What to Bring to a Cinco De Mayo Potluck?

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It’s a day to honor Mexican culture, heritage, and traditions. Although it’s not widely celebrated in Mexico, it has become a popular holiday in the United States.

Every year on May 5th, people gather together to celebrate with food, drinks, decorations, music, and activities. If you are hosting or attending a Cinco De Mayo potluck this year, here are some tips on what to bring.

Here’s another article if you’re attending a traditional Mexican potluck.

Traditional Mexican Dishes to Bring to a Potluck

When it comes to traditional Mexican dishes for Cinco De Mayo potlucks, there are plenty of options! Popular dishes include tacos (hard or soft shell), burritos, enchiladas, tamales, quesadillas, fajitas, nachos and guacamole.

You can also make a variety of salsas like pico de gallo or salsa verde. All of these dishes can be made with either beef or chicken for meat eaters as well as vegetarian options such as black beans or lentils.

Non-Traditional Dishes to Bring to a Potluck

If you’re looking for something different than the traditional Mexican dishes for your Cinco De Mayo potluck then you have plenty of options. You can make salads like taco salad or Mexican street corn salad; appetizers such as empanadas or chile rellenos; desserts like tres leches cake or churros; and drinks such as margaritas or aguas frescas.

Drinks to Bring to a Potluck

No potluck is complete without drinks! For your Cinco De Mayo potluck you can provide guests with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages such as beer (Corona being the most popular choice), margaritas (frozen or on the rocks), sangria (red or white), tequila shots (with lime and salt!), aguas frescas (fruit flavored waters), horchata (rice milk based drink) and more!

Decorations for a Cinco De Mayo Potluck

Decorations are essential for any party but especially so for Cinco De Mayo! You can hang colorful papel picado banners around your home/venue along with other festive decorations such as string lights and cutouts of cacti and piñatas. You could also get creative by making homemade centerpieces out of colorful flowers and plants that represent Mexico’s vibrant culture.

Games and Activities for a Cinco De Mayo Potluck

To keep guests entertained throughout the night there are plenty of fun games you can play at your Cinco De Mayo potluck! Popular games include pin the tail on the donkey (with an image of an actual donkey instead!), piñata bashing (which is great for kids!), charades using Spanish words/phrases related to Mexico/Cinco de Mayo and musical chairs set up with traditional Latin music playing in the background.

Tips for Hosting a Successful Cinco De Mayo Potluck

Hosting any party can be stressful but here are some tips that will help ensure that your Cinco De Mayo potluck goes off without any mishaps: plan ahead by making sure you have enough food/drinks/decorations; have an organized list of who is bringing what dish; provide clear instructions on how each dish should be prepared; create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome; provide adequate seating arrangements; play upbeat music throughout the night; and lastly – enjoy yourself!


Cinco de mayo is all about celebrating Mexican culture through food, drinks, decorations & activities!

When planning your own cinco de mayo potluck make sure you bring traditional dishes like tacos & burritos along with non-traditional dishes like salads & desserts.

Drinks should include both alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages like beer & aguas frescas while decorations should feature bright colors & festive items like piñatas & papel picado banners.

Lastly don’t forget about games & activities – charades using Spanish words/phrases related to Mexico/Cinco de mayo would be perfect!

With these tips in mind you’re sure to host an amazing cincode mayo potluck that everyone will love!

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