Cinco de Mayo is a popular holiday in the City of Angels, perhaps because of our close proximity to Mexico and our fierce love of margaritas. If you are thinking of having a festive Cinco de Mayo party this week, one place you may want to visit is Downtown L.A.’s Piñata District, located on Olympic Boulevard, just north of Central Avenue. The district has numerous vendors, each displaying a dizzying array of colourful piñatas. Simply driving by puts a smile on a person’s face.
Once you step out of the car there are dozens of styles to choose from: Giant Godzillas, Darth Vaders and Hello Kittys, traditional donkey styles and “Viva Mexico” styles, along with kiddie favorites such as Snow White and other Disney characters. However, the markets do not have piñatas alone. If you step inside any one of the shops you will find yourself inside a party supply warehouse of sorts, containing every type of crazy party supply and candy your creative little head could dream of, so much so, that it verges on sensory overload! There are literally aisles and aisles of candies, both Mexican and American favorites. You can find an abundance of kitsch and gewgaws: terra cotta pottery, paper and plastic garlands, decorative flags, marionettes, decks of Loteria cards, all for bargain basement prices! This is most certainly the place to come if you are on a budget but want to have a soirée that looks like you went the extra mile.
Some noteworthy items:
- Tiny sparkle-y, mylar-coated piñatas that can be used as fabulous place cards for guests if you are having a sit-down dinner ($2.00)
- Tiny ornate sombreros can also be used as festive place card holders or simply as part of the table décor ($2.00)
- Small traditional piñatas for hanging in trees above the diners if you are planning an al fresco fête ($3.00)
- Decorative terra cotta serving bowls in shapes like pigs and flowers for serving salsas, dips and tortilla chips ($6.00)
- Multi-colored decorative flags for hanging in the garden ($4.00 for a set of 10)
- There are plenty of adorable small woven bags and baskets in bright cheery colors that would make excellent gift bags should you want to provide host gifts for guests.
If you are visiting the area for the first time and want to have lunch as part of your excursion, Wurstküche, Blossom and Mas Malo are great choices and are right in line with money saving while still being fabulous.
Planning an event can be fun and inexpensive if you know where to shop. Whatever you do on Thursday, May 5, have fun and do it with style. Happy Cinco de Mayo!