How To Create Your Perfect Cinco de Mayo Invitations

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So, you want to throw a rockin’ Cinco de Mayo party. Maybe you want to share your Latino heritage with your neighbors, or maybe you’re a Hispanic culture lover wanting to learn more about Latino culture. Either way, the first step will be creating the perfect Cinco de Mayo invitations to get your guests excited for your party.

How to Make Your Cinco de Mayo Invitations

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When it comes to making your Cinco de Mayo invitations, you have three main options. First of all, you might go online to a site like evite.com and use their pre-made templates to email an invitation to all your friends. This method works great for big or last-minute parties, but it can feel pretty impersonal.

The next option would be to order custom-made invitations from a print shop. Again, various websites offer templates for you to use. Just fill in the information about your party and in a day or two you can pick up your professional-looking invitations from your local print shop and mail them to all your guests.

The best option, in my opinion, is to make your own Cinco de Mayo invitations. This takes more time but you end up with really unique, personalized invitations.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, you might design your invitations with a cut-out design on the cover that looks like the traditional papel picado Cinco de Mayo decorations or create the invitations in the shape of the piñata that you plan to smash during your party.

Other ideas for designing your card include using the colors of the Mexican flag and decorating with sombreros, serapes, cacti, and other iconic symbols of Mexico.

Elements of the Invite

Obviously you’ll need to include all the vital information about when and where your party will be held, what guests should bring, etc. However, remember that your friends can sometimes interpret things very differently, especially when it comes to party etiquette. Follow these tips to make sure your invitation communicates your expectations clearly.

Who: Latinos tend to be very open and inclusive about parties, so if you’re inviting mainly Latinos, expect two or three relatives, neighbors, or random acquaintances for every guest that receives an invitation. Other cultures tend to stick strictly to the guest list.

What: The idea of a Cinco de Mayo party without heaping portions of food and lots of beer seems almost unimaginable. Make sure your guests know that the point of the party is to eat, drink, and be merry so they arrive with an appetite and with drinks to share if needed.

For fun ideas about what to serve and make check my article on How to Make Your Cinco de Mayo Tamales or if you want something less labor intensive and easy to make use my Cinco de Mayo Enchiladas and Margarita Recipes.

If for some reason you want to have a dry party, be sure to specify this on the Cinco de Mayo party invitations because Latinos traditionally bring beer to parties, especially Coronas to celebrate this day.

When: Latinos treat party start times like gentle suggestions and typically show up even an hour after the time printed on the invitation.

We are accustomed to stay until the kids fall asleep on the floor and the adults finally dance themselves to exhaustion. Other cultures, on the other hand, show up like clockwork and often start looking for excuses to leave a party after a few hours.

Ideas for Cinco de Mayo Invitation Wording

I admit it, I love Spanglish so forme using it is not a sin.  With Spanish so common in many parts of the US, you can incorporate some Spanish words into your invitation without worrying about guests getting confused. Use these examples of fun Cinco de Mayo invitation wording to get started brainstorming your own wording:

  • ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Join us for a Rockin’ Fiesta!
  • ¡A Bailar y A Beber! It’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
  • Margaritas + Sal = Feliz Cinco de Mayo for All
  • Tacos, Tequila and Lime…Head to the Border It’s Fiesta Time

The key should be to make your invitation reflect your personality and the vibe of the party, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different wording until you get it right!

How to Choose the Perfect Quinceañera Cake

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Your quinceañera party should feature the cake of your dreams! To create this masterpiece think about the meaning of the cake:  A single item that represents your style, brings friends and family together to celebrate and provides the best taste of sweetness.

Beautiful and delicious, quinceañera cakes come in many shapes, styles, and of course flavors.  I can just imagine you trying to figure out what style, color, type of ingredients, shape, etc., for your pastel de quince.

How to Choose Your Quinceañera Cake?

Start from the basic function of the cake: The cake serves as the focal point of the food area and plays a big role in the overall decor of your party. Remember it will obviously be featured in the cake cutting ceremony.

When thinking about your cake sure that you infuse it with your style and personality, and make it match your dress, decor, and party theme.

What You Must know Between Traditional & Modern Quinceañera Cakes

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How to Choose Your Quinceañera Cake?

Often, the bizcocho de quince is a black cake in Colombia or actually a group of separate cakes arranged together on cake stands and connected by miniature staircases.

The staircases hold little dolls representing the honor court of the quince party. A larger doll representing the quinceañera stands atop the tallest cake.

In some cases, this doll doubles as the última muñeca or last doll, which is another important quinces tradition.

Another common style of quinceañera cakes looks very similar to a tiered wedding cake. Typically, these quince cakes have three round tiers and are decorated to match the quinceañera’s dress.

For example, the cake might be light pink or white with frosting pearls, flowers, ribbons, or ruffles for decoration.

Cakes also feature a quinceañera cake topper such as a glittery “15,” a tiara, or a small quince doll. A slightly more modern take on this cake style is to use square layers or even asymmetrical layers.

Modern Quinceañera Cake

Nowadays, more and more quinceañeras are opting for elaborate sculptural cakes that match the theme of their party. For example, the cake might look just like a designer purse, a castle, or a huge butterfly. These kinds of cakes are truly works of art!

When it comes to flavors, just about anything goes. Yellow cake is pretty common, because it is a good neutral base that just about all guests will eat. It complements just about any flavor of frosting or filling.

Another popular cake flavor is tres leches. pasteles de tres leches are light, moist cakes soaked in milk syrup and flavored with vanilla and rum. They work well for quince parties because they will not dry out during the party.

Essentials to Find the Perfect Quinces Cake

Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect quince cake for your special day.

  • Plan ahead because many bakeries take orders up to 6 months in advance, so you will need to finalize your order early.
  • Choose your bakery carefully by:
    • Requesting the bakery’s portfolio to have an idea of what kind of cakes they are good at making.
    • Asking if personalization is an option, if so how much does the price change?
    • Asking if they use pre-made mixes or are all cakes made from scratch.
    • Requesting samples to make sure you choose the right one.
    • Asking if they deliver the cake to the party place and also, if they place and decorate the cake on the food table.  Does it have an extra cost?
    • Tasting the icings too.  Fondant icing (the smooth, flat icing often used in theme cakes) looks great but many people don’t like the taste.
    • Setting up the cake table. Buy cake stands, mini staircases, dolls, and quinceañera cake toppers to complement your cake.

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