In need of Cinco de Mayo decoration ideas to liven up your next Cinco de Mayo gathering? At Peerspace, we get it! As the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals, we understand well how your location and its aesthetics can make or break your event.
May 5th, or Cinco de Mayo, is the day Mexico claimed victory over the French Empire in 1862. Interestingly, this commemorative holiday has become more popular in the United States than in Mexico. This holiday is a popular way to celebrate the heritage, culture, and cuisine of Mexico.
If you are part of the millions of Americans and Mexican Americans celebrating the holiday this year, here are a few fun Cinco de Mayo decoration ideas perfect for the occasion!
1. Create a Latin-themed photo wall
Make sure to include a Mexican themed photo wall as part of your Cinco de Mayo decoration ideas! We love the look of this Mexican bar restaurant with a stage in Frazier Park, CA, as one example. Its Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico Mexican beer-themed decor make for a perfect Cinco de Mayo photo backdrop during your event.
2. Pose in front of beautiful flowers
Spruce up your Cinco de Mayo festivities with gorgeous, blooming flower arrangements! On Peerspace, you can even find floral-themed venues where hosts will select and place arrangements for you. This way, you can worry less about decorations and more about having fun on the day of the event.
For example, check out this unique and modern floral studio in Kirkland, WA. It’s a coffee shop that features beautiful floral arrangements, comfy seating, and wide open spaces for mixing and mingling. And let’s not forget their coffee cart add-on service that will keep you and your guests upbeat and on your feet!
3. Be inspired by Oaxacan tradition
If you’d like to opt for more original Cinco de Mayo decoration ideas, consider decorating your venue with traditional décor from a specific Mexican state. For example, this rustic hacienda in Brownsville, Texas, is specifically inspired by Oaxacan heritage!
The décor and decorations in this space include Saltillo tiled floors and colorful stucco walls in the Oaxacan tradition. This home also features various fruit trees on two acres of land, as well as a mission style interior with heavy wooden furniture.
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4. Display vivid artwork
Mexican and Latin-inspired artwork is a fabulous Cinco de Mayo decoration idea for your party, event, or photoshoot. If you don’t have your own Mexican artwork to decorate a space with, just rent a Peerspace that does!
This urban oasis art gallery in Oakland, CA shares a cultural blend of artworks by Latin American, Chicano, and African American artists. Its beautiful, vivid artwork that would be ideal for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
5. Use beautiful Mexican furniture
Cinco de Mayo decoration ideas are about more than sombreros, pinatas, and calaveras. A great Cinco de Mayo event should also include classy Mexican décor that appreciates the true beauty of Mexican heritage.
For example, this beautiful hacienda in San Diego features an eclectic Mexican kitchen, original artwork, antique Mexican furniture, and beautiful, bold colors. It dates back to the 1930s and between its beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, can accommodate 75 guests.
6. Make use of a classic calavera
Calveras (also known as Mexican sugar skulls) are a super fun Cinco de Mayo decoration idea — whether they are used as centerpieces, painted on the walls, or featured as a tasty dessert.
This Burbank bakery is available to rent by the hour on Peerspace and has a super accommodating host. Talk to them about having a calveras baking class on-site so that you and your guests can learn from their master bakers who to bake and decorate your own sugar skull cookies!
7. Take advantage of bright colors
Bright colors are an absolute must for all your Cinco de mayo decoration ideas. After all, Cinco de Mayo is a vibrant day of celebration! On Peerspace, you’ll find fabulous venues like this Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles that come with all the beautiful, bright decorations you could ever dream of. This eatery has the benefit of including an outdoor patio area with brightly painted chairs and vibrant potted flowers.
8. Set up a margarita machine
What’s a Cinco de Mayo party without margaritas?! Quench your thirst with an incredibly useful decoration — a margarita machine! This upscale taco shop in Los Angeles includes a margarita machine. Plus, this Peerspace comes with the option of booking a taco lunch buffet for all your guests. Sounds like one heck of a Cinco de Mayo party to us!
9. Enjoy Mexican architectural vibes
Looking for a completely unique way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? How about celebrating an influential Mexican artist, architect, or revolutionary thinker on this special day? For example, this inspired home in Austin, Texas, is the perfect way to celebrate the famous Mexican architect, Luis Barragan.
The private hideaway with solid stucco walls and vibrant colors is reminiscent of Barragan’s style, and the space itself also offers a variety of gorgeous decorations. The authentic paint colors from Mexico, tropical lush garden, and dipping pool are just a few of the amazing features you’ll find in this beautiful space!
And check out what a Peerspace reviewer shared after booking this space: “The most gorgeous spot! You do not feel like you are in Austin at all, but you are transported to a tropical jungle. Highly recommend.”
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10. Dedicate an ode to Latin music
Cinco de Mayo may be a Mexican holiday, but if you’d like to celebrate Latin culture and heritage more widely, there are plenty of Latin-inspired decoration ideas to pull from, too! Like how about renting a space with gorgeous Latin art murals or a lightly decorated space with plenty of room to practice your Latin dance skills?
For instance, check out this vibrant Latin cafe space in Clifton, NJ. It’s a colorful restaurant with wall-to-wall Latin inspiration. Not to mention the delicious Latin cuisine that you and your guests can enjoy fresh on-site!
“I hosted a small taste tester at the vibrant Latin cafe,” shares a chef in their Peerspace review. “The space was everything I’d imagine. Hosts were very helpful & professional. I would definitely book here again ❤️🙏🏼”
11. Put up pinatas and hanging decorations
Pinatas aren’t the only beautiful hanging decorations you can include as part of your Cinco de Mayo decoration ideas! For example, how about featuring a hanging flower garden at your Cinco de Mayo party?
The disco ball and flower-strewn canopy at this fairytale cottage garden in Los Angeles would lend itself well to a Cinco de Mayo-themed event. It’s a cute and colorful outdoor space that’s ideal if you want to infuse your Cindo de Mayo gathering with a bit of whimsy.
12. Serve tacos
Edible decorations? Yes, please! Decorating your Cinco de Mayo venue with a taco bar is sure to be a party favorite. On Peerspace, you can even rent out your very own taco stand for your Cinco de Mayo event.
One of our favorites is this private party room in a Mexican restaurant in Ocean City, MD! The host is happy to provide you with their beautiful venue, a full serving staff, and a delicious menu of tacos that cater to every taste and need.
13. Take in panoramic views
Fantastic views are decoration enough if you book a hacienda for your Cinco de Mayo party, event, or photoshoot! For example, the “Hacienda in the Sky” in Thousand Oaks, California, offers beautiful views of the city and mountains. And if you are looking for more Cinco de Mayo decoration ideas, this venue also features Latin-inspired art and signage throughout the home.
“Janet and Carlos were extremely accommodating to all of our needs,” shares a Peerspace reviewer who booked the Hacienda for a production. “They were gracious enough to lend us a couple of props since we missing some to fill out the frame. I recommend Hacienda 100 percent!”
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