You don’t have to be of Mexican heritage to partake in Cinco de Mayo festivities, or even to throw your own bash. Here are five tips for planning the best Cinco de Mayo party this side of the border:

1. BYO 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. If necessary, dole out dip responsibilities. Think guacamole, queso, super spicy, green tomatillo and salsa of the freshly chopped variety.

2. Red, Green and White

Cinco de Mayo - Mexican Flag Colors
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Incorporate as much red, green, and white — the Mexican flag’s colors — into your decor. You can even ask people to dress in the colors for an especially festive get-together.

3. Say Yes to Pinata

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Bring back childhood birthday party memories with a pinata at your upcoming Cinco de Mayo party. Instead of candy, fill the pinata 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 the perfect jam list of 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 mood for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Offer one to each guest as a party favor on their way out.

- Additional reporting by Wendy Gould

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