Sunday, April 14, 2013

How about a Cinco de Mayo celebration? Of course with costumes!

May 5th is around the corner; time for another celebration with good food and a party atmosphere.

Even if you don’t feel connected to Cinco de Mayo, you can still hold a celebration.

Cinco de Mayo is considered a more widespread holiday than just a Mexican one. The Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862 near the city of Puebla during the French intervention in Mexico. Although the Mexican Army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves against any foreign intervention.

 The people of American descent living in the United States celebrate by having mariachi music and parades.

Here are some ideas for a great party:

Decide where you’re going to hold your celebration. The weather may be warm enough to hold it outside or at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Where you hold the event will determine how many people you can invite and how to decorate. This year May 5th is on a Sunday; you can choose when you want to have the party.

Get the invitations out now so people have time to get their costumes, and you have time to get the right decorations and the food. Make sure you let everyone know the theme of the party, and that you would like them to come in traditional dress. You may want to put an invitation on Facebook.

Call The Costumer! The Costumer has a full line of clothing for this event from simple hats to magnificent dresses. Wearing Mexican inspired clothing and hats will make your party more authentic and fun. We have everything, bullet belts, lace fans, Mexican Zapata sombreros. If you need more ideas, just call us. (Don’t forget the make-up.)

The ones above:  the masked bandit, Spanish beauty and delux Spanish man.

How about a matador hat?

Most of us like to dress up but don't know what to wear. That's why Halloween is such a memorable holiday-anything goes. By the way, Halloween is just around the corner.

Get a game. How about an inflatable cactus cooler and ring toss game? Games are always fun-this game is available at The Costumer.

What should you serve to eat? There are lots of possibilities such as   nachos, chips, salsa and hot melted cheese for dipping. You can set up a buffet or taco bar so your guests can create their own tacos— seasoned chicken, beef, fish, guacamole, lettuce, cheese, onions, tomatoes and sour cream. Don’t forget the avocados and plenty of napkins.

 My   personal favorite is Emeril Lagasse's pico de gallo; the hotter the better. (By the way, I’ve given you a link to great recipes.) Not only is the food good, but it’s good for you.

What about dessert?  Dessert choices could include classics such as flan, sopapillos, and a simple quick bread. If you want to get fancy, rents a chocolate fountain.

How to decorate? Some special touches would be a chili pepper wreath hanging over the door and a personalized fiesta banner outside your door.

Flamenco dancers? How about a male or female flamenco dancer at your front door? Put an ad on Craig's list for a dancer.

Lights and balloons? You’ll need margarita lights with red, black, orange and green balloons hung around the room. They will look great over the buffet, the bar, and around doorways.

What’s a party like without Margaritas? If you want alcoholic beverages, how about serving a triple platinum margarita direct from the Hard-Rock Café? If you're serving straight shots of tequila, make sure you have plenty of sliced lemons, limes and salt shakers. For a non-alcoholic drink look for Mexican soda flavors such as watermelon and mango at a market specializing in Spanish food. (Al the Margaritas will be just as good without liquor.)

Don’t forget a piñata.   A piñata is a paper-mâché container filled with candy and hung from the ceiling. The piñata is hit by blindfolded people until the candy falls out! This will definitely make the party interesting.

Gather and organize a play list of music to use during the celebration. Incorporate some current Mexican songs into your play list and have your music collection ready to go before the celebration begins. Your guests will love it if the music meets them at the door.

Could you find some strolling musicians?

Take lots of photos for your Facebook page.  With everyone dressed in costume, the photos will be memorable.

What will make your party a success? A successful party usually has beautiful and imaginative decorations, great music and food and of course, wonderful friends.

Don’t forget the colors of the Mexican flag to continue your theme, red, green and white.

Need more ideas and costumes for your event? Give us a call at The Costumer—just for fun. Check out the links for planning your party. (Delux Spanish beauty and Spanish don.)

For all of your costumes and party ideas, call us at 877-218-1289.

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