Right around this time of the year, I am jonesin’ hard for a party. Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican festival celebrating the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (not Mexico’s independence, as many people assume), provides the perfect way to let loose, forget that I haven’t had a weekend off in 3 months, and indulge in some traditions that remind me of my childhood.
This is a day for celebration, marichis, and yes, calorie overload. It’s also bright and cheerful so when I designed this fun styled shoot, I chose vibrant hues and yummy treats.
What’s that saying? “Beer before liquor never sicker, liquor then beer…”? Oh well, with a Beerita, you won’t have to give it another thought. Someone needs to come up with a catchy phrase for “just drink it all at once and you won’t know what hit you and you won’t care”!
Salpicon is a mixture of chopped flank steak, onion, oregano, chiles, tomatoes, and vinegar. I. love. it.
I don’t want to lose MY beverage and I’m sure you don’t want to lose yours…mark the glasses with Milagros- religious charms that are thought to bring safety & good health.
A clever avocado bar breaks tradition in the most delicious way! It is also gluten free! BONUS!
One of my very favorite childhood beverages is Horchata, cinnamon rice milk, and when served in fun mason jars, kids are sure to go crazy for them! Mark my words: Horchata is a foodie trend on the rise- I’ve had Horchata coffee in Napa and Horchata ice cream in Oregon, and I see many chefs tweaking their dessert recipes to include the iconic flavors.
Sweets for the super sweet- Pan Dulce is traditional Mexican sweet bread (actually it was brought to Mexico from Spain but whatever!) and I don’t think any Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without them.
Fun tissue paper flowers and Papel Picado (meaning perforated paper) banners add to the colorful decor; ribbon wrapped cans are an easy DIY project and don’t forget to choose vibrant linens to provide the perfect final touch.
This fun fiesta shoot was featured on the Hostess with the Mostess blog- see more images and get the recipes for the Beerita, Horchata and Salpicon right here!
Photography: Jennifer Bowen Photography :: Location: Desert Botanical Garden :: Paper Products: Amy Wallace of Page and Mason Invitations :: Linen: Wildflower Linens :: Event Design and Props: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events