How to Bring in the Crowds for Cinco De Mayo
Just like St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve, Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that brings huge crowds into bars and restaurants. Are you prepared for a big increase in thirsty customers who are ready to party? If not, you’re in luck—Cinco de Mayo is still weeks away, so you have plenty of time to plan. And, with our tips and ideas, you’ll be sure to throw the best Cinco de Mayo party in town. Here’s what you can do to bring in the crowds for your Cinco de Mayo party.
Put the spotlight on Mexican beers.
You can either offer a deep discount on all Mexican beers or create a Mexican beer sampler for customers who’d like to try them all.
Try Mexican entrees.
Cinco de Mayo is a great time to try out Mexican entrees on your menu, even if you’re not a Mexican restaurant. Even if your bar doesn’t typically offer a lot of food, don’t forget about appetizers like chips and guacamole, homemade salsa, and quesadillas.
Most people expect to get a great deal on margaritas, so give the people what they want! But this doesn’t mean your bartenders can’t create other specialty cocktails to help celebrate the holiday. Try the Mexi-tini or the Michelada.
Start promoting now!
Get the word out by using local media, like fliers, radio shows, and ads in local papers.
Don’t forget about social media.
It’s fast, it’s effective, and it’s free. Make sure to mention your Cinco de Mayo party often on your Twitter and Facebook accounts so that all your followers know about it.
Get live music.
Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to bring in some live music, such as a mariachi band. If hiring a live band isn’t in your budget, at least consider playing more festive music than you usually do.
Offer dance lessons.
Consider bringing in some Mexican dancers to step your party up. You might even want to consider having dance lessons to get your guests involved.
Party the whole week.
Who says your party only has to last one day? Stretch it out to last the whole weekend. You might also want to think about hosting a special Mexican breakfast, even if you don’t normally serve breakfast.
And lastly, remember that Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day. That’s a common misconception, so avoid referring to it that way on your advertisements and promotional materials.
If you prepare, Cinco de Mayo can be a huge day for your bar or restaurant. Just keep these tips in mind and you can bring in big crowds!