Monday, September 19, 2016

How to Host a Children's Hispanic Heritage Month Party

The following is a guest post by the remarkable Frances Evans from Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes.

This post contains affiliate links. 

Hispanic Heritage Month is by far our favorite month of the year. It always runs from September 15 through October 15. 

Although it initially started as a Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson back in 1968, it wasn't until 1988 that President Ronald Reagan extended it to a month-long celebration. 


Across the nation you'll find many events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. During these 30 days we recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans and celebrate our heritage and culture.

Nevertheless, there are many areas and schools that don't celebrate this month. I live in small, Southern town and guess what? No one knows about HHM! I've taken it upon myself to educate others, especially young minds.  Educating children and adults alike, helps break barriers and exposes them to a culture unbeknownst to them.

Whether you live in an area where celebrating this month is huge, or you live in a small community that doesn't; you can always plan to host your very own Children's Hispanic Heritage Month Party!

This is my second year partnering up with our local library! 

How to Prepare for your Children's Hispanic Heritage Month Party

First, you have some decisions to make. Do you want to: 
  1. host a party in your child's classroom
  2. simply invite your child's friends over to your house, or 
  3. do you want to go above and beyond and host a party for your community

I've actually done all three! For the first one, you'd need to coordinate with your child's teacher. To throw a party in our community, I presented my idea to the director of our local library, and this is my second year hosting!

The ideas below can be adjusted to fit your needs.  This is simply an outline of ideas and suggestions:  
  • Where and who is the party for? School, home, or community? 
  • Decide on a date and time between September 15 and October 15.
  • Make a list of the food you want to serve. Simple Hispanic finger foods are best. Possible dishes include:   

    • Fresh fruit sprinkled with Tajín. 
    • Spread refried beans and crumble queso fresco over a tostada (corn tortilla). 
    • Empanadas (you can buy these at a Hispanic bodega). 
    • Guacamole and salsa with chips (these are a hit!) 
    • Churros (you can buy these at a taquería). 
    • Taco bar with all the fixings. 
    • Variety of Mexican breads such as conchas, cocoles, novias, or puerquitos (you can buy these at a Mexican panadería "bakery store"). 
    • Beverages you can purchase: some Goya brand juice such as mango, maracuya (parcha/passion fruit) and many other flavors. 

  • Games 
    • Guess the name of a Hispanic country's flag. This is fun because there are some flags that look alike! 
    • Lotería is a traditional game! Much better than your regular bingo cards. 
    • Role-play with the Hispanics in History Character Crowns or have a parade! 
If you need more Hispanic Heritage Month resources, you can find them right here on MommyMaestra. I hope you have fun planning and hosting your Children's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.  

Let's get this party started! ¡A celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana! 

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Frances is a part-time blogger, mommy and wife of a beautiful multicultural familia. Shortly before her child turned 4 years old, she started blogging about discovering the world through her son's eyes, hence the name of her blog. She loves doing things with him, and became passionate about teaching him to be bilingual and to identify with his multicultural identity. She writes about heritage, bilingualism, multicultural children's book, and global culture education with lots of hands-on activities and language learning ideas for kids. 
She can be found musing at her blog Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes or on Instagram, her new fave social media platform. 


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