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Suggestion For Your Cinco De Mayo: Tissue-Paper Crafts & Ranch Water Cocktails

Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that only occurs to me when I’m in the middle of it – as in, when I’m sitting in a restaurant and notice the poster reading “CINCO DE MAYO CERVEZAS ONLY $2!!!” and think, Ooh. I should have a beer.

This year, Cinco de Mayo occurred to me several days prior to the actual event for two reasons: The first is that Mollie is throwing a party on Friday, and I just got the email reminder, and the second is that a few days ago I went over to Mollie’s house and she showed me how to make the tissue-paper flowers and Ranch Water cocktails that’ll be featured at this party. (Related: going to Mollie’s house is always a good idea.) So, really, I suppose there’s actually only one reason that Cinco de Mayo occurred to me before actual Cinco de Mayo, and that’s “I have a friend named Mollie.”

These tissue-paper flowers are so cute, and so versatile – you can make them bigger or smaller depending on the size of tissue paper you use, and can choose whatever color palette you want – and they’re easy enough to make that you can hand over assembly duties to the kids (so you can focus on those Ranch Water cocktails).

how to make tissue paper flowers for cinco de mayo

TISSUE-PAPER FLOWERS

What You Need:

  • Tissue paper in your chosen colors (approximately 8-10 sheets per flower)
  • Green pipe cleaners

What You Do:

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First, stack 8-10 sheets of tissue paper.

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Fold them accordion-style, making 1 1/2″ folds.

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Affix the pipe cleaner to the center of the accordion to make a “stem.”

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Gently separate the tissue paper to form petals, fluffing them out until you get the effect of a flower.

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(You can bunch a few of the middle pieces together to make a bud in the center.)

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Pile your flowers into a bowl to use as a centerpiece, put them in vases, or hang them using a little wire (or another pipe cleaner).

Now that the kids are occupied, let’s start on the cocktails, shall we?

  

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RANCH WATER COCKTAILS

What You Need:

  • Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water (or whatever sparkling water you have)
  • Silver Tequila
  • Fresh Limes
  • Maldon Sea Salt (or a similar flaky sea salt)
  • Aleppo Pepper (or a mix of equal parts cayenne pepper and paprika)
  • Shaker or jar with lid

What You Do:

how to make ranch water cocktails for cinco de mayo

Combine the sea salt and Aleppo pepper on a small plate.

how to make ranch water cocktails for cinco de mayo

Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip the rim into the sea salt/pepper mixture.

how to make ranch water cocktails for cinco de mayo

Combine ice and 1 1/2 oz tequila in a separate jar (one with a lid) or shaker, and shake vigorously.

how to make ranch water cocktails for cinco de mayo

Pour the ice and tequila into the prepared cocktail glass, top with sparkling water, and stir lightly. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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