When many of us think of Cinco de Mayo party themes, we think of Corona and guacamole. However, Cinco de Mayo can lend itself well to a grand catered event with the proper preparations, catering menu planning, and some authentic Mexican estilo (style).
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It marks the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War. The date has evolved into a celebration of rich culture, vibrant traditions, delectable flavors, and Mexican heritage in America.
Color Your Thinking
When crafting an upscale Cinco de Mayo theme, think first about your use of color throughout the event venue. Papel Picado streamers are often pinned up to create a unique photo backdrop. Colorful mini piñatas or maracas can elevate place settings. When it comes to Cinco de Mayo, the brighter the colors, the better; think hot pink, citrus orange, lime green, and sapphire blue. Consider mixing bold hues into your decor, including different vibrant colored chairs at tables, an assortment of mismatched tablecloths, and centerpieces of flowering cacti or a sombrero that holds cupcakes or appetizers on its rim. Likewise, painted or terra cotta pots are a rustic addition for individual servings or on buffet lines. Your invites should be bright and colorful when inviting guests to this grand fiesta.
Make the Catering Menu Tasteful and Visually Stunning
A seasoned professional caterer like Messina’s Catering and Events can help you craft a delectable and surprising Cinco de Mayo menu. Perhaps it’s a playful twist on the traditional margarita, like a honeydew margarita complete with a sugared rim for a sweet surprise. Mexican grilled corn can be served in smaller sections on skewers and dusted with cotija cheese and chipotle pepper. Instead of plain old guacamole, consider avocado fries served with lime Sriracha aioli. For grab-and-go fun, queso dip served in shooters with a couple of blue corn chips is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Likewise, serve individual flan or tres leches cakes in ramekins or festively colored muffin cups. Add some action to the menu with a fresh-made guac station or tableside guac. Your caterer can help you think outside the box and come up with inventive twists on traditional Mexican fare, like tuna tartar tacos or roasted vegetable burritos.
Let Music Help Set the Stage
Nothing screams Cinco de Mayo like a roving mariachi band, but Mexican music goes way beyond mariachi music. Instead, play some salsa music and get your crowd up and on their feet. In addition to mariachi, Banda, norteño, huasteco, jarocho, grupera, tamborazo zacatecano, and ranchera are among today’s most popular Mexican music styles.
Send your Guests Home with a Festive Party Favor
Consider sending guests home with a mini bottle of tequila and directions for making the perfect margarita or a bottle of traditional Mexican hot sauce. You can also plant cacti in bright recycled salsa or enchilada sauce cans as a fun way to say “gracias” for attending.
Messina’s Catering Can Help Create Lasting Cinco de Mayo Impressions
New Orleans caterers like Messina’s Catering and Events are experts in preparing and displaying visually stunning dishes that can fit your Cinco de Mayo theme. They can also help with venue selection and options for both indoor and outdoor entertaining. They have six decades of experience preparing and presenting visually and culinarily appealing cuisine. –whatever the theme.