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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cinco de Mayo

I'm re-posting a Cinco De Mayo party that we had with some of our favorite people.  There is no way I'm entertaining tonight, so this is the closest I'm getting to a party today.  I am, however, fixing a yummy dish of chicken enchiladas and yellow rice.  I might even wear my sombrero!

Take fourteen dear friends, a beautiful evening, a potluck format, a festive table......and you get an evening of fun and memory making.

This was the placesetting at the dining room table.  I sat 8 in there and 6 in the bar.  I have had these stripped placemats for a long time so I used them to bring in all of the colors of Cinco de Mayo.  Then I cooled things down a bit with plain white plates.

Hair elastics gave the napkins a little Carmen Miranda feeling.

I pulled out some green flatware for even more color.

This big succulent was out in the garden in a zinc pot, so it became the centerpiece....

and I supplemented it with these mums.  I wanted sunflowers, as they seem so Mexican, but this was the closest I could come this weekend.

Maracas and beads from Party City and peppers from Kroger added to the decor.

And then I added these folding flowers to the chandelier and this table was ready.

In the bar, I put the leaves up on the  trestle table, added a stripped runner and some straw mats.  Then I used the same napkins and napkin "rings" and more white plates.

This time I used red flatware and small blue glasses.

I used another dish of succulents in the garden, and used more black-eyed mums.

This is not too much to look at on its own, but all together it worked for a fun, fast setting.

I repeated the maracas, beads, and peppers.

The drinks were set up behind the bar in a colorful display.

These traditional Mexican party flags were made on my Silhouette cutter and strung on kitchen twine.

Besides these colorful plastic margarita glasses, I bought these fun, furry little adhesive mustaches and put them on the wine glasses.  Thank you Party City!  They had a great selection of Cinco de Mayo items.

I also added some Mexican soda, mainly for the colors!

In one of the guest baths, I put those little mums and some fresh oregano in the little Black Forest bird vase.  The color is really off in this photo.  Our toilet is NOT really green!

The other guest bath had a wink to Cinco de Mayo, too.

Besides the fresh flowers and vegetables, I found these stripped guest towels that look like serapes.  I have often heard that, much like St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, Cinco de Mayo is not really celebrated that much in Mexico, but I'll throw a party just because the sun came up in the morning!  I let someone else entertain for the Derby and I took the Sunday gig.

The front door welcomed our guests with a sombrero and a bouquet of orange ranuculus. 


Also joining:

The Scoop

Feathered Nest Friday

Tablescape Thursday

Seasonal Sunday

1 comment:

  1. Wow, really went all out starting at the front door! I love what you did with that sombrero. It really gives the guests a feeling of what's to come beyond the door!

    The paper flowers over the dining table look great! What a terrific idea! It really adds to the overall festive look and feel.

    Fresh oregano as greenery...what a smart idea!!! If you grow it anyway, you may as well use it for anything and everything you can! I'm sure it added a nice fragrance to the loo, too!

    Ramon & I were out on the Spring Parade of Homes Tour yesterday, and I saw a succulent arrangement much like the one you used as a centerpiece in the bar area. It looks really cool!

    So glad you and your friends had a wonderful time together. Have a great Mother's Day weekend!!!


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