Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Your Spouse
I was privileged to grow up in California and have access to authentic foreign food. I grew up right around the corner from a great Mexican market with yummy burritos and some of my favorite family dinners were at a lovely authentic family-owned Mexican restaurant.
Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May, is on Sunday. The day commemorates the unlikely victory of the 4000 Mexican soldiers over the twice as many invading undefeated French forces in Puebla, Mexico on May 5, 1862 (not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day). The holiday was first created by Mexicans and Latinos living in California during the American Civil War. Today it is observed in regions of Mexico (such as Puebla) and the U.S. and is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
Susan Breslow Sardone, writer for About.com, writes, “Similar to St. Patrick’s Day and Columbus Day, Cinco de Mayo is one of those special times when everyone feels a little bit Mexican in their soul.”
As always, I love any excuse to celebrate a holiday. Whether you have Mexican/Latino roots or you just “feel a little Mexican” for the day, you can make the day romantic fun for you and your spouse.
Cinco de Mayo Romance Ideas
1. Attend a Cinco de Mayo street fair or parade together.
- See if there’s one in your local region. About.com has a great article with links to information about 5th of May celebrations around the nation: Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Omaha, NE; Phoenix, AR; Portland, OR; Reno, NV; Kansas City, KS; San Antonio, TX; San Francisco, CA; and San Diego, CA.
- Bring a picnic blanket to relax on in the shade and eat ethnic food, listen to fun festive music, and walk around, taking in the sights while holding hands.
- If you live in California, take a day trip and visit one of the Spanish missions.
2. Make ethnic Mexican food at home.
I have a whole board on Pinterest devoted to Cinco de Mayo, Mexican, and Southwestern food and cultural ideas. Consider setting up a simple taco bar or tostadas bar with all the ingredients and toppings (soft tortilla shells, crispy taco shells, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce, shredded cheeses, tomatoes, chiles, olives, avocado chunks, corn, kidney beans, etc)for you and your loved one to just pile on what you like.
- Buy a little potted cactus to use as your centerpiece. I love this idea above found on Pinterest of sticking cacti inside a glass vase and surrounding with candles. How elegant! Or hang a red chili pepper wreath.
- Use green, white, and red, the colors of the Mexican flag, to decorate and set your table.
- Don’t forget red candles for a little ambiance (or go a step further and purchase a red chili pepper lights string for a spicy glow). Or make these pretty bell pepper lights.
- Make tissue paper flowers for your at-home private fiesta. This website has a great tutorial.
- Put on some Mexican music in the background.
- Consider serving flan, these super easy to make sopapillas, or fried ice cream for dessert with Mexican non-alcoholic dessert coffee. Yum! Or for a cute treat – try these sombrero cookies or piñata cookies.
- If it’s just the two of you at home, maybe even enjoy your meal Adam-and-Eve style in just sombreros? ;o)
3. Make homemade salsa or guacamole together.
You can find other recipes for either dish on my Pinterest page.
- Hand feed each other salsa or guacamole and chips, and steal smooches in between.
- Challenge your spouse to a chip eating contest. BEWARE: be careful not to choke and you might get really sick so you might want to limit it to a number of chips in a certain amount of time (i.e. 1 min, 2 mins). Whoever loses owes the winner a favor of the winner’s choice, i.e. hand or foot or back massage, a make-out session, or something more ;o) Be creative! It’s really win-win either way.
4. If you don’t want to brave cooking in the kitchen together, go out to eat at a Mexican restaurant.
Commit to try at least one new thing during dinner. See if you can find a restaurant that offers some kind of Mexican music entertainment like Latin jazz singers or a mariachi band.
5. Take a salsa or Latin jazz dance class together.
See if your local community college or local community or recreation center offers inexpensive classes (either one time or longer if you like). They might even offer a discount around Cinco de Mayo. Who knows?
6. Visit a Mexican or Latino art museum, cultural center, or exhibit together.
7. Get or make your own piñata and fill it with your husband/wife’s favorite goodies: favorite gums, candies, trinkets, and toys.
If you want to be really authentic, try filling your piñata with traditional Mexican candies like leche quemada (burnt milk fudge), jamoncillo de leche (milk fudge), chocolate dipped mango, cocadas de arequipe (dulce de leche and coconut bars), and other Mexican candies and sweets.
8. Visit a Mexican market and buy some Mexican pan dulche. What is pan dulche you might ask? It literally translates “sweet bread.” It’s a Mexican sweetbread with a sweet decorative topping (a little like a doughnut). Churros are the most commonly heard of pan dulche. I used to pick one up on the way home from work when I lived in Cali. Yummy and generally fairly inexpensive. Like I got 2 for $1, but it depends on your location. This lady wrote a great article about the types of pan dulche. There’s something for everyone.
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