Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with foods from Mexico

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner – it’s time to start planning the perfect celebration.

First, do you know why we’re celebrating? Cinco de Mayo is probably one of the most misunderstood holidays observed in the United States. Most people think it’s Mexico’s Independence Day. But it’s actually the celebration of Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla – a victory that was quite unexpected as the Mexicans were considerably outnumbered by the French, an army of 8,000 soldiers that had not been defeated in almost 50 years. The victory lifted the spirits of the Mexican people and restored a sense of unity, pride and patriotism to the country.

Today, the U.S. observes Cinco de Mayo with tremendous enthusiasm and excitement. The date has become a celebration of Mexican-American culture. And what does every great celebration need? Delicious food and refreshing drinks!

Guacamole is essential for Cinco de Mayo

You don’t want to serve run-of-the-mill tacos or nachos. We’ve found some elevated versions of favorite Mexican dishes that will win rave olés: charred jalapeño and peach guacamole with chili-lime tortilla chips; lobster tostadas with avocado slaw, sweet and tangy mango slices, pico de gallo and queso fresco; and beef short rib enchilada.

For the perfect finishing touch to your Cinco de Mayo meal, serve some churros, the Mexican version of fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar, and serve dark chocolate sauce, salted caramel sauce and freshly whipped cream alongside.

Kick up your Cinco de Mayo margaritas

Cinco de Mayo requires margaritas and it’s time to break out the good tequila! This year, go beyond lime and salt. No need to stick to the basics. Get creative! Here are a few of our favorite recipes: lemon-lime basil, blackberry grapefruit and jalapeño watermelon margaritas. Salud!

Now that you’re set with food and drink, you can move on to décor. Mexican colors are big and bold. Brightly colored tableware, whether paper or Fiestaware ceramics, is a perfect choice.

Paper flowers are a great idea – they’re easy to make from colored tissue paper and go a long way. Fresh flowers in brightly colored clay pots and pitchers are also a good idea. If you’re going all out, consider an authentic mariachi band if you can find one where you live.

Now you’re ready to fiesta! Enjoy!

Copy by Lillian Guerrero, vice president of marketing and communications for the South region of FirstService Residential. 

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