Living in Los Angeles means I get to regularly interact with people of Mexican descent (yay, diversity!). So it became abundantly clear to me this year that Cinco de Mayo is not something that Mexicans celebrate. It’s like our President’s Day, sure it’s a holiday but nobody dresses up like George Washington and parades around in colonial garb and white wigs. Side note: I would totally do this. Apparently it’s just another day that Americans have bastardized and turned into an excuse to get hammered, much like St. Patrick’s Day! But, ya know me, I’m not one to pass up a chance to celebrate or get hammered. So here we go.
As great as it would be to be able to transform my home into a literal pinata, bursting with Pinterest-worthy aesthetics, bright colors and authentic treats… my wallet can’t really handle that right now. So I did my best to create a festive day on a small budget. All together it cost me about $20, which I think is pretty damn good. We decided on having a night in (it was a Thursday, after all) that would include a taco bar, some margaritas, and a fair amount of dancing around like idiots.
My first focus was getting together some decorations. I decided on making a bright garland that hung over our kitchen table and around some walls to add some color to the room. To do so, I cut out circles from card stock I had lying around and hot glued them to a long piece of twine. Then I decided I wanted something hanging directly over the table, and using the same materials I created a colorful triangle mobile. I wasn’t in love with how it turned out, and next year I’ll make a more fun one with maybe cactus or piñata shapes, but at least this year I avoided a fair amount of cultural appropriation. Plus, the whole process took about 30 minutes and was done on the 4th of May. So points for convenience and low-level time commitments.
I also hung some paper lanterns that I picked up at Michaels for about $5. And the final touches were of course a mini piñata, our cute lil cactus plant (in a hand painted pot I talked about here), and a margarita glass we had lying around with a cactus stem (not shown).
Our bar cart was stocked with coronas (lower level; not shown), tequila, margarita mix (ya gotta cut corners somewhere), some festive straws, and these hobnail glasses that I have been coveting forever. You have to love when your bar cart actually looks organized, right?
Then after all of that was taken care of, the only thing left to do was put on some party music, whip up some drinks & taco goods, and go to town. I set up a taco bar equipped with avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, tilapia, seasoned beef, jalapeños, limes, lettuce, hot sauce, and corn tortillas.
Oh, my, gawd. It was awesome. I danced around to Pitbull with a margarita in one hand and a taco in the other, which I swear is the happiest I’ve ever been.
Hope everyone had the best day. Next year I’d like to plan something a little bigger, but this was exactly enough for this year.
P.S I worked up a sweat in the craziest way to really deserve the tacos at a new workout class, so stay tuned because that’s what’s coming at you next.