1. Host a Cinco de Mayo Party

    Host a Cinco de Mayo Party at home with margaritas and tacos-ESetting the table for your Cinco de Mayo Party at home with margaritas and tacos copy

    Cinco de Mayo will be here before you know it so it’s time to get in a margarita frame of mind. I’m excited to be partnering with one of my favorite snack companies, Nourish Snacks, to bring you the ultimate Cinco de Mayo dinner party set up! My table is bright and colorful with a delicious taco spread that is easy to copy if you are planning to host a Cinco de Mayo fiesta of your own. So go ahead and grab your brightest placemats, your spiciest salsa, and warm up the blender because this is gonna be one fab party!

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    Ok so let’s start with your Cinco de Mayo menu… I recommend a make-your-own taco bar equipped with all the essential accoutrements… fresh salsa, spicy grilled chicken, shredded lettuce, sliced radish, and Nourish Snacks Holy Habanero spiced roasted corn to sprinkle on top. Then on the table to share, over-flowing bowls of Tostitos Lime Tortilla Chips and guacamole. At each person’s seat I love a mini starter portion, so I recommend a dollop of guacamole or salsa sprinkled with Nourish Snacks Chili’n in the Corn’r citrus chili-roasted corn to enjoy with chips. Then for festive Cinco de Mayo drinks, a blended margarita is totally in order. I made home-made strawberry margaritas with a heavy handed helping of Avion Tequila. And don’t forget to place fresh sliced lime on the rim of your glasses!

    Blended Strawberry Margaritas Recipe for your cinco de mayo partyBlended Strawberry Margaritas with lime copy

    Because Cinco de Mayo is a casual affair, rather than fully setting the table I recommend placing napkins and cutlery in a basket at the end of the table so guests can help themselves as they take their seats. Also at the end of the table {or on your kitchen countertop} it’s nice to place a pitcher of lime water, extra blended margarita mix {although keep an eye that it doesn’t get too slushy}, and a bottle of Tequila… because who doesn’t love a floater?!

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    To create my Cinco de Mayo table look I used Kim Seybert floral beaded placemats {the same ones I used in this post}, Pottery Barn Cambria Ocean dinner plates, and Cynthia Rowley melamine salad plates {similar and I also love these}. I used my C Wonder chevron glasses for margaritas {here’s a cute polka dot option from Kate Spade} and glass carafes for water with lime. My centerpiece was small arrangement of yellow tea roses in a Robert Siegel Studio vase {obsessed with this pop of color}, and the small bowls for my taco station sides were a mix of West Elm and Bed Bath and Beyond dip bowls. I placed a heaping pile of soft tacos on this Pottery Barn plate. The napkins were a mix of C Wonder and Pier1 {these are also a cute option} which I placed in a metal basket from World Market.

    Spring print ikat napkinsCinco de Mayo Party ideasSetting the table for your Cinco de Mayo Party at home with margaritas and tacos

    All that’s left is some good music and a little sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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  2. Fruit-Infused Water Bar

    Create an Infused Water Bar for your Spring Party

    I noticed last summer that whenever I hosted family brunches or BBQ’s with tons of kids running around, my guests’ priority shifted away from cocktails and focused more on what their kids were getting into! After a few too many events where my bar station went untouched, I decided to start asking guests before they arrived if they planned to drink or not, and then opted whether to simply place a few bottles of Pellegrino or Lemonade in their place. This summer I wanted to come up with a fancier alternative to these pre-made drinks and I think this Fruit-Infused Water Bar hits it right on the nose.

    Prepping your Bar for SummerTime outdoor Parties

    To create this water bar is quite simple. You need three large glass pitchers, beverage dispensers, or as shown here, glass carafes from Pottery Barn {which are no longer available so I chose more options to shop at the bottom of the post}. Assign a different fruit to each pitcher {here I chose blueberry, strawberry, and pineapple}. Chop the fruit to fill the pitcher one third the way, fill with water, and chill 2-3 hours in the fridge. Once my carafes were ready to go on display, I placed them in a decorative wire basket {similar here}. *Note, if you are taking this outdoors, I recommend choosing an acrylic pitcher in lieu of glass!

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    To make this drink option feel a bit more elegant, I recommend using a wine glass or fancy water goblet. Here I chose my Villeroy and Boch Bernadotte Crystal glasses {which are on major sale right now!! Originally $32 and now $12.50 per glass on Villeroy-Boch.com}.

    Come party time, set your glasses out prepped with a lemon wedge on the rim. Alongside the glasses place extra sliced fruits for garnish. Here I even pre-sprinkled a few blueberries for added color!

    Pottery Barn Drink Dispensers for Summer Drinks

    I hope you and your guests enjoy this perfect summer day drink with the added perk that kids will love it too! Shop the look below.

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  3. Host the perfect Spring Night at Home

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    The definition of ‘a perfect Spring night’ to me is a night spent on a comfy couch or porch with a delicious bottle of rosé wine, light snacks, beautiful flowers, and great friends. Many people have asked what my ideal set-up for something like this would look like and the reality lies in these photos. Here’s a snapshot of my living room {aka #ChateauFH on Instagram}, my favorite glasses, my usual vases filled with flowers, and a few delicious treats.

    To set the mood starts with a fabulous glass of wine… my go-to rosé is Whispering Angel which I love to serve in my Juliska Amalia glasses.  For flowers I have two favorite vases for Spring because I am in love with anything white. The larger vase is the Jonathan Adler Greek Futura Vase filled with faux white hydrangea I got at Michael’s Stores {I never liked faux flowers until I purchased these for a photo shoot… they sat looking gorgeous in this vase for many weeks after and now I am kind of obsessed!}. The smaller vase is an incredible find from Robert Siegel Studio, a one-of-a-kind hand molded vase from a company based in LA – every piece of his is gorgeous and special. I filled this vase with an array of my favorite Spring flowers, fresh ranunculus in blush, red, and white. Then while I love an elaborate cheese board {see this FH post}, a simple heart brie from Trader Joe’s is all I need to make me smile {of course paired back to a beautiful cheese knife like this Rock Cheese Knife from my Michael Aram set}.

    Then my husband’s favorite desserts are macarons so I have to have them at the table to seal the deal. I love displaying them on a mini cake stand {how cute are these from Pottery Barn?!} for the finishing touch! And there you have it, everything I could hope for in a night {which I hope inspired you well!}. Cheers to Spring!

    Hosting cocktails at home for summer by Fashionable Hostess

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