Staying home for Cinco de Mayo doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Here are some great ways to bring the festivities into your home while staying safe!

Decorate Your House with DIY decorations– Spice up your home with some DIY Cinco de Mayo decorations! Need some inspiration or instructions? Pinterest has you covered. Interested in making your own papel picado? Click here to learn how to make your own.

Bring Mexican Food Home or Cook Your Own– There is no shortage of great Mexican food here in Douglas County to bring home. Check out the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce’s website for a list of restaurants available for take out or delivery.

Don’t want to leave the house to pick up food? You can also make your own dish at home. Use your favorite recipe or try one of Delish’s many great recipes. We want to see what you come up with so be sure to leave a picture in the comments of our facebook post.

Learn more about the history of Cinco de Mayo– Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s version of the United States’ Independence Day. Infact, Independence Day in Mexico (Día de la Independencia) is commemorated on September 16.

In reality, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla where a vastly outnumbered Mexican force successfully defended a French assault. The victory was not very important strategically, but it was certainly important symbolically. Click here to learn more.

Don’t forget the music!– Traditional Cinco de Mayo music consists of many genres of music including mariachi, meringue, salsa, and Latin. These styles of music range from strolling stringed instruments of mariachi bands to the fast, upbeat music that people love for dancing! There are a ton of playlists out there, but here is one to get you started.