Accessories to Spice Up Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 5 falls on a bbq-perfect Sunday this year, making it easy for a full house to reply "yes" to your Cinco de Mayo party invite. But before the tequila flows and your festivities get under way, take a moment to set up with these spicy accessories. With liberal helpings of red, green, white (and a bit of beachy spirit), they'll create the ideal backdrop for celebrating with your friends. 

By Sarah Virginia White
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Chili Lights

First up on the list for Cinco de Mayo celebrations? Chili pepper-shaped string lights, of course. Get the party started with this set from Urban Outfitters, $20.

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Happy Hour

Margarita glasses required. This set of four, $37 from Overstock, is hand-blown in Mexico.

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Avocado Magic

What self-respecting Cinco de Mayo party wouldn’t include guacamole? Get this awesome avocado slicer, $14 from Trudeau, to make some for your guests.

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Add Some Spice

Add some spice to your tabletop with these fire-engine red salt-and-pepper mills from Target, $20.


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Party Favors

These festive paper fans from Land of Nod in Cinco de Mayo colors (red, yellow and green) will punch up your fiesta space. Pick them up in varying sizes from $9 to $13 each.

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Serving Platter

The habanero-red color of this hand-carved resin tray by Tina Frey Designs makes it the perfect party platter for the Mexican holiday, $95 from Barney’s New York.

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Tabletop Color

Channel the colors of the Mexican flag with this pretty set of cotton dinner napkins, $42 for a set of 12, from Sears.

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Portable Party

Having your festivities in the park? The Fyrkat mini charcoal griller, $50 from Bodum, is available in green or red and can take the party anywhere. 

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Made in the Shade

Pining for the white sand of Mexican beaches? Throw some shade and channel Cabo San Lucas with this thatch umbrella, $1,100, from Backyard X–Scapes.


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