Planning to throw a Cinco de Mayo party? In the United States, the fifth of May is celebrated almost as loud and festive as it does in Mexico. Friends come over to each other’s houses and drink the night away, watching sports or playing billiards. Students hold their own pool parties and sip Mexican cocktails or knock down a couple or more of tequila shots. But amid all of these, did it ever occur to you to use succulent plants like CAL Farms Beautiful Assorted Variety Succulents as a theme?

Succulent plants are everywhere in Mexico. They even turn these into soups, salads, and main entrees as grilled cactus leaves. So, if you’re planning to have a Cinco de Mayo party this weekend, incorporate some succulents into your food and your decorations to have a feel of a real Mexican fiesta.

Succulents-designed Cupcakes and Pastries

No, you cannot turn a cactus into a dessert, but maybe you can pipe your cupcakes’ buttercream frosting as cactus leaves or other variants of succulents? You can use your rose tip to create succulent rosette or the leaf tip to create Burro’s tail and other succulent varieties. To create a more realistic look for your cactus piping, for example, you can frost your cupcakes with white buttercream and put crushed graham crackers on it for that illusion of “sand.”

If you are talented enough to create a cactus out of fondant, you can “plant” that on top of the frosted cupcake. If not, simply use your rose tip to create a stunning rosette. Put these all together on your dessert table, and we’re sure your Cinco de Mayo party would be a blast.

Succulents Planted in Mexican-inspired Cans

Everyone loves fresh-cut flowers, but they are expensive and they rarely last if they are put in a vase. If you want to decorate your party, you may want to try your hand at using succulents for your centerpieces. For that all-Mexican vibe you are going for, you can use Mexican-inspired cans to plant your succulents in. Just make sure that you put draining holes at the bottom of the cans, so that you can water the succulent and they won’t drown because the water has nowhere to go.

If you have never seen this done before, we promise that it’s the best way to incorporate succulent plants into your Cinco de Mayo party. Mexican-inspired cans are so unique and they come in interesting colors and graphics. You cannot go wrong with them.

Succulents Served as Soups, Salads, and Pica-pica

Did you know that you can use cactus for your salads, soups, appetizers, and even for your main entrees? Nopales or cactus leaves are used in Mexican dishes for salads and soups, the most. You can grill nopales leaves and cut them into strips before mixing them with your favorite salsa. You can even turn them into your taco or quesadillas meat. It actually has a meaty and delicious taste to it, so you can enjoy it with your tequila and cocktails.

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Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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