Cinco de Mayo is a few days away, and we don’t know about you, but we love any reason to enjoy some great Mexican food and celebration. In this post, we will give you a little history on the holiday, a great recipe to make, and a fun craft to complete with the kids.

Origin of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. It commemorates the date on which the Mexican Army defeated France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War (History.com). You might wonder, why do we celebrate this day in the United States? “In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations” (History.com). So, whether you’re celebrating the victory at the Battle of Puebla or the heritage of Mexican culture, we hope you enjoy this holiday even more this year with our meal and craft tips below!

Classic Cinco de Mayo Meal

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Who doesn’t love a great Mexican meal? We have some awesome ideas for authentic Mexican food that you can cook right at home for your celebration this year:

Appetizers

Main Dishes

Desserts

Drinks

Pick one or two from each category and you are sure to have a mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo meal!

Crafts for the Kids

If you have little ones you need to entertain during your Cinco de Mayo party, we have a great craft for you to complete with them. These paper rosettes and Señoritas are a relatively easy craft that deliver a stunning final product that your kids will love to play with. Get your list of supplies and step-by-step instructions HERE.

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Photo source: https://dennasideas.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/how-to-make-paper-rosettes-and-senoritas-for-el-cinco-de-mayo/

We hope these ideas help inspire an unforgettable Cinco de Mayo celebration for you and your family!