Fun and Festive: 10 Cinco de Mayo Decorations

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get the party started! Get ready to tango with tissue paper and go full-on floral with some of the most creative and festive decorations around. From DIY piñatas to pretty paper streamers, we’ve got the low-down on all the top ways to make your fiesta really pop.


photo: Love + Cupcakes

1. Pull Piñata Garland
Ready for something that’s part festive decoration, part fun activity for all your Cinco de Mayo party guests? These ultra-colorful pull piñata garlands fit the bill–and they involve upcycling your old toilet paper rolls, so start stocking up now! Learn more at Love + Cupcakes.

fiesta senoritas

photo: Denna’s Ideas

2. Fiesta Señoritas
We happen to think this particular paper project is super cute. Yes, these señoritas require a bit of glue gun work, but it’s worth it for such a colorful and whimsical decoration. Learn more (and snag the free printables) at Denna’s Ideas.


photo: Studio DIY

3. Papel Picado Streamers
These pretty streamers would look awesome at any fiesta (birthday, baby shower, you name it!) but they’re especially great for a Cinco de Mayo bash. If your kiddos are old enough to use scissors, they can even help make the patterns. Learn more at Studio DIY.


photo: We Have Aars

4. Paper Plate Sombreros
The number one way to prep for a Cinco de Mayo party? Get crafty! These paper plate sombreros are the real deal: easy to whip up, made with household materials, and great for kid crafters of all ages. Learn more at We Have Aars.


photo: Aunt Peaches

5. Fiesta Flowers
We’re pretty sure there’s no better way to make an entrance than through a doorway decorated with eye-popping fiesta flowers. Not only are these tissue paper florals wow-worthy–they’re also easy to craft, with the help of a few expert tips. Learn more at Aunt Peaches.


photo: OhShinyPaperCo via Etsy

6. Fiesta Balloons
If you’d rather skip the DIY Cinco de Mayo decorations, look no further for a wow-worthy alternative. We dig these golden balloons that spell out all kinds of fun for your party guests. Get ’em at the OhShinyPaperCo Etsy shop.


photo: Lovely Indeed

7. Pin the Tail on the Llama
How cute is this Cinco de Mayo llama? This oh-so-festive idea gets double points for being both an amazing decoration and a party game that is sure to occupy kids and grownups alike. Learn more (and score the free printable!) at Lovely Indeed.


photo: A Pretty Cool Life

8. Creative Flower Arrangements
We love these easy-peasy Cinco de Mayo flower arrangements! If you’ve been cooking up a storm for your fiesta, save your cans from the recycling bin and use them as cute little vases instead. Learn more at A Pretty Cool Life.


photo: Messes to Memories

9. Cereal Box Piñata
Get your upcycling on with this creative craft and fun decoration! Using an old cereal box and some tissue paper, you can create your own part piñata that everyone will love to see–and take a whack at. Learn more at Messes to Memories.


photo: Made Everyday

10. Egg Maracas
How about a little music appreciation to get your Cinco de Mayo party started? These easy-to-make maracas are a fun way to get kids in the spirit of the day, but they can also be sprinkled throughout your house for some extra decorations. Learn more at Made Everyday.

—Abigail Matsumoto


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