Throwing a Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Party on a Budget

Posted on 05/05/2014

Arriba Arriba! It's Cinco de Mayo! Feeling the urge to throw a spontaneous fiesta for your family and friends? No need to spend a fortune with these easy ways to put together a last minute Cinco de Mayo party on a budget.

Make a Quick Shopping List
Ground beef, tortillas, cheese, chips and salsa can be combined for a quick Mexican meal. Make it super easy on yourself and use pre-made enchilada sauce. Old El Paso now makes cooking sauces to help your take your tacos and burritos to the next level. Print out one of these coupons for extra savings.

Grab Tissue Paper in Bold Colors
If you ask the designers at, all you need to decorate for your last minute Cinco de Mayo celebration is tissue paper, tissue paper and more tissue paper! Attack it with a pair of scissors and use your hot glue gun to attach your fringed tissue to ordinary napkin rings, glasses and more.

Make an Entrance
Use some of that tissue paper to create quick, colorful flowers to jazz up an entryway to your fiesta. Check out for some tips on making the process a smooth one.

Save Your Cans
If you picked up some authentic canned beans, chilies or salsa from your grocery store's ethnic food aisle don't toss them into the recycling bin just yet. Rinse them out and use those festively designed food containers to hold blooms. It's a fun and easy way to add color to your tabletop.

Free Party Printables
When it comes to throwing a last minute bash nothing could make it easier than free party printables. Whip up a quick banner using these free printable Cinco de Mayo flags from Add the word "fiesta" to your banner using this free printable from Guests will think you spent hours decorating for this special event and will never know you pulled it together in minutes.

By Alison Storm

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