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Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas That Are Actually Family-Friendly

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Yes, it is completely possible to have a blast on Cinco de Mayo without any booze

Cinco de Mayo is better known as "Cinco de Drinko" nowadays — but that doesn't mean you can't organize a fun party to celebrate the holiday that is totally appropriate for kids.

We've rounded up some Mexican-inspired crafts, games and foods that don't involve any booze or wild partying and are still pretty dang entertaining. Don't worry though, you can totally whip up that pitcher of margs after the kids hit the sack.


Yes, it is completely possible to have a blast on Cinco de Mayo without any booze
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What you'll need:

  • Two large paper cups
  • Paintbrush
  • Red, white and green craft paint
  • Dried pinto beans
  • Hot glue gun

What you'll do:

  1. Paint and decorate the outside of each paper cup.
  2. Let dry.
  3. Fill one cup halfway with dried pinto beans.
  4. Apply hot glue to the top edge of the cup.
  5. Place the second cup on the glue to create the maraca.
  6. Let dry.

Caution: Only adults should use the hot glue gun.

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Updated by Sarah Long on 4/27/17

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