Cinco de Mayo offers the perfect foodie celebration for your entire office—but only if you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending on your perspective) enough to have it land on a weekday. Here’s how the team here at Foodee loves to celebrate this beautiful Mexican holiday.
1. Learn About the Significance of Cinco de Mayo
Despite popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, May 5th commemorates an unlikely Mexican military victory over a century and a half ago. Sure, the holidays may share sombreros and similar lunch spreads, but the distinction between the two is important. To celebrate is to know.
2. Plan a Potluck
At the root of any surefire fiesta, there is always a good bowl of guacamole. If you’re planning a potluck in the office, do your best to decide beforehand what each person is making or what you’re ordering into the office. Trust us, people love to bring tortillas, salsa and guacamole, but there is so much more to Mexican food than that.
3. Mix up a Mighty Margarita
It’s about time we brought the cantina to the corporation. We’re not talking double shots of tequila and getting super sauced (save that for later), but rather mixing up some work-related refreshments that’ll have the whole office laughing. Have you ever had a non-alcoholic Margarita? It hits the spot without the hangover.
4. Throw on Some Mariachi Music
Now all your office needs is a soundtrack. Considering your lunch hour is one of the only windows where you can properly play music, booking a full piece band is probably not in the cards. All you really need is a solid set of speakers and one good banger.
5. Overcome Insurmountable Odds
Once you look past the piñatas, enchiladas and impassioned Mexican anthems, Cinco de Mayo is really about one thing: overcoming insurmountable odds.
On May 5th, 1862, an undermanned and ill-equipped Mexican military defeated a heavily favoured French army and their frontman, Napoleon III. In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, you owe it to yourself to exceed your own expectations. Because when you think about it, that pile of paperwork is a pipsqueak compared to Napoleon Bonaparte.