1. Cinco de Mayo

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    Happy Cinco de Mayo! I am so excited to be featured today in two Martha Stewart posts sharing a peek into my Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Please be sure to check them out here {for the tablescape} and here {for a fun DIY pineapple centerpiece that is fab for summer-long entertaining!!}.

    To create my Cinco de Mayo table that is featured, I started by laying a Chilewich Dahlia placemat at each setting. I just love the pop of gold and the added texture. To match my placemats, a set of gold flatware from West Elm makes the table feel both fun and informal without compromising on sophistication. All that’s left to add is a simple white dinner plate, a folded print napkin, and a paisley-patterned accent plate at each seat.

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    With this holiday, I encourage using lots of color! I chose blues for my dishes, but red, greens, or even mix and matching would be cute! Throughout the table, I sprinkled confetti from Lula Flora that reads “tequila” and “ole” or “fiesta”, which is so cute! I also got these mini donkey piñatas (tucked with treats) from Lula Flora and placed them throughout the table. They make great party favors for guests to take home with them.

    For food, I whipped up a batch of homemade chicken tacos, served on a miniature wooden cutting board. I like mine in hard taco shells, filled with grilled chicken with a dash of chilli pepper, guacamole, diced tomatoes, salsa verde, and a sprinkle of mint! On the cutting boards, throughout the table, I placed lime tortilla chips with salsa and fresh limes (again, for more color and more flavor).

    The finishing touch was a mini bottle of tequila at each seat! Cheers and Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

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    Photography by Lindsey Grace Photography

  2. Host a Cinco de Mayo Party

    With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I wanted to share a fun Cinco De Mayo Party set-up I put together on my back patio! To kick things off, I welcomed guests with a red wine sangria bar which I placed in this drink dispenser. And since we were outdoors I stuck to plastic glasses – how fun are these gold chevron ones!! Then I just love a light box {can we say #instanecessity} so I wrote “Fiesta Time!” for a fun photo opp. Of course I had to have lots of fun with color and props… I placed Kim…

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  3. How to Make a Pineapple Centerpiece

    Last year I created a fab Cinco de Mayo table on the blog but I never shared the DIY for the fun Pinepapple flower arrangement! So today I wanted to share this easy and fun DIY for Cinco de Mayo. The best part… 1. Nothing goes to waste {you can eat the middle… or better yet, use it in a cocktail!}, and 2. You save money on vases. So fab! Here is what you will need to get started: Ripe pineapple Knife Scissors Plastic cup Scooper or ice cream scoop Fresh flowers (I used purple tulips and pink peonies, among others) Step 1: Cut…

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  4. Strawberry Rosé Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

    Cinco de Mayo calls for Margaritas and this year I am serving up Strawberry flavored ones that include my favorite ingredient, yes you guessed it, Rosé! Super easy, I whipped it up right on my Cinco de Mayo Table {and will be sharing all the details in an upcoming post!}. In the meantime find my delish recipe below as well as a list of some of my favorite new bowls, placemats, and more that I will be using this Cinco de Mayo! Strawberry Rosé Margarita {inspired by this recipe on epicurious.com}: makes 4 margaritas 16 strawberries, hulled, sliced 4 teaspoon…

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  5. Mango Salsa Cups

    I have been on the hunt for some fun new ways to serve classic appetizers so when I was browsing my butlers pantry and came across these small appetizer cups, I thought a serving size portion of salsa with a few chips for dipping would be a great way to dress up a regular crowd pleaser. To make this app summer-friendly I decided to whip up a fruity salsa that I served alongside organic chips! Hope this easy summer app is a hit at your next party! Mango Salsa Recipe {as seen here}: Ingredients 3 large tomatoes, stemmed and diced small 1 medium red onion, diced…

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