Happy Cinco de Mayo, y’all! Kelly and I celebrated last weekend (a bit early, but for a good cause) to bring you our second installment of Any Excuse to Party. Did you miss last month’s? Good thing you can see it here!
April’s was a doozy – such a colorful classic birthday-inspired party that I was almost nervous about May’s. Keyword: Almost. Kelly’s styling skills are always on point – I obviously had nothing to worry about. And I must say, May’s is pretty stinkin’ awesome.
Well, partially because we’re giving you everything you need for a last-minute Cinco de Mayo party, but also because it was all delicious/so fun! We’ve got your snack (ahem..Mexican bruschetta), your easy but adorable DIY, your tropical cocktail, and homemade decor!
Kelly here- Let’s be real, nothing says Cinco de Mayo like pops of bright, bold color. As true as that is, though, it’s important not to overdo it. I recommend sticking with a general color scheme to keep things classy, but still fun, of course! In this case, we went with a warm color palette including reds, pinks, yellow, and oranges. Think lots of warm sunshine. The best part about using bold colors is that a little goes a long way. Here are our tips for making your party pop!
Kelly and I were brainstorming what we could do for Cinco de Mayo that would be tasty, colorful, and easy to make. We went back and forth with sweets for a while, then we landed on the two classics – salsa and guacamole! We decided to switch it up, aka add more carbs, and here we have, Mexican bruschetta. I used my family’s salsa recipe and placed it on a toasted baguette for ultimate deliciousness.
I can’t get over this tropical pineapple guacamole. It’s been a go-to for us here at home, though I’ve been surprised lately to find not many of my friends have had it! Guacamole on its own is obviously delicious, but this sweet pineapple makes it even better. Plus, it’s served in a pineapple bowl so basically Cinco de Mayo goals, right?
For the pineapple bowl
For the tropical pineapple guacamole
This tropical coconut margarita is PERFECT for Cinco de Mayo. And it was so so easy to whip up! I love a good tropical margarita on any old day, but this one is especially perfect for my favorite “holiday” on May 5.
One quick note – please do your research on edible flowers first! Not all flowers are edible, and some can actually make you quite sick. If you’re looking for a good list, here’s one to check out.
Kelly again! – Cacti are having a major moment right now, so we couldn’t resist rounding up all of our prickliest plants to join in on the fun. If you don’t already have a cacti garden taking over your home, we recommend picking up a few plants in a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures to keep things interesting! Boston-based like we are? Check out Niche to make all of your cacti dreams come true. The great thing about cacti is that they make a statement all on their own, but we couldn’t resist popping a few bright pink peonies into the picture for some added fun!
Now that you’ve got everything you need to throw your own little Cinco de Mayo fête, what do you have in store?! Whipping up a quick batch of (delicious) guac? Making some fun DIY coasters for yourself or as guests? Share your plans with us here and on Instagram with #anyexcusetoparty!