How to Throw a Last-Minute Cinco de Mayo Bash

Charity Curley Mathews

If you're looking to start the weekend early, you're in luck: Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year! And don't worry, it's not too late to throw a fiesta on the fly. We laid out everything you need to host an Instagram-worthy bash in just a few hours, from the flavorful eats to the colorful decor. All you need to do is tell your friends to hurry over — this is one party they won't want to miss.

Whip Up a Batch of Nacho Cheese Dip

Let appetizers take center stage, starting with some can't-put-it-down homemade nacho cheese dip. Prep about an hour or so before your party and serve fresh with some tortilla chips.

Add in a Bowl of Guacamole

Of course, it wouldn't be a Cinco de Mayo party if you didn't whip up some homemade guac. The best part? This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, many of which you may already have stocked in your fridge.

Kathryn Walsh

Have Lots of Salsa on Hand

To complete your array of dips, serve this delicious green salsa. Made of tomatillos and chiles, this dish can be made as caliente or as mild as you prefer.

Kristan Raines

Throw Together a Taco Casserole

Rather than having to individually prep all the ingredients it takes to make a successful taco bar, try making this taco casserole instead. It will keep you on theme (and on time).

Charity Curley Mathews

Make Albondigas Soup to Round Out the Feast

If you're still concerned about not having enough grub to go around, go one step further and serve this authentic albondigas soup. Spicy meatballs, green beans and summer squash come together to create an unexpected yet hearty way to celebrate the holiday.

April Anderson

Pour Some Margaritas for the Crowd, Obviously

This party calls for cocktails, and you want guests to have their fill of the good stuff. If you're not a bartender-in-the-making, it's no problem. This guide shows you how to combine liqueur, lime and tequila in such an authentic way that even the most seasoned margarita drinker will be satisfied.

Jennifer Farley

Go All Out with Hand-Painted Margarita Glasses

If you have a few hours to prep for your party, then do a little something that goes a long way: make and give away hand-painted margarita glasses for those tasty drinks. It's a relatively inexpensive and surprisingly fast project, but when guests go home with a little memento at the end of the night, it can make any last-minute Cinco de Mayo party feel extra special.

Jonathan Fong

Adorn Tables With Paper Flower Arrangements

Once the food and drinks are squared away, it's time to decorate. Create these bright paper tissue flower arrangements using leftover Mexican beer bottles (or everyday beer bottles work well, too, if you're really pressed for time). Arrange them on the dining table for a festive focal point.

Jonathan Fong

Hang Cutout Flags for the Grand Finale

Finally, welcome guests with cutout flags at your front door and over the dining table to not only designate the "party zone," but to round-out a perfectly, seemingly well-thought-out Cinco de Mayo party. Bonus: Once the party wraps up, it's never been easier to toss the decor and enjoy a nice long siesta. You deserve it!

Jonathan Fong