Who doesn't love a good FIESTA? My family loves to party and for us, any reason is a good reason to have a celebration. A couple of years ago, we decided to cook tacos on Cinco de Mayo. I'm a big fan of Mexican food so, why not? The weather was so nice that we ate outside. During dinner we talked about freedom, new beginnings and the country of Mexico. Afterwards, we played Mariachi music. Little did I know my kids would fall head over heels in love with Mariachi! We danced and laughed until our bellies hurt. A tradition was born.
Each year since, we have celebrated Cinco de Mayo outdoors with Tacos, Mariachi, and dancing. A little effort and a lot of creativity have given us a lifetime of memories. Due to a scheduling conflict, we had our Cinco de Mayo dinner a bit early this year. To begin the planning process, I went to Family Christian in search of music in Spanish for our dancing session. Not only did I find a number of awesome CDs in Spanish, I also found a few great pieces of outdoor decor.
Here is how we set up the space. Read the party details at the bottom to see how easy this was to put together.
Place settings: I pulled out our gold Christmas chargers from the pantry and placed some plastic plates inside of them with a long, striped napkin underneath. I love the look of a long napkin draping over the side of the table and these colorful napkins I got for $1 were perfect for that. The gold and turquoise were perfect against the lime green polka dot runner from my daughter's birthday two years ago.
I used plain mason jars with turquoise straws sitting atop bright orange coasters for our lemonade. I used more of those red mini vases to display pinwheels between the place settings and to give my baby something to play with while he waited for the rest of us to finish our food.
I framed the phrase "FIESTA like there's no manana," in a decorative frame from my daughter's first birthday. This is how I can justify hanging on to party decor to a husband who doesn't particularly enjoy having 6 shelves full of it in the garage.
Backdrop: This year, I set our table in a different corner of the yard to make use of my neighbor's flower vine that has draped over onto our fence. Not only did it smell lovely, it provided the prettiest backdrop for our evening. Over the table I hung a garland of mixed and matched paper tassels from past events.
Entertainment: During dinner we listened to Spanish music and talked about freedom. After dinner, we listened to some more of our Spanish music from Family Christian and danced the night away while eating tortilla chips and wearing my dad's authentic Mexican Sombrero. The kids' silly antics is all we need to have a good time.
Lantern, bowl, spoon rest, and music - Family Christian
Polka dot table runner - A to Zebra Celebrations
Straws - Ikea
Plastic plates, coasters, and striped napkins - Dollar Tree
Yellow frame and mini red vases - Michael's
Paper Tassels - The Flair Exchange and Hobby Lobby
Sombrero - My Dad
I hope this post inspires you to tap into your own God-given, natural creativity and have fun with your celebration decor. Certainly no family needs to go all out to have a great time, but the bold colors and beautiful decor help set the atmosphere for a delightful time. If you look around, God is a creative God of beautiful things. Designing beautiful spaces for my family is a wonderful outlet for me and a gift to them.