Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday historically celebrating Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862. Nowadays, however, it’s a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture with fun activities, delicious food, and colorful decorations.
Work is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, regardless of your location or workforce demographic—a cultural celebration like this can create a culture of acceptance and diversity while boosting employee happiness. Here are five ideas (pun intended) to throw an amazing Cinco de Mayo fiesta at work.
1. Compete to Create the Greatest Guacamole or Salsa
Anyone who’s eager to show off their cooking chops will love this type of activity. Have employees bring their homemade guac or salsa to the office and let everyone else taste them and vote for their favorite! This is a fun way to foster healthy competition while celebrating two of the greatest snack foods ever made.
2. Hoist Some Piñatas
Piñatas are traditional ways to entertain party guests for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. You have two options for adding some whackable, candy-filled containers to your party:
- Buy premade piñatas and fill them with candy, gift cards, or other fun prizes
- Give each team some time to create their very own piñatas. This is more time-consuming, but it’s also more engaging and fun for all employees
3. Offer a Taco Bar
Tacos are crowd-pleasers because they can be filled with all sorts of delicious fillings and topped with mouth-watering toppings. Bolster your taco party with other Mexican food and snacks, such as taquitos or churros.
If possible, you could support a local Mexican business by ordering catering.
4. Virtual Trivia Party
Remote and hybrid employees shouldn’t be left out, and a virtual trivia party can be a blast for everyone! Let your people take a break from work and also learn interesting facts about Mexico’s history and people. Order Mexican food delivery so that everyone gets something tasty and thematic.
5. Decorate With Crafts
Cinco de Mayo is known for being a colorful holiday, so bring some of that festiveness to your office this year! With DIY paper lanterns or paper flowers, you can let employees create some of the decorations, too. Other decorations could include the Mexican flag, colorful balloons, or images of cacti.
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Cinco de Mayo is a festive and fun holiday that anyone will love. Bring some of those festivities into your office this year with fitting food, decorations, music, and games—your employees will love the opportunity to relax and take a break from the daily grind.
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