Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cinco de Mayo 2013: Menu and Tablescape Inspiration

Mr. Cool and I are hosting Cinco de Mayo dinner on Sunday night, so it's time to kick the planning into high gear. I love that both St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo fall on Sundays this year. There's nothing better than whipping up Sunday dinner and inviting a few friends over before the start of a long week.

I plan to keep the table decor simple with striped linens and pops of bright color in the napkins. I purchased a few items of paper decor (fans and a papel picado banner) to dress up our dining area. I'm going to reuse my candle holders from Easter, and anchor the place settings with wooden napkin holders.

{Bottom Row}: Fiesta table runner, Hobnail vintage glass candle holders, Striped placemats

Now onto the main event - the food! The plan is to keep the menu somewhat traditional with staples like guacamole and margaritas (the cherry beer margaritas I served on Super Bowl Sunday were a huge hit!) Since we will have a few meat-eaters among us, I'm going to break out of my comfort zone and make grilled fish tacos. Vegetarian/vegan sides will include stuffed poblano peppers and tomato corn salad. I'm hoping to whip up a fun dessert, too, like these cheesecake flans!

  {Left Column}: Grilled fish tacos
{Middle Column}: Cheesecake flan, Guacamole
{Right Column}: Cherry beer margaritas, Stuffed poblano peppers in mole sauce, corn salad

Will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? 


  1. What great inspiration! I really, really love those vintage candle holders too. I'm also really intrigued by that cheesecake flan recipe, you'll have to let us know how it turns out!

  2. Have fun! I love your decor ideas, and your menu sounds delicious, especially with a fun dessert like cheesecake flan. I would love to try one of those!

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