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Have Fun On Cinco de Mayo With Teens

by | Mar 25, 2024 | Parenting, Teens

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Cinco de Mayo means fifth of May. It is important for one area of Mexico, and has become a fun American tradition to celebrate. Here is information about the holiday and many ways we can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with teens.

How can you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with teens?

Cinco de Mayo with teens: History

Originally celebrated for the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, this holiday is celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States in honor of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. It started in Puebla where this unlikely victory occurred, and has spread as a fun excuse to celebrate with parades, food and drinks.

The reason for the attack was Mexico was having trouble paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt. France, at that time, was the largest military force, and they were looking to build up their empire, since they had just sold a huge portion of it to Thomas Jefferson in the Louisiana Purchase. Napoleon also wanted to have this base for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War-this might have resulted in a different outcome for the south had it not taken so long to win this war in Mexico.

France lost this particular battle, but eventually won the war after a few years. For five years, this area was until French control.

Read on for fun ideas to celebrate this holiday!

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Cinco de Mayo with teens: Facts to know

Cinco de Mayo is actually not celebrated that much in Mexico except for in the state of Puebla. A couple of things to remember when and if celebrating this holiday are: be aware of the historical significance and don’t use Spanish vocabulary inappropriately, (ie. Cinco de drinko).

This holiday actually has been celebrated in the US since the 1860s. It started in southern California when Mexican immigrant citizens used the holiday as a way to celebrate their heritage. .

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Here are some fun ideas for ways to celebrate this Cinco de Mayo with teens! 

If you have decided to celebrate this holiday with teens, get them onboard with making some of these fun crafts and decorations!

I also think without any teens in my house, that this would all make a great date night activity in your empty nest!

Cinco de Mayo with Teens: Crafts

Here are 20 easy DIY decorations for your party

More easy DIY party decoration ideas

Easy sombreros to set out for the party

Pretty Mexican tissue paper flowers

Pipe cleaner cacti

Ceramic sugar skulls to paint and here are some paint pens to do the job with

Cinco de Mayo with Teens: Decor

Mexican fiesta style paper products

Multi-Color Paper Garlands and Hanging Swirls

Cinco de Mayo fun colored balloon garland

Mexican Striped Cardboard Snack Boats

The cutest string of lights for a party!

Festive striped cloth tablecloth

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Cinco de Mayo with teens: Fun recipes

This is a fun holiday to celebrate with teens because who doesn’t love Mexican food and drinks? And, what better way to get your teen into the kitchen than food and drink for a party! So, plan a fun party for Cinco de Mayo with teens now!

Snacks/Appetizers

Nacho bar

Jalapeño poppers– my boys love these!

Mexican fruit cups

Easy cheesy bean dip

25 great Mexican appetizers

Drinks – You can always choose to add alcohol for the adults!

Margarita punch -Here are some mixes to try if you would like the easier route!

Pink lemonade virgin margaritas

Authentic horchata -this looks interesting… And, if you aren’t into making the authentic drink yourself, here are mixes you can order!

Virgin piña coladas -again, if you just want a mix, these are all non-alcoholic.

Main dishes

Sheet pan chili lime chicken

Easy beef empañadas 

Queso chicken -the picture alone made my mouth water!

Best carnitas!

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Side dishes

Mexican street corn

Authentic Mexican rice

Loaded Carne Asada fries

Chipotle cauliflower rice

Desserts

Sombrero cookies-so cute!

Here are some pre-made maracas iced cookies -order by the half dozen

Cinnamon sugar tortilla surprises– these look yummy!

Churro cupcakes -here are other churro treats that are premade

Praline crunch -we are trying this for sure! Here are other praline options to try, they all look yummy!

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Cinco de Mayo with Teens: Games

Bingo

DIY piñatas

Music playlist

Minute-to-win-it games -because, it’s a party!!

Here is a fun playlist for your party!

Here is a fun activity –find your “taco” name!

Final thoughts about Cinco de Mayo with teens

I hope that you are able to put together a party celebrating Cinco de Mayo with teens and your whole family! 

And, if you can’t be with your teen for Cinco de Mayo, here are some great ideas for a Taco care package!

Or you could send a Sugarwish full of treats that you can pick out or the recipient can choose themselves: cookies, candies, snacks, popcorn, and more!

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If your teen is away, this Taco care package is fun to send!

Here are some fun taco shirts….

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