Cinco de Mayo is a fun way to bring a taste of Mexico into your home. I love me a good theme, so I always enjoy brainstorming the look I’m going for and usually start with gathering up all the goods in my home (and boy do I have plenty). To save some money, rather than running out to the stores (or online) I always recommend to first check any entertaining essentials you have at home and decor tucked far deep in that closest you wouldn’t dare anyone peek into. Maybe you’ll find a sombrero from that infamous Spring break trip to Cancun or a plastic shot glass necklace. Sorry for the reminder. Hey no judgments here.
Since I have a love for blue decor I decided to stick with that as my color palette and thought it would look great with the fiesta theme. I bought the striped water pitcher from Home Goods a few years ago, and although a distinct look, I always find an excuse to use it and knew it would be perfect for the fiesta. It was actually the inspiration for my theme. I absolutely love the blue and white printed dinner napkin from Anthropologie. Its such a great pop of color and will be so fun to use for summer entertaining. As you can see, I kept the decor minimal & let the beauty of the food and tableware have its moment.
I wanted the party to be casual & light and loved the idea of using my coffee table to set up all the food & drinks. Living in an NYC apartment, there’s only so much room you have to entertain, so utilizing your space is key.
For the menu I kept it simple and had veggie, chicken and carnitas (pulled pork) tacos all ready to be eaten and delicious mushroom, corn, black bean & grilled onion quesadilla. I also made a refreshing corn, avocado and black bean salad (will include recipe in another post) As well as the staples; salsa and chips, rice and beans & all the yummy toppings. I knew I wanted to use my beautiful wooden board that I’m obsessed with from Anthropologie to serve the tacos, but silly me forgot to get taco holders. Determined to display the tacos standing up, I added these decorative metal candles on each end & it worked perfectly! I simply lit them later in the evening, creating a cozy setting.
Now what’s a party without some drinks?! A boring one! I kid. Sorta. I made a delicious margarita inspired cocktail with some lemonade, club soda, freshly squeezed lime and of course tequila! Don’t forget your Cinco de Mayo playlist. Enjoy your tacos and tequilas!