Wednesday, May 1, 2013

5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Family-friendly activities to mark the occasion

It’s not too late to plan your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Living in Southern California, where many celebrate the holiday, means that there is an abundance of opportunities and resources for you to mark the occasion.

Whether you choose to celebrate at home or someplace else, here are some ideas for ways to celebrate the Mexican holiday:

Have a meal at a Mexican restaurant. Since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday this year, you can be sure that some people will begin their festivities as early as Friday. The easiest way to celebrate is to check out your local Mexican restaurants, some of which undoubtedly will be offering specially priced meals and drinks starting Friday.

Host a party. Throw a BBQ or outdoor party for family or friends. Food and decorations don’t need to be elaborate. You can provide the ingredients for your guests to make their own burritos, tacos or quesadillas. Decorations can be as simple as one or two cactus plants that can serve as table centerpieces. A colorful striped tablecloth and a small piƱata can also go a long way toward establishing a festive mood. Take advantage of these free printable fiesta favor bags if you want to send your guests home with a small treat bag.

Make easy Mexican-inspired crafts with your kids. Some easy ideas are tissue paper flowers (flores de papel) or tissue paper banners (papel picado). Both are fairly easy to make and the materials are inexpensive. If you still have plastic eggs left over from Easter, be sure to check out these super easy maracas made from Easter eggs.

Explore Mexican culture. Take a day to explore the popular tourist attraction, the historic Plaza Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, which houses the city’s oldest street and oldest Catholic church. You can enjoy mariachi music, make a stop at the historic museum, and shop for everything from Mexican decor to kitschy toys to traditional arts and crafts from Mexico. Top off your day with a visit to a restaurant.

Free arts and crafts activities. On Sunday, you can take your kids to downtown Riverside for the last of the First Sundays, a series of free cultural and arts activities for kids and teens. Sponsored by the Riverside Arts Council, the event this month will feature some Cinco de Mayo activities.

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