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Easy Entertaining for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is always a great excuse to gather a few friends over. Whether you’ve been planning a fiesta for a while or are more a spur-of-the-moment kind of person, here are a few easy, last minute ideas to help you plan your party. Happy weekend! CINCO DE MAYO 2018_reviving charm

  1. I love the idea of using pink and orange roses arranged in a terracotta pot for a festive, stylish centerpiece. (image via host_to_perfection)
  2. If you are hosting a sit-down event, use fresh limes as a place cards. They are inexpensive and readily available.  A white craft pen (available at most craft stores) can be used to write the name of your guests.
  3. I’ve always liked the idea of using food containers as planters (see this post). This is an easy way to highlight the theme of your event.
  4. The guacamole at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants also includes the following ingredients:  orange juice, finely shredded orange rind and pomegranate as garnish. It’s delicious and colorful.

It’s been a while since I’ve been in my studio painting, but I’ve picked up my paint brushes again and have been working away on some new paintings. The background image seen above is actually something I painted yesterday. I will venture to guess that you’ll be seeing more of my work here on the blog.


Over the last few days I have been searching the internet looking for inspiration for today’s Cinco De Mayo post. I was trying to come up with an authentic twist on the holiday that wasn’t too kitschy. My prayers were answered when I stumbled upon a online article in Elle Decor featuring the work of event planner Calder Clark,  who provides an original take on Cinco De Mayo festivities that can easily be translated into an upcoming summer event.calder clark cinco de mayo reviving charm

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The mix of bright hues and textures creates a beautiful, yet sophisticated table display.

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Inexpensive terracotta pots were whitewashed and embellished with placecards.

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Using fresh fruit is a clever way to add color and texture to the table. Select interesting fruit like papaya and blood orange for the most visual impact.

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I love these handpainted glasses that really punctuate the Mexican theme.

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Many people tend to think that all succulents are green but they can provide an amazing amount of color.

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Don’t forget a fresh pitcher of margaritas.

Photographs by Caitlin Colcolough for Elle Decor.