Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and this is one fiesta you don’t want to miss! Celebrate with your friends and family using a few quick party tips that will create a muy caliente bash… it is Cinco de Mayo time! Warning, be prepared for FUN.

South of the Border Décor:

Keep it simple, grab a sombrero from a party store and use it as a chip holder

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Repurpose a Sombrero

Whole jalapeños served in wooden bowls are authentic and affordable décor (Use them for a little heat in a spicy mango margerita too).

Lemons and limes work wonders in bright bowls or clear cylinder vases.

Who says kids get all the fun? Grown-ups can enjoy Piñatas too. Oriental Trading has a ton of fiesta finds; my favorite is the colorful donkey.

Maracas can double as name cards for a sit-down bash.

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Great table decor

Mexican Cutout Banner or Paper Mexican Flags look great as a table skirt.

Now is the approved time to use a moustache; peel and stick them on solo cups or straws for an added dash of fun.

Fiesta Food:

Kids can make their own burritos with fixins from the fridge.

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Fixen for some fun!

Fire up the grill and make your own quesadillas.

Tortilla chips are a must and mix it up a little by making your own corn salsa – the children can help with this too!


Recipe Corn Salsa


2 ears fresh supersweet corn, husked

1 can or fresh (19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 mango, cubed (about 1 cup)

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 thinly sliced green onion (scallion)

1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Cook corn as you prefer. Remove kernels from cob (I use the Kuhn Rikon corn twister) (makes about 1 1/2cups). In a medium-sized bowl, combine corn kernels with black beans, mango, lime juice, olive oil, green onion, jalapeno and salt.

Yields about 3 cups


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Frozen Bebidas

Frozen bebidas: A new twist on the lovely Margarita

The cucumber mint margarita Popsicle will delight every guest and leave out the tequila for a refreshing pop for kids too!

I use the Zoku 3 pop maker from Williams Sonoma

Makes 6 pops



1 cucumber, peeled & sliced

2 limes, freshly squeezed

10 mint leaves


Ingredients for simple syrup

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

3 mint leaves (optional)


Grown up Popsicle

Add 1 tsp tequila per Popsicle (optional)



In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water. Over low heat allow the sugar to melt, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Add 3 mint leaves. Allow to cool.


Blend cucumber, lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup and puree until smooth.


Pour 3 teaspoons of tequila into a measuring cup, and then pour the cucumber mixture in to measure 3 popsicles. Mix well.

Using the Zoku Fruit Wand apply wet mint leaves to the side of the wall of the pop maker molds and a cucumber slice on the opposite side. Insert sticks and pour the cucumber mixture until you reach the fill line. Let freeze completely, then remove the pops with the Super Tool and enjoy. Repeat with remaining pops.

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Kid-friendly lemon-limeade tip:

I like to use fun shaped ice cube trays and add the margarita mix or lemonade to them. Garnish with mango cubes for festive color.

Shake your Maracas:

Music connects us to our souls; both the young and old, so choose a little Latin flavor with an old stand by-the Gypsy Kings. Or shake it to something upbeat like Ozomatli. They are a fun Latin fusion band that is super high energy and inspires a dancing crowd.


Ay Churro’s Dessert:

Desert on a stick! Dunk your little Mexican doughnuts “churros” in a delicious Mexican chocolate fondue. You can add pineapple and bananas too! This is fun for all ages! Family approved!

Cilio by Frieling Chocolate Fondue Sets (in various colors)

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Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone!


For more party tips and tricks or if you want to learn to celebrate every day, check out Cathy Riva at or her Celebrate Everyday blog!


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Cathy Riva

Cathy Riva


For event planner Cathy Riva life is about celebrating. With more than 10 years of experience in event planning and having been featured on talk shows such as NBC’s Today Show, The View, The Tyra Banks Show and, her own show, Discovery Channel’s “Party Girl”. Emmy nominated, Cathy Riva, founder of Riva Events is an expert at leading a team to create personalized, sophisticated events.

Past parties include a high powered technology event at the New York Stock Exchange with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, The Diamond Aquifer Pre –Oscar Suite at the Soho House, LA on behalf of the Diamond Information Center attended by celebrities such as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Terrance Howard, Teri Hatcher and Adrian Grenier and a recent private wedding in Los Angeles for a Hollywood client.

Experience with both large and small events has really helped Cathy refine her own philosophy of reduce, repurpose, recycle when it comes to parties to often create something new for each individual client.

Now as a mom, Cathy specializes in making children’s parties the most amazing and creative celebration of family. She recently designed three New York City princess and pirate parties in two weeks. Her family friendly ideas have been featured on Today Show Mom’s and LXTV Mommy Monday’s.

As passionate as Cathy is about being a mother, wife and planning events, she is equally enthusiastic about teaching party planning skills. She was recently a guest speaker for a UCLA Marketing Class and the Learning Annex’s “How to get into event planning”. Her goal is to give people the tools to create their own party, creating happy memories, lasting friendships and bonding families together.

Cathy offers party planning features and tips for print and broadcast. She also curates style and design for home divisions of stores, such as Kohl’s, and content for websites and brands such as AOL, Splenda, Glad Press’N Seal, and her own new site www.CelebrateEveryday.TV.

Cathy lives in Manhattan with her husband Marc who is a film director and five-year-old daughter Riley.