Are you planning a Cinco de Mayo party, but you still need a bit of inspiration? Here are five tips for the best Cinco de Mayo party this side of the border:

1. B.Y.O.Dip

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Instead of asking everyone to BYOB, ask your attendees to bring their own dip while you provide lots of chips. Be sure to dole out a variety of dip responsibilities—think guacamole, queso, super-spicy, green tomatillo and freshly chopped salsa—so your guests have a wide selection to choose from and experiment with.


2. Red, Green and White

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Incorporate as much red, green, and white—the Mexican flag's colors—into your party's decor. You can also ask people to dress in the colors for an especially festive get-together. Face paint is another way to get more color into your fiesta.


3. Say Yes to the Pinata

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Bring back childhood birthday-party memories with a piñata at your upcoming Cinco de Mayo party. In addition to candy, fill the piñata with tiny (plastic) bottles of booze or Mexican treats.


4. Musico de Mexico

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A Cinco de Mayo party is not complete without traditional Mexican tunes. Create a playlist of especially festive music and play it nice and loud. If your budget allows, consider hiring a live Mariachi band.


5. Practice Cactus

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Line your front entryway with tiny pots of cacti to get people in the right mood. Offer one to each guest as a party favor on their way out.