Fiesta de Mayo

April 30, 2014

Fiesta de MayoWith Cinco de Mayo just days away, I thought it would be a perfect time to share the ultimate fiesta party that my husband and I threw as our rehearsal dinner back in July. The first thing we did was ask Stephanie of Shindig events to help us create the perfect setting and pull the whole night together. It ended up being more than we ever dreamed it could be. Using a family member’s backyard we filled it with Fiesta spirit from the bar and food to the music and ambience. It was relaxed and fun, which was just what we were wanting. Here’s a look at a party that was so good I’ve had requests to make it an annual tradition.

Images by Corey Saunders
Fiesta de Mayo { Margaritas greeted guests at the door on a vintage tray (similar) }. Cinco de Mayo{ A scattered flower petal entrance created by floral designer and close friend Susan Estabrook—for inquiries you can email her at sjedj1949@gmail.com. } Fiesta de MayoFiesta de Mayo{ Long tables were set up under strung lights and Mexican wedding flags. }Fiesta beveragesFiesta lighting{ Hung lanterns from Upstairs Pierre Lafond. }Fiesta de Mayo{ Homemade sangria in mason jars from Duo Catering. }Salsa Bar{ A salsa bar with mild, medium and hot options from Precious Sauces. }Taco catering by La ColmenaFiesta de Mayo{ The food was a highlight of the night. Authentic tacos, homemade tortillas and fresh churros made by La Comena Taqueria. }Fiesta de Mayo Fiesta de Mayo{ One of the best decisions we made was hiring a mariachi band, it set the mood like you wouldn’t believe, plus the kiddos loved it. }Fiesta de Mayo{ One thing I knew we had to have was churros and chocolate. }Cinco de Mayo{ My shoes came off naturally, but I loved the design of this RVN dress for the night. }Fiesta de Mayo{ The dinner scene. }

Cinco de Mayo fiesta party tips from Stephanie of Shindig:

#1 Welcome guests with a traditional or blood orange margarita.
#2 Use luminarias and lots of candles to create al fresco lighting.
#3 A mariachi band is the perfect way to set the fiesta mood! If a band is out of your budget, make sure to keep the music festive and in the theme.
#4 Offer guests different salsa flavors and keep them colorful. And don’t forget the guacamole!
#5 Choose colorful florals. And stick to whatever is in season and easy to access.
#6 Pick an ombre color palette, stick to one color and a variety of shades.
#7 Go for a modern look and trade flowers for cactus and succulents. I love putting them in clear glass jars atop dried beans.

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