cinco de mayo teacher appreciation week ideas

How to Put on a Cinco de Mayo Teacher Appreciation Week

Cinco de Mayo often falls during Teacher Appreciation Week…

So why not go all out with this theme by showing them they’re Nacho Average teachers?

Thanks for putting up with that dad joke…

Onto the good stuff!

Cinco de Mayo Decorations

First, you will want to have a lot of fun with decorating for this event.

I’ve rounded up the perfect set of decorations to really make any teacher appreciation event really special!

Decorate early in the week so that the teachers can really enjoy them for the entire time!

Paper Full of Wishes Festival Mexicano Large Plastic Papel Picado Banner, 9 Multi-Colored Panels 15 feet Long

This colorful banner would go a long way in decorating the teacher lounge or luncheon space so quickly! 35PCS Fiesta Paper Fan Party Decorations Set - Cinco De Mayo Pom Poms,Pennant,Garland String,Banner,Hanging Swirls Decor Supplies(Multicolored)

These paper fans are another good choice for decorating a space in a big and colorful way!

I’m awful partial to this Taco themed banner since I designed it!

I love that it includes all of the letters of the alphabet so you can spell out anything!

You could also change the banner to have different sayings to reflect the activity of the day.

So easy to be creative with it!

Speaking of the days of the week, let’s set up a plan to follow…

Cinco de Mayo Themed Days

Make sure to give staff a sneak peek at all the fun you’ve got planned for them!

This printable flyer is just the ticket!


I do think that a really perfect way to begin teacher appreciation week is by observing Margarita Monday!

Of course the margaritas are virgin (what were you thinking?!?)

Here’s a few good recipes:

Multicolor Disposable 48 Plastic Margarita Glasses - 12 oz: Hard Cocktail Cups for Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Taco Party & Mexican Decorations - Large (Pack of 48)

If your budget allows, these margarita glasses are so fun for those virgin margaritas!


What would Tuesday be without Tacos?

Treat your teachers with a little sweet treat in their mailbox!

Aren’t these taco cookies by Jenny Carroll @frostedsweettreatsjenny absolutely adorable?

Side note: her Instagram feed is filled with gorgeous treats.

Make sure to follow her if you love this type of artistry as much as I do!

Bag up the cookies and top off the goodie bag with a themed topper to pull everything together.


I like putting on teacher appreciation luncheons on Wednesdays or Thursdays so that staff have the chance to eat up the leftovers.

If luncheons are held on Fridays, there’s more chance of everything just getting tossed or forgotten in the fridge for the weekend… Just sayin’!

Any day you decide hold the luncheon, you’ll really want to deck out the staff lounge.

2PCS Mexican Table Cloth for Fiesta Themed Party Decorations - Disposable Cinco De Mayo Tablecloth for Mexican Themed Party Photo Booth Backdrop Taco Night,Table Cover for Taco Themed Party Supplies

First, make sure to cover the serving table with this cute blanket style tablecloth.

Makes clean up a snap since the table cloth is disposable!

Fold up all the crumbs and spills and leave a nice clean table underneath!

80-Pack Mexican Fiesta Design Paper Plates for Cinco de Mayo Party Decorations (9 in)

Don’t stop the theme there. Continue on with full on themed out paper goods!

This Cinco de Mayo collection is fun, festive and affordable!

Let's Fiesta - Paper Straw Decor - Mexican Fiesta Party Striped Decorative Straws - Set of 24

Embellish beverages with these fun straws to make it even more special.

Or use them in milk jars like show here and use as a centerpiece for the dining tables.

You’ll also want to label everything so there’s no doubt about what’s what (avoid food allergy issues!).

Cinco de Mayo Food Ideas

No need to think too hard about what to serve for the luncheon.

This theme is great for a casual gathering where teachers and staff can come and go throughout the day to munch:

Truly easy and simple!

Use paper bowls for the different toppings to make clean up easy!

This theme is also very easy to get donations of specific items and the ingredients for the meal are inexpensive too!


Fun Express Paper Fiesta Luminary Bags-1 Dozen Bags, Day of The Dead, Cinco Party Supplies

Use these luminary bags as treat bags for your staff.

Fill with small items or candy for a surprise!

Add a tag so they know the treats are from you!


On Friday, fill the teacher’s mailboxes with sweet notes from their students. You can get the help of the room parents to ensure you help lots of notes.

For specialists and staff without a class, have the kids of PTO officers and members write them a note in addition to their classroom teacher!

Over to you!

Hope this post has helped you craft a vision for your Cinco de Mayo teacher appreciation week! Let me know if you’ve done this theme before and share your ideas in the comments!

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