.

5. Make these shredded chicken tacos

We tested out the recipe, and they’re pretty phenomenal. Plus, you can make them the night before in the slow cooker, keeping you focused on more important things like who to invite to your awesome Cinco de Mayo party.

4. Homemade salsa

It MUST be homemade! No exceptions. There are plenty of recipes that you can follow online, but we love this Salsa Cruda recipe from Food Wishes. After you’ve made this recipe once, you’ll be making it all the time, trust me.

3. Top shelf tequila

If you need some advice on which tequila is right for your party, be sure to watch the video above. Corralejo is a great option under $50.

2. Know your music

And if you don’t know what to play, Mashable put together the perfect 55 song playlist on Spotify. It will definitely get the party started.

1. Make the perfect margarita

Here’s what you’ll need:

750ml (25oz) tequila
1L (34oz) limemade (lemonade can also work in a pinch)
2 cups (16oz) orange juice
3-quart baking dish (or similar container)

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