Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Entertaining: A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

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.

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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”!

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Salpicon is a mixture of chopped flank steak, onion, oregano, chiles, tomatoes, and vinegar. I. love. it.

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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.

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A clever avocado bar breaks tradition in the most delicious way!  It is also gluten free! BONUS!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Friendors:

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

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