When selecting a theme for the teacher appreciation luncheon this year, it was a no-brainer! What other theme would you use on the 5th of May then CINCO DE MAYO?

My partner in crime, Shelly, and I had a great time creating a colorful fiesta for our teachers. The budget for the luncheon was $250. With a delicious catered meal, there was not much money left in the budget for decorating. I had to get creative in order to make it happen!

I hope you can use some of these ideas to decorate on a budget for your own party.

Vibrant colors create a vivacious backdrop for the luncheon.

A colorful Mexican blanket serves as an overlay which is complemented by glass bottles from the dollar store.

I searched for anything that would bring our theme into play. An old sombrero set on a stand did the trick.


Thanks to my handy Cricut, I busted out the “GRACIAS” banner in no time.


It’s not Cinco de Mayo without strawberry margaritas. (Virgin of course)


Thank you Dollar Tree for these cactus margarita glasses! They served as the teachers’ departing gifts.


Strawberries add a pop of color to the food table.


Tissue paper garland is one of the most inexpensive and simple ways to add color to your event. Simply fold the tissue paper in half, cut it in thin strips (leaving a 2 inch seam), and staple to a ribbon.


Shelly made a beautiful arrangement from the flowers and greenery in her backyard. Not too shabby for a free floral centerpiece!


Here are a few of our wonderful teachers enjoying their luncheon.