4 Ways To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo The Right Way
Cinco de Mayo celebrations are always fun. We’re a huge fan of patio dining in Pawleys Island, enjoying a few Mexican-inspired dishes and sipping a fresh margarita. Whether you’re celebrating the holiday by cooking at home or plan on spending the evening in a fine dining restaurant, we have four ways to help you make the most of your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
For a little background, Cinco de Mayo is more than a day to explore Mexican cuisine and take part in happy hour specials. Cinco de Mayo is the day Mexico celebrates its victory over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The French were expected to take an easy victory as they outnumbered Mexicans and had more advanced weaponry. In the end, Mexico got the victory and the day of celebration has spread throughout the United States. We now use the day to celebrate the Mexican culture and heritage with parades, festivals, and music.
How To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo
Now that you know why we’re celebrating, it’s time to party. Use our fine dining and fun celebration tips to make the most of your day.
- Use fresh ingredients.
You don’t have to be a professional chef to whip up a great Mexican cuisine. Rely on a few staple ingredients to create authentic dishes. Try avocados, black beans, fresh jalapeños, cheese, chipotles, fresh lime, tomatoes, and tortillas. Creating a fine dining spread full of color, flavor and a little spice is the perfect way to dine on Cinco de Mayo.
- Decorate with color.
Perforated paper, or papel picado, is a traditional Mexican folk art. If you’re looking for a family-fun activity, create your own designs during craft time with the kids. Use a variety of colorful tissue paper to cut out intricate patterns (similar to snowflakes) and tape the paper to a string to hang as a banner. The patterns are traditionally cut using a guide and a small chisel, but we won’t deduct creativity points if you use scissors.
- Celebrate with a piñata.
Let’s be honest, breaking a piñata is fun whether you have kids or not. Grab a pre-made piñata from your local store and use it as a party activity after you and your guest finish your Mexican fine dining experience. While the tradition of the piñata originally began with religious implications, today it is more commonly used as a celebratory event in the Mexican culture.
Even if you have two left feet, dancing on Cinco de Mayo is a must! There are many restaurants that offer patio dining in Pawleys Island or the surrounding areas that will feature live music. Sip on your margarita and get your feet moving. Mexican music is known for its upbeat tempo, so even if you have no rhythm, just moving with the sounds is ok.
Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo with the Chive Blossom family and relax in our courtyard with a tasty meal, good drink, and great company.